Reasons Behind Clutch Release Mechanism Failure in Your Jaguar

Jaguar Car Clutch

Jaguars are powerful cars with a history as exciting and exhilarating as they are to drive. Jaguar perfectly balances elements of self-assuredness with refinement. They are perfect for those who seek sophistication with a vivacious undertone.

Even with its sleek design, parts failure in your Jaguar can and will ruin your driving experience. In this article, we will take a closer look at one such part failure: the clutch release mechanism failure. We will discuss what the clutch does, symptoms of clutch failure, and where to go for help for proper repair of this problem.

A Closer Look at the Clutch

Your clutch is actually one of the hardest working systems in your car. Every stop, start, and change in gear causes the clutch to engage and disengage. Alongside your engine, which is constantly causing combustion, your clutch really does put in over time.

Typically your clutch assembly will contain the following: 

  • Release Mechanism (which can be mechanical or hydraulic)
  • Release or Throw-Out Bearing (TOB)
  • Clutch Disc
  • Cable
  • Linkage
  • Pressure Plate
  • Flywheel
  • Pilot Bearing
  • Clutch Fork

The clutch release mechanism and bearing are the integral parts of the entire clutch assembly. These are responsible for permitting the clutch system to engage and disengage the engine as required for optimum driving.

Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Clutch Release Failure

The clutch is essential to a successful driving experience. It interacts with many parts; not just within the assembly, but within the Jaguar as a whole. There can be a wide range of symptoms of clutch release failure, and listed below are some of the most common.

Poor Driving Habits

Excessively riding the clutch pedal, or letting the clutch slip too often can cause extreme friction, resulting in the clutch disc heating up, causing the clutch assembly to wear out faster.

Towing/Hauling Excessive Loads

Regularly towing heavy loads will increase the pressure and strain on your clutch, even more so if the weight you’re pulling is excessive. To ensure you do not wear your clutch out faster than intended, make sure the weight that you tow does not exceed the recommended weight listed in your Jaguar owners’ manual.


Performance moderations to your vehicle, particularly those to boost power, will increase the strain on your clutch. These are likely to accelerate the rate of deterioration of the system.

Damage to Clutch Cable

If the clutch cable is broken, warped, or overstretched, it is unlikely that your clutch release mechanism will work effectively. It requires precise tension to hold and release correctly.

Defective Clutch Cylinders

If the clutch cylinders aren’t working properly, the clutch release mechanism is unlikely to have the correct pressure build up needed to engage and disengage the engine.

Air Trapped in the Hydraulic Line

This issue has a trickle-down effect, as air will reduce the amount of space the cylinders can use to build up pressure, thus affecting the clutch release mechanism.

Mismatched Components

If you’ve undertaken your own DIY repairs recently or visited an inexperienced mechanic, you may find that the wrong clutch components were installed. Remember, not all aftermarket parts will work with your Jaguars model’s clutch.


If you notice noises coming from your clutch, this could be a sign that the release bearing has become warped or damaged and is not holding and releasing smoothly anymore.

Leaky Piston Seal

A leaky piston seal can cause hydraulic fluid to leak from your Jaguar. This Jaguar Car Clutch Repair will result in the clutch release mechanism becoming stuck or inoperable, as there isn’t enough fluid to make the pressure required to release and hold.

Seek Repairs at Pro Car Mechanics

Not only is a vehicle with parts failure a potential hazard on the road, if you  ignore the signs and symptoms of clutch problems, you could end up doing very expensive damage to your Jaguar. This may potentially render your vehicle entirely undrivable. Remember, the clutch is connected to both the engine and the wheels. Without it, your Jaguar won’t move properly or at all.

If you have clutch concerns and live in or around Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Glendale, or Anaheim, CA, Pro Car Mechanics is here to help. Our experienced team of technicians will give your precious car the attention it deserves. We will ensure any issue we find is repaired by our expert technicians in a precise and practiced manner, which is exactly what a Jaguar deserves.

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