Clutch fluid is a vital fluid that is essential for your vehicle to function. The clutch fluid, also referred to as transmission fluid, can reduce over your vehicle’s lifespan leading to an inadequate amount within the transmission system. This can spell trouble for your car. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommendations on specific internals your clutch fluid should be changed. There can be an adequate amount of clutch fluid in some cases but a leak in the clutch reservoir. Leaks that are neglected can also cause significant damage. This makes it essential to check the quality of the clutch fluid regularly. This can help you determine whether it needs to be changed or topped off before costly problems can occur. Below are three common signs that the clutch fluid is low.
There’s vibrating when shifting gears.
When your clutch fluid is filled, your vehicle will switch gears efficiently and without much difficulty. A noticeable vibration when switching gears is a clear indication the clutch fluid is low.
The gears are sluggish and slipping.
Clutch fluid is essential when trying to opt for a particular gear. Low clutch fluid will cause your vehicle to lose the critical hydraulic power needed for smooth gear shifting. If your gears are slipping and feel sluggish, it’s time to consider scheduling an inspection.
The gears are grinding.
Low clutch fluid can make shifting a struggle. Inadequate fluid levels will not allow the clutch to release properly. This can cause a loud grinding sound when you attempt to shift. It may be tempting to just top-off the clutch fluid, but that may not resolve the issue if there is a leak. It’s always best to have your vehicle checked by an expert to ensure there aren’t any other problems going on.
D. Wells Automotive Service has transmission experts. We’ve been servicing the community in Gurnee since 1967. Repairs are done with precision by ASE-certified technicians who are passionate about providing safe and efficient vehicles. If you notice any of the above signs, click here to schedule an appointment.
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