Cruising with J9: Knowing better

2011-05-31 13:44

Knowing your car is so important, I’ve probably said so before, but it’s in our own interests to have some kind of relationship with our four-wheeled friends no matter how bizarre that may sound.

We may not all be mechanics, but we all have a good mate whom we know very well and can tell when something is bothering them when they pretend to be fine.

If you pay attention to your car, you’ll be able to pick up when something isn’t right.

A friend of mine recently acquired a new car. I had gone along taking the car for numerous test drives and even sent it for an AA test to check for any troubles.

Since day one, we could tell the clutch was on its last and needed an urgent replacement. Several times we were told there’s nothing the matter and the clutch is perfect; that these cars are known to have sticky gears.

None of the dealer technicians or the AA could pick up the faulty clutch. I’m no expert, but I know when gears aren’t changing as smoothly as they should, especially after a major service.

Despite taking out an extended warranty on the car, we then opted to change the clutch ourselves, privately.

We sourced the clutch kit, bought the oil and seals, and asked a reliable mechanic to do the job privately. What came out of the car was a completely worn and shredded clutch with no padding and a damaged clutch plate.

Either people are lazy or they don’t want to replace parts at their expense because of warranties.

I can’t stress how important it is to trust your instincts and have someone extremely reliable to check your car other than a dealership. Even if it means making several trips to a workshop, your safety is more important.

Weigh up your options if you do have a warranty, because your problem may be small and could cost you even less if you just forked out the cash.

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