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.
Lexus is the luxury division of the Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota.
The Lexus brand was launched in 1989, is marketed in more than 70 countries worldwide, and has become Japan’s largest-selling make of premium cars.
How popular is Lexus in the United Kingdom?
For such a high-flying global leader, Lexus has a seemingly modest 156k cars on the road in the UK today.
Luxury executive vehicles for the discerning driver
In the UK, the Lexus brand focuses heavily on the NX and RX SUV models, it’s the fastest growing market for family cars after all; but each of the hatchbacks, saloons and coupés in its range come with the same high-level of luxury and sophistication for their £25–£76k price tags.
Lexus design and technology
Lexus was born to present itself as a luxury brand, something Toyota wasn’t in a position to market to their typical customer given their existing brand perception. To achieve a true luxury standard, they have targeted both vehicle development as well as their lavish presentation.
Each vehicle has to achieve 500 specific must have standards known as ‘Lexus Musts’, all of which are to attain the high-end presentation and performance of a ‘true’ luxury marque.
Although they might not all be ‘Lexus Musts’ you can expect to find criteria such as leather seat stitching, smart key entry, remote touch control systems, surround sound and reduced cabin noise that utilises acoustic glass, in your Lexus vehicle. And the driving technology is just as impressive: Lexus introduced continuously variable transmissions, regenerative brakes, hybrid and electric fuel options, as well as vehicle stability and integrated dynamic handling management systems.
Lexus’ reliability and reputation
Lexus ranked 2nd place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. Their high standards and typical Japanese reliability set them above every marque except Suzuki, and they only missed out on the top spot by 0.2%.
Recent Lexus recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Lexus models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
04/05/2019 – Lexus ES and Lexus UX (2018–2019)
The emergency calling system may not be correctly installed
18/03/2019 – Lexus LS 500h (2017–2018)
Due to an incorrect tyre to the wheel assembly process, the sidewall reinforcement layer may become damaged
23/11/2018 – Lexus SC 430 (2001–2006)
The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may degrade over time due to heat cycles
02/11/2018 – Lexus IS350, Lexus GS450h and Lexus GS350 (2005–2014)
A crack in the fuel pulsation damper may lead to a fuel leak
21/09/2018 – Lexus LC500h (2016–2018)
The vehicles’ electronic control unit has been improperly programmed
04/03/2018 – Lexus RCF (2014–2017)
The pulsation damper in one of the high-pressure fuel pumps could be defective
18/02/2018 – Lexus RX450h and Lexus NX300h (2015)
There could be a fault with the pressure sensors for the airbag system
03/02/2018 – Lexus CT200h (2016–2017)
The tank may develop a leak as a result of defective welding
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.