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68 Reviews

Fahren Autos

Garage in Dorset, 21 years of experience

We are an independent family run business. We believe in providing our customers with high-quality service at low prices. We undertake all aspects of vehicle maintenance and restoration. We appreciate th...



31 Reviews

Targa Florio

Garage in Dorset, 40 years of experience

Targa Florio, located in Bournemouth, has been providing MOT Tests, Car Repairs and Car Service on all makes and model of vehicle. Our services include the latest Computerised Diagnostic Equipment that, c...



49 Reviews

Autobot

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 9 years of experience

I have 9 years of experience in the auto repair industry. iv worked for a variety of garages for several years and have now decided to further pursue the mobile side of the industry. I can repair all makes &...



11 Reviews

Mark Richards Motor Repairs

Garage in Dorset, 37 years of experience

I have worked for over 37 years in the motor trade; and as well as my years of experience, I have achieved master-tech level in Vauxhalls and Suzukis. I pride myself on providing a quality service to my ...



10 Reviews

Weymouth Motor Services

Garage in Dorset, 10 years of experience

Having completed many years in independent and specialist garages i the owner of Weymouth motor services has spent the last 5 years building a reputable and trustworthy business. My team and i strive to deal...



18 Reviews

Regent’s Park Mobile Automotive Limited

Garage serving Dorset, 18 years of experience

Hi I'm Dan I am a fully qualified level 3 mechanic and licenced MOT Tester with experience of all makes and models of cars and vans. I specialise in fitting clutches among other repairs that I offer. Myself ...



53 Reviews

Renovo Automotive Ltd

Garage serving Dorset, 14 years of experience

Previous main dealer experience within Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Skoda, and VW. Also within the independent sector. All makes and models are welcome! Outside of the dealer networks, we are able to have a far larg...



84 Reviews

RF Services Mobile Mechanic

Garage serving Dorset, 6 years of experience

Fully qualified mobile mechanic, offer pick up and drop off of vehicles or repairs can be carried out on site. Have been in the trade for 6 years worked in both HGV’S and light vehicles.



120 Reviews

F&M Autocare

Garage serving Dorset, 10 years of experience

F&M Autocare covers all automotive repairs from air conditioning to services. All bodywork repairs from small dents to accident damage. A newly established business with a wealth of experience you can guaran...



10 Reviews

Ryan’s Mobile Repairs

Garage serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

Worked in many good well known garages in Taunton and fast fit centres over the years and have now decided to venture out on my own. I have my own ramp and workshop space at home and am willing to do ligh...



112 Reviews

Ws Services

Garage serving Dorset, 12 years of experience

Wateridge services offering a totally mobile mechanic service Fully qualified and insured with years of experience Call/message for a no obligation quote



291 Reviews

Voller Mechanics

Garage serving Dorset, 19 years of experience

I began my career in Weybridge, Surrey for a number of garages picking up great experience to start me off before moving to the New Malden area for a number of years. Prior to setting-up my own business in 2...



24 Reviews

Mykal Marshall

Mobile mechanic serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

11 years in a specialist garage 5 years as a roadside technician for the AA. I have worked on all types of motor vehicle from electric, bikes, hgv, diesels and petrol. I am very technically minded and i...



23 Reviews

Monster Dent

Garage serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

We are an independent 5 star garage with high experienced technicians that will take care of your vehicle, we cover a wide range of repairs like: MOT repairs Servicing Air Con Regas Air Con Recharge Bra...



56 Reviews

AP Motor Services

Garage serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

8 years at a Volkswagen dealership as a vehicle technician. 1 year at independant garage. 4 years as a master technician at a Audi / VW specialist. 10 Years MOT testing.


Want to learn more about Clutch replacements in Dorset?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a clutch do?

The clutch on a vehicle is a friction plate which, when engaged, transfers the turning force of the engine, through to the gearbox and subsequently, the wheels.

What does a clutch replacement involve?

A lot of the process to change a clutch is vehicle specific, however there are a few standard steps. The mechanic will:

  • Raise the vehicle
  • Split the gearbox from the engine
  • Remove the old clutch unit
  • Fit a new clutch kit
  • Put everything back together
  • Road test the vehicle

Can I replace my own clutch?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a clutch replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

How do you tell if your clutch is worn out?

If you drive a vehicle with a manual gearbox, at some point you will experience a clutch starting to wear, the same as you will with brake pads.

The friction material will start to wear thin and it will no longer provide sufficient contact with the flywheel and you will experience the clutch slipping, so here are some tell tale signs of this occurring;

  • The engine speed will rise up rapidly, but you do not go any faster, especially up hill or under hard acceleration
  • You notice an almost electrical sweet burning smell inside the car

Other symptoms though are prevalent

  • You can engage a gear when the engine is off, but not when it is running
  • The clutch pedal biting point (this is the point when you feel the vehicle moving from stationary for example) has become much higher up in the pedal travel
  • You start to find it harder to move between gears and can often hear a crunch as you do so

How many hours does it take to replace a clutch?

