7 Hacks to increase the resale value of your car

7 Hacks to Increase the Resale Value of Your Car

When reselling your car, it can be tempting to get it off your driveway as soon as possible and get the cash in return. Especially with the thought of a new car in the pipeline, no time is likely to be spared with regards to making your old ride look sleek before saying goodbye to it.

However, if you are selling your old car, it is highly advisable to take just a few simple steps to make the most out of what you have before you put it in the papers and online for resale. Just a few simple steps can increase the resale value of your car by a considerable amount, and it is well worth it for the small amount of effort you will need to put into it. What’s more, you will have more cash to spend on your new ride.

Using a few simple tips and tricks, you can add hundreds, sometimes even thousands of pounds worth of value onto your car, and this can make a real difference to your funding when you sell it and see the difference in your bank account.

Here at In Town Automotive, we have comprised a list of simple hacks you can use to increase the resale value of your car considerably, without having to spend too much money or time on your old run-around. You’ll definitely see the return on investment with these easy few tips and tricks:

  • Wax your car

Wax your car

Over time, it is natural for your car’s paint job to fade a little from exposure to natural sunlight, abrasive cleaners and the general pollutive air around us.  A faded paint job can make your car look worse for wear, discoloured and old, all of which are not the most appealing factors from a buyer’s perspective.

If you’re not sure if your car’s paint job has faded, or of how much of a difference it is really making to the overall look of the car, open the door of your car, and take a look at the paint on parts which haven’t been exposed to the outside world as much, such as the inside of the door jamb. These parts won’t be as faded as they haven’t been exposed to as much sunlight or washing chemicals as the main body of your car. It is likely that the colour of the paint on these inner parts of your car will look much more vibrant; and no, it’s not just a trick of the light. You can use this colour to identify how the colour of your car should look.

However, it is not worth spending a fortune on a new paint job just before you sell it, so don’t rush out to the nearest spray painter. Instead, grab the wax and polish and use some elbow grease to make a startling difference to the finish of your car.

Bear in mind that the colour will probably not miraculously go back to the way it was straight out of the factory, but it will add shine and will make it look newer and better looked after, and the overall end look of your car is one with more value.

  • Make the most of the lights

If your car’s lights are dingy, it can make it look much older and less appealing to potential buyers, who are very likely to check these basic requirements when they are viewing the car.

Apart from changing the bulbs, you can also make the headlights appear brighter simply by cleaning the headlight covers. A build-up of the wrong cleaning products, general dirt and bug splatters on the lights can all amount to a failure of the proper amount of light shining through, and cleaning all this grime off can make all the difference to how bright your lights are.

However, it is important to make sure that you use the right cleaning products. When it is suggested to clean the headlight covers, many people often think they have already tried their hand at cleaning them, having actually used the wrong products. A simple window cleaner will not do, and if you’re wondering why this hasn’t done the job as of yet, it’s because it isn’t made for the job. What’s more, a build-up of the wrong products and chemicals could even make the problem worse.

Instead, try one of the many specific headlight cleaning products which are available. They can transform your headlights from dull to dazzling in a matter of minutes, and it is a real investment to ensure that your car looks spick and span for any potential buyers.

Even with the most expensive cleaning products, sometimes it is necessary to get the professionals in to fully restore your headlights. This is a worthwhile investment and can make all the difference to a resale.

  • Shine your wheels

When purchasing a new car, the tyres are always something people consider. A cool, new set of wheels can transform the entire look of the car, and many people who take a strong interest in cars will hold a significant value in the look of the wheels. Not to mention, nobody wants to see the dirt you acquired on your wheels from last week’s trip to the local fairground.

Even if you haven’t got the newest, most expensive alloys on the market for the car that you’re selling, you can still make the most of what you’ve got by simply making them look appealing. Shiny wheels can make any car look new and more appealing to anyone who is considering buying it.

As well as taking the time to get the dust and grime from around the wheels, also add some shine to the wheel rims by getting some shine product on there too.

