Periodically, you may run into issues with your manual transmission. When this occurs, it is nice to have an idea of what has gone wrong and what you can expect when you take your vehicle to a mechanic for repairs. In many cases, the repairs that are needed are quite simple and will not cost you musch. In more severe situations, however, you could end up paying a great deal to get your car back on the road. By knowing what each transmission problems means, you will have a better idea of what to expect when taking your car to the shop.
When driving a manual transmission vehicle, you could run into problems with your clutch. Generally, your clutch should get you through about 40,000 miles, and sometimes more. If you are having to replace your clutch more frequently than that, your driving style could be a factor. When you switch gears too quickly or use the clutch to decelerate the vehicle while driving down hills, you could wear it out rapidly. When the clutch starts to go, you will notice that you barely have to push the pedal down to engage it. You might also notice a burning smell, which could signal that something is wrong with the clutch.
Just like with automatic transmissions, manuals tend to get leaks. This occurs when the transmission case becomes cracked or when pieces start to loosen over time. Since these leaks can occur in a variety of different locations, it is a good idea to take it to a certified mechanic to have it looked at. This mechanic can identify where the leaks is originating and repair the damage before this turns into a much larger problem that could cost you thousands of additional dollars.
Always listen for strange noises when driving a manual transmission, as they can be a sign of a serious problem. If the noise is only present in one gear, it could mean that you have worn bearings. If you believe that your drive train is making the noise, get the car to a mechanic immediately. Sometimes this problem is simply a worn wheel bearing, but it could be something much more serious.
At Trans Works Transmissions, you can expect to receive great service and leave with a fully functioning rebuilt, repaired, or brand new transmission.