Mechanical clutches (or cable-actuated clutches) use a cable to maneuver the clutch disc. They preceded hydraulic clutch systems and were commonly used on cars up until the 1990s. Today, it’s very rare to determine a car with a mechanical clutch, though they’re often used on motorcycles.
How it works:
A mechanical clutch may be a pretty simple system. A steel cable connects the treadle to the clutch assembly. Pressing (or actuating) the pedal moves the cable. This moves the clutch fork, which actuates the clutch throwout bearing. This then disengages the clutch plate.
The lack of hydraulic assistance often makes a mechanical clutch’s pedal weight feel heavier. Even people who grew up driving modern manual transmission cars may find that mechanical clutch cars take some getting accustomed to. The direct connection of a mechanical clutch means the motive force will typically feel more engagement when shifting.
What are the Pros and Cons of Mechanical Clutch?
MECHANICAL CLUTCH PROS AND CONS:
|Old-school pedal feel||Requires adjustment and lubrication|
|Simple system||Heavy clutch pedal|
|The cable can strain/break|
Mechanical clutches offer a pair of advantages over hydraulic clutches. One is that some drivers prefer the sensation of a cable-actuated clutch. They assert that it feels more engaging to drive. Another is the overall simplicity of the system. It may be easier to keep up and repair as required.
There are some drawbacks to mechanical clutches though. They require adjustment and lubrication over time. While any kind of clutch can have issues, a mechanical clutch’s cables can strain and snap. That may be tough to repair for those without experience.
What are the parts of mechanical clutch?
The Anatomy of a Car Clutch
- Flywheel. Flywheel is the part permanently fixed to the engine’s crank. …
- Friction Surface. The face of the flywheel has a rough surface and the clutch plate acts against it. …
- Clutch Plate. …
- Clutch Plate Springs. …
- Pressure Plate. …
- Diaphragm Spring.
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