Clutch Problems

One of the problems of having a manual transmission is the lifespan of the clutch. Typically, you can get around 80,000 miles out of a clutch if you are using it gently and maintaining it well, however, clutches that aren't properly used and maintained can begin failing as low as 35,000 miles in. This is especially true with heavy load vehicles like trucks carrying too their capacity.
The friction pad on the clutch wears out over time, much like brakes, and as the material fades, the clutch slips. After awhile, there won't be enough friction to properly transmit power from the engine to the wheels. If the clutch disc and the flywheel are spinning at different speeds when they connect, it causes them to grind rather than link which will wear down the pad over time. When a clutch begins to slip, what's happening is the grinding or full-on sliding of the two plates together before linking (if they even link at all).
An alternative problem is sticking, which prevents the clutch from releasing properly. This can also cause intense grinding on the pad, if not completely preventing the car from changing gears.

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