A flywheel is a part of the clutch system in a manual transmission. Located at the rear of the crankshaft between the engine and transmission, this heavy metal disk measures between 12 and 15 inches in diameter with gear teeth cut into it. The flywheel helps to start the engine, ensures it runs smoothly, and reduces stress on the drivetrain. Alaska Clutch Rebuilders of Anchorage, AK, has 50 years of experience repairing transmission issues, and they know that if you spot discoloration and wear on the flywheel, it needs to be resurfaced with clean metal. Below, they explain why flywheel resurfacing is important.

Top 3 Reasons Why You Need Flywheel Resurfacing

Keeps Clutch From Slipping

flywheel resurfacingOver time, you may notice that your engine revs but the car doesn’t accelerate. This is a sign that your clutch is slipping. Eventually, the engine won’t be able to move the car at all. This likely indicates that you need flywheel resurfacing so that the clutch can engage. If this is the case, you may spot signs such as your car hesitating before accelerating, a burning odor, or unusually high RPMs. If your clutch is slipping, it could require a major clutch repair or a simple resurfacing of the flywheel. A professional can help you determine the problem.

Avoid Clutch Chatter

Clutch chatter is when you feel a shudder or vibration when you attempt to accelerate. This often occurs if there is a faulty clutch component. As the clutch is having trouble engaging the flywheel, the shudder occurs during the initial engagement, but will then go away after the clutch engages fully. If the problem is especially bad, the car may not move forward. While clutch slippage could require a replacement, chatter is usually just a sign that you need your flywheel resurfaced.

Fix Cracking

Cracking of the flywheel is a serious problem and often requires a replacement. However, small cracks are normal, as the engine’s heat and contact with the clutch routinely cause small defects. Usually, simple flywheel resurfacing can fix the problem, which is much cheaper than the alternative: transmission repair. If you have any cracks in the flywheel, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired as soon as possible, as they can grow, making your car dangerous to drive.

If your clutch is slipping, chattering, or cracking, the solution may simply be flywheel resurfacing. If you notice clutch problems in your car, Alaska Clutch Rebuilders can handle the repairs for you. They also sell guaranteed car parts, including twin disk clutches, cylinders, and hydraulics. For more information on their services, call (907) 563-5967 or visit their website.