Aftersales Q&A - Car Service

How long does a clutch last?

Hi, my car has done over 50,000 miles without needing a new clutch, but I'm worried that it could need replacing soon. How long does a clutch last? Will I need it changing soon?

Chris Baker

Answer from the Stoneacre aftersales team:

Hi Chris, thanks for sending us your question.

It's a difficult question to answer really, as it all depends on your driving style.

Most clutches are designed to last approximately 60,000 miles before they need to be replaced. Some may need replacing at 30,000 and some others can keep going well over 100,000 miles, but this is fairly uncommon.

If you spend most of the time cruising along on motorways, this is more gentle on your clutch and can make it last longer. However, the stop-start nature of city driving means you're using your clutch more often and, as a result, can shorten its life.

There are things you can do to prolong the life of your clutch...

Don't use the clutch needlessly - don't sit at traffic lights with the clutch pressed in. Put the car in neutral and apply the handbrake instead.

Don't ride the clutch - the clutch should either be fully depressed or fully released when driving.

Don't accelerate before gear is engaged - when changing gear, make sure that the clutch is fully released and the gear is engaged before accelerating.

Keep your car serviced - regular servicing and maintenance will keep parts working for longer.