If you’ve always wanted to have a car with a manual transmission, but you’ve never driven stick before, then it’s important to take the time to learn how to do it properly. If you’ve just purc…Read More
Clutch And Transmission Service
Did you know it is recommended to get clutch and transmission service every 50,000 miles on your vehicle? This is an average, so we recommend checking the owner’s manual for your vehicle to learn the factory recommendation.
Essentially, transmission and clutch services are two things that can keep your car running strong and help you avoid costly repairs. Sometimes, if you wait too long to service the transmission, it can ruin your entire engine and can be an expensive bill to repair.
Our goal is to help you avoid a rebuild or replacement for the transmission or clutch. Through preventative maintenance, you set your car as a priority so it can continue to get you where you need to go without a worry.
Clarke’s European specializes in European imports, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Volkswagen and more, but we proudly service Asian and Domestic makes and models too.
Frequent Clutch And Transmission Services
- Transmission Replacement: A complete transmission replacement can be complicated, but it can save your engine from further failure. Transmission replacement is not a regularly scheduled maintenance service. See below for reasons you may need to consider transmission replacement.
- Transmission Fluid Service: For folks who drive their vehicles for a living, it may be necessary to change transmission fluid every 15,000 miles. However, for those who drive an automatic as a commuter vehicle or less frequently than that, transmission fluid changes are recommended every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Some manufacturers say a car can go as many as 100,000 miles before it needs to change transmission fluid. Remember, changing the fluid more frequently doesn’t harm the car.
- Clutch & Pressure Plate Service: Manual transmissions are operated by a clutch, which must be serviced regularly so it doesn’t wear out prematurely. Clutch and pressure plate service includes monitoring wear to determine if the clutch disc should be replaced, inspection of cable controls, identification of a leak in hydraulics, and an opportunity to spot possible air bubbles in the hydraulic line.
- Hydraulic Master Cylinder & Slave Cylinder Repairs: Do you like when you press the clutch pedal and the clutch actually engages? We think yes! It’s the hydraulic master cylinder and slave cylinder system that helps make this happen without a hitch. This service includes inspection of the brake fluid and operation of the clutch pedal and, of course, repairs where necessary.
Reasons To Replace A Transmission
These are warning signs that your transmission may be failing. If you notice any of these happening with your vehicle, please call us immediately for a thorough inspection. The goal is to catch the small repairs first before they cause catastrophic damage and require a full replacement.
- Fluid Leaks: Pay attention for puddles of fluid in your garage or driveway. This fluid is bright red.
- Warning Light on Dashboard: Almost all modern cars have a computerized system to alert the driver when there is a problem in a certain area. These sensors identify problems before drivers can usually see or feel them. Does the transmission temperature light engage while you’re driving? Check your transmission fluid and engine coolant levels immediately.
- Strange Smell: Transmission fluid has a tart and slightly sweet odor. If you notice this smell, it usually means the transmission fluid is burning – and that means it’s not lubricating the transmission as intended.
- Dipstick Inspection: Unlike motor oil, transmission fluid does not burn or dissipate during use. Therefore, if it has a low level during a dipstick inspection, chances are there is a leak that needs repair.
Schedule a free consultation today to determine if your vehicle needs any transmission or clutch repairs.