Clutch Repair: Fix Your Manual Transmission With the Help of a Transmission Repair Shop in Mesa

Friday, November 10th, 2017

If you have a manual transmission, you’re going to need clutch repair.  But how do you know if your car has a manual transmission or an automatic one?

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How Do I Know If My Car Has a Manual Transmission?

The easiest way to tell if your car has a manual transmission is to look at your gear shift and your pedals. If your gear shift has a lot of numbers and only one letter or very few letters, then that is a sign of a stick shift. The other way is to count the pedals in your car. If you have two pedals, you have an automatic transmission. If you have three pedals, however, that means you have a manual transmission.  Like all vehicles, cars that have a manual transmission have a gas pedal and a brake pedal.  But where they differ is that they have a third pedal, which is the clutch pedal.

When you’re shifting gears in a manual transmission, remember CSR.  And by CSR, we’re not talking about a customer service representative.  CSR stands for Clutch-Shift-Release.  An automatic transmission shifts gears for you.  In a manual transmission, however, you shift gears up or down depending on your speed, incline/decline and other factors.

How Common Are Manual Transmissions in the US?

Manual transmissions are extremely rare in the US. They only account for 3% of all cars. According to this article excerpt from the article “The disappearing stick shift: Less than 3% of cars sold in the U.S. have manual transmissions” by Charles Fleming:

“For decades, almost all automakers offered almost all their vehicles with a choice of automatic or manual drive trains. The stick shift had so long been the standard that a manual transmission was actually known in the industry as a “standard” transmission.

Driving enthusiasts and bargain hunters preferred them, because cars with three pedals on the floor tended to perform better, get better gas mileage and cost less to buy — sometimes up to $1,000 cheaper.

But as automakers perfected the automatic transmission, and learned to make it less expensive and more dependable, drivers became accustomed to the relative ease of leaving the shifting to the car. Automatics gradually became the preferred option, and automakers began offering them in fewer vehicles, saving them money because they no longer had to manufacture two drive trains.” [Read Source]

Car enthusiasts love manual transmissions.  So if you have one, take care of it.  Take your car into a transmission repair shop in Mesa that does clutch repair and service.

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Transmission Repair in Mesa: The Difference Between Transmissions

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

When you need transmission repair in Mesa, it’s important to know what type of transmission your vehicle has.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Manual or an Automatic Transmission?

How can you tell if you have a manual or an automatic transmission? One way is to count the pedals, however, it is likely that if you live in the US, you’re dealing with an automatic. To further confuse the issue, here is an excerpt from Kiplinger Business:
“The decline of the manual transmission (in the U.S.) has been decades in the making, but two factors are, ahem, accelerating its demise:

Number one: Automatics, developed by firms such as Borg-Warner (BWA), ZF Friedrichshafen and Aisin, are getting more efficient, with up to nine gear ratios, allowing engines to run at the lowest, most economical speeds. Many Mazdas and some BMWs, among others, now score better fuel mileage with an automatic than with a stick.

Number two: Among high-performance cars, such as Porsches, “automated” manual shifts are taking hold. They use electronics to control the clutch instead of your left foot. You can select the gears with paddles, or just let the computer take care of that, too. The result: Shifting is faster than even for the most talented clutch-and-stick jockey, improving the cars’ acceleration numbers. Plus, the costs on these are coming down, and they can now be found in less-expensive sporty cars, such as the Golf GTI.

Even the biggest of highway trucks are abandoning the clutch and stick for automatics, for fuel-efficiency gains and to attract drivers who won’t need to learn how to grind their way through 18-plus gears.

Some price-leader economy models, such as the Nissan Versa and Ford Fiesta, will list manuals on their cheapest configurations (though few will actually sell), and a segment of enthusiast cars, such as the Ford Mustang and Mazda Miata MX-5, will continue to offer the traditional three-pedal arrangement for some years to come. “It will be reserved for the ‘driver’s vehicle,’” says Ivan Drury, an analyst for Edmunds.com. But finding one will be a challenge — those holdout drivers had better be prepared to special-order their clutch cars.” [VIEW SOURCE]

Final Thoughts About Transmission Repair and Service

Ultimately, regardless of whether you have an automatic or a manual transmission, you’re likely going to need transmission repair.

