Rough shifting? Clutch slipping?

Is your manual transmission getting harder to shift? Does it feel like it just doesn’t grab like it used to, or maybe it’s starting to chatter or vibrate? Is your clutch slipping? A worn clutch may be the culprit here, or it could be the result of something else, such as a transmission misalignment. One obvious sign that misalignment is the problem would be rust residue on the disc and pressure plate.

Pinpoint the problem
In the case of the driveline shown to the right, one of the two transmission dowel pins was missing, which allowed the transmission to tilt down on the passenger side of the vehicle, causing the misalignment. The input shaft on the transmission was also heavily worn where it rides on the pilot bearing, due to the misalignment.

Correcting the cause of the problem was simply a matter of making a new dowel pin for the transmission and installing it. Although this relatively simple fix is just one example of many possible problems that might need to be addressed, the procedure for service and reassembly applies to clutches in general.

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The Importance of Detailing Your Car

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The difference between an “OK” and an “incredible” result is tied to the tools you use and the time you spend on the job. It helps to use specialized car detailing products for specific tasks. For instance, toothbrushes come in handy for small areas that are harder to clean, like vents and grilles. Cotton swabs are useful in these spots, too.

Also, try to use name brand products to play it safe, but be certain to read the labels. Even name brand products aren’t suitable for all paint finishes. If the product does not list that it’s safe for clear coat finishes, it’s probably not. And keep in mind that this likely won’t be a five-minute commitment; a high-quality car detailing job can take between four and eight hours.

Step 1: Getting the hard-to-reach places

Work on the interior first. Use compressed air in a can to blow dirt out from the tiny crevices. Save exterior cleaning for later. By taking this approach, you’ll prevent all the dirt you brush out from undoing exterior detailing efforts.

Step 2: Cleaning vinyl, plastic and windows

Hard interior surfaces can be cleaned with a cloth dampened with all-purpose cleaner. Use a window cleaner and paper towels on the interior glass. Pro tip: Finish the glass by rubbing with balled-up newspaper to give it a gleaming shine.

Step 3: Scrubbing the seats

Specific products are important when you get to the seats. Treat dirty fabric upholstery with foaming cleaners designed for the task. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Remember, it also helps to have an upholstery brush. Use only a leather conditioner on real leather – never a vinyl cleaner. For tears in vinyl seats, repair kits can work wonders. Pro tip: If you have pet hair on fabric upholstery, wrap duct tape or wide masking tape around your hand with the sticky side out. Then, roll your hand over areas until the tape is full of hair. Repeat with new tape until all areas are done.

Step 4: Taking out the floor mats

When it concerns floor mats and carpeted areas, it’s best to create extra room by getting all of the heavily soiled items out of your car. Follow these tips:

  • Rubber and fabric floor mats should be washed outside of the car.
  • If these mats are worn, consider replacing them with new ones.
  • If you use a dressing on rubber floor mats, use one that will not make them slippery.
  • Use a foaming cleaner for minor carpet stains.
  • Avoid getting carpets saturated with water or cleaner, so mildew won’t become a problem.

Step 5: Considering the nitty gritty

This is definitely an optional step. The dashboard and steering column present some of the most time-consuming tasks. Any knobs that can be removed without damage should be taken off so that the bezels beneath them can be more easily cleaned. After you get the air vents cleaned up, spray a light mist of aerosol rubber or vinyl dressing for a polished, “brand new” look. Pro tip: Some crevices can be cleaned with a thin cloth placed over the end of a plastic knife.

No Appointments Needed!

As a HIGH QUALITY transmission and vehicle repair company, we at Eagle Transmission provide you and your family a facility you can trust going to for all of your automotive service needs. Since our opening in 1983, we have strived to provide the highest quality of products and services to our customers. No appointments are needed so call or come by today.

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Know Your Vehicle

Most people do not really care about how their vehicles work. However, it is very Drivingimportant that car owners understand at least the basic functioning and the basic maintenance of their vehicles. One of important areas that demands your attention is the transmission fluid replacement. This is one of the areas that gets the least attention from the vehicle owners. People have various notions about the transmission fluid and new drivers in particular have various questions and doubts about their vehicle’s transmission fluid. To save themselves from the hassles of learning about the function of transmission fluid and about the transmission fluid maintenance, most drivers shift this burden to their transmission repair shop. While there is nothing wrong in having your transmission fluid maintenance needs handled by your transmission repair shop, having some basic understanding about these things will certainly prove to be handy. You will at least know then when to take your vehicle to your transmission repair shop to get the transmission fluid replaced or checked.

