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Q: I recently purchased an used 2008 Mazda 3 (manual transmission) with about 120,00 miles on it. Sometimes, when I attempt to shift from 2nd to 3rd, the gearshift sticks, and I’m unable to shift into 3rd. I have to pull over and repeatedly jiggle the gearshift to pop it out of second gear. Also, when stopped, I’ve sometimes had trouble putting the car into 1st. And, overall, shifting from 1st to 2nd is a little rough. The brakes/clutch fluid is topped off, and we very recently installed an auto front disc brake conversion kit and were extremely careful to do it properly and tested the brakes many times, so it’s not that. Although the clutch and brakes seem fine, I’m wondering if I should perhaps take my car to a brake services and transmission shop anyways?
A: The solution to your issue is one of the three following things (ranked from most to least likely):
A new clutch. While the clutch material may well still have some life in it, the two halves of the disk have started to separate. They are still partially engaged even when you push the pedal all of the way to the floor. This is something you’ll find happens often with cars.
Don’t t run it into the ground. Instead, use this opportunity to find a good and reliable auto repair shop and drive it in yourself. It is very clear that we need a clutch repair, so start by asking places if they know and can work with clutches.
A Clutch Master Cylinder and/or Clutch Slave Cylinder starting to fail. In this scenario, even when you push the pedal all of the way to the floor, the clutch pressure plate doesn’t fully release, and as with Option 1, the clutch disk is still partially engaged like in some of the cars on the streets
Low hydraulic fluid in the Clutch Master Cylinder and hydraulic hoses. It could be you are pumping (or have pumped) some air into the hydraulic clutch line, and the air is compressing instead of pushing on the pressure plate to open it up all of the way. The clutch disk is still partially engaged.
Q: Last week I was driving down the highway and my started making some weird noises and started to get very worried. I tried to contact a Mobile mechanic right away, but they were way to expensive.
So I was wondering if you know where could I find auto parts that were right for my car. It’s a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Thanks, it would help me a lot!
A: Well, we’ve worked with many dealerships, try checking out dodge Ram dealership near me , and hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for. Also a quick advise, sometimes is better to buy a used car instead of wasting a lot of money on parts for your car, keep that in mind!