This small amount of effort will make a real difference to the overall look of the car, and people will be more willing to pay more for a car which looks well looked after and in tip top condition.

  • The interior matters too

The interior matters too

As well as making the outside of the car look great, the inside is also a huge consideration for most buyers. They are likely to open all the doors, get inside it and examine how the car has been looked after. For most people, the way the inside of a car has been treated is very telling as to how the car will run. The logic is that if the inside of a car looks good, it is likely that the car has been taken care of and will be more reliable. What’s more, potential buyers want to know they can drive the car away with them as soon as they’ve decided on it.

The first step to making the inside of the car look more appealing is to empty it of all the unnecessary junk you have been carting around. Clear it of all your own possessions; nobody wants to see the packaging from yesterday’s lunch or the baby seat you drive around with. Yes, it’s important to you, but a potential buyer does not need to be reminded of what the car has previously been used for; to them, they are buying a new car for themselves.

The next step is to clean it. This means hoovering and working to get as many stains out of the fabric as possible. If you have floor mats, clean them, and if they are too dirty to recover, simply take them out or replace them. It’s also well worth cleaning the inside of your windows to get rid of any dirty fingerprints or general grime.

Make sure that you buy specific products for what you are using them for, for example of you have leather seats, they will need to be treated and cleaned in a different way to any fabric seats.

The last thing to remember is the boot of the car. This is an area which is largely forgotten about when clearing and cleaning a car, but not forgotten by potential buyers, who are very likely to open and close it at least to see if it works. It’s a good idea to ensure that when they do this, they’re not greeted by last week’s shopping bags or the picnic blanket you used last summer.

  • Get your papers organised

So, you might have had your car serviced every year and the battery is brand new, but how can you prove it to your potential buyers? It might be completely true, but if you don’t have the relevant paperwork, anyone who is considering buying the car could question what you say, and a lack of vehicle history can significantly reduce the amount a person is willing to pay for it.

When buying a car, most people want to know exactly what they are getting and that it is going to be a reliable choice, and this means proving that it has been well looked after.

Before putting your car advertisements out, make a folder of all your vehicle history records, including the maintenance history and repairs your car has had. This will prove that what you say about your car is true and that you have taken good care of it.

Also get a history report of your car to show the owner history of it, and present it to your potential buyers along with the car. This will make your car look appealing, and will instil trust in the sale.

  • Fix easy and cheap jobs

Fix easy and cheap jobs

If there are some small replacements and fixes to be done on your car, it is well worth sorting them out before it goes on the market. These could include burnt out lights, fixing the air con and anything which is referred to on the dashboard as a warning light. People want to buy a car which they can drive away and trust instantly, so making these small changes can make your car look a lot more valuable to the amount of money you are asking for when there are no additional hassles to consider.

Most of the issues represented by lights on the dashboard are easy and cheap to remedy instantly, but they can make the car look like a lot of hassle. Check that the tyres are at the correct pressure, fill the wiper washer fluid up, replenish the oil and fill the brake fluid if any of these lights are on. They are very cheap fixes and will make your car look in tip top condition for anyone who is thinking of buying it.

If something is displaying on the dashboard, your options are to either get it fixed before you sell the car, or tell the truth to your potential buyers.

  • Remedy dents and scratches

Dents and scratches can make a car look unappealing, and most potential buyers will see them as a tell-tale sign that the car has not been looked after properly and may have been involved in some scrapes that you might not be telling them about.

Many scratches on your car can be waxed out or remedied with some T-cut. This is a well worthwhile investment to make your car look more appealing to your potential buyers, and it is a very cheap option which will add value when selling it on.

In terms of any dents which are on your car, you will need to look into how much they will cost to repair and how much of an impact they are creating on the value of your car. If it is feasible to fix the dents, it is usually worthwhile doing, because buying a car with pre-existing dents is not the top priority for anyone. If they are planning to buy this type of car, they will usually be looking for a cheap way to get from A to B and might not be willing to pay the full price for it.

