What does a clutch do? And what is a clutch kit?
The clutch is a solid metal disc that couples the crankshaft and flywheel to the gearbox’s clutch shaft. The clutch is located between the engine and transmission to temporarily disconnect the engine drive from the gearbox.
A clutch kit usually contains all the elements to replace and rejuvenate your clutch and its performance: usually a clutch disc, pressure plate, flywheel and a throw race or release bearings. A clutch kit will contain the correct parts for a particular make and model of car and is often cheaper than buying the components individually.
How often should a clutch need replacing?
There isn’t a typical time or set mileage suggested to replace a clutch kit, as it can depend on both the car and your driving style. Most clutches are designed to last approximately 60k miles, yet they can have a healthy life covering mileages anywhere between 30k and 100k.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
A damaged or broken clutch will affect your car’s driving ability to the point where it could fail its MOT. Testing doesn’t include an examination of the engine, clutch or gearbox, so if it appears to be working adequately, then it shouldn’t affect the test result.
What causes a clutch to stop working correctly?
A clutch will wear out over time through continual use. The disc thickness reduces, which affects the amount of force the pressure plate can apply to the clutch disc against the flywheel. Incorrect use over extended periods will impact the lifespan and cause unnecessary problems. Slippage can also be caused by reduced tension in the pressure plate’s springs.
Symptoms of a malfunctioning clutch
The clutch slips while driving
If you feel a loss or inappropriate delivery of power when using the accelerator, it could be due to a damaged or worn clutch.
Changing gears is a problem
If you can’t change gears or it feels like there is unusual grinding and friction when trying, your clutch isn’t separating the engine drive from the gearbox sufficiently.
The car doesn’t move
If there is no delivery of power to the engine from the accelerator, then your clutch could be the problem.
Your gearbox makes unusual and unhealthy noises
If the transmission makes unhealthy grinding noises when you try to use the clutch to engage or disengage the engine, there’s a strong chance that your clutch isn’t operating as it should.
Land Rover is a luxury car brand that specialises in 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Regarded as a British icon, the company came into effect in 1978, but previous versions were built as part of the Rover Company, dating back as early as 1947.
It is currently part of Jaguar Land Rover; owned by India’s Tata Motors since its acquisition in 2008.
How popular is Land Rover in the United Kingdom?
The number of Land Rovers on the roads continues to grow. This could be due to a rise in popularity or their indestructible nature and go anywhere, handle anything design and build.
There are around 940k on the UK roads today—and not just on the roads—they’re authentic working vehicles chosen by the majority as their commercial off-roader of choice.
Luxury executive vehicles built for getting dirty
The once army-style paint schemes and boxy vehicles of yesteryear have long-since been replaced by the modern Land Rover. These cars offer genuine luxury interiors, advanced media and drive control technology, and look every inch the part working on a farm, climbing through forestry or attending a charity event at Sandringham or Kensington.
Range Rover: the opulent end of the Land Rover range
The ultimate Range Rover starts with a price tag of £83k, and for that you’ll get a car with class-leading features, excellent components and incredible off-road performance. It’s a first-class travel experience with tomorrow’s technology built in. Every element has been scrupulously designed—and it shows.
Land Rover’s reliability and reputation
Land Rover shamefully ranked 30th out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. For an off-roader designed to go anywhere, you’d expect it to be indestructible, but it scored only 76.5% reliability from its drivers taking part in the survey.
Recent Land Rover recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Land Rover models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
13/04/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2018–2019)
The indicated fuel level may be inaccurate
10/03/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2015–2018)
Certain vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel engines may emit excessive levels of CO2
02/02/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2018)
The crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may fracture
01/02/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2017–2018)
The directional indicators may fail to operate due to faulty software
05/10/2018 – Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Range Rover (2017–2018)
The autonomous emergency braking feature may not activate
15/09/2018 – Land Rover Range Rover PHEV (2017–2018)
The fuel level gauge does not work properly for fuel levels below 30%
30/03/2018 – Range Rover Velar (2017)
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system may fail to de-mist the interior windows
04/03/2018 – Land Rover Discovery Sport (2016–2018)
The brazing of the fuel rail end caps may not properly seal the fuel rail ends
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.