There are two types of transmissions, one being an automatic and other is a manual. The automatic will work in such a way that you are not required to do any work when changing gears. The work is done for you as you drive the vehicle. The car will start off in a low or first gear and as the RPM’s ramp up the gear will smoothly transition into the next necessary gear. Most people are not even aware that this is happening and don’t know the complicated action behind it all. The other type of transmission is called a manual and you do have to put in more effort to get the car to go. If you have driven a manual then you know more about what goes into the gears. The manual means that you as the driver are responsible for going from a low gear to the next gear as needed. The car will have an additional pedal that is used to open the gears so that you can move from one to the next. You also will have a gear shift that has different options on it than an automatic. The automatic has Park, Reverse, Drive and Neutral to name a few where a manual has 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on also including reverse. The reason is that you have to go through these gears yourself using the extra pedal and the gear knob as well. It is a good idea to know how to tell if your clutch is going out.
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Hard to Change Gears when Driving: One of the aspects of driving a manual transmission is that you need to be able to shift from one gear to the next and it should go smoothly. If you start to notice that the gear is hard to find or you are struggling to get it in a particular gear there may be a problem with the clutch. It is a good idea to try and be as exact as you can when changing gears and be sure that the pedal is pushed all the way in. If you have checked each of these and you still see the same problem it could be the clutch that needs to be repaired or replaced.
Clutch Making Noise: A good rule that you can follow when you are dealing with any kind of car trouble is that your ear is a great tool. You want to be able to listen for any sounds that are new or different than what you are used to. This is your vehicle telling you that there is a problem. Your clutch will often times will use sound to alert of a problem. You may notice that the car is squealing or grinding. If you notice these sounds you want to make sure that you have the clutch looked at.
Clutch Pedal Vibration: The other way that you can tell there may be trouble with the clutch is from the feeling that you get in the pedal. The pedal should not have any extra movement and if it does it could be a sign of the clutch going out. The most likely sign is that the pedal will shake when you are about to push it in or when letting it out.