To get a full professional look over your car and ensure that you are selling a safe, driveable car, it is best to contact the professionals at In Town Automotive. We can restore your car to be more appealing and sellable to your potential buyers, and give you the peace of mind that you are selling a safe ride to your buyers.

4 Common Fuel Related Problems and How to Fix Them

4 Common Fuel Related Problems and How to Fix Them

The fuel is one of the most essential elements of your car to get it off the driveway and allow it run smoothly. If any fuel related problems occur, it can mean your car performs poorly, or even that your engine does not run at all.

If you suspect a fuel related problem, it can be daunting to face up to it and acknowledge that it really needs fixing. On top of that, more often than not, many people don’t even know how to identify a fuel problem, let alone fix it.

However, you don’t have to panic. Sometimes, fuel problems are not quite as horrifying as at first they may seem. We are here to help you to identify them, and what’s more how they can be fixed.

  • Faulty fuel pump

There are a few signs you can look out for which signify that the fuel pump in your car might be faulty. If the starter motor is normal, but the engine is difficult to start, particularly for the first time in a day, it is possible that this is because the fuel pump is struggling to transport fuel to the engine, meaning that the fuel pump will need to be dealt with.

Faulty fuel pumpAnother indication that the fuel pump is faulty is a loud electrical clicking noise or a whining noise when the engine is running when driving or even when the car is at a standstill. It can also be the case that the car experiences sudden losses in power when driving; this is another indicator that the fuel pump could be faulty.

In order to avoid fuel pumps wearing down, make sure to top up your fuel when needed; constantly driving on low fuel can wear it down and cause problems.

If your fuel pump is faulty, it may not be the case that the entire unit is completely broken. The cause of a faulty fuel pump is sometimes due to loose or corroded connections, or it could be due to a faulty relay.

However, the problem can be difficult to diagnose and fix, and it is often wise to contact professionals at In Town Automotive to ensure it gets fixed properly.

  • Faulty fuel filter

Faulty fuel filter

The fuel filter can be another problematic component in the system of a car if it goes wrong. The purpose of the fuel filter is to prevent any impurities getting into the system which could potentially damage the engine or impact the smoothness of the engine when running.

In modern cars, it can be difficult to access the fuel filter to inspect it, however, there are some common signs which could indicate that there is something wrong with it. A lack of responsiveness from the engine, for example, constant stalling, or difficulty getting the engine started, can all be indicators that the fuel filter is not working properly.

If these problems sound familiar, there is no need to worry. For most models of cars, the fuel filter is relatively easy and cheap to replace and is usually seen to when the car is serviced.

  • Poor fuel quality

Sometimes, a fuel related problem with your car is not due to the fuel system in the car but is actually caused by the fuel itself. If the fuel you are using is of poor quality, it has the potential to have adverse effects on the performance of the vehicle.

Signs of problems related to poor fuel quality include a sluggish feel to the engine and difficulty in starting the car. However, these adverse effects can become more problematic, sometimes causing misfiring, backfire, or for the engine light to come on to the dashboard.

If you suspect that you have obtained some dodgy fuel and your car is suffering because of it, it is usually wise to stop driving the car as soon as possible and get the fuel tank properly drained and cleaned. However, if the case is not too bad or you did not fill the full tank, it is sometimes possible to reduce the problem by filling up with some better quality fuel. This will dilute the poor quality fuel, sometimes allowing it to run better.

In order to avoid poor quality fuel, it is highly advisable to fill up at fuel stations which are renowned brands, as they are more likely to stock purer, quality fuel. Otherwise, it is also best to go to a fuel station which is most often busy, as they are more likely to restock up on fuel on a regular basis, so the fuel you will be filling up on will be fresher.

  • Fuel injectors

If there is a problem with the fuel injectors in your car, the signs are likely to prevail straight away. This could involve difficulty getting the engine started, poor performance when travelling at speed, and an increase in fuel consumption.

