When it comes to a car as dynamic as Aston Martin, ensuring the proper functionality of the intricate components under the hood is imperative. Over time, some of these parts can decay and wear down. When this happens, it is best to get them repaired as soon as possible to ensure the reliable and trustworthy nature of your vehicle.
When dealing with manual cars, the clutch is one of the most important components within the vehicle. A failed clutch can render a vehicle unable to drive and, in some cases, can have long-lasting repercussions.
If you suspect that your clutch has failed, pull over to the side of the road safely and call for a tow to bring your model into your trusted professional shop.
Whether you have a manual or automatic vehicle, the clutch system turns rotational energy into power for the wheels.
Let’s begin with a manual vehicle. In such a car, the clutch is accessed by the driver via the clutch pedal. Pressing down on this pedal releases the gear mechanism and allows a driver to shift gears using the transmission.
In an automatic vehicle, however, the clutch system works slightly differently. The end goal of connecting the wheels to the engine is the same, but the vehicle has a computer onboard that handles the shifting for the driver.
A typical clutch system uses the friction between parts known as the clutch plate and flywheel. When the clutch is not being pressed by a driver or activated by the computer, springs in the system lock the gears into place and keep the wheels spinning at a certain speed.
Naturally, a clutch that is not working properly may have large ramifications for the vehicle as a whole and any symptoms of a failed clutch should be taken seriously.
Any of the below signs may occur if the clutch on your Aston Martin fails. Ignoring the signs and refusing to get the system repaired can result in long-term damage to the performance you’ve come to love in your vehicle.
If you press down on the clutch pedal and it feels as if there is a sponge beneath the floor, your clutch system is likely failing. This could be due to a number of parts within the system. Refusing to acknowledge this sign may result in extremely expensive repairs for the vehicle.
As mentioned, the clutch controls when your vehicle is capable of shifting gears. If you are pressing down on the pedal and attempting to shift to no avail, or the shifting doesn’t seem to be working, then you may have a failed clutch and should pull over as soon as possible.
The clutch connects to the transmission and allows the transmission to shift gears. Should there be a problem with the connection between the transmission and clutch, however, and your vehicle may not shift smoothly. This would result in an obvious grinding noise coming from the transmission.
If your clutch pedal vibrates when you step down on it, it means that the connection between the clutch and flywheel may become loose. A loss of this grip means the clutch cannot properly allow for the shifting of gears.
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We have been family owned and operated since 1979 and our combined experience and work ethic provides you with the highest quality of service for your vehicle. Our reputation is that of a trusted name in the community, and our specialty in European brands means we have the latest technology, training, and knowledge to fix your vehicle quickly.
We look forward to earning your trust for your Aston Martin needs. Feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment today or come in to see why we are the best in the business.