The mechanics of your clutch cable

To get your car moving, press the clutch pedal, now this activates your clutch cable and you choose a gear and the give the car some gas. Have you ever wondered what is really going in the shifting system of your car when you are driving? Let’s talk a bit about clutch cable in general and the way this system works. The clutch cable shifting system works in essentially the same way as any other clutch, but it has fewer pivot points. In fact, it’s wonderfully simple. It’s lightweight, and it’s the most common type of linkage in most cars that are on the market today. The cable connects the clutch pedal pivot directly to the release fork, eliminating practically all of the wear points that are found in shaft and gear lever linkages. The only downside to a cable clutch is that if you own your car for a long time, the cables will eventually wear and stretch, and could even break. If the cable wears or stretches, you may find it difficult to put your car in gear. If it breaks, you won’t be able to shift at all. The clutch cable is what allows the engine to deliver power gradually to your vehicle when you’re starting out, and to move through the various gears while driving. Engaging the clutch sends power from the engine to your car’s transmission and drive wheels. When you push your foot down on the clutch pedal, the power transfer is stopped, but the engine keeps on working – it’s just not sending anything to the drive wheels. Please always check your clutch system, cables, clutch kit and your clutch pedals to make sure all these parts are in a good condition.

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