One very important component of your transmission is the clutch. This part is responsible for transmitting power from the engine to the transmission, which in turn causes your car to move. The whole time your car is operated, the clutch (connected to the transmission) and the flywheel (connected to the engine) contact from time to time. Because of the friction surface each part has, the rotational motion produced is transformed into linear motion, which explains why your car moves forward. When the clutch is worn, it is normal to experience clutch slip, clutch noise, and clutch grabbing. But you should replace this part immediately in order to drive your car better. There are a lot of brands out there that manufacture clutches and clutch kits, and one that you might try is Centerforce. But before you purchase its Dual Friction unit, let us first see its specs and performance.
- With carbon composite disc
- Sprung hub type
- New component
- Comes with a throw-out bearing and an alignment tool
- Without a flywheel
- With diaphragm pressure plate
- Comes with a 90-day Centerforce limited warranty
We tested this component on 2002 Honda City and a 2005 Mitsubishi Galant, and here is what we have to say:
- The component generally looked good. It had the right specifications for the size of the input spline, input shaft diameter, and disc diameter. The six-paddle disc style was well done, the clutch itself looked well-machined, and even the throw-out bearing seemed to have undergone some precise engineering.
- We installed this component for only an hour for each car. Afterwards, we drove the two cars to see if there would be any difference in pedal feel and driving performance. After the break-in period, we felt that the clutch pedals of the City and the Galant were more powerful. Gripping power, engagement distance, and shifting all seemed to have improved. We generally had a smoother ride with this clutch.
- The centrifugal weights helped driving at higher rpm easier.
- When we pressed on the clutch pedal of the Galant, we heard a sound as if something was being drilled. A rattling noise was also there during idle. Moreover, at 3000 rpm, we had some vibration, which would become worse as rpm increased. The problem definitely bothered us, so we decided to take a look at the unit. The center of the clutch looked as if it had been burned.
The price of this product is just acceptable, but the warranty is not that enticing. We are also concerned about the negative reviews online, saying that the unit makes too much noise and the friction material wears prematurely. It is actually for you to discover the true value of this product, but if we base the decision from out test, this Centerforce clutch kit is already a good replacement that can satisfy ordinary drivers.