The SACHS Dual-Mass Flywheel for Passenger Cars:Vibration Reduction in all Speed Ranges.

Dual-mass flywheel DMF

The SACHS dual-mass flywheel (planetary DMF) is the key to first-class passenger car and light commercial vehicle drivability. The driver and occupants are aware of reduced driveline and body noise and enjoy smoother travel with more pleasant gear shifts.

The use of advanced and multi-functional components enables the SACHS dual-mass flywheel to be installed also in the compact car class.

Vibration reduction in all speed ranges

Vibration characteristics with a clutch disc with torsion springs (marked in green, left) and vibration characteristics with a SACHS dual-mass flywheel (marked in green, right).

SACHS dual-mass flywheels are designed such that engine vibrations are largely reduced in all speed ranges. SACHS engineers develop dual-mass flywheels according to the specifications of the vehicle manufacturers.

SACHS quality for optimal shifting comfort

SACHS dual-mass flywheels are installed as standard features in many vehicles and have the following advantages:

  • Isolated engine vibrations
  • Reduced noise
  • Prevent transmission damage
  • Improved shifting comfort
  • Quieter start-up behaviour

Damage evaluation

Overheating of the secondary flywheel

Overheating of the secondary flywheel


  • Caused by incorrect clutch use, e. g. clutch slip.


  • Heat counteracts the effect of the damping grease. Sliding shoes, spring plate, and springs run dry.
  • The vibration damping function is limited and/or can no longer be guaranteed.
  • Heat spots can cause clutch grabbing.


  • Clearly visible annealing discolouration and heat cracking.

Primary flywheel is worn through

Primary flywheel is worn through


  • Extreme mechanical strain on the entire DMF.


  • Destruction of interior components
  • In extreme cases, internal components wear through the housing of the primary flywheel.
  • This leads to total failure of the DMF.


  • Grease leakage is another sign of this problem.

Signs of overheating inside of the secondary flywheel

Signs of overheating inside of the secondary flywheel


  • Thrust bearing wear between primary and secondary flywheel due to mechanical strain.


  • The vibration damping function is limited and/or can no longer be guaranteed.


  • Clearly noticeable by the annealing colours, as well as the unusual vehicle noise that gets stronger when disengaging the clutch.

FAQ on the SACHS dual-mass flywheel

What is the function of the DMF?

The DMF transmits the engine torque to the clutch pressure plate and the clutch disc. Its primary purpose is to isolate the torsional vibrations generated in the engine, preventing them from passing into the driveline.

Why is it a good idea to use a DMF?

The current engine technology places higher and higher demands on clutch systems and the entire driveline. Consumption-optimised lorry engines, such as diesel and petrol engines using direct injection, already have high torques with low speeds. The usable engine speed range is additionally reduced towards the idling speed level to enable fuel-efficient and low-emission driving. This increases the combustion engine's rotational irregularities. For the driveline and driver, this means increased vibrations, increased noise, and reduced comfort. This is where the DMF comes in as a powerful torsional vibration isolator. It helps protect the driveline against harmful vibration and ensures low-noise and comfortable driving.

Where is the DMF installed in the vehicle?

The SACHS dual-mass flywheel is installed between engine and transmission, together with the clutch pressure plate and the clutch disc.

How does the SACHS DMF function?

The flywheel's rotating mass is divided into a primary and a secondary mass. An extremely powerful multi-spring damping system is installed between the two masses.

Effective compression springs with a multi-stage characteristic curve design ensure optimal vibration isolation.

What are the benefits of the DMF made by SACHS?

The SACHS DMF offers numerous advantages, such as optimal vibration isolation across the entire speed range, individual adaptation to the vehicle design, effective noise reduction, smooth setting-off behaviour, great shifting and driving comfort, protection of the transmission, excellent start-stop behaviour, long service life, reduced installation space requirements, possible pull-type and push-type clutch actuation, as well as fuel economy thanks to reduced consumption because vehicles can be operated at lower rpm levels.

How can I test a DMF?

A DMF can only be tested on a special test bench for dual-mass flywheels. The workshop can only perform a visual inspection. The visual inspection, however, - similar to the tests on the test bench – is only a current recording. The assessment of these recordings requires a great amount of detailed knowledge.

How often should the DMF be checked / replaced?

Inspect the dual-mass flywheel each time the clutch is replaced. If the clutch has already been replaced once, the dual-mass flywheel should be replaced in any case.

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