So count your pedals, and look at your gear shift. And then, take your car into a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Transmission Repair in Mesa: Manual Vs. Automatic

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Transmission repair in Mesa hinges on an important question: manual or automatic? This article will attempt to dispel some myths about transmissions and how to fix them.

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Manual Transmissions and Automatic Transmissions

What’s the difference between a manual transmission and an automatic transmission? With a manual transmission the driver is shifting gears up or down depending on speed and terrain. An automatic transmission is done by a computer module and the driver shifting rarely. With that said, here are some myths regarding automatic and manual transmissions.

Myth #1: Manual Transmissions Are Simpler than Automatics

In older sports cars, manual transmissions are a lot simpler than automatics. However, a lot of next generation manual transmissions are a lot more complicated than they used to be, with computer chips and a few extra gears. They are in a way, almost a hybrid between manual transmissions and automatic transmissions. Both require transmission service.

The repair jobs are different, and like all repair jobs, some are easier than others are. By no means, however, should you attempt to do transmission repair on your own unless you know for sure what you’re doing. And no, reading a book, or watching a video is adequate preparation.

Most transmission repair shops in Mesa have ASE certified mechanics with years of both study and experience.

Myth #2: Automatic Transmissions Need More Work Than Manual Transmissions

Again, this is old information. During the 70’s and 80’s a lot of cars made in the US had rather shoddy transmissions. They would break down at one of the milestone markers, and repairs were costly. That’s how this myth got so firmly planted in our consciousness.

Myth #3: A Manual Transmission Will Outlive an Automatic Transmission.

Yes and no on this. While manual transmissions do indeed last longer than automatic transmissions do, clutches get replaced far more often than components in an automatic transmission. So it kind of evens out.

Transmission Repair: Some Words to Live By

Your owner’s manual should always be your guide.  If your owner’s manual says to get your transmission serviced every 15,000 miles, then get it serviced every 15,000 miles.  While you may grumble about having to pay for a bit of service, which would you rather have?  A repair bill that is a few hundred dollars, or a major transmission replacement to the tune of many thousands of dollars in some cases.

So whether you need clutch repair or transmission repair, remember that you are responsible for your car.

So take it to someone that can help, your friendly transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Why You Need Professional Transmission Repair in Mesa

Friday, October 21st, 2016

You need professional transmission repair in Mesa for a wide variety of reasons.

As we covered in a previous article, when transmissions start acting up, they soon can start to spiral out of control and the next thing you know, you’re looking at a major repair, particularly if you have an automatic transmission.

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Automatic Transmission Repair in Mesa

While clutch repair does happen, automatic transmissions are way more complicated.  The more complex a system is, the more potential problems it can have if you don’t take care of it.  And by “take care of it,” we mean to take it to a transmission repair shop.  Do not try to fix it yourself.

Oh we know what you’re thinking.  You read up on transmission repair, and you are aching to try that novelty wrench you bought for only $19.95, however, if you try to fix your transmission yourself, you could find yourself with a very expensive piece of sculpture in your garage or driveway that used to be your car.

The average automatic transmission has over 1,000 parts, mostly gears, but still.  Do you know the best way to unfasten a torque converter?  Not to mention the fact, that you’re going to need between $10,000 and $20,000 for the all the equipment necessary to fix a transmission.

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According to David Tracy at Jalopnik: “The sheer number of moving parts makes them very difficult to comprehend. LYour engine connects to your transmission at a place called a bell housing. The bell housing contains a torque converter for automatic transmission-equipped vehicles as opposed to a clutch on manual vehicles. The torque converter is a fluid coupling whose job it is to connect your engine to your transmission and thus to your driven wheels. The transmission contains planetary gearsets which are in charge of providing different gear ratios.”  [READ SOURCE]

There’s more, but summing up, a transmission is an incredibly complex and sophisticated component, what with the gearsets, computer modules, in addition to tubes and many different connection points.  And like all complex things, a simple problem can make it lock up almost immediately.

