I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
For those with manual transmissions, there are a number of tell-tale sings that can indicate your car's transmission and clutch may need attention. There's no doubt that transmission systems are complex, but by paying attention to common signs of transmission trouble, car owners can diagnose common manual transmission problems.
Below are common problems that can be experienced in manual transmission and some possible solutions. Unless you are familiar with clutches and manual transmissions, should you experience any of these issues, arranging an inspection with a certified transmission service person will ensure ongoing safety when operating the vehicle and prevent any problems worsening.
1. Slipping or Popping out of Gear
In manual vehicles, if you notice the car slips out of gear, you'll get no power from the engine when accelerating and notice a higher pitched noise. from the engine. This can be caused by the link holding the gears together being worn or broken and can also happen when flywheels and pressure plates become warped. Needless to say, if your car unpredictably pops out of gear and slips into neutral, it's a serious safety risk while driving and one that needs to be attended to ASAP.
2. Does Not Shift Into Gear
Some cars have difficulties shifting into gear after pressing the clutch pedal. This can be when completely stopped and moving into first gear, or when shifting up and down between different gears. Common solutions can include the wrong transmission fluid, being used or the level being too low. Another potential fix is to adjust the cables to add additional tension to the clutch pedal.
3. Clutch Dragging
Clutch dragging refers to when a clutch refuses to fully disengage from the car's flywheel and left unattended causes significant wear and tear. Car owners will notice difficulty shifting gears and a grinding noise as the clutch and engine fails to disengage. Luckily, compared to many other clutch problems the fix is usually a relatively straightforward adjustment to the amount of slack in the clutch pedal.
4. Clunking or Grinding Noises
Your ears can be another way to identify potential transmission problems and any unusual clunking noises when pressing the clutch pedal can indicate much needed transmission servicing. If heard from the wheels it may be differential problems however when related to transmissions, the solution usually involves replacing worn or warped components.
5. Clutch Juddering
Clutch juddering is identified by low frequency vibrations in the drive shaft as the clutch pedal is slowly released when the vehicle begins to move. It can be caused by a number of factors including worn out gear box and engine mountings, misaligned pressure and flywheel plates and oil and other contaminants on the surface of the clutch that affecting the ability of the clutch to grip smoothly.