If you drive a manual transmission car, you may be surprised to find out that your car has more than one clutch in it. And it turns out that folks with automatic transmission cars have clutches, too. In fact, there are clutches in many things you probably see or use everyday: Many cordless drills have a clutch, chainsaws have a centrifugal clutch and even some yo-yos have a clutch!


Diagram of car showing clutch location

In this article, we will learn why you need a clutch, understand how the clutch in your car works, and talk about some interesting and perhaps surprising places where clutches can be found!