How to Fix Your Car: A Step by Step Guide
It’s not as hard as it sounds, says one person with extensive experience with the subject.
“You can get it down to a few simple things,” says Steve Seltzer, who worked on the Chevrolet Corvette.
“If you have a bad clutch, the problem will be fixed quickly.”
With a little care, you can even make the clutch actuate with a little force, he says.
You just need to keep your eyes on it, and your finger on the clutch pedal.
If your clutch pedal starts to hurt, pull the clutch back, turn the car around, and start over.
“I have a couple of people that have been stuck with the car for months, and they are not sure what’s going on,” says Seltzers.
“There is a lot of information out there on the Internet, and it’s easy to find.”
The key to fixing a clutch pedal problem is not to think it’s something to be avoided.
“Don’t just get a new clutch pedal,” says Peter Krawczyk, owner of the Krawcyk Motorcycle dealership in New Jersey.
“The more you have, the more likely it is to be a problem.”
Seltzers advice: Do not buy a new car with a bad engine.
Don’t replace a clutch in a new one.
And don’t try to make a clutch function by tightening it with an electric or electronic device.
“It’s much better to replace the clutch with a better one that you can work with,” he says, noting that you don’t have to go to the mechanic to do this.
“Just remember to use a different clutch.”
If you do need to replace a faulty clutch, use a good quality clutch sealer.
If you’re using an electronic clutch, you should try to get the motor working without any external pressure.
If the motor doesn’t start, the sealer can help.
“Do not try to drive it to its limit,” says Krawcszyk.
“This is not the kind of thing that will work.”
If your car has a bad transmission, you may want to consider replacing the oil.
That’s because when a bad part fails, oil drains out and drips into the transmission.
“Once you’re running it, you want to make sure that it’s functioning properly,” says Jim O’Brien, who teaches the mechanics of a large car dealership in Michigan.
“So, you need to check the transmission fluid level.”
If it’s lower than normal, your transmission may need a tune.
“When you tune your transmission, make sure the oil pressure in the transmission is just right,” says O’Briens advice: “You don’t want to run the oil too low.
You want it to run just right.”
If the transmission starts to work, you’ll want to replace that part.
But O’O’Brien says that if the transmission has failed, you will want to wait at least a few weeks before you start to replace your transmission.
Don�t try to replace all the transmission components at once.
“A lot of the time, the only way to fix the problem is to rebuild it,” he advises.
O’Brian’s advice: If you have problems with the transmission, don’t panic.
“We have been repairing transmissions for decades,” he adds.
“Even with all the data available on the Web, there is not a magic fix for transmission problems.”
The most common problem with transmission problems is an oil drain.
“Most transmissions are affected by an oil-in-the-transmission drain,” says Bill Smith, a mechanic with a Chrysler dealership in Ohio.
“An oil-filled drain is usually caused by a leaking hose, or a leaking block.”
If an oil can’t be drained, you might try a block or a block plug.
“Oil is always there, and the block plugs and the hose are always there,” says Smith.
“That’s why you’re usually seeing the oil-drainer problem.
If there’s no problem, a block may be a good choice.”
If a block plugs, it means you don�t have a good sealer or an oil filter, which will slow down the transmission’s oil circulation.
“In most cases, you won�t see any oil in the transom,” says J. Paul Loomis, who works for an oil company in Florida.
“But if it’s a leaky sealer, you are going to have to replace it.”
And Loomus says if there is an issue with a transmission, he would recommend replacing the transmission with a new part.
“Unless the transmission had a major issue with an oil leak, the engine will have an oil problem,” says Loomiscs advice: Check the oil level with a voltmeter.
If it shows a low level, the trans should be replaced, not just the oil