Common Culprits of Volkswagen Jetta Clutch Kit Failures
Because your car's engine spins all the time, you need to find a way to disconnect it from the wheels without having to turn it off. This is what the Volkswagen Jetta clutch kit is for. With this component, the spinning engine is smoothly engaged to a non-spinning transmission when your car is on idle. However, while the clutch is important, it can fail at times as well. If you feel that the component is hard to depress or that the engine is still racing even on low gear, among other symptoms, then it's time to do some troubleshooting.
Worn-out friction material
One of the most common problems with the clutch kit is that the friction material on the disc wears out over time, as it works in a similar way as the friction material on the pads of a disc brake. When most of the friction material has worn out, the clutch will then start to slip, and it will stop transmitting any power from the engine to the wheels.
To confirm this diagnosis, do a test drive. Take note of all the sounds not normal in the clutch's operation. Drive in a gear lower than what is required, and if you feel the engine still racing, then this is a sign that the clutch is slipping and that its material is worn out.
Sticking or grabbing clutch
If your clutch is not releasing properly, then it will continue to turn the input shaft. This process can cause a grinding or chattering noise, or in some cases it can completely prevent your car from going into gear. There are several reasons why this happens:
- The clutch cable needs to be replaced;
- The flywheel is warped or damaged; or,
- There is oil contamination on the clutch linings.
If you hear a chattering noise, check the car parts around the clutch first before inspecting the clutch itself. If none of them is causing the noise, then you will have to remove, disassemble, and reassemble the clutch to fix the problem.
If you have to press hard on the clutch pedal to get it to work fully, then there may be something wrong. Common causes of this include sticking or binding in the pedal linkage, cable, cross shaft, or pivot ball. Another possible cause could be a blockage or at least one worn seal.
Tips to Maintaining Your Volkswagen Jetta Clutch Kit
With the Volkswagen, you have the ability to easily control acceleration without worrying about stalling the engine even when you're driving at a very slow speed. This is what the Volkswagen Jetta clutch kit is for. By allowing it to slip, the clutch plate allows the drive shaft to gradually equalize with the engine's speed, thereby achieving a much smoother ride. However, this component eventually wears out and loses its efficiency. To make sure that your clutch's lifespan is maxed out, take note of these tips:
- Fully remove your foot from the clutch pedal after each gear shift.This is a pretty basic tip as you have to do this while you're out driving. Not fully removing your foot from the clutch pedal could cause it to not 'release' fully and potentially result in slipping. This problem can quickly wear out the component's friction material as well as other parts in your system.
- Make sure that your car's clutch always has some 'free play.''Free play' means that the clutch pedal should always move a little-with very light (1/2- to 1-inch) pressure-before a heavier one is felt and the pressure plate is released. This is important for the clutch to properly transmit all engine power to the wheels once the gears are switched.
- Change the clutch fluid.If you notice that your hydraulic clutch hasn't been fully engaging or disengaging, then you should remedy this by changing the clutch fluid. Because it is actually just a common brake fluid, the liquid in your clutch will slowly absorb moisture from the air and eventually function less efficiently. This is a relatively quick and fast process to do, so don't neglect this part of maintenance.
- Keep the clutch clean.One of the common causes of clutch slippage is oil contamination. You may choose to use brake cleaner for this component, but it might take the paint off the clutch's pressure plate, if there's any. Be careful, though, as there are some cleaners that will leave a substance film on the metal. You may even just use plain soap and water or acetone, or soak a rag in lacquer thinner and wipe the clutch with it. Go ahead and have a trial-and-error experiment on this one. However, if you find the disc really dirty or the friction material worn out, this won't be solved by cleaning-you might actually have to replace the clutch.