Lone Tree Clutch Replacement – Eagle Transmission
Lone Tree Clutch Replacement (Eagle Transmission)
If your car has a manual transmission, you’re probably familiar with a part called the “clutch.” The clutch is an essential part of the transmission system, as it’s what you use to change gears. Like other parts of the car, the clutch can wear out. This happens naturally with age, but it can also happen with excessive use, such as if you’re just learning to drive a stick. Generally, a clutch will last anywhere from 50,000 – 100,000 miles if you’re not too hard on the car. For most car owners, a clutch replacement is necessary at least once during the vehicle’s lifetime.
Although you might not be able to get underneath the hood and fix the issue yourself, you can bring your car in to Eagle Transmission, serving Lone Tree Castle Rock Greenwood Village, for a clutch replacement. If you suspect your clutch might be wearing out, there are several telltale signs you can look for that will provide clues about what’s wrong.
You Notice A Burning Smell
One characteristic sign of a worn out clutch is a “burning rubber” smell, which is sometimes accompanied by smoke. This problem is common in cars that are driven by novice stick-shift drivers. It also tends to happen if you frequently drive in slow-moving traffic in the Lone Tree area (such as commuting and driving in the city) when you regularly engage the clutch in the lower gears just to move forward a little bit. Whatever the cause, a burning smell means that the clutch plate has overheated, and you’ll need to get a Lone Tree clutch replacement soon.
The Clutch “Slips” When You Change Gears
Another indication that all is not well with the clutch is if you notice that the clutch slips when you shift gears. A slipping clutch is especially noticeable when you are going uphill or accelerating. When you accelerate, you may notice hesitation or a temporary loss of momentum when you step on the accelerator pedal. The car might also slip out of gear, which causes it to shift gears with a jerking motion rather than a smooth, fluid motion. Sometimes, you might drive along only to find that the car suddenly slips completely out of the gear that it is in. If this situation sounds familiar, you’ll need to schedule a Lone Tree clutch replacement or repair as soon as possible.
The System Is Affected By An Oil Leak
Another situation that can happen with the transmission system is that oil leaks out of the vehicle, which can cause the gears to slip. When leaking oil drips from the crankshaft to the clutch plate, it can cause the gears to slip, much like a failing clutch will do. If there is an oil leak, the car will have a jerky motion when you switch gears. Alternatively, the car might also slip out of gear entirely. You can also look for other signs of an oil leak to distinguish this problem from other gear slipping issues. If you notice that the car has trouble staying in gear, along with dark puddles under the car, below-average oil levels, and smoke coming from the engine, there’s a good chance your problem is due to an oil leak. Since this is a serious problem, you’ll need to bring your vehicle in for an expert evaluation at Eagle Transmission, serving Lone Tree Castle Rock Greenwood Village, at the first sign of a problem.
It’s Getting Harder To Shift
Normally, your vehicle will shift seamlessly from one gear to the next. But when the clutch is failing, it will be harder to change gears. You might find that the clutch feels sticky or shakes when you try to shift. Quite often, these symptoms appear in first gear or reverse before the other gears, which is a good (and early) way to tell if this is your problem. When you’ve determined that your clutch is going bad near Lone Tree, just call Eagle Transmission for repairs.
While you might not be aware that something is wrong with your clutch until problems arise, you can always take preventative action by having the clutch checked out when you bring your car in for other service or repairs. When you come in for an alignment, oil change, or tire rotation in the Lone Tree area, for instance, you can ask a mechanic to look at the clutch to check its condition. This is especially true if you’re just learning to drive a manual, as this is the time when it’s easiest to burn out the clutch! If you’re mechanically savvy, you can take a look at the clutch on your own to see if it shows signs of wear and tear. You can do this by removing the protective cover beneath the shell housing, which then gives you access to the clutch.
If you can’t see the clutch, or if you determine that there is a problem after inspecting it, get in touch with us for service. A certified technician, such as you’ll find at our shop, can take a look at the transmission system to determine if a failing clutch is your problem. A mechanic will check the clutch’s performance to see if it needs to be replaced or repaired. You’ll also be able to find out if you have other issues that are affecting the clutch and transmission too, such as an oil leak. If you suspect a problem, just call us or contact us online to make an appointment for a Lone Tree clutch replacement. The cost for a clutch repair or replacement varies depending on factors like your car’s make, model, and mileage.