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Preventing Premature Clutch Failure on Your Hyundai Accent
Clutches are considered wear items and are being replaced every hundreds of miles or so. But make no mistake, a clutch needing a replacement after only 20,000 or 30,000 miles is a clutch that has been abused and improperly used. Yes, clutches are generally not expensive, but they aren\'t cheap at all either. Burning out your clutch may not seem like a big issue, but you can\'t really drive your vehicle without it so might as well learn how to properly use it. You won\'t just save a couple of bucks every time you replace it, but you would also be able to protect your vehicle from undue complications.
Do not ride the clutch.
Some say that even though their foot is on the clutch pedal, they\'re not actually pressing it down. But how can they really be sure that no force is being put on the pedal when their foot is resting on it? If you\'re doing the same thing, then your clutch is prime candidate for premature clutch failure.
Once you\'ve already changed the gear, your foot has no business to be on the clutch pedal anymore. So remove your foot and stop pressing the pedal as you\'re just causing the clutch plate to slip between the pressure plate and the flywheel. This, in turn, causes the clutch plate to wear out. If you continue riding your clutch, then it would only be a matter of time before your fuel consumption goes up and for your clutch pedal free play to be gone. And next thing you know, you\'re already paying for a new clutch.
Use your brakes and not your clutch.
You have the brake pedal to engage the brake system and stop your vehicle, and you have the clutch pedal to change gears. When you need to slow down or stop, use your brakes, not your clutch. Don\'t just downshift in order to slow down, or use it to hold your car while on an incline, waiting for the light to turn green.
Avoid too much engine revving.
Avoid revving the engine too high, then slipping the clutch too much. If you\'re going to harshly engage the clutch at high engine RPM, then it will cause the facing material to break off from the backing plate. It could also damage the clutch hub, which in turn will blow out the compression springs and ultimately end in a clutch disc failure.
If there\'s too much clutch slipping while you\'re driving, then the facing materials will overheat, which in turn can cause the clutch disc and pressure plate assemblies to disintegrate and fail.
Replace the clutch properly.
Whether it\'s because of misuse or the clutch just worn out naturally, the time will come for a clutch replacement. Proper installation is crucial if you want to get the most out of your new clutch and avoid any complications that may compromise the other components of your vehicle.
Make sure that you replace the throwout bearing and pilot bearing while you\'re at it, and never combine a worn pressure plate with a new clutch disc. Check up on the other components such as the input shaft collars and clutch forks. See to it that you resurface the flywheel properly using only a flywheel-resurfacing machine and nothing else to avoid undue damage. And don\'t forget to clean the surfaces of the flywheel and pressure plate with brake parts cleaner.