My seatbelts are not retracting. How do I fix them?
If your seatbelts are not retracting, they already might need cleaning. To start cleaning the seatbelts, just pull the casing off the retraction system of the seatbelts. Keep in mind not to remove the seatbelt webbings while doing it. You need a long-handled scrubbing brush with fine ends. You can also use an old toothbrush to brush off dirt and other small particles stuck on the retractors. If you find that the mechanisms are already sticky, you can use a gentle cleaning solution. Apply it using a brush to remove the sticky residue. Then after brushing with cleaning solution, wipe down with a clean cloth. The cleaning solution might damage the webbings, so make sure that you avoid saturating the webbings with it. After wiping it down, apply a small amount of silicone grease on the retractor mechanisms to lubricate them. Use a thin paintbrush or a long cotton swab. Be careful not to put grease on the seatbelts to prevent them from sticking to the retractors.
When cleaning the seatbelts, make sure that you have the proper knowledge because these are used for your safety and are required by law. If you are not confident that you can fix your seatbelts, you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic instead. You can also opt to replace them with new ones.
Why did my clutch fail prematurely?
There are several causes of why your clutch failed prematurely. The most common cause is because of incorrect driving practices or if the clutch is incorrectly installed. If you keep using a low gear while driving at a high speed, the rotation speed in the gearbox and differential multiplies. If it constantly exceeds the rotation speed limit, it will fail prematurely. A leak on the slave cylinder can also cause premature wear on the clutch because it might overheat.
If you've had an engine performance modification, it can also cause the clutch to fail because it might put too much strain on the clutch since it is designed to only take certain torque ratings. So if you modified your engine's performance, make sure that you install a clutch that is compatible with it. Also make sure that the clutch is properly installed; otherwise it will not work properly and wear out prematurely.
Why is my transmission shuddering and slipping?
If you feel that your transmission is shuddering and slipping, it might be because your torque converter is malfunctioning. The torque converter is responsible for passing fluid on to the transmission and lets your engine to continue running while idling. It is difficult to find out why the torque converter is problematic, so seeking the help of a good mechanic is needed. Tell-tale signs of a faulty torque converter include transmission overheating, shuddering, slipping, high stall speeds, dirty transmission fluid, and/or strange noises. However, these symptoms still doesn't confirm that the torque converter is causing the problem. You can test your torque converter if it is faulty by starting your car and let it idle for a few minutes, then step on the accelerator lightly a few times. After that, let it idle again. Now, step on the brake pedal then shift to drive. If you hear any strange clicking or revving sounds, it is likely that your torque converter is faulty.