Clutch Assemblies and Hydraulic Systems

cluth assembly

Unlike older cars that used the mechanical clutch system, modern cars use a hydraulic system for their clutch mechanism. The hydraulic system consists of a master cylinder and a slave cylinder that work together to deliver the required action to the gear system.


How does a hydraulic clutch work?

Primary gear mechanism

The clutch works using a gear shift stick or lever. When the clutch pedal is pressed the flywheel moves, and the pressure plate disengages, the clutch disk thus stopping the drive shaft from moving. At this point, the plate releases engaging the next gear selected on the gear shift.


The Hydraulic clutch system

The hydraulic clutch system also follows the same principle as the mechanical clutch system. However, they differ in that the hydraulic system has fewer components compared to the mechanical clutch system. The hydraulic clutch system has a reservoir somewhere that contains transmission fluid when the clutch pedal is pressed the fluid is pressurized pushing the clutch plate and disengages the gear. And in turn engaging the next gear.


Maintenance of a hydraulic clutch system

The most important thing on a hydraulic clutch system is always to ensure there is adequate transmission fluid in the system. In most of the modern cars, the hydraulic clutch system is set up as a closed system thus the fluid can last the entire life of the car without the need for change or refill. However, wear and tear is normal to any mechanical structure and therefore it’s important to check for any leakages on the system. If the fluid leaks, then it’s important always to refill to the optimum level. At Mississauga Transmission we can check for leaks and do all the necessary repairs.


Problems associated with the clutch assemblies and hydraulic systems Mississauga

Shifting is a very vital system in a car and very critical to  its operation. As stated above the hydraulic clutch is what will deliver the gear changes of the car. Therefore, if the hydraulic clutch fails it would mean driving in one gear until a mechanic fixes the clutch. To maintain the hydraulic clutch and avoid visiting the fabrication shop often to have your clutch system checked avoid using the clutch as a speed regulator. The brakes are designed to regulate the speed of a car. However, there are people with the habit of riding the clutch with their foot always on the clutch using the clutch as a speed regulator.

This habit of riding the clutch kills the hydraulic clutch faster than anything.


Selecting the best braking system to go along with your hydraulic clutch system

As stated many will use the clutch as a means to regulate speed. However, this shouldn’t happen as it kills the hydraulic clutch very fast. To avoid the problem of replacing a dead hydraulic clutch, it is important to get a braking system that works perfectly for the type of car. To get the best braking system analysis is done of the measurements and mounting configurations. The measurements and mounting can be done by a specialist mechanic and should not be considered as a DIY. This is where we at Mississauga Transmission come in.


Overall keeping a car in good shape without manual transmission or hydraulic transmission proper care is needed. Also, safe driving practices should be implemented to ensure that the driving doesn’t affect the standard functionality of a car. Taking care of a car will, in turn, give you a car that responds well on the road. For more information contact Mississauga transmission



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