A mechanic has identified the three most common symptoms of a bad clutch.
Walsall Wood Tire and Service in Walsall, West Mids, says motorists could save thousands if problems are caught early.
In a video posted to their TikTok, they said the first sign of a broken clutch is the height of the pedal at the pedaling point.
This is when the car starts moving, and a good clutch usually engages about halfway through the lift point.
But the shop’s mechanic warned drivers: “When they are worn, the bite point is exceptionally higher.”
“And you’re almost completely off the pedal before it starts moving.”
Grinding noises between first gear and reverse can also be a warning sign that the clutch is failing.
This indicates that the clutch is not disengaging properly.
However, the most commonly reported sign of a bad clutch is that it appears to lack power.
This is called clutch slippage and is a big indicator that the clutch is failing.
He explained: “What happens is that when you accelerate, the engine speed increases.”
“But the vehicle itself doesn’t really accelerate.”
Now take your engine to your local workshop and have it replaced.