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Clutch Malfunctioning? 5 Things To Look For When A Clutch Fails

Because there are many reasons why a your clutch can fail, it’s necessary to perform a complete evaluation of the entire clutch system. Performing a thorough inspection will help find the reason, or reasons, why a clutch isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. When a trucks clutch isn’t working properly, the wear and tear caused by the malfunction may make it necessary to replace the whole system. This makes it well worth the time it takes to properly check over the whole clutch assembly on a regular basis.

Clutch Malfunctioning

Two of the more popular reasons why a clutch will fail is, 1. high pressure, and 2. voltage issues. Or it could even be a mixture of the two working together that’s causing the clutch to fail. Because these are two of the more popular reasons why a clutch is no longer working as it should, it’s a good idea when checking a clutch to keep these two potential problems in mind.

5 Things To Look For When a Clutch Fails

The following are five things you should look for when you’re experiencing any form of clutch malfunctioning.

  1. Check the refrigerant in the clutch system to make sure that the pressure switches are engaging and disengaging as they’re supposed to. If there is not enough refrigerant in the system, then the compressor will become too hot. If they’re happens to be too much refrigerant in the system, the pressure can be too much and accordingly overheat the clutch.
  2. Make sure that nothing is blocking the clutch’s system, which can lead to the clutch seizing and/or slipping.
  3. Checking the fan clutch and the electric fan assemblage is necessary in order to make sure that there’s enough air flowing through, and making sure that the pressure isn’t more than it should be.
  4. Check the oil level to make sure that the recommended amount of oil is in the system. Not enough oil can cause a clutch’s system to overheat, and too much oil isn’t going to allow the system to work as it should.
  5. Make sure the correct amount of voltage is going to the coil and the compressor. If the voltage amount is incorrect, it can cause excessive wear and tear and/or cause the clutch to fail altogether.