While some transmission repairs like changing the transmission fluid are relatively simple, there is still a bit of a learning curve involved.

Look.  You need your car, right?  You’ve invested a lot of money in buying it, right?  So why not take care of it the right way.  Take it to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Manual Transmission Problems and Transmission Repair in Mesa (Contd.)

Friday, August 5th, 2016

How much will it cost to fix a manual transmission? The answer depends on a few factors.

Repair Costs For a Manual Transmission

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As we covered previously, the good news about manual transmissions is that repairing them is relatively inexpensive, compared to repairing an automatic transmission. If you’re not a car expert, you shouldn’t fix it yourself. Nonetheless, you should know some common problems and repairs for manual transmissions so you can assess whether or not your mechanic is giving you a fair price.

If your transmission leaks, you might have an excess of transmission lubricant. If the transmission case is cracked or warped, that also can result in leakage. Missing bolts, loose pieces, and clogs in the vent hole also can cause transmission lubricant leaks. If you suspect you have a transmission leak, park your car on a layer of paper towels. That will allow you to determine where the leak is.

Clutch Repair: The Sounds of Trouble

If your transmission makes a lot of noise in any one particular gear, you need to take it to a mechanic quickly. This can be a of sign worn bearings on that gear, as well as a lack of brake fluid.

If your drivetrain is making noise when you’re driving, there are a few possible causes. One possibility is worn out wheel bearings. Noise that only appears (or only disappears) when turning is usually caused by wheel bearings that need to be replaced, which is good news since this has nothing to do with your transmission and is cheaper to fix.

If you can’t easily shift from one gear to the next, it might mean that the linkage needs to be replaced. If you hear grinding when you’re trying to shift gears, it’s probably a problem with the synchronizers, which interact with the gears to control their speed.

Whatever the problem is, it’s wise to take your car, truck or SUV in and have a transmission specialist look at it. Some companies will even give you a no cost external diagnosis of your transmission plus and estimate for repairs. Since being stranded is not most people’s definition of a fun time, regular maintenance is helpful along with taking your vehicle in for expert advice when you feel or hear anything out of the ordinary.

The problems that develop with manual transmissions may involve anything from a clutch going out to a pin missing, which allows the transmission to become misaligned. If your mechanic replaces your clutch, he will clean the pressure plate and flywheel to ensure that there is no oil on these surfaces.

Your mechanic should also check the pilot bearing and the throw-out bearing, to make sure that they haven’t become too worn to operate effectively. The throw-out bearing’s inside collar can also become scored.

Even a manual transmission can be complex.  So what should you do?  Take it to a transmission repair shop in Mesa of course.

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Manual Transmission Problems and Repairs

Friday, June 24th, 2016

If you are having problems with your manual transmission, don’t try to fix it yourself, take it to a mechanic.

Manual Transmission Problems and Where to Get Them Fixed

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A manual transmission is found in cars with a stick shift. The stick shift is characterized by the H-shaped recess below the stick. Instead of automatically transitioning from one gear to another, the car manually transitions when you move the stick around the H, pushing in the clutch to the left of the gas pedal as you do. This takes practice and is more difficult than driving an automatic. Most people who choose a manual transmission do so because of the better miles to gallon gas ratio, or the desire to have more control over the vehicle.  However, while a manual transmission is inherently simpler than an automatic, don’t try to fix it yourself.  Go to a transmission repair shop in Mesa if you are having any sort of manual transmission problems.

The good news about manual transmissions is that repairing them is inexpensive, compared to repairing an automatic transmission. If you’re not a car expert, you shouldn’t fix it yourself. Nonetheless, you should know some common problems and repairs for manual transmissions so you can assess whether or not your mechanic is giving you a fair price.

