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How Does The Clutch In a Car Works – What Happens When The Clutch Pedal Is Pressed

How the clutch in your car works and find out some interesting, and perhaps surprising, places where clutches can be found.Have you ever wondered what is happening inside a car when you press the clutch pedal?

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Or why do you need to press the clutch pedal before you shift gears in a manual transmission car? This video from Learn Engineering gives you logical answers to these questions.

At the end of the video, we will also understand the crucial role played by the clutch in an uphill start.In a car, you need a clutch because the engine spins all the time, but the car’s wheels do not. 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.When you apply the clutch pedal suddenly it increases extra wear and tear on the friction disc of the clutch, making it more likely to slip when changing gear.