How It All Works
The clutch is the connector and the disconnector from the engine to the transmission. If the clutch is not working properly, it will do one of two things: (A) Clutch will slip causing higher engine RPM for speed traveled. This condition will most likely create a high clutch pedal engagement point. (B) The Car will be hard to shift into gear sometimes caused by actual clutch issues and other times caused by actuation issues. A clutch issue could be a broken clutch disc dampener spring or something as simple as an adjustment or a hydraulic failure.
The job of the manual transmission is to drive the car in the gear selected. Typical problems with the manual transmissions are hard shifting usually indicated by a grind into gear or popping out of gear selected. Many other complaints of customers are due to noise in the transmissions, often times quietest in fourth gear. The typical cause of noise starts with bearings and seals for the transmission. For grinding or popping out of gear problems, it can get more involved (i.e. worn shift forks, sliders, synchros, or other miscellaneous parts).
When most people think of breaks, they think of brake pads or shoes. The truth is that brakes are a complete system. It is true that the most commonly worn items are the pads or shoes, but the entire system must be inspected for a proper brake job to be completed. If your brakes are squeaking, you will probably need new pads or shoes and a resurface of rotors or drums. If they are grinding, there is a good chance you need the rotors or drums replaced. Another common problem with brakes is a low or sinking brake pedal feel. This is a result of a brake hydraulic problem that will need to be inspected to determine the cause.
CV Axles are responsible for propelling your front wheel drive car forward as you are driving. They are constantly flexing therefore they fail. The most common complaint we receive is they click especially on corners (i.e. parking lots, u-turns, and tight corners under acceleration). The most common cause of these problems is the rubber flexible boot on inboard or outboard joints rip causing the lubricating grease to leak out. When the boot rips, it also allows road debris to enter the joint and damages internal workings of the axle.