Car nuts may think they have exclusive rights to the clutch, but that is not so. In fact, the clutch mechanism is not merely a part of an automobile, but it is also a part of many day to day tools and appliances, including drills and chainsaws. The clutch is an important part of these mechanisms – it transfers the turning effect from the engine to the moving part.
Have you ever wondered how the “clutch” pedal at your feet in the driver’s seat works? The clutch pedal is connected to the clutch mechanism of your car via a cable connector or a hydraulic system. The clutch mechanism may actually be quite near to the pedal, but it is still not connected to the clutch pedal by mechanical means. The reason is simple – it is because of the non fixed position of the engine. Even in the most modern cars, the engine tends to move a little when it is running. This is quite normal. Nevertheless because of this, although old cars used to connect the clutch mechanism mechanically to the pedal, that is not so in the newer model of cars.
The clutch mechanism is actually engaged when the pedal is not pressed. Pressing on the clutch pedal causes the clutch plates to disengage. This gives you the ability to coast or shift gear.
One misconception about clutches may be that automatic transmission cars don’t have it. That is not true however. And, as a matter of fact, manual transmission cars have more than one clutch!
So what exactly does the clutch do? A clutch is required in any system that operates two rotating devices in order to separate them so they can operate at different speeds. For example, the engines of the car are connected to the wheels. Both the engines and the wheel rotate. But how can you separate the wheel from the engine, so that the engine would still be running, but the wheels can be stopped from spinning? For that you need a clutch mechanism.Read More