How does a manual transmission clutch work?

If you are driving freak, then this information is for you. Driving a car is a really pleasurable thing. Do you know how a manual transmission clutch works? If your answer is “No,” then read this blog to increase your knowledge about the Manual Transmission of the clutch. Before we talk about manual transmission, let’s discuss”What is clutch”?

What is a Clutch?

Clutch is partly used to engage and disengage the drive shaft in your car. Clutch allows the available gears to get engaged or disengaged. To complete the motion, the driver needs to manipulate a manual panel, or we can call it a lever for shifting the gears, this is called “Manual Transmission.”

How does a car clutch work?

Do you know how your clutch works? Ok, let’s understand that. A clutch contains flywheel, pressure plates, bearings, and a disc with an inbuilt release system. The most important part is the flywheel, this can spin as per the motion of your car engine. Flywheel consists of some pressure plates mounted over it. These pressure plates are responsible for holding the clutch assembly together.

There is another part present in-between the flywheel and plates, and this is called “Disc.” This small but important part allows pressure plates and flywheel to connect and disconnect whenever required. Release system and throw-out bearing perform the function of engagement and disengagement.

What is Manual Transmission?

Now, let’s discuss the manual transmission. In a manual transmission, the shaft sends power to the wheels of your car in means of available gears. All the other parts work in such a way, so that load on the shaft distributed equally. As we have discussed earlier, the input shaft runs in the middle of the disk, pressure plates and flywheels and distributes the load of the shaft.

You will be surprised to know that there is one small bearing present in the middle of the flywheel, which helps the shaft to rotate. By these rotations, the function of clutch assembly depends, and it starts engaging and disengaging.

How things work when you press the clutch?

While driving, when you press the clutch pedal, a manual function gets started. During this time, when pressure applies to the clutch pedal, all the components disc, flywheel, and pressure plate got disengaged. When these pressure plates are disengaged, only then you change the gears. Once the clutch pedal is up, all the components are engaged, and your car will be in motion.


Wow, it is fascinating to understand the phenomenon of manual transmission and how a manual transmission clutch works? To understand this more, you need to know about the theory of friction, which explains the difficulty of sliding any object on the other one. Majorly, the fundamental rule of friction is more effective in case of breaks, but surprisingly it is applicable in clutches too. So, next time when you ride your car, you can say that you are familiar with the manual transmission of the clutch.

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