One of the most common questions that people have regarding their vehicle’s transmission fluid is, “How often should I change my transmission fluid?” You will find the answer to this question in your vehicle’s manual. It is best to stick to what your vehicle’s manual says regarding the frequency of transmission fluid replacement. The next question that you are likely to have is, “What will happen if you fail to replace the transmission fluid as per the indicated mileage chart?” You will not notice anything immediately but if you ignore it for too long then it will start damaging the vehicle. Your vehicle will simply lockup after a certain limit then you will have to go for complete repair and servicing, which will result in a huge bill. Though complete vehicle lockup happens in extreme cases, it will start reducing the vehicle’s performance. The wear and tear of your vehicle’s engine will increase to an undue level leading to further major repairs. Additional issues that you can notice include reduced mileage and noisy engine. Do not push your vehicle to the extremes. Get better mileage by having your transmission fluid checked regularly and replaced correctly. It does not matter even if you do not know how to handle this task. All that you are required to do is to set regular reminders in your mobile phone or on your computer to check the transmission fluid regularly. This will save you from unnecessary problems and expensive repairs. At times, you may not have to replace the transmission fluid but it may just require a top up. How frequently you may have to top up will of course depend on how extensively you use your vehicle. Most people have ended up with huge bills just because they have been pushing their vehicle too far. It is best to establish long-term relationship with a Eagle Transmission Repair so that you can make sure that your transmission fluid is replaced regularly at the right frequency. We offer Transmission fluid Services starting at $89.99

How to Choose Your Transmission Shop

Be sure to know the exact work you are authorizing when choosing a transmission specialist (i.e. cost estimate, external or internal diagnosis or actual transmission repair).

Most technicians are willing to explain the work that was done and show the damaged parts to you if asked. Additionally, you may ask for a breakdown of the completed work and for a damaged-parts report. Should you desire to inspect damaged parts pulled from your transmission yourself, be sure to ask the mechanic before you authorize the work and not after. Just like all contracts, be sure you understand every aspect of the work you’re authorizing. If your authorization is given over the phone, be sure to have a full understanding of what you’re approving. Remember: an authorization given over the phone is a binding contract.

Things To Look For

  • Is the shop a member of the Better Business Bureau? The Bureau can give you an accurate report on the company and its history in dealing with customers.
  • Is the company a member of any transmission groups such as the Automatic Transmission Rebuilder Association (ATRA) or Automatic Service Association (ASA) or is it part of a national franchise that offers
    training programs to keep technicians up-to-date on new technology?
  • Does the company participate in continuing education and training programs?
  • Is the shop well equipped with the proper diagnostic tools for your vehicle? One of the easiest things to look for is the hydraulic lifts needed to raise your car.
  • Is the shop clean and professional looking? Does it appear to be well run?

Why You Should Wax Your Car

Should you wax or polish your car

Road salt and other chemicals cause rust and corrosion, but waxing your car after washing it applies a protective layer between the paint and the elements. You should wax your car at least twice a year if it lives in a garage, but if you keep it outside your student apartment — exposed to punishing Northeastern winters like mine is — you may want to wax it more frequently.

Additionally, taking your car to a car wash that sprays the undercarriage will remove the salt from exposed parts like the hydraulic brake and exhaust systems and prevent potentially dangerous damage.

Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

Most major oil brands market oil made specifically for engines that have more than -665836438-143111744971275,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide anti-aging benefits. They are often a blend of synthetic and petroleum-based oils, and they typically cost at least a couple of dollars more per quart than conventional oils. But are they worth the extra dough?

Some oils may be more beneficial than others because they contain conditioners purported to rejuvenate seals to prevent or stop oil leaks, a common ailment in engines with a lot of miles on them.

Internal seals and gaskets become brittle and shrink as they age, allowing oil to seep by. Sometimes this becomes visible as oil stains on a garage floor or as streaks of oil on lower engine parts. When valve-guide seals wear, oil can leak into combustion chambers and the engine will literally start burning oil. With small leaks, blue smoke from burning oil may not be visible from the exhaust, but your oil level will probably drop below the full mark on a regular basis.

The seal conditioners found in some high-mileage oils may reduce or eliminate small leaks and seepage by rejuvenating seals to their original size and shape. If an engine isn’t burning or leaking oil, or if it uses, say, less than a quart over 6,000 miles or so, switching to high-mileage oil may not be worth the extra cost for you. It’s really a judgment call if you should pay more for high-performance oil when your car has 100,000 miles on it but is using little or no oil. It doesn’t hurt and it could prevent leaks from starting. Most vehicle manufacturers would say it’s normal for an engine to consume some oil between oil changes.