Clutch Types


Push type clutch:  The most common type of clutch used in earlier model vehicles. When the clutch pedal is depressed, a cable or hydraulic piston pushes on the release fork which presses the thrust bearing onto the clutch pressure plate diaphragm spring. With the spring depressed the clutch disc is then disconnected from the rotating flywheel that is attached to the engine. When the pedal is released, the clutch will engage and transmit torque from the engine to the drivetrain.


Pull type clutch: The most common type of clutch found in later model vehicles. Works the same as a push type clutch but the throw out bearing is retained to the clutch pressure plate diaphragm and when the clutch pedal is depressed the bearing pulls the diaphragm in the direction away from the engine to release the clutch disc. This clutch always uses hydraulic actuation and generally has more clamp load than the push type clutch allowing a more compact clutch to transmit higher torque.


Twin and Triple plate clutches: Used in high performance applications,
A twin plate clutch system is capable of transmitting twice the torque of a single plate system.


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