An important issue to remember that is the same whether your transmission is manual or automatic is that the transmission fluid must be replaced periodically. A burning smell always means trouble. The transmission fluid should be just under, but not past, the full line. It should be pink, and never brown.

If your car is making a rattling noise when you travel at low speeds, it might mean that your car’s construction allows for more transaxle movements at some gears than others. If that’s the case, you may need to switch to synthetic gear oil. This may be part of your car, rather than a repair issue.

If the clutch needs to be replaced frequently, it might be a sign that your driving habits need to change. Normally, your clutch should be good for at the very least 40,000 miles and usually more. If it doesn’t last that long, you may be switching gears too quickly or using the clutch to slow the car going downhill when you should be using the brakes. Short clutch life can also be caused by pulling heavy loads. Even if you’re careful, it’s normal to need to replace the clutch after about 60,000 miles and if you have excellent driving habits you can eke a few more miles out of it than this.  When in doubt, read your car’s owner’s manual, or contact a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

So remember, if you need manual transmission repair, go to a professional: a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Clutch Repair in Mesa (Contd.)

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Manual transmission repair in Mesa might be more necessary than you might think.

As we covered previously, if you find your vehicle slipping out of gear for no apparent reason, it means that your clutch is at the end of its life and will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

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Manual Transmission Repair and Why You Might Need It

-Hydraulic linkages can also fail causing a loss of pressure that prevents the clutch from disengaging. Once again this may not be an indication of clutch failure but the leak will still need to be fixed. It can determine the pressure feel of your pedals. Clutch pressure plates are also important components for the transmission clutch. There are also several different types such as street or race clutch pressure plates which can give a lower chance of slippage.

As in most car maintenance matters, your mechanic is the one to turn to when clutch problems are indicated. These are simple tips will point you in the right direction.

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Clutch Problems

There are various problems that can be had with the clutch system in the car. The clutch system works with spinning, moving parts. If these parts become misaligned, the system will not work properly and may completely break down. Then guess what?  You’ll need clutch repair.

In general, the main problem with the clutch system comes from the friction properties of the clutch. The friction helps to engage and disengage the system, and will eventually wear down as you clutch goes through miles and miles of use. When the friction of the clutch is not working properly, the spinning parts have trouble synchronizing. The clutch will slip, and will cause issues with gearshifts as you drive.

Clutch misuse can cause issues and damage to your car. This is why many look to automatic transmission vehicles for their car. The automatic system takes care of the clutch, removing the need for the driver to actually operate the clutch through the clutch pedal.

What Happens If You Don’t Get It Fixed

There’s still some juice in it and it works most of the time, so why not just let it go? If you’re not too bothered by having to try a couple times to get into first gear, here’s what you should do: get a good auto repair club membership quickly or find some good tow services. You’re going to need them when your clutch totally gives out and you’re coasting to the side of the road wondering why you didn’t just get it taken care of! In other words, take it into our transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Manual Transmission Repair in Mesa: Call a Pro

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Manual transmission repair may seem easy on the surface, however, it can be more complicated than you think.

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The Components of a Manual Transmission

A manual transmission consists of a clutch that the driver operates, as well as a gear shift.  Most  manual transmissions allow the driver to select any forward gear, usually denoted by numbers.

Outside of the cabin of the car, the manual transmission is comprised of a flywheel that’s attached to the crankshaft,  the clutch disk between the pressure plate and the flywheel.  In addition, there’s also a part known as the throw out bearing that   When your engine’s on, and your clutch pedal’s up, your car’s flywheel spins the clutch plate.  When you press down on the clutch, the throw out bearing causes the pressure plate to stop applying pressure to the clutch disk. Sounds simple right?

Why You Need a Professional for Clutch Repair

First off, there’s the issue of accessibility.  If you have to repair your clutch, almost all of the components are underneath the car, which means you’re going to need a roll up ramp for safety, and some wheel clocks.  And no, you can’t use a jack.  Or more accurately, you can use a jack, and risk having the car fall on you.  Household accidents such as these are some of the biggest causes of injuries or even deaths per year, to the tune of 30,000 just in the US.  To go out and buy all of the equipment that you’re going to need, you’re going to have to shell out some serious money.  Next up, there is a bit of a learning curve involved even in a manual transmission.