Fuel injectorsYou can diagnose a faulty fuel injector by starting up the engine and letting it run for a few seconds, before dripping water onto each exhaust manifold. From this, you will be able to see if one is not heating up.

If you do suspect that you have a faulty fuel injector, it is possible to solve the issue by simply using a cleaner. In worse cases, an ultrasonic cleaning process may be carried out by professional. It can sometimes even be the case that the fuel injector will be beyond repair, in which case it will need to be replaced.

 

If you are having trouble with any fuel related issues in your car and are struggling to diagnose or solve the issue, contact us at In Town Automotive; we will be able to help you to decipher what the issue is and get it sorted for you.

How Often Should I Get a Car Service

How Often Should I Get a Car Serviced?

Car repairs come when we least expect it and it’s always inconvenient. To minimise the impact of break down, it’s really important you keep an eye out for warning signs and get your car serviced at regular intervals.

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

  • The blinking light on dashboard

Possibly one of the most obvious signs that your car gives when it needs servicing. The signs on the dashboard indicate when the engine is not performing up to the required standards. When these lights start blinking it is a clear indication to the driver that issues with the engine must be addressed otherwise they may turn into a major problem.

 

  • Grinding or SquealingGrinding or Squealing

When you slow down to turn or want to completely stop your vehicle, you may suddenly find that your brakes are grinding and squealing, you should listen closely to this because it is your brakes telling you that they need a bit of TLC. While it could simply be your brake pads that are wearing out, there is a chance that your discs and callipers are facing issues.

It is important to get the brakes serviced as soon as you hear these noises because issues related to brakes can escalate quickly and in the blink of an eye your brakes can go from bad to worse. Problems with brakes can compromise the safety of everyone around you postponing the service of brakes is never a good idea.

Braking technology has improved leaps and bounds over the last few years and they are now designed to be extremely responsive, requiring little effort from the drivers. If you experience any resistance, strange noises or oversensitivity, you need to get your brakes serviced.

  • Smoke Under the Bonnet

Smoke Under the Bonnet

Smoke coming from under the bonnet is similar to your engine screaming at you. Sometimes the smoke could also be accompanied by a burning smell and this could also mean that there is an oil leak. Smoke from under the bonnet could also mean that there is a severe problem with the radiator.

However, if it is coming from the exhaust then there could be oil leaking inside the engine. Leaking is a clear sign that your car needs a tune up. If the sound of your vehicle is exceptionally loud then it could indicate problems with the exhaust and you may need to get your exhaust repaired or replaced.

 

  • Grinding Gears

The gearbox is a high maintenance component of a vehicle and it needs regular servicing in order to perform efficiently. Fluids, screens and filters also need to be replaced from time to time. However among all the warning signs this is the most vocal. If you have trouble changing gears or hear grinding noises when you shift gears, then it’s time to visit us at In Town and possibly get your clutch replaced.

  • Slow StartSlow Start

If your vehicle acts like it is in desperate need of a coffee to get started, this is a clear indication that there could be problems with the battery. While the vehicle starting with a little hesitation is quite normal from time to time, if the problem is persistent then don’t be fooled into thinking that you could get it checked later.

Batteries are usually inexpensive and problems related to them should be fixed as soon as they are encountered, as they tend to give up on you at the most inconvenient of times.

  • Oil Spots

Oil Spots

An oil spot under the vehicle cannot be overlooked and if there is one, then you need to get your car serviced immediately. Oil is extremely crucial for the engine as it needs lubrication in order to function smoothly. Without oil, the bearings may become dry and the engine is at a risk of seizing and locking up.

  • Abnormal Vibrations

This is the least obvious indication that your car can give you when it needs to be serviced. The progression of these vibrations is quite slow and it often starts with a mild sensation which is easy to miss. It is natural to assume that such vibrations are normal even when the situation has gotten much worse.

There are many reasons why your car could vibrate, such as failing of a universal joint, a loose piece of plastic panelling, loosening of a bearing or worn out or misaligned wheels.

