Sunnybank Hills Car Care

Brake and Clutch Replacements

Are your brakes squealing or not working properly? Clutch shuddering or slipping?

We can offer our services to perform any work related to these areas that is required. We have suppliers that can reliably source us the correct parts that match Factory/OEM parts at a fraction of the price. European and imported vehicles can cost thousands to repair at the dealers. Our log book servicing and approved work means we can replace your vehicles parts while your vehicle is under warranty, without you voiding this warranty.  We have a comprehensive range of packages available from a basic brake system flush and new fluid to a full system overhaul if the need arises.

Clutch repairs

What is a clutch?

As a driver, you must be aware that a car relies upon various gears to send engine power to the wheels. A car requires different gears depending on the kind of driving you are doing. A mechanical device that transmits this power to the wheels is called a clutch. It enables the driver to limit the power transmission and control the cars motion.

Types of Clutches

There are different types of clutches in your car.

  1. Electromagnetic Clutch – The air-conditioning compressor in your car consists of an electromagnetic clutch. This type of clutch enables the compressor to shut off even if the engine is running.
  2. Thermostatically Controlled Viscous Clutch - Most cars have thermostatically-controlled viscous clutch for an engine-driven cooling fan. This type of clutch is placed at the fan’s hub which allows the fluid’s temperature to drive the clutch. This type of clutch is usually found in all wheel drive cars.
  3. Centrifugal Clutch - A centrifugal or semi-centrifugal clutch is used at specific speeds. Driving shaft has a rotating member which increases as the speed of the shaft increase. This engages the clutch which drives the driven shaft.
  4. Hydraulic Clutch - A hydraulic clutch works in an opposite manner to a mechanical clutch. In this system, the shafts are not in contact and the coupling is hydrodynamic.

Clutch Problems

Diagnosing clutch problems on your own is difficult. This is because a lot of different problems in your car can cause similar clutch problem symptoms. Two common clutch problems are:

  1. Clutch Noise Clutch noise is usually tricky to point out. If you hear a chirping or squealing noise when you press the clutch pedal, it may be because of bad release bearing. It can also be caused by worn or defective input shaft bearing in the transmission, a bad pilot bushing, a worn input shaft, misalignment, a worm or bent lubricated release fork, a damaged bearing retainer, a damaged disc or a broken damper.
  2. Clutch Release problems When you fully depress the clutch and it does not release, it may prevent you from shifting to neutral to a gear. This can cause grinding when changing gears or cause the engine to stop. A clutch that will not release may have a broken or stretched release, air in the hydraulic system, damaged lubricated shaft splines, a misaligned linkage, a leaky master or slave clutch cylinder, bent clutch drive straps, a misaligned clutch disc, a distorted clutch disc or mismatched components. Other factors that may cause clutch release problems include defective clutch pedal brackets or bushing, heavy gear oil or flexing in the firewall.

Clutch Repair

Repairing a clutch is a labour-intensive job because of separating transmission or transaxle from your car’s engine. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult an expert before diving in to solve it. Since it involves a lot of small parts and cables, it is better to let a mechanic conduct a thorough clutch repair. If you do a half-hearted job on your car’s clutch, it is prone to give you problems in the future. In a high-mileage car, it is a good idea to replace the entire clutch system with a new clutch kit. This includes replacing clutch disc, plate, pressure, and release bearing.

If you have a low-mileage car, you can only replace the component that has failed. Replacing a failed component depends on the intensity of damage and its cause. For example, if your car disc is contaminated with oil and your clutch is in good working condition, only disc replacing is required. One thing to keep in mind is to avoid using poor quality parts. If any part or the clutch itself is not manufactured to OEM specifications, it may not function correctly. This may increase your repair costs significantly. It is important to install high quality parts from a supplier like us. No part can last forever. It is up to you when you want to replace the old one, but this is all part of required car maintenance.

How long it takes?

An experienced auto repair shop like us can change a clutch in approximately three to four hours.

What is done in clutch repair?

In clutch repair, a mechanic will pull back the transmission enough to take the clutch out. A new clutch is put in its place with aliment tool and putting the transmission back.

About Brisbane Car Services

We can repair all types of clutch problems. Whether your clutch is hard to get in gear, pedal goes to the floor, car will not move when clutch is out, clutch is leaking fluid or it is slipping during driving, we are here to help. We can everything from replacing a clutch cable to replacing the clutch kit. We also repair slave cylinder and clutch master. If the cylinder is leaking or not working properly we can replace the cylinder. We specialize in clutch problems for BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Holden, Ford, Citroen, hummer, Lexus, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and other brands. We have qualified mechanics and specialists who are happy to serve you whenever you need us.  Our work is fully guaranteed and warranted. The benefits of working with us are quality, delivery and low costs and our qualified mechanics will be able to give you a quote as to the work needed and should any further work need to be performed, they will call you and advise you of the work required before proceeding.

Contact us today to organise a quote to get your car serviced.