Everyone who owns a vehicle and drives knows exactly what a clutch is and how it works. You push the pedal, change the gear and release the clutch whilst simultaneously accelerating. Many people don’t know that the principle is far more complicated and there is more to the clutch kit than just the clutch.
Within this system is the disc or friction disc and the pressure plate or a part called a pilot bearing. A pilot bearing is a device that is inserted at the end of the crankshaft to centre and align the input shaft (where the power enters).
A pressure plate contains the clutch plate as well as the springs, a cover and the release fingers which look similar to spokes on a wheel. The diaphragm type of plate is the most common plate to have installed in manual vehicles.
The clutch disc is a metallic part the controls the power between the engine and transmission. It also controls the power flow of the pressure plate and flywheel. The flywheel is situated directly behind the clutch disc.
A friction disc is present for all clutch kits. Some clutch kits contain more than one and would have to be tightly pressed against the flywheel using the springs. Commonly, the clutch disc will be coated with asbestos that assists with friction. The asbestos assists with the grip between the flywheels and the disc.
So what is included in a dual clutch transmission (DCT) kit? With this system, the shifts are controlled by the driver but removing your foot from the accelerator isn’t necessary as the transmission controls the actual shift. This transmission is similar to that of an automatic vehicle. This system has no jerkiness after the shift has been executed and is a much smoother way of driving. This is all possible with the help of two clutches that are for the alternating numbers. There is more to the DCT than just changing gears to alternating numbers and the system is far more complicated.
Anyone who does lengthy and heavy driving should know what the different parts of their clutch kit are. In case they are faced with a dangerous problem, they would need to know how to diagnose the issue and, if trained, need to replace it immediately. Replacing this part would require the right tools, space and time. Unfortunately, this is a component that can’t be fixed on the side of the road.