Driving a vehicle on misaligned wheels can be extremely dangerous and it’s advisable to ensure that you get your wheels aligned as soon as possible. So, before the subtle movement of your car becomes an unavoidable shudder you should take your car for a service.

 

  • Unexpected StallsUnexpected Stalls

The car stalling unexpectedly can be a serious risk while driving and if it happens even when the right gear is in place then it may be time to get your car serviced. There could be many reasons behind the car starting to cut out when you’re pulling off from a junction, but the most common reason behind it is often clogged fuel filters or faulty spark plugs.

How Often Should the Car be Serviced?

In order to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, it is important to get it serviced every year. This servicing schedule is ideal for those with newer vehicles but for drivers who take out their vehicle more frequently, the car may need to be serviced more regularly.

How Often Should the Car be Serviced?

However, the frequency of servicing also depends on other factors such as the age of vehicle, type of fuel consumed and the distance it has covered in its lifetime. Vehicles that have covered a lot of distance and are quite old should be serviced more often to ensure that they remain in the right condition. Usually the information related to servicing of various components is also specified in the car’s manual.

If you feel your car might be due a service then don’t hesitate to contact us at In Town Automotive to get your car booked in today.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer

Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer

You’ve neatly wrapped up your suits and sweaters and stuffed them in a corner of your wardrobe. The thick furry blankets will be left untouched for the next few months. It’s that time of the year to shed the many layers of clothing and go fishing or sit by a beach.

Summer

But while you’re enjoying the warmth, could you also be forgetting something? Have you remembered to prepare your car? If not then here are a few things that you should not forget to do this summer:

  • Remove the winter tyres and check air pressure

In the winter, people often utilise winter tyres, but they are not going to be of any help in the summer season. Using the winter tyres in the summers will wear them out quickly and they will be unnecessarily wasted on the warm and dry pavements. It is advisable to remove those tyres and replace them with the standard tyres instead.

Another important thing to remember when summer approaches is the air pressure in the tyres. Different air pressure is maintained in the tyres during the summer and winter seasons. You should check your tyres to ensure that they are properly inflated. Proper inflation is necessary as it guarantees the best possible contact between the roads and tyres.

The correct tyre pressure is specified in the owner’s manual or on the door. The best time to check your tyre pressure is when the tyres are cold. Tyres that are properly inflated are less prone to wear and tear and hence last longer along with improving your fuel mileage.

  • Check the air conditioning systemCheck the air conditioning system

If you do not wish to be seated in your car drenched in sweat then this is something that is really important. The air conditioning system is redundant in winter and due to this you may need to top up the refrigerant fluid in the system when summer rolls around.

Run the A/C system to check if it is still emitting cold air through the vents. You should pay careful attention to check for any odour or strange noises coming out of the system. Since it hasn’t been in use for a long time, it is advisable to get the complete system inspected by a professional as the system may have a leak, need cleaning or need to be recharged.

  • Check the wiper blades and wiper fluid

Check the wiper blades and wiper fluid

Since visibility is crucial and its importance does not change with changing seasons the blades and fluid both should be checked. The wiper fluid will be used often during summer to remove bugs and dirt from the windshield.

Ideally the wiper blades should be replaced as they are frequently used all year round. The rubber on the wiper blades gets worn out quickly and it is better if they are replaced.

  • Perform an under-hood inspectionPerform an under-hood inspection

Here are few parts you should ensure everything is in good condition:

  • Battery

If you find the battery terminals to be corroded then you can clean off the corrosion with baking soda and a toothbrush. You should check again after a few weeks to ensure that corrosion has not returned. If it has come back then there could be a problem with the battery.

  • Oil

In the past, heavier oil was used in the summer and as winter approached, the heavier oil was replaced with lighter oil. However, this advice stands outdated and there are no practitioners of this theory these days. It’s because this theory was applicable to older generations of cars and not the ones that are being manufactured nowadays.

The type of oil required in your car will be specified in the owner’s manual. If the light indicating that you need maintenance is blinking and you have been delaying the changing of oil due to the winters, then you should get it changed now.

