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Does Your Car Need Clutch Fluid?

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The blog this week is possible signs that your Volvo or Toyota may require clutch fluid. Everyone is trying to save money at the moment, interest rates are rising, fuel bills are rising, food costs are soaring etc so when it comes to owning a car, we need all the help we can get to keep costs down. Read on to find out more:

Vibrations when Shifting Gears

When all is well with your Volvo or Toyota engine, changing the gears should be a relatively smooth process. If you find there is stuttering or other resistance during gear change it is likely a sign of declining transmission fluid levels. Check your clutch fluid level immediately and keep checking on a weekly basis to spot the signs of a possible leak early! Checking all your bonnet levels regularly will alert you to possible leaks before things go totally wrong.

Gear Slippage

When the fluid levels in your Volvo or Toyota are low, the hydraulic power required for smooth gear shifting is not there resulting in gear slippages. You’re likely to experience the slip in the clutch pedal’s point of engagement. This leaves your Volvo or Toyota stuck in a neutral position. You will need to get your Volvo or Toyota booked in for investigation at your local Independent Volvo or Toyota servicing and repair specialist.

Sluggish Gear Shifts

If you find that more effort or force is required to change gears in your Volvo or Toyota this could be a sign of low fluid levels. Again, check this and fill if required, then keep checking on a regular basis. If it frequently needs topping up you may have a leak – get yourself down to your local independent Volvo or Toyota service and repair specialist for further investigation and repair.

Vehicle Lurching

Another sign of low fluid levels is if you experience lurching – again check the fluid levels and top up if required. Keeping an eye on the levels on a
regular basis will ensure you spot signs of a leak early on – you should not need to have to keep topping up these levels every week – get yourself
booked into your local Independent Volvo or Toyota Garage.

Loss of Spring in Clutch Pedal

The pedal on your Volvo or Toyota should spring back into position swiftly when released. If it doesn’t then check your fluid levels and top up if required.

Grinding Noise

If you start hearing a grinding noise when you are changing gears, you may need to check your fluid levels. Don’t ignore this noise as it could indicate a more serious problem that could be an expensive repair if not investigated. Check the levels and top up if required. If this does not solve the problem, take your car to your local Volvo or Toyota Garage and seek expert advice. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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