A clutch plate is part of a series of discs between the pressure plate and flywheel inside of a transmission. The round plate has a friction sensitive surface that allows it to grip and sits next to the flywheel that is connected to the driveshaft, so the flywheel starts to spin as soon as the engine is turned on and the motor turns the crankshaft. When the clutch, the clutch plate moves away from the flywheel because a series of springs and bearings pulls the pressure plate back. When the clutch pedal is released, the pressure plate is reengaged by the springs and then pushes against the clutch plate. When engaged, the pressure plate forces the flywheel and clutch together. A clutch plate is designed to handle different levels of force and apply different ranges of friction depending on its design and materials. But its probably no surprise that excess heat can cause clutches to fail thats a proven fact. But using TCI® Frictions or Clutch Plates can prevent that with their superior materials and engineering. Provide smoother shifts and longer life in high horsepower applications Designed with softer, more resilient base paper for less wear against opposing steel plates Saturated with phenolic resin and silicate for high heat resistance to friction paperPit Stop USAoffers TCI Powerglide Red Plate Clutches 724005 at low everyday prices. Be sure to check out all of our products from TCI Automotive including TCI Automotive Automatic Transmission Clutch Friction Plates.