The clutch is an important part of an automobile that is used to transfer power from the engine to the driving wheel through the transmission box (Gearbox). Almost every vehicle has a clutch for its working except (Electric vehicles). Without a clutch, it is not possible to drive a vehicle because the power can not be transferred to the wheels. Here we will discuss the main parts of a clutch. So let’s begin…
Main Parts of Clutch
The main parts of a clutch are mainly divided into three groups.
1. Driving members
2. Driven members
3. Operating members
1. Driving Members:
- The driving members consist of a flywheel which is mounted on the engine crankshaft.
- The flywheel is bolted to a cover that carries pressure plate, pressure springs and releasing levers.
- As the flywheel is bolted to the cover assembly, thus, the entire assembly of the flywheel and the cover rotate all the time.
- The clutch housing and cover are provided with openings so that the heat produced during the function dissipates easily.
2. Driven Members:
- The driven members consist of a disc or plate called a clutch plate.
- The clutch is free to slide on the splines of the clutch shaft.
- It carries friction materials on both of its surfaces.
- When the clutch plate is gripped between the flywheel and the pressure plate, it rotates the clutch shaft through splines.
3. Operating Members:
- The operating members consist of a foot pedal, linkage, release, or throw-out bearings.
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