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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Replace a Clutch Kit

The hydraulic clutch system is comprised of many pieces. This includes the clutch plate, the pressure plate, a release bearing and release fork, the operating cylinder and master cylinder, a hydraulic line, the joint and the pedal.

Firstly, you will need to check the flywheel. Sometimes the problem may be that the flywheel will need to be machined. Before changing the clutch, you will also need to remove the gearbox to avoid damaging that part.

Changing most components would require you to jack the car up. Where the clutch is, is where you should place the jack. You will then need to remove the transaxle by unhooking the clutch cable and the battery cable that is blocking the kit.

Now, you will have to remove the bolts that are holding the engine mount. This is also useful when removing the transaxle easily. You will only need to remove one of the engine mounts in order to do a clutch kit replacement. Removing the transaxle will also require you to remove bolts around the flywheel bell housing.

You have now removed the transaxle and are ready to reach for the damaged component. You will need to loosen the bolts of the pressure plate to slide the clutch disc out. After machining or replacing the flywheel, make sure that any dirt has been removed from the crankshaft flange so that the flywheel turns correctly. You can now put a brand new clutch disc in place.

From here, everything you did is in reverse. To replace the transaxle you need to align the part with the spindled hole of the disc. Move the transaxle until the input shaft glides into the spindled hole of the clutch disc. All bolts should be tightened correctly before removing the jack. Loose bolts can cause major problems and hefty repairs.

Winter Auto Detailing

Seal the paint work

A paint sealant like a synthetic wax is a practical option to apply to your car if it is likely to be left exposed to the extreme winter conditions. Use a proper paint sealant to give the desired protection against road salts and water. Many of the modern sealants are very effective at creating a useful barrier to stop oils, chemicals or other contaminants from causing damage to the paint work. A single application of a top-rated paint sealant has the potential to last the entire winter season.

Keep the car clean

Driving on the road in the winter can increase the risk of the car getting chipped or scratches because of the many items of debris on the road. Any deep scratches that are left in the car’s paint work can lead to moisture penetration which will continue to freeze and thaw. Over time this will start to weaken the local paint work and oxidation will start to set in.

A regular car wash is a great way to minimize the risk of paint related oxidation. Also, the entire body of the car should be checked for paint scratches and chips. If any defects in the paint are noted, they can be repaired with a suitable paint sealant.

Treat the leather interior

The cold winter months can have a negative impact on the leather interior of a car. The dry and cold weather is very effective at pulling the moisture from the leather upholstery. The best course of action is to treat the leather before the start of the cold weather arrives. Ideally, it is wise to start the work on the leather before the daytime temperature drops below 50° Fahrenheit. If the treatment is left too late it can be difficult to get the leather to accept the conditioner.

Fix Cracked Leather

So, with that said I’m going to give you what I call the “quick fix”. A temporary fix to get you by until the car is sold or you get enough money to do it right. Now I’m not going to give you some substandard way of fixing your leather seat, remember I do this for a living and from time to time I have been asked to do the “quick fix” to get someone by. Although I don’t like doing that for the people I do work for. To me thats my name and reputation that is on that repair, but when someones in a pinch you got to help them out.

Supplies…. you will need some stuff before you start this project and most of them you can get from your automotive paint store.

  • Denatured alcohol – used for prep
  • sandpaper – used for prep and sanding of cracks in leather 240 grit and 400 grit a couple of sheets of each will be good.
  • 1 aerosol can of Sem Plastic and Leather Prep – if not available not really necessary but nice to have. helps to open the pores of the leather to help the adhesion of the dye.
  • 1 aerosol can of Sem Classic Coat or Sem Sure Coat leather dyes (if you get the sure coat, it’s waterborne and is a lot more flexible and more like the finish already on the leather and will not dry the leather out). But most auto stores only carry the Classic Coat which will work, just don’t load the dye on, the more chance for it crack later. Now take the vehicle with you or something to match the color, if you ask the guys at the auto paint store they can probably find the right color for you.
  • A sealer of some sort is needed to seal the raw leather before you dye it but not always necessary. If available Thompson Water Seal will work, or a leather sealer like Leather Tac this will help the dye adhere to the raw leather and help to smooth out some of the rough leather. Another trick is glue, but it needs to be a flexible glue and one that does not contain silicone. If you can get leather glue from your local craft store that would be perfect. Glue will seal the leather and lay down the rough leather.
  • 1 can of a plastic adhesion promoter, I like Bulldog easy to use and it works
  • terry cloth towels
  • paper towels
  • soft scrub brush
  • Scotch Brite pad – green one is fine
  • rubber gloves
  • hair dryer – helps speed things up a little

Ford Focus Ignition

The key itself might get stuck in the ignition, or you may have to jiggle the ignition in order to have it turn – a sure sign that you should have a professional replace the ignition. Either way, if you own a Ford Focus, there is a high probability that you may come across this issue.

Many consumers feel that the general cause of this ignition switch problem is due to poorly manufactured parts by Ford. The manner in which the Ford Focus ignition communicates with the car’s computer is via the Transponder microchip, which is located directly within your car key, so replacing the ignition switch can be a highly complex operation, and is exactly why professional installation is strongly recommended. Yes, a Locksmith can do this job for you, this is not a task where you’ll be forced to seek services from the dealership!

The problem comes from the ignition switch not being of the highest quality and is therefore easily worn out. What happens then is the wafers get stuck into the ignition, and also the cylinder itself becomes bent, making them latch in their current position disabling them from moving. Ford Focus owners need not despair! There are locksmiths out there that do have a few ways of handling this issue ranging from, when possible, fixing the ignition to, in serious situations, replacing the ignition and recoding it to match your key and the rest of the car locks.