  • Coolant

You should also check the condition and level of coolant in the reservoir. It should not be cloudy but clear. If its quantity is low then you should get it topped up.

  • Brake fluid

Check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir and if you find it to be low, then do not get it topped up immediately. A low fluid level is possible when the brake fluid drops to match the wear on the pads. This could also happen due to a leak in the brake system and topping it up will not save you from repairing the brakes.

  • Wash the car

Wash the car

Grime and road salt from the winter months can wreak havoc on the vehicle’s paint and undercarriage. By simply washing your car you can prevent the car’s exterior from deterioration.

 

These tasks may be a little difficult to accomplish by yourself, so contact us today at In Town Automotive to get top quality services for your car.

Five Sure-Fire Signs Your Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

Sure-fire Signs Your Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

Needless to say, the clutch is an extremely important part of a transmission system. It is required each time the driver wishes to shift gears, stop the vehicle without killing the engine or bring the vehicle to a halt slowly without a jerk. There are many mechanical components in a clutch and due to the complex assembly of these components, the clutch experiences a lot of wear and tear. So, the clutch should be maintained properly and kept in a perfect condition to ensure that the vehicle operates smoothly.

What does clutch do?

The clutch happens to be the most frequently used mechanical component in a vehicle. It is responsible for transferring power from the engine of a vehicle to its transmission system through a complex mechanism. When operated, the clutch brings about synchronisation between the transmission system and the engine in a manual transmission vehicle.

When the foot is taken off the clutch pedal it creates a pressure which operates the hydraulic mechanism connecting to the engine’s flywheel and transmits this motion to the wheels. Basically, the clutch connects two shafts and locks them in a manner that they both spin at the same speed. The clutch makes it possible to stop a car without stalling the engine.

Tips to maintain Clutch Health

Tips to maintain Clutch Health

While the wear and tear of a clutch is unavoidable there are things you can do to prolong the life of a clutch and delay the moment when it has to be replaced. Here are a few tips to take good care of your clutch system:

  • Avoid riding the clutch

This is a term most commonly used by driving instructors and it refers to the habit of keeping the clutch pedal slightly pressed at all times even when it is not required. Keeping the clutch pedal slightly pressed pushes the pressure pad against the clutch plate but this pressure is not enough to engage it completely.

This increases the friction and results in more wearing out of the clutch. Hence while driving one should keep their feet away from the clutch pedal and should be pressed only when one has to shift gears. The next time you slow down for traffic lights or turn around the corners with a semi-pressed clutch you should think about the damage you’re causing to the clutch plate.

  • Put the car in neutral when stoppedPut the car in neutral when stopped

If you are waiting at traffic lights with the first gear engaged, the clutch pedal pressed and your foot on the brake then you are putting unnecessary strain on the clutch. In such situations you should put your car in neutral if you intend to stop for a longer duration of time and make use of the handbrake to prevent the car from moving.

  • Quick change of gears

Another practice that often leads to wear and tear of the clutch is lingering when changing gears. This is especially true in the case of those who are still learning how to drive the car. The reason behind this is that the longer the clutch pedal is pressed down, the more strain is applied on the clutch. You may wonder that changing gears slowly only means an extra few seconds on the pedal but when you take an entire driving session into consideration, these extra few seconds may cumulatively turn into minutes which is quite harmful for the clutch.

  • Use the handbrake more often

Use the handbrake more often

Leaving a car with a gear engaged is like a death blow to the clutch even if you have turned off the engine. When possible, the handbrake should be used to keep the car stationary or parked instead of leaving the vehicle in gear. Doing this will ensure that less pressure is exerted on the clutch disc and hence delay the process of wearing out of clutch.

 

Signs that your clutch is wearing out

In an ideal situation, where there is little traffic and the driving conditions are problem-free, modern clutches should last and there will be no need to replace them for many years. However, the number of vehicles on roads in any region is rising exponentially and the roads are not always kind to the transmission systems of vehicles.

