Every time you glide to a stop or change the gears, or control your vehicle while turning at low speeds, there is an important component that ensures the maneuvers are performed properly. It tells what speed the vehicle should run and plays a crucial part in the process of sending the motive power to the engine. It's the clutch that allows you to smoothly engage the rotating engine to the non-rotating transmission by regulating slippage between them.

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The clutch helps your vehicle to be started and stopped by means of the release or throw-out bearing, pressure plate, clutch disc, and flywheel. The amount of power the clutch provides depends on the friction between a clutch plate and a flywheel. Coated with friction material similar to that of the brake pads, the clutch disc ensures solid contact with the flywheel and allows for smooth transportation of the engine power.

The clutch flywheel is one of the major parts as in fact it is the disc-shaped mechanism with hundreds of teeth around the perimeter by which power moves from the engine to the transmission, and then eventually to the wheels. These teeth will connect to a number of different cogs, just like in a clock, and will continue to spin those cogs at the right speed, which is higher when you are higher in the gear and lower when you are lower in it to ensure nothing goes wrong. They're are made of a strong steel, since they have to deal with a large amount of force, to provide the most strength possible.

The clutch disc, a rotating circular metal plate, is fitted between the engine flywheel and the clutch pressure plate, spring-loaded metal plate, and is clamped tightly between these two components when the clutch is engaged. The pressure plate spins with the flywheel and applies pressure to clamp the clutch disc firmly between itself and the flywheel. A throwout bearing which is also called 'release bearing' pulls the pressure plate and clutch disc away from the flywheel to disconnect the engine from the drivetrain when the clutch is depressed and lets the springs to push everything back together it's released.

Each time your rims start spinning, the clutch disc is subject to extreme pressure as it gets squeezed between two steel surfaces. And someday, because of the frequent use, the clutch plate coating will wear out and the clutch set won't be able to hold the twist or torque anymore. The result? It will slip soon. From clutches, flywheels, discs, release bearings and transmission mounts to complete clutch kits, we have superior parts you need to replace your the defective component before it brings serious damage to the engine. Some kits may include a pilot bearing or bushing that will prolong the life of the transmission and help ensures smooth, reliable shift quality.

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    If you’ve decided it’s time to replace the clutch on your manual-transmission car, you’ve reached the point where advantages (crisp, new-feeling response) have come to outweigh disadvantages (significant labor costs or time spent doing it yourself). Whether you don’t have a choice because your old clutch slips badly, or you want to take initiative and upgrade your vehicle by sharpening performance off the line, you have high expectations about the finished result once high labor costs are paid or you’ve spent a lot of time and effort doing it yourself. You’re anticipating silky release and take-in of the clutch pedal, smooth running without harshness or vibrations, crisp shifts that chirp tires on pavement, and the fact that your vehicle feels brand new again. Knowing what’s important when a clutch job is being done can get you those results and save you money, because taking shortcuts usually yields disappointment.

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Exactly what we were looking for! Packaging was pleasant in appearance. Foam fill for shipping really helps with heavy items and this wasn't going to move. All necessary components were in the box including alignment tool (we shaved a chamfer on the front 16th of an inch as it was extremely difficult to align into the included pilot bushing with a square edge), pressure plate, clutch disc, flywheel (lighter than stock by about 6lbs), and hydraulics. After install and bleeding, Clutch has a more firm pedal feel and grabs much better than stock. Great product from Exedy, right price from CARiD! Thanks! RodModz.
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2008 Nissan 350Z
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