The flywheel transfers mechanical energy from the engine to the clutch plate. Gear shifting takes place when they make contact, whether you drive a manual or automatic transmission. If your car's flywheel us broken, it will cause your car to stall because you wouldn't be able accelerate. This portion will show the things you need to know when you're searching for a replacement.
The right size of the flywheel
Determine the size of the flywheel that is fit for your car. You should give the specific make, type, and year of your car when you shop so it will be easier to find. Another thing you can do is to remember the size of flywheel your car. You can easily compare it to know if it will fit on the flywheel holder or not.
The comparison between the two flywheel systems
The two kinds of flywheel systems are single and dual mass. The difference between the two systems is mostly about effect on your vehicle handling. Here's a more detailed approach on both systems:
- Single mass
- Dual mass
A single mass flywheel system performs well in a very high usage level. The design for a single mass flywheel and clutch is also easier for most vehicles. However, it produces more vibration to the drivetrain which can feel rough when you drive.
The advantage of a dual mass flywheel system is its smooth driving from lesser engine vibration. It can also decrease difficulty from the transmission and the drivetrain. These are all possible if the vehicle's engine is still made from stock parts. Otherwise, the modifications that give more power to the engine will make it difficult for a dual mass flywheel to reach the same level.
If you still have the original engine parts on your car, then the best option is the dual mass. For those vehicles that had been modified, the single mass flywheel is the best selection. For the single mass, the appropriate flywheel size would still be determined depending on the engine.
Aluminum or steel flywheel
These are the two typical materials used in a flywheel. To know which one is better, consider what type of car you drive. An aluminum flywheel is lighter, and gives better horsepower, so it's applicable for most race cars or a vehicle similarly designed. A steel flywheel on the other hand, is heavier and it will yield a higher amount of torque. This type of flywheel is good for off-road or utility vehicles.