Our ASE Certified Technicians Can Diagnose
& Repair Any Drive Train Problem
Holmberg Automotive and Transmissions
provides complete drive train diagnosis and repair services at our shop.
Flywheel: A good rule is to resurface your flywheel every time you
have your clutch worked on. Many clutch manufacturers refuse to accept warranty claims if this isn’t done, but
this may or may not pertain to your driving habits and needs. There are some signs you and your mechanic should
look for to see if the flywheel needs a resurface job or a complete replacement. These signs can help you decide
whether resurfacing or replacing the flywheel is appropriate, as worn or badly damaged flywheels can often lead
to expensive clutch repairs.
Is there glazing or discoloration? If so, your flywheel needs to be resurfaced. Glazing and discoloration are signs
of wear and can prevent it from meeting the clutch smoothly. A resurface job should never cost more than about
$50, and will help keep the clutch from slipping or abnormal wear.
Are there signs of cracking? This would be bad because it means the part is unsafe for continued use. Cracked flywheels
can actually explode while in use, making this a very dangerous situation. Additionally, cracked flywheels also
mean that the shift mechanisms could wear out quickly.
Is the part “cupped” or unevenly worn? “Cupping” is caused by the interior surface of the part being worn down
by constant contact with the clutch. Uneven wear indicates another problem, such as a misaligned part or one that
has too much “play” between it and the contact point. Your mechanic can tell you if this is a problem that can
be solved by a resurface job or if a replacement is more appropriate. A lot depends on how badly worn the part
is and how uneven the wear is. Beyond certain factory tolerances, the part has to be replaced for continued safe
Clutch: What’s Included in the Clutch Repair?
Several services should be included in the clutch repair. It’s important to make sure you are getting the services
you will be paying for — so, review the following list prior to getting your vehicle’s clutch repaired.
- The clutch disc, flywheel,
pilot bearing, pressure plate and throw out bearing should be inspected.
- Replace the clutch disc.
The material on this part is often, the first part of the clutch that needs to be replaced.
- If the pressure plates
are worn, they should be replaced.
- The flywheel needs to
be either replaced or resurfaced. If the flywheel is not properly repaired, it could result in vibrations when
the clutch is engaged.
- The throw out bearing
should be replaced, if needed.
- The clutch repair shop
should check for fluid from the transmission or the engine, and fix any leaks that can cause damage to the clutch
Extra Clutch Repair Cost
The repair cost could be higher if your vehicle uses a hydraulic clutch system that contains master cylinders
and a slave.
Torque Converter: A torque converter takes the place of a clutch if your vehicle
has an automatic transmission.
A torque converter is generally
a type of fluid coupling (but also being able to multiply torque) that is used to transfer rotating power from
the engine or electric motor, to a driven load. The torque converter normally takes the place of a mechanical clutch
in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, allowing the load to be separated from the power source. It is usually
located between the engine's flexplate and the transmission.
The key characteristic of a torque converter is its ability to multiply torque when there is a substantial difference
between input and output rotational speed, thus providing the equivalent of a reduction gear. Some of these devices
are also equipped with a temporary locking mechanism which rigidly binds the engine to the transmission when their
speeds are nearly equal, to avoid slippage and a resulting loss of efficiency.
Transmission: We are a Certified Transmission Shop. We have transmissions
that have been remanufactured at the Certified Transmission plant in Omaha. We have 1,000's of transmisions in
stock in San Diego. This means that we replace your transmission and tourqe converter from ones in stock and your
old ones are returned to the plant for remanufacturing. The bottom line to you is a known fixed cost and the fastest
turn around possible. You get back on the road in as little as one day minimizing the inconvenience and frustration
a tranamission failure can cause.
We have manual and automatic
transmissions for most cars and trucks. The factory has stored hard to find transmissions that will be remanufactured
Transfer Case: We have remanufactured 4 wheel drive transfer cases in stock
for fast replacement.
Drve Shaft: We have driveshaft replacements and we balance driveshafts
that have had u-joints replaced,
U-joints: Our drive train specialists recommend your drive shaft and
U-joints be inspected regularly for optimal performance of your vehicle. Trucks and SUVs commonly have drive shaft
slip joints requiring lubrication. If you hear a squeaking when you accelerate from a stop or driving you should
schedule an appointment at Apex as bad U-joints can actually result in your drive shaft to separate from the vehicle.
Differential: Leaks aer the most common differential issue. We replace
seals and gaskets and CV joints on fron wheel drive vehicles.