Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Clutch Replacement in New Jersey

Useful Tips for Clutch Replacement
Replacing a clutch is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for a layman to perform. Only specialized people with sound technical knowledge and experience must carry out the task. Moreover, the process involves the application of ‘customized tools,’ which are usually not available with the owner/driver of the vehicle, hence further delaying the replacement.
Clutch Replacement in New Jersey
Naturally, a common concern is whether or not a local repair shop has the skill or specific tools to repair the clutch for the car of a specific make or model. At European Exchange, we can assure you that because we have been in business for almost forty years, we are equipped for clutch replacement in New Jersey as well as repair for a wide array of makes and models. Whether it’s a family car or a luxury vehicle we can handle it and for a fair price.

Although replacing the clutch is a lengthy process, things can be sped up by following some useful tips that would not only take care of the clutch but also the parts surrounding it. For maintenance of the clutch we recommend the following:

1. Going thoroughly through the Clutch Kit manual
First things first, prior to starting any new process, the wisest thing that one can do is to go through all the manual instructions slowly and patiently. Always remember that half or incomplete knowledge is ‘catastrophic.’

2. Parking the vehicle
Always make sure to park your vehicle on a solid level surface with the parking brakes on. Additionally, don’t forget to disconnect the negative battery cable.

3. Lubrication is a must!
Apply a light coat of oil to the pilot tip of the input shaft, as well as to the collar where the release bearing starts. You must also apply a coat of grease to prevent the formation of rust. However, care must be taken here as the grease, if not applied properly, tends to smear the clutch disk and the flywheel.

4. Collecting Tools
A hand winch can prove to be very useful while rolling the cross-member away from the engine on a floor jack. In addition, you must keep socket extensions of varying length ready beforehand.

5. Resurfacing the Flywheel
Even if the flywheel looks in an ok-good-to-go-position, consider resurfacing it so as to prevent the removal of transmission due to the chattering clutch. Although this step might burn a deep hole in your pocket, it will undoubtedly help you in the long run.

6. Replacing the Bearing & Bushings
You can easily remove the pilot bearing with the help of a puller. However, if you do not have this tool, then you would have to read some service manual books to deal with it. This step might prove to be a tiring task.

The aforementioned steps would definitely feel somewhat tough to a novice. But if one wouldn’t start experimenting, one wouldn’t learn new things!

The Clutch is perhaps one of the parts in a vehicle that cannot be overlooked for a long time. If overlooked, the ‘drive’ may prove to be fatal not only for its passengers but also for the pedestrians and other vehicles on the road.

But when worst comes to worst, unfortunately clutch replacement will be necessary. If you have questions or concerns about clutch replacement in New Jersey, please call us at European Exchange at (201) 880-6633 and we will be happy to help you. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Transmission Services in New Jersey

The Importance of Transmission Services
Getting transmission flush and transmission fluid change is an important way of maintaining your vehicle's health and this is why vehicle manufacturers all over recommended for a regularly scheduled transmission service. For your car to run newer, stronger for longer, you need to keep up with your transmission maintenance. We at European Exchange want to offer some tips and recommendations on transmission services in New Jersey.
Transmission Services in New Jersey
What is the importance of transmission service?
Transmission basically allows for adjustment of power associated with changing speeds. The three types of transmission are manual, semi-automatic and automatic. No matter the type of transmission used by your vehicle, it’s advisable keeping it is a proper working condition. All the three types of transmission services require specially formulated fluids some designed with detergent to help in providing all lubricants to heat generated by friction, keep the gear clean and allow smooth power adjustment.

In a manual transmission, one of the primary concern is termination of fluids, while in automatic transmission the primary concern is the degradation of the fluid. As it happens with antifreeze and oil, the transmission florid should be changed regularly. If the fluid is meant to maintain the integrity on gears is not properly maintained, the gears can oxidize and break down leading to acid, rust and becoming sludge. There are recommended guidelines that come with the manual once you buy your car and they differ depending on the make and type of your car.

For manual transmission. It is recommended to charge the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles and some manufacturers recommend after every 15,000 miles for heavy duty vehicles. With semi-automatic and automatics, the recommended transmission fluid change varies from 30,000 miles and beyond depending on how more often you use your car.

Transmission fluids are red in color, making it easy to notice in case of leakage in the system. Depending on the vehicle. You might be able to check the fluid using a dipstick that is not the same as the oil dipstick or by a mechanic. Signs of transmission trouble include:
  • ·         Sluggishness when shifting gears
  • ·         Difficulty accelerating
  • ·         Rancid smell
  • ·         Odd noises
  • ·         The check engine light comes on
  • ·         Stalling of the vehicle and overheating.

At European Exchange we have been helping people with transmission services in New Jersey for their cars and trucks. Our expert technicians will take care of all your car's transmission needs and help in keeping your car functioning at its peak performance.

If you would like more information about our transmission services, please contact us at 201-880-6633.