On average, clutch replacement times can range from around 3 hours to over 7.5 hours with an average of around 4 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should a clutch be replaced?

A vehicle with a manual gearbox is likely going to need a clutch replacement at least once in its lifetime. If you start to experience any of the above symptoms, you are going to have to get the clutch replaced.

How can I extend the life of my clutch?

This is one area where your driving style and habits can indeed have a considerable effect on the components. By driving with mechanical empathy, not riding the clutch (leaving your foot resting on the pedal), not deliberately slipping the clutch to hold the vehicle on an incline and not using too high engine revs to pull away from a standstill are all ways to extend the life of the friction material.

Can I still drive with a worn clutch?

Driving with a worn clutch is not advisable as it can leave you stranded if it fails completely, may lead to dangerous situations on the road and lead further damage to your clutch and gearbox. If you suspect there is any issue with your clutch or there are concerns about its age or condition, book with a professional mechanic with immediate effect to check the issue and if required replace the clutch.

How do you know if you need a new clutch?

You can find out whether you need a new clutch by getting a professional diagnosis from a mechanic. If you're unsure whether it needs replacing book an inspection with a mechanic to check the component and get advice on whether a replacement is needed.

What is the average life of a clutch?

The average life of a clutch will depend on a number of factors including how you use your clutch and the quality of the part. Generally you can expect the clutch to last around 60,000 miles.

How much does it cost to fix a clutch cable?

Prices for a clutch cable replacement range from £70 to £130 with an average cost of £95. Ultimately, the cost of a clutch cable replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement.

Is a worn clutch an MOT failure?

No, a worn clutch will normally not lead to an MOT failure. As the MOT only checks for safety-critical components on a car, the condition of the transmission and clutch is not part of the MOT checks.

How long do clutches usually last?

A clutch will usually last around 60,000 miles. This does depend on a number of factors, primarily your driving style, what kind of traffic you mostly drive in and the quality off the clutch part fitted.

What does a bad clutch sound like?

A bad or failing clutch can sound like a grinding noise, a high-pitched squeal, or a low growling sound when pressing on the clutch pedal.

What happens if the clutch fails to engage while driving?

If the clutch fails while driving, you may struggle with changing gears or in some cases even fail to engage or change gears at all.

If you notice a problem with the clutch, the best thing to do is pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and seek professional help and do not attempt to drive again.

Can a clutch fail suddenly?

Yes, it is possible for a clutch to fail suddenly, however, more often than not, clutch failure is a slow and gradual failure.

Sudden clutch failure can be caused by loss of hydraulic pressure, a broken clutch cable, or a failed clutch release bearing.

Why does a clutch burn out?

The most common cause for a clutch "burning out" is improper use. For example, if a driver constantly rides the clutch (keeps their foot on the pedal), it will eventually overheat and fail. Other causes can include a leak in the hydraulic system, a worn pressure plate, or a defective throw-out bearing.

Burning of the clutch results in a foul smell that is caused by the clutch disc rubbing against the flywheel.

What happens when you change gears without engaging the clutch?

If you attempt to change gears without using the clutch, the gear teeth will grind together and damage the gearbox. Doing this repeatedly can end up damaging or even destroy the transmission.

New clutch replacement is causing a burning smell, is that normal?

A new clutch requires some time to "break in" similar to new shoes. The smell is considered normal but should disappear after driving a few miles. If the smell continues to persist then it may be incorrectly installed so it's better to consult a mechanic sooner rather than later.

Can a clutch be repaired?

Clutches can be repaired depending on type of damage, but it is often more expensive to repair a clutch than it is to replace it. Sometimes, you may just need to replace the clutch cable and not the whole part. A qualified mechanic can inspect and offer guidance accordingly.

Can Dorset garages offer home collection and delivery for clutch replacement?

Yes, many garages in Dorset are able to offer collection and delivery for a clutch replacement. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for a clutch replacement in Dorset.

Can Dorset mobile mechanics do clutch replacement at my home or office?

Typically no, Dorset mobile mechanics cannot do a clutch replacement at your home or office, because the repair job can be complicated, may need many hours of work depending on the job and may need specialist equipment. However, mobile mechanics may be able to do a clutch inspection at your home or office and then drive the car to a garage if available to conduct a clutch replacement.

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Mechanics in and around Dorset

Recent Clutch replacement quotes in Dorset

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£444.64

Clutch replacement

Ford Fiesta
Ferndown
£362.89

Clutch replacement

Citroen C4
Christchurch
£517.22

Clutch replacement

Vauxhall Zafira
Yeovil
£734.51

Clutch replacement

Vauxhall Insignia
Ferndown