So, your mechanic of Buick Cars in Thunder Bay says, “That odd smell? Oh, that’s your clutch. Looks like you’ve been burning it slowly for a couple thousand miles.”
This, of course, would only be an issue for someone who drive a manual transmission. And even if you think you have the hang of it, you can be slowly wearing down your clutch. You see, the whole operation of your clutch is based on friction. Getting that balance right can be tricky. First, you have to go slow enough that your engine does not stall and your passenger do not end up with whiplash. However, you also have to go quickly enough that you do not sand down the surface of the clutch. If this happens, you will have no friction left. This happens the fastest when you continually let the clutch out too slowly while giving the engine a lot of gas. Basically, you are wearing out the friction part of the clutch. It’s like a piece of paper. When there is nothing to do the grabbing, it can’t do its job. If you’re really wearing it down, you will actually be able to smell the burning. If you really do not know what you are doing, you might be able to accomplish this feat in about 20 miles. You remember how you saved $1,200 by buying the manual instead of the automatic? Well, you are about to shell out $1,000 to $2,500 to replace your clutch.
He says, “Well, there was a little mistake in the shop. We may have dropped your car off the lift. Do not worry though, no one was around. All the people are fine.”
You know, accidents just happen. You drop a glass or put a red sock in with your whites… you move on. Just one moment of not paying attention and something bad may happen. Now, in the repair business, this could mean major catastrophe. The worst things that could happen are a car catching fire or dropping a car off the lift. Once they check to make sure everyone is present and accounted for, they can enjoy the moment of excitement. This is usually the moment that they realize that they now have to tell the customer what has happened. Once they break the news, you are looking at probably having to get a new car. This will go one of two ways. They’ll call you up and let you know that they have already let their insurance know and they will process a claim to get a new car for you, or, if they don’t have insurance, you might just be paying out of pocket. Honestly though, any reputable shop is going to have insurance for a calamity such as this. In the grand scheme, remember, it’s only a car. They can be replaced. A person cannot.