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Manual transmissions use a clutch and flywheel assembly to connect the engine to the transmission. The flywheel is a mounted to the back of the engine. When you’re in gear, the clutch is engaged, meaning that the pressure plate is pushing the clutch plate against the flywheel. When you push the clutch pedal in, a cable or hydraulic piston pushes on a release fork. The clutch fork pushes a throw out bearing into a diaphragm spring which will pull the pressure plate away from the clutch and release it from the engine.

When replacing the clutch in your car it’s important to check your flywheel to make sure there are no abnormal cracks or wear. You’ll also want to make sure the teeth of the flywheel are in good condition, these teeth are what the starter uses to crank your engine over. Buying a used flywheel from Tom’s Foreign Auto will save you hundreds on your next clutch job. Search our parts store today for the used auto parts you need to get your car back on the road.

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