With so many different makes and models of diesel trucks and SUVs, there are varying clutch and transmission designs and systems. The one constant between these systems though is that eventually, they all wear and break down. At Foothills Group, we believe that it is imperative to have a preventative maintenance plan which includes transmission and clutch service and adjustments according to the manufacturer's specifications in order to keep your truck running safely and smoothly.
The lifespan of your clutch and transmission system is impacted by several factors, including driving patterns and conditions. Changes in clutch pedal pressure, unusual noises when you depress the clutch, difficulty shifting, temporary loss of acceleration, or slipping are symptoms of a clutch or transmission problem that needs immediate attention.
Correctly diagnosing and repairing transmission issues requires experience and the right tools. For example, sometimes a transmission will leak fluid but have no other drivability issues. When this happens, you can often avoid rebuilding the entire transmission by removing it and replacing external seals and selected components. However, in other cases, worn internal parts are too damaged, and a rebuild of the unit is required. At Foothills Group, our service team is committed to communicating your service needs with you, so you’ll always know what is being done and avoid surprises.
Signs that your transmission needs service
Transmission and clutch life can vary depending on things like traffic, haul weight, and road conditions. The team at Foothills Group is here to help diagnose problems before your vehicle becomes dangerous to drive.
- Unusual noises when pressing the clutch pedal - If you notice noise from your clutch when you release or press the clutch pedal, chances are your pilot, release, or throw-out bearings are failing and will need to be replaced.
- Difficulty shifting gears, or into reverse - Difficulty shifting is likely caused by the clutch disc not moving away from the spinning flywheel. The culprit is more often than not the hydraulic system that operates the clutch, which could be leaking.
Whether your vehicle transmission needs an adjustment, repair, or total rebuild, it's critical to take your truck to a shop that you can trust. We’ve built our reputation on honesty and quality work. Reach out to our service team and we’ll work with you to ensure proper maintenance of your transmission and clutch.