Keeping Your Car Clean

I still remember the day that I bought my first car. I thought it was the most perfect vehicle in the world, and I vowed to care for it diligently. Unfortunately, within a few days I had forgotten about my promise, and I started tossing fast food wrappers in the back like everyone else. After awhile I realized that neglecting my car was turning the inside into a garbage pit, and I decided to learn how to take better care of my vehicle. I took a class on auto detailing, and it really helped me to turn things around. I want to teach you what I learned, so you should read this blog.

Indicators That Your Transmission Is Failing


If you own a car with a manual transmission then it is likely that you'll need to provide routine maintenance to your vehicle's transmission system as it can be prone to failing with manually shifting. Unlike an automatic car where the transmission switches gear based off of a computer, you may not always shift properly and this can lead to transmission issues. So, if your transmission is failing but you don't know what signs to look for, be sure to obtain routine maintenance and repairs when you notice the following:

Delayed Reaction from Your Gears:

When shifting to a higher gear, your RPM's should decrease as you are shifting into a larger gear which won't speed as quickly as a small one would. However, if you notice that your RPM levels have a delayed reaction when shifting to a higher gear then you could have a failing clutch. Over time clutches can burn out and this can cause a delayed reaction of shifting gears on your command. So, if this is a sign that you are noticing, be sure to take your car in so a mechanic can properly inspect and replace any burning clutches. 

Burning Smell After Driving Around in the City:

If there is a burning smell coming from under your hood and only after driving around in the city, then it may be time to have your transmission fluid replaced. This is because you are constantly shifting gears when driving in the city and not just sitting in one gear like you would when driving on the freeway. So, if there's a burning-like smell coming from your hood after driving around in the city, it could be that your transmission is either dirty or just old. Once your transmission fluid becomes old or dirty, it can leave deposits sitting in your transmission, which can cause overheating and provide a lack of lubrication for the moving components in your transmission and this can lead to costly and major transmission failure. 

Resistance When Shifting Gears:

If you are finding it difficult to shift into a specific gear then this could be caused by a defective gear. Gears can sometimes crack, causing there to be resistance when attempting to shift and they can even be damaged enough to the point where your car may not be able to enter a specific gear. So, if you are noticing any sort of resistance when shifting, be sure to have a mechanic take a look at your gears so he or she can either replace them or realign them with your transmission. 

Knowing these signs will help you understand when and why your transmission system is failing which will allow you to take advantage of these indicators so you can be sure to avoid delaying the repairs needed and this will likely help prevent further damages from happening. So, before you continue driving with your potentially failing transmission, be sure to keep these tips in mind so you can keep your car driving efficiently and without any costly or major transmission damages.


24 February 2016