In cars with manual transmissions, the lifespan of a clutch should be around 50,000 miles before needing repair. Your clutch can wear out prematurely if it is driven with improper technique or not maintained properly. Let’s look at some of the common causes of excessive clutch wear and premature clutch failure:
Riding the Clutch The term riding the clutch is used to describe times when the driver is applying pressure to the clutch pedal, but the car is not engaged in any gear. In hilly areas, drivers sometimes ride the clutch to keep from rolling backwards when stopped on a hill. Inexperienced drivers also sometimes keep the clutch down for too long during shifts. This will weaken the springs on the clutch pedal. In turn, your pedal’s performance will be altered, which can cause your clutch to wear out prematurely.
Extreme Driving Conditions Extreme driving conditions can cause your clutch to wear out faster than anticipated. This can include driving with heavy loads, going up and down steep hills and passes, or driving and shifting at extremely high speeds. If you drive under extreme conditions frequently, it is important to practice good driving habits to help your clutch to last as long as possible.
Slippage Your clutch operates by connecting and disconnecting the gears of your transmission. It is designed to tolerate a certain degree of slipping, which is when the gears are not fully engaged. When your gears slip, this causes friction that wears down the gear teeth. If your clutch is not engaging properly, this slippage will eventually cause the clutch to burn out. As soon as you notice signs that your clutch is not engaging or disengaging properly, such as lagging during acceleration or strange vibrations, you should have it checked out by your mechanic.
At Miramar Transmission, we offer a complete range of transmission repair and auto diagnostics. Give our San Diego service center a call at (888) 789-4786 so that we can repair your clutch and get you back on the road!
Brakes are arguably the most important safety feature on any vehicle, but exactly how do tiny brake pads bring thousands of pounds of metal to a stop? Take a look at this short video clip to find out.
Brake systems are hydraulic, which means that they use fluid pressure to create enough friction to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Manufactures have developed various redundancies to avoid mechanical failure and alert you when your brakes are in need of service.
Being able to stop your car is just as important as keeping it running, and the specialists here at Miramar Transmission have the resources to provide reliable brake repairs. Call (888) 789-4786 today for more information about our transmission repair services in the San Diego area.
Many drivers develop an intuitive connection with their car after years of driving and immediately notice when something is not right. Unfortunately, major transmission problems aren’t always obvious, and neglecting to address even minor symptoms can lead to some potentially expensive auto repair bills. Learn how to spot the early warning symptoms of transmission trouble below:
Noises Strange noises don’t always indicate a transmission problem, but there are certain kinds you should watch out for. Grinding gears are fairly easy to notice, but automatic transmissions may also emit whining, humming, or buzzing noises when suffering from mechanical failure. If you hear a clicking sound while turning, then you may have broken CV joints. Even if these noises are infrequent, ignoring them could lead to much more expensive transmission repairs.
Gear Slippage Many car problems exhibit similar symptoms, but any hesitation while upshifting or downshifting is generally a sign of transmission troubles. Slippage will likely feel like your car is suddenly “dragging.” Drivability issues can also manifest themselves in only a certain gear, or even just when the car is in park or neutral.
Transmission Fluid Level/Condition Your owner’s manual will tell you when you should flush your transmission system, but it doesn’t hurt to periodically have it checked by a professional—every 30,000 miles or two years is a good rule of thumb, depending on the make and model. Fresh transmission oil is a clear red color with little odor, but as it becomes worn out it will darken and smell burnt. If you notice a pinkish or amber liquid leaking from your car, have it serviced as soon as possible.
These are just a few of the most common signs of transmission trouble, so don’t hesitate to schedule service if you notice other signs of car trouble. Miramar Transmission is an experienced transmission repair shop that has been servicing all makes and models in the San Diego Community for over 20 years. See our satisfied customer reviews and call (888) 789-4786 to inquire about our two-year/24,000-mile warranty and free towing.
Motor oil is one of the first things everyone learns about car maintenance, but what exactly does it do? Take a look below to find out how oil keeps your engine running smoothly and how you can find the best type for your car.
It Lubricates Moving Parts The most obvious benefit of motor oil is that it provides lubrication. Manufacturers also use additives to help prevent mechanical wear, raise the flash point of motor oil, and reduce the amount of sulfated ash (sludge) that forms over time. However, not all motor oil brands are necessarily of equal quality, even if they have the same SAE weight index rating.
It Keeps Your Engine Cool Without the aforementioned lubrication, the friction created between moving parts builds up a lot of heat. The oil acts also as a coolant and prevents dirt particles from sticking together and damaging car parts. Clean oil is a clear brown color, but it will darken and thicken as it becomes worn out. All cars have a dipstick under the hood which allows you to quickly check oil level and quality.
How to Choose the Right Oil Ever wonder what those numbers and letters on oil bottles mean? These numbers are based on a chart developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and they refer to the “weight,” or viscosity, of the oil. Older cars often required owners to flush out the oil seasonally, but now almost all newer oils are multi-weight and are designed to function in various climates. The “W” letter means that the oil meets winterization requirements for maintaining viscosity at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Look for API oil ratings to find the best oil for your car.
Miramar Transmission of San Diego can help you avoid expensive auto repairs. We also offer a free computer diagnostic check, so don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment if you think something may be wrong. Call (888) 789-4786 today to learn more about our transmission repair services.
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