  • Slipping

When a clutch nears the end of its life it may begin to slip, which means that the clutch fails to engage or disengage even when the clutch pedal is completely depressed. The RPM of the engine may increase unnecessarily and the car will not be able to go any faster. This phenomenon will be much more noticeable when the vehicle is climbing uphill, overtaking another vehicle or pulling heavy loads. A slipping clutch can further deteriorate the condition of a clutch and result in additional wear and tear due to overheating.

In order to clearly define clutch slipping you should start your car, depress the clutch pedal and engage the gear directly into a higher gear such as the third or fifth gear. The car getting stalled is a positive sign that indicates that the clutch is working fine but if the RPM keeps rising higher and higher, then you should consider replacing the clutch.

  • Trouble in Shifting GearsTrouble in Shifting Gears

Suppose you have depressed the clutch pedal completely and still the gear does not click, this is a clear sign that the clutch is worn out. When the clutch gets worn out there could be some shuddering of the gear stick. The gear will shift from neutral into another gear after a lot of difficulty and you may have to push really hard. It could also be due to other reasons such as faulty clutch parts like the fork or failure of cylinder. However, in order to understand the actual reason behind the clutch not working properly, you should contact professionals who specialise in these services.

  • Soft Clutch

One of the first signs of a clutch wearing out is a spongy clutch. When the clutch begins to feel soft and spongy, this means the clutch is wearing out. The clutch pedal has to be let out in order to put the car into gear successfully.

Another give-away of a clutch in poor condition is the shuddering of the clutch pedal. When the shuddering becomes prominent at low speeds it could be a sign that the clutch plate has impurities like sludge and oil and that the clutch plate is wearing out and needs to be addressed.

In any of the above cases a visit to the workshop is crucial and should not be delayed.

  • Burning Smell

Identifying problems on a car may require you to engage all of your senses and out of the five, the sense of smell is one of the most important. If you can sense a burning smell when you shift your gears then it could be an indication that your clutch needs to be replaced. A burning smell is often a clear indication of a clutch that is slipping. When the friction material on the clutch disc is flattened due to wear and tear, this distinctive smell is created. However, if the burning smell is due to worn out tyres then you should consider getting your tyres replaced.

As the disc and flBurning Smellywheel are in constant touch, there are higher chances of wear and tear and this naturally leads to a slipping clutch. When the flywheel and clutch spin at different speeds then there is a possibility that the wear and tear of the clutch increases. A rattling sound heard when the clutch is not in use is also an omen of a worn out clutch. This sound increases when the clutch is engaged.

  • Faulty Cylinders

Sometimes the reason behind problems of a clutch may not be the clutch plate but the many mechanical components that are present in a clutch system. The problem could also be due to cylinders, bearings and the fork. To ensure smooth functioning of a clutch these parts should be in the right working condition.

Sometimes the problems can also be solved by adjusting the cable linkage in a clutch system that employs direct linkage. Another possibility is leakage of the master and slave cylinders in a hydraulic clutch system. When problems are experienced due to the fault of these components then they must be replaced in order to rectify the problems.

  • Grinding Noise

A distinctive grinding noise emanating from the engine when the clutch pedal is depressed is another major sign that the clutch has worn out and needs replacing. You’re lucky if the sound is not due to a worn out clutch but due to faulty bearings, as replacing these bearings is much less expensive compared to replacing the clutch pad. However, one shouldn’t underestimate the seriousness of such problems and overlook it because it can lead to bigger problems such as further damage.

  • Visible Damage

A poor clutch can cause many problems, some of which can even be dangerous. At the initial signs of a clutch wearing out it should be brought to the notice of a professional mechanic. If you are facing similar issues then you shouldn’t wait for the problem to get out of hand and immediately get your car serviced. These problems arise due to mechanical wear and tear and hence there is no possibility of the problems disappearing on their own.

In order to get the problem diagnosed and solved, you should contact us at In Town Automotive as we specialise in clutch repairs.