TRANSMISSION & CLUTCH REPAIRS
Manual transmissions change gears with the application of the clutch pedal and the shifting of gears using a stick shift. This action disengages the transmission from the flywheel temporarily in order to be realigned with another set of gears. Automatic transmission repair differs from manual transmission repair because of the clutch assembly.
A clutch needs to be replaced, in most cases, at between 80,000 and 160,000 km's. Although some clutches may last longer. Additionally, if a clutch is misused, it may fail sooner. A clutch is the bridge between the transmission and the gearbox. Depressing or engaging the clutch allows one to shift the transmission's gears. Over time, the clutch needs adjustment. The cable may stretch or the hydraulic system may need to be bled. When depressing the clutch pedal, the pressure plates and transmission gear collar will not fully disengage. This will cause a grinding sound as you change gears or make the shifting difficult. Also, over time the coating on the pressure plates will wear off and the throw-out bearing can wear out.