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What are the clutch brakes purpose?
Views:  Update Date: Oct 18,2022

The clutch brakes purpose is a circular metal disc which has friction materials on both sides. Clutch brakes are installed in these slots between the release bearing and the transmission. The purpose of a clutch brake is to stop or slow the input shaft from rotating, allowing the gears to mesh without grinding/clashing. Two tangs on the clutch brake match machined slots in the transmission input shaft. Carudy offers three types of clutch brakes. The following details are helpful to determine which vehicle type is more suitable for the specific operating conditions and maintenance requirements of the vehicle.

1-piece clutch brake: Carudy 1-piece provides a long service life, because of its thicker steel backing plate and strong tangs. When the transmission has been removed, the one-piece clutch brake is the first choice that is economical, effective and easy to install. In addition, this clutch brake has a variety of thicknesses to choose from.

2-piece hinged clutch brake: The advantage of this unique hinged type is the locking system, because it ensures a stable and positive joint, which can run under the heaviest torque load. It is suitable for service applications, can be easily installed without disassembling the transmission, and is available in three thicknesses.

Torque limiting clutch brake: it is recommended to use the current OEM style for all heavy loads. Its characteristic belt is a hub, with an independent Belleville washer, designed for about 12 ft   Ibs. of torque, sliding. Which provides a smoother joint and protects the brake from overload and tangs breakage caused by driver abuse. This is a one-piece design, which can only be installed on the premise of removing the lower transmission. It can also be selected in various thicknesses.

* * Note: Repairing the flywheel can keep the installed clutch away from the transmission. Therefore, a thicker clutch brake is needed to maximize the full adjustment capability of the clutch. To determine whether a thicker clutch brake is needed, place a straight edge on the flange of the engine housing and measure the flywheel friction surface (* dimension A), excluding the thickness of the straight edge.