Brakes and Clutches

If you feel your vehcile has any of the following symtoms
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Symptoms: Severe low frequency vibration

Cause: Loose or worn engine mountings, misalignment of engine to gearbox, uneven operation of clutch arm, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate, defective driven plate, scored or glazed flywheel and worn spigot bearing

Clutch Slip

Symptoms: Engine accelerates without giving a corresponding increase in vehicle speed, burning smell, vehicle will not drive up steep hills.

Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments, partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage, worn clutch facings, oil contaminated facings, defective pressure plate and/or broken springs and partially seized mechanism.


Symptoms: Difficulty in engaging first gear from neutral without making noise, jolt when changing gear with the vehicle in motion, vehicle moves when pedal is fully depressed.

Cause: Incorrect clutch adjustments or lack of fluid in the hydraulic operating system, worn hydraulic system, oil contaminated facings, defective driven plate, buckled plate or seizure on spines and seized spigot bearing or worn spigot.


Symptoms: A sudden move off of the vehicle through the pedal is being gradually released.

Cause: Partial seizure of linkage or fouling of pedal preventing the full return of the linkage and uneven operation.



Symtoms: A loud squeal or grinding sound as you press on your brakes.

Cause: The squeal is from a small indicator within your braking system. The grinding sound indicates you have gone through your brake pads and now when you apply the brakes the metal of the calipers are grinding against the metal of your rotors.


Symtoms: If you vehcile feels like it wants to pull left or right as you brake, this would indicate a problem with your braking system.

Cause: The cause of this pulling might be a stuck caliper. Which would cause friction on one wheel and not the other, your vehcile can pull to the side where the caliper is stuck. The pulling can also be caused by a collapsed brake hose or uneven brake pads.


Symtoms: The brake pedal seems to vibrate when you apply pressure to brake. It is only normal for the brake petal to vibrate when performing an emergancy stop with antilock brakes.

Cause: A vibrating brake pedal indicates warped rotors, there uneven surfaces with thrum against the brake pads. Rotors only usually wrap when they are put under extreme stress, like braking frequently whilst towing something heavy. If you have not put your brakes under extreme strees then you may have unalined wheels.

Temperamental Pedal

Symtoms: The brake pedal could either be very mushy and go to the floor without engaging or be very stiff.

Cause: This could indicate worn pads, a problem with the hydraulic system, air in the line, an air leak or a brake fluid leak. A stiff brake pedal could indicate an unevenly worn rotor, dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture.