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Cambelt Repairs at Darnley Garage

A snapped Cambelt can require engine head dismantling and valve replacement to fix, with labour and materials for the repair potentially costing hundreds of pounds.

Darnley Garage regularly replace worn timing belts for our customers - It’s a quick and inexpensive procedure that can save you hundreds of pounds in future repair bills.

Cambelts are typically made from rubber and it is widely recommended that they are replaced every 3 years or 60,000 miles - to avoid the belt breaking and causing serious engine damage.

Replacement of a timing belt is usually vastly cheaper than repairs caused by a cambelt failure, and takes far less time to complete.

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Clutch Repairs at Darnley Garage

No clutch will last forever. The facings on the clutch disc wear as the miles accumulate. The clutch pressure plate and flywheel can become scored, worn, warped or cracked from all the heat and friction generated by the clutch. A perfectly good clutch can be ruined by oil contamination; the cable or hydraulic linkage can fail, or the release bearing, pilot bearing/bushing or fork can wear out and prevent the clutch from working properly.

Darnley Garage are well experienced in all manner of clutch repairs. Here are a few of the most common clutch-related issues:

- Clutch Slipping

One of the most common clutch problems is slipping. Clutches are supposed to slip while the clutch is being engaged so the vehicle does not jerk or lurch forward when starting out. The clutch also needs to slip when the gears are changed to ease the shock on the transmission and drive-train. But once the clutch pedal is fully released, the clutch should hold firm and provide a solid coupling between the engine and transmission. If it does not, something is wrong and needs to be investigated.

If a newly installed clutch is slipping, the most likely causes would be:

  • Oil or grease contamination
  • Incorrect release system adjustment
  • A defective cable adjuster
  • A blocked clutch master cylinder port or binding slave cylinder
  • A misaligned or improperly installed release bearing
  • Improper flywheel machining of a step or cup flywheel

- Clutch Chatter

Chattering is often caused by oil or grease on the clutch linings, but it also can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Burned or glazed linings
  • A warped or grooved flywheel
  • Missing flywheel dowel pins
  • A worn pilot bearing/bushing
  • A worn bearing retainer
  • Worn or damaged clutch disc or input shaft splines
  • Bent or broken drive straps on the clutch
  • A bent or distorted clutch disc
  • A loose clutch cover
  • Missing flywheel dowel pins

External causes of clutch chatter include loose or broken engine or transmission mounts, misalignment of the chassis and drive-train components, worn or damaged U-joints or CV joints, a loose transmission cross member or a worn or bent release fork.

- Noise Problems

Squeals and growls usually are caused by worn or seized bearings. Chirping noises are most often caused by vibration somewhere in the clutch actuator mechanism.

Causes of internal clutch noise include:

  • Worn or defective input shaft bearing
  • Defective or misaligned release bearing
  • Worn, misaligned or improperly lubricated pilot bearing/bushing
  • Worn, bent or improperly lubricated release fork
  • Worn input shaft
  • Improper disc installation
  • Misalignment
  • Damaged bearing retainer
  • Loose flywheel bolts
  • Damaged disc splines, worn stop pins or a broken damper

Possible external causes of clutch noise include:

  • Incorrect release system adjustment
  • Worn driveshaft or half-shaft components
  • Worn engine or transmission mounts
  • Broken cable self-adjuster
  • Worn or improperly lubricated clutch pedal components

- Clutch Will Not Release

If the clutch does not release completely when the clutch pedal is fully depressed, the disc will continue to turn the input shaft. This may prevent moving from neutral into gear, cause grinding when the gears are changed or cause the engine to stall when coming to a stop.

Automotive Repairs at Darnley Garage

To enquire about any fault with your vehicle, give us a call:

  0141 876 1871

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    0141 876 1871

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    Unit 2, 99 Woodneuk Rd
    Darnley Ind. Est.
    G53 7QS

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    Mon-Fri : 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday : 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday : Closed