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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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?

Hearing Noises?

If you are hearing peculiar noise from the rear end gears of your rear wheel drive suspension systemvehicle axle or from the “CV” joints on your front wheel drive axle vehicle. Eagle Transmission is the one to call. Our expert technicians will quickly determine the source of the drive axle problem and conduct the needed repair or replacement at a fair price. Our differential & drive axle service consists of initial visual inspection for leaks or obvious failure and road test to determine drivability issues. On your front wheel drive vehicle, if we determine that the CV axles are worn and making any clacking noise, it may be necessary to replace the front drive axle shaft assemblies. On your rear wheel drive differential axle, if we determine that a rebuild or replacement is needed, we will either rebuild your existing axle assembly or install a rebuilt unit. This will be determined by the extent of damage. You can be assured that we will provide prompt service, a quality repair at a fair price.

Go Green!

Looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with your car? Motorists can help protect the environment by following four simple steps from the non-profit Car Care Council.

  1. Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like checking engine performance, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
  1. Keep your current vehicle longer and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You’ll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.
  1. Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.
  1. Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car.

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