The clutch is made up three main parts - the clutch plate, pressure plate and flywheel. When the clutch is engaged (foot off the pedal), the springs in the clutch press these three parts together so that the engine and the transmission are connected and spinning at the same speed. When you press your foot on down on the clutch pedal, however, the springs pull the pressure plate away from the clutch plate, so that the flywheel and pressure plate spin at a different rate, allowing you to smoothly change gears.
If your experiencing any of the following issues you may need a new clutch replacement:
If you happen to notice your car emitting a burning smell, similar to burning rubber, this is a sign that your clutch is overheating and your clutch plate is beginning to wear and tear.
Slipping out of Gear
A clutch that slips out of gear during regular driving, even if it’s only occasionally, should be replaced. It can indicate that your clutch is worn.
A soft clutch is an early sign that your clutch is beginning to fail. Try and drive your car for a short distance and keep your attention to how your clutch feels and how far you let the clutch out before the gear catches. If you have to allow your clutch to come out most of the way, that is also a sign of a worn clutch.