Clutch is something you use extensively while driving, so it is important to keep it in good working order. The lifetime of your clutch depends on the way you drive and the journeys you make. Using your clutch from a stationary position wears it out more, therefore driving round town or journeys when you have to stop and start more reduces the life of your clutch. To get maximum use from your clutch you should not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving or leave it in gear while sat stationary and only use the clutch for as long as is necessary.

A clutch only wears while the clutch disc and the flywheel are spinning at different speeds. When they are locked together, the friction material is held tightly against the flywheel making them move in sync with each other. It is only when the clutch disc is slipping against the flywheel that wearing occurs. So if you slip the clutch this is why it will wear much quicker. Sometimes the problem is not with the clutch slipping, but with it sticking. If your clutch will not release properly, it will continue to turn the input shaft, which may cause grinding or prevent your car from going into gear.

Brake pads for cars

There’s a lot more to effectively using your car’s braking system then simply stomping on the pedal when a car darts out in front of you. The braking systems of cars, trucks and motorcycles are made up of a number of parts that translate the driver’s actions into physical force that stops the car. One of those brake parts is your vehicle’s brake pads.

Because of how fast a vehicle’s wheels rotate and how much a typical car or truck weighs, brake pads undergo extreme stress every time you slow down or come to a stop. Think about it: Would you want to grab and hold on to a heavy metal disc that was spinning really fast? Imagine slowly squeezing that disc until the vehicle rolls to a halt — it’s a thankless job, but brake pads do it repeatedly for thousands and thousands of miles without complaint.

Brake pads are part of the brake system of your car and as such are safety critical parts. All work must therefore be undertaken with the utmost care and by persons competent to do so. Incorrect work may lead to total brake failure. Always renew brake pads in complete sets (all the front pads or all the rear pads) to avoid uneven braking. New pads should be bedded in. Avoid harsh braking during this period. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, seek expert advice.DON’T take chances with brakes.

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