Even with a piece of equipment as simple as a manual transmission is, if you take the wrong thing apart, you could end up with a very expensive sculpture in your carport or garage that used to be your car or truck.  No one wants that.  Another thing to think about is the fact that if you work, you’re likely not going to have time to repair your clutch yourself.  Hence the reason for a shop that does clutch repair.

It’s a good thing to save money, however, having a professional repair your manual transmission makes great financial sense.  All it takes is one loose screw to damage your car’s clutch assembly,  or any of the components inside.  So take no chances.  Go to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Transmission Repair in a Muscle Car

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Transmission repair is part of owning a car, even a high performance car like a muscle car.  First off though, what is a muscle car?  Well according to this Wikipedia article excerpt: Muscle car is a term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles.[1] The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.” A large V8 engine is fitted in a 2-door, rear wheel drive, family-style mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. Sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for mainly street use and occasional drag racing.

Transmission Repair and High Performance Vehicles

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They are distinct from two-seat sports cars and expensive 2+2 GTs intended for high-speed touring and road racing. Developed simultaneously in their own markets, muscle cars also emerged from manufacturers in Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. [READ MORE]. Wherever your car comes from, it will need to have transmission repair done, preferably in advance of any problems.

Why Would a Muscle Car Need Transmission Repair?

The reason lies in the term “high performance,” as you expect a lot more out of your muscle car than someone who just drives his car to the office every day and church on Sunday.  The last thing you want is your clutch to pop while you’re driving or experience transmission slipping.  Street drag racing is illegal in most parts of the country, however, there are places even in Arizona where you can legally race.   If nothing else, the mental picture of your car’s engine roaring should make your morning commute enjoyable.

Keep up your car proactively so it can stay high performance, and not be a clunker. Change your oil and your tires periodically, and check your belts and hoses.  Above all else, get transmission repair done as soon as you can.

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Car Components Part II: Manual Transmissions and Clutches

Monday, January 21st, 2013
Clutch repair in Mesa

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Part two of our three part series will explore manual transmissions and clutches.  In part one, we covered the automatic transmission.  In part three, we’ll explore what a rear differential is.

What is a Manual Transmission?

According to this WIKIPEDIA article:

Manual transmissions often feature a driver-operated clutch and a movable gear stick. Most automobile manual transmissions allow the driver to select any forward gear ratio (“gear”) at any time, but some, such as those commonly mounted on motorcycles and some types of racing cars, only allow the driver to select the next-higher or next-lower gear. This type of transmission is sometimes called a sequential manual transmission. Sequential transmissions are commonly used in auto racing for their ability to make quick shifts.[citation needed]

Manual transmissions are characterized by gear ratios that are selectable by locking selected gear pairs to the output shaft inside the transmission. Conversely, most automatic transmissions feature epicyclic (planetary) gearing controlled by brake bands and/or clutch packs to select gear ratio. Automatic transmissions that allow the driver to manually select the current gear are called Manumatics. A manual-style transmission operated by computer is often called an automated transmission rather than an automatic.

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Are Clutches Better Than Automatics?

It really depends on who you ask.  A lot of car enthusiasts prefer a manual transmission to an automatic as it allows for greater control of the vehicle by the driver.  And on the open road, a clutch is a wonderful thing.  However, the problem that clutches have is that in stop and go traffic common to a major metropolitan area like Mesa, you’re always either gearing up or gearing down.

Clutches are usually less prone to transmission problems, but like all mechanical components they can break or malfunction too.   After awhile, constant gearing up and down can cause the gears to wear down, making a trip to an auto mechanic who does clutch repair a requirement.

Trail Transmission does both clutch repair and automatic transmission repair in and around the Mesa area.

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Car Components Part I: Automatic Transmission
Car Components Part II: Manual Transmissions and Clutches
Car Components Part III: Rear Differentials