13 Causes of a Stiff Clutch Pedal (w/ Simple Fixes)

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There are many people in the world who still drive vehicles with a manual transmission although that’s slowly changing. These vehicles have a clutch pedal on the floor to the left of the brake pedal. The clutch is what links the wheels to the engine. All the rotational energy created by the engine gets transferred … Read more

How Long Do CVT Transmissions Last?

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What is a CVT Transmission? A CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a type of automatic transmission that has an indefinite number of gear ratios. While a conventional automatic has a fixed number of gears (4 gears for a four speed, 6 gears for a six speed, etc), a CVT can form any number and combination … Read more

5 Slipping Clutch Symptoms (How to Tell)

If you drive a manual transmission vehicle then you are familiar with the clutch. You will only find a clutch pedal in a manual vehicle because it is required for disengaging and engaging power to the wheels from the engine at certain times while driving. Normally, you need to apply some pressure to the clutch … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Torque Converter and Replacement Cost

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The engine’s rotational power needs a torque converter in order for this torque to be transmitted to the vehicle’s transmission system. The torque converter is located in between the engine and the transmission. There is a flex plate in this area where the torque converter is installed onto. Once the crankshaft moves, the flex plate … Read more

Dual Clutch Transmissions (Top 10 Pros and Cons)

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The dual clutch transmission (DCT) is referred to by several names including double-clutch transmission and twin-clutch transmission. A regular manual transmission vehicle would use one clutch and a clutch pedal. The dual clutch transmission uses two separate clutches with no clutch pedal. Since there is no clutch pedal, the clutches are controlled through hydraulics and … Read more

Differential Fluid Change Cost and Interval (Front and Rear)

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Differentials are what let the wheels of a vehicle rotate at varying speeds, especially when turning a corner. There are differentials in every vehicle on the road. Some car manufacturers place the differentials in the front and others place them in the back. The differentials may even be built into the front and rear ends. … Read more

How to Bleed a Clutch Master Cylinder (7 Easy Steps)

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The clutch master cylinder is a component that you’ll find in a manual transmission vehicle. Remember that manual vehicles require the driver to operate a clutch when stopping or changing speeds. The purpose of the clutch master cylinder is to generate hydraulic power which allows the clutch to function properly. Basically, brake fluid is stored … Read more

How to Check Transmission Fluid When Hot or Cold (5 Easy Steps)

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The same way an engine relies on motor oil, an automatic transmission needs to be lubricated with transmission fluid. It has several moving components which rub together just like the engine does. Automatic transmission components can only work smoothly if they’re consistently lubricated while the vehicle is running. Any type of fluid leak would cause … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad Flywheel

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Every car with a manual transmission has a mechanical device called a flywheel. Flywheels are heavy, balanced metal disks that store rotational energy. Since heavy spinning objects have high inertia (that is, resistance to change in velocity), flywheels keep your engine running smoothly even when torque delivery is inconsistent or changes quickly, such as when … Read more