In November 2019 a new drive train was fitted. I was not advised that a new clutch was needed. The car is 4 years old and has done 87000. Just over a week ago I broke down. I couldn't get the car into gear and called a recovery vehicle. The recovery person put it into gear with the engine off, I presume to drive onto the recovery vehicle. Can this cause any damage? The reason I ask is that the car needed a new clutch, friction plate and flywheel. Less than 700 miles ago the car clutch was inspected when the drive train was replaced and it was shown to not have any wear according to the garage, which was why they did not make a recommendation to change at the same time. So I have three questions:
Can putting a car which has a broken clutch system into gear with the engine off cause damage to the clutch or fly wheel?
Can a pressure / friction plate and flywheel break up suddenly any subtle hints that it will happen?
How long does it take to damage a clutch? If the pressure / friction plate has broken would this damage the clutch immediately?
The work for the clutch assembly to be fixed is £2500 including parts and labour, yet part of me feels there should have been some signs of this failing in November which were not mentioned by the garage. The other issue is whether the recovery mechanic made the problem a whole lot worse by forcing into gear.
Any help would be appreciated as I don't know if its just bad luck or if I need to query further with the garage or the recovery company.