In the last article, we saw the role played by a clutch in a vehicle. In this article, we will see what the mains parts are in a clutch and what role each part plays.
The clutch system is made up of many parts. But there are five major components. They are: flywheel, pressure plate, friction disc, throw out bearing and release system.
The flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft and it spins when the engine moves. The pressure plate is in turn connected to the flywheel. The pressure plate is spring loaded and it performs two roles. It maintains the unity of the clutch assembly and it releases tension, allowing the clutch assembly to move freely.
The friction disc or clutch disc is located between the pressure plate and the flywheel. The clutch disc contains friction surfaces on both sides, allowing it to build or break contact with the flywheel or pressure plate, allowing smooth operation of these parts. The throw out bearing and the release system operate in unison.
So who do these different systems work? What happens is, when the truck is moving, the clutch is engaged and everything moves as one unit. But when you push the clutch pedal, the clutch assembly gets disengaged. Now the crankshaft and clutch wheel start to turn independently of the pressure plate and flywheel.
In the next part of this article, we will see what happens when you release the clutch. Tim's Truck Capital sells trucks in Epsom, New Hampshire. If you want to buy a used truck here, please contact us. We will give you the best terms.
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