Aftermarket Auto Parts

Why an after market clutch system?

The Clutch on a vehicle engages and disengages the power from the engine to the rest of the drive train. When you press on your clutch peddle the peddle pushes or pulls on a Clutch Master Cylinder which applies pressure to hydraulic fluid through a line. The pressurized hydraulic fluid then pushes against the Clutch Slave Cylinder that presses on a Clutch Fork and moves it to engage or disengage the power of the engine to the rest of the drive train.

Hydraulic Clutches are more prevalent in modern vehicles because of their reliability and their ability to automatically adjust through out the life of the clutch. Hydraulic Clutches are also easier to engage and disengage by pressing the peddle making it an over all “easier to drive” design.

How do I know when my clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder is wearing out?

1. Leaking hydraulic fluid from the system. Over time the pistons inside the slave and master cylinder may wear down allowing fluid to seep around the pistons and leak out. If your clutch hydraulic fluid is leaking look at the master cylinder which is where you fill the fluid and look at the slave cylinder underneath the car to identify where the fluid is leaking from.

2. Sporadic or inconsistent performance from the clutch. As the slave cylinder or master cylinder wears it may not disengage the transmission fully. This leads to having trouble getting the vehicle to shift gears and even grinding of the gears.

3. There also may be small puddles of fluid under your car after parked for a period of time. The clutch system uses brake fluid which is generally clear, viscous but not slippery, corrosive, and does not have much of a smell.