A clutch is a mechanical device which engages and disengages power transmission especially from driving shaft to driven shaft.In order for a car to stop without killing the engine the wheels need to be disconnected from the engine somehow. The clutch allows us to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them.
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Have you ever wondered what is happening inside a car when you press the clutch pedal? Or why do you need to press the clutch pedal before you shift gears in a manual transmission car? This video gives you logical answers to these questions. Learn Engineering
At the end of the video, we will also understand the crucial role played by the clutch in an uphill start.When you press the clutch pedal, a hydraulic system transfers the clutch motion to the center of the diaphragm spring.
When the spring is pressed, the power flow is discontinued, allowing you to make a gear change.When the pedal is up, the components are engaged and the vehicle is in motion.