Porsche makes some of the best performance cars you can buy. They are powerful, attractive, and fun to drive. Part of the fun aspect comes from Porsche’s use of the manual transmission, which allows the driver greater control of the vehicle by shifting gears themselves. This is as opposed to an automatic transmission, which utilizes an onboard computer to shift without any input needed from the driver.
Many Porsches have manual transmissions, which have some components that are not present in automatic transmissions. While automatic transmissions have two pedals, one for the brake and the other for the gas pedal, a manual transmission has both pedals plus a clutch pedal to allow the driver to shift gears. An important component of this system is called the clutch slave cylinder, which helps you to shift gears smoothly.
Unfortunately, clutch slave cylinders are known to wear out and need replacing. It is a good idea to know the signs of a failing slave cylinder so you can be on top of the problem and know when service is an urgent need.
The Clutch Slave Cylinder Function and Failure
The clutch slave cylinder is used whenever you press the clutch pedal. The cylinder is attached to another, larger cylinder called the clutch master cylinder. When you press the clutch in, there is a rod in the master cylinder that uses hydraulic fluid in order to help the clutch’s pressure plate disengage from the engine. This is what allows the transmission to be temporarily separated from the engine so you can shift gears. Without this mechanism, you cannot separate the transmission’s rotational speed from that of the engine. This is necessary to allow you to slide into other gears that operate best at varying engine speeds.
So what happens if the clutch slave cylinder stops working properly? You might notice the clutch pedal itself feels somewhat “spongy” or softer than it used to. It might also drop to the floorboard whenever you press the pedal, even though you did not apply enough force to push it to the floor. The hydraulic fluid used might leak, being visible under the car. Of course, cars have multiple fluids and it can be somewhat difficult to know which fluid is leaking and from which location. This is why regular inspection and servicing of your Porsche is warranted so experts can help catch these issues as they arise and prevent further possible damage.
Another symptom is the transmission itself no longer shifting smoothly or being hard to engage gears. For example, it might be hard to push the gear stick from second to third gear, or even make grinding noises that were not previously present. Although these symptoms can also be caused by other problems within the transmission, the clutch slave cylinder cannot be ruled out.
It is obvious that any of these issues arising will ruin the driving experience that makes Porsche what it is. Preventative maintenance and regular inspection by trained professionals is your best option in ensuring you do not have major problems with your vehicle. It also means that if there is a problem with your clutch slave cylinder, it will be addressed effectively to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Also note that problems can exist elsewhere in the system, such as the master cylinder, making it all the more important for regular servicing to ensure all interacting parts are in good shape and working as they should.
Bavarian Auto for Your Porsche’s Service Needs
Serving Chattanooga, Tennessee as well as the nearby areas of Ooltewah and Hixson, TN, Bavarian Auto is the best choice for your Porsche’s service, maintenance, and repairs. We are an independent, family owned business, open since 1981. Our master technicians have over 120 years of combined experience in import vehicles. A 36-month/36,000-mile warranty is provided on our work. Our team uses the latest in tools and equipment, ensuring your vehicle gets the best possible treatment.
We are located at 6150 Enterprise Park Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37416 and our hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM. To schedule an appointment, please call us 423-499-8800. We look forward to assisting you today with your car care needs!