Get to Know Some Transmission Basics
If you’re like many drivers, you know some basics about your car’s transmission. Maybe you’ve done some research online for some information on how they work, or what that noise is your car is making. You know that a transmission works with the engine to make the tires rotate (and the car go). You know it’s the system that shifts the car’s gears. You probably even know that a transmission has fluid that needs to be checked and changed regularly. You definitely understand that a transmission is a complex system in their car that costs a lot of money to fix. That’s why you take your car to AAMCO, the transmission experts.
Transmission Repairs & Rebuilds
The mere mention of the words “transmission repair” or “transmission rebuild” elicits a feeling of fear and dread in most car owners. They’re afraid there is a serious problem with their vehicle and that it’s going to cost a lot of time and money to fix. They’ll be without their car for days, they might feel like they’re going to be overcharged because they don’t understand what the mechanic is telling them. Generally, transmissions and transmission repairs are not fun things to think about, much less actually deal with. Knowing the difference between transmission repairs and rebuilds will help relieve some of that anxiety.
A transmission repair replaces the required failed parts, but not the high wear parts. This restores the transmission to a good operating condition and gets you back on the road. A repair is less costly than a rebuild, but not as long lasting.
A transmission rebuild replaces all failed parts as well as worn parts that might fail in the near future. Typically, this includes (if necessary) the clutch, bushings, bands, steel plates, and torque converter. A rebuild is longer lasting than a repair and will keep your car going for a longer period of time.
Certified Mechanic or Do It Yourself
Firstly, you shouldn’t ever try to fix your own transmission – unless you’re a mechanic who is trained for and specializes in transmission rebuilds. As already mentioned, a transmission is incredibly complex – especially today’s cars – and fixing your transmission requires specialized tools, including diagnostics computers. It’s cheaper and easier just to take your car to a local, Minnesota transmission repair expert for peace of mind.
Even though the transmission is complicated, you can sometimes diagnose problems yourself and do a little research to understand what your mechanic is talking about and what specifically you’re being charged for. There are a few simple do-it-yourself things that can save you time and money.
Transmission Fluid & Leaks
Check if your transmission fluid is leaking. This should be done at least twice a year. Low transmission fluid can cause damage gradually over time, which can then strike suddenly and catastrophically. It will also shorten the life of the transmission, and compromise its performance and reliability. All of this can result in expensive repairs or outright transmission replacement