Clutches wear out. In fact, it’s common for a clutch to be replaced before a car reaches the end of its lifespan. That’s because clutches experience a certain amount of wear and tear in the normal course of use.
Predicting how long a clutch will last, however, is like solving a complex equation with lots of variables. Any of those variables can make a big difference in how the equation comes out. You’ll hear stories about clutches that last more than 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometers) and other stories about clutches that wear out in less than 30,000 (48,280 kilometers).