Hydraulic-we often associate that word with adjectives such as
effortless. Well, we're pretty much spot on as those adjectives perfectly describe hydraulic devices after all. With the help of fluids, hydraulic mechanisms can be operated without demanding a lot from you. Generally, you only need to guide hydraulic devices or to give them a little push for them to function. Power steering systems and power brakes are examples of mechanisms that are hydraulically powered. If you've had the opportunity to try them out, you wouldn't want to go back to regular steering and brakes. Another prime example of a hydraulic device is the hydraulic clutch.
Hydraulic Clutch: The Basics
The hydraulic clutch operates in the same manner as the hydraulic braking system does. Much like a hydraulic brake, the hydraulic clutch uses a master cylinder and an actuator cord. It even uses brake fluid as well.
The Advantages of a Hydraulic Clutch
Apart from ease of use, there are other advantages of a hydraulic clutch over a mechanical clutch. One advantage is that it adjusts on its own when the friction material wears out. Although there are times when you'd have to adjust the hydraulic clutch yourself when it doesn't feel comfortable anymore. Don't worry since that isn't hard to do anyway.
Another advantage is that it self-lubricates cables as needed. This means that it's also not as demanding when it comes to maintenance.
Symptoms of a Faulty Hydraulic Clutch
As you know, even hydraulic mechanisms experience issues. When it comes to hydraulic clutches, you'll know right away when there's a problem because you'd be able to feel it as you drive. Below are some common telltale signs of a malfunctioning hydraulic clutch.
- If the hydraulic clutch doesn't seem to have any resistance, the most likely culprit would be low brake fluid supply. There's no need to replace your entire hydraulic clutch assembly. You may want to check if leaks are the cause of your low brake fluid supply though.
- If your hydraulic clutch shifts from being hard to soft or vice versa constantly, then the either the master or the slave cylinder may be broken. You'll need a new hydraulic clutch assembly if that's the case.
What Hydraulic Clutch Assembly to Choose?
Should you need a new hydraulic clutch assembly, you'd want an OEM replacement. An OEM hydraulic clutch assembly is of high quality. It's reliable and very durable-you won't have to replace it again anytime soon. Plus, OEM products won't give you a lot of trouble during installation.
An OEM hydraulic clutch assembly normally costs $100-$200. Some brands to look in to when it comes to hydraulic clutch assemblies are Valeo and Crown Right since they specialize in such products.