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.
Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.
In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.
How popular is Skoda in the United Kingdom?
Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.
The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.
Great value, solid, sensible motoring
With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.
They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.
Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets
There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.
The Skoda Citigoe iV
Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.
Skoda’s reliability and reputation
Skoda ranked 7th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018.
Given that most of the marques to make the top 10 were Japanese or Asian manufacturers, it’s quite an achievement for this budget brand to attain such a high rank and efficiency score—only 2.1% behind the number one spot (Suzuki: 97.7% efficient).
Recent Skoda recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Skoda models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
17/05/2019 – Skoda Karoq (2018)
The locking pin for securing the head restraints may be missing from the central rear seat
15/02/2019 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Karoq (2018)
The fitting of the headrest in the rear seat’s backrest may be defective
02/03/2018 – Skoda Karoq (2017)
In the event of the curtain airbag being deployed, parts of the covering of the A-pillar could break off
09/02/2018 – Skoda Citigo (2017)
The towing eye fitted to the vehicle may be defective
26/01/2018 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb (2017)
The strength of the rear wheel bearing housing may be insufficient
14/07/2017 – Skoda Octavia (2008–2009)
A thermal overload can lead to an insufficient earth connection and interrupt the current flow to components int eh ABS/ESC control unit
15/04/2017 – Skoda Superb (2016)
Due to abnormalities in the chemical composition of the initiating device, the seat belt tensioner on the passenger seats may fail to trigger in the event of an accident
19/11/2016 – Skoda Citigo (2016)
The front panel of the sunroof may become detached on account of inadequate bonding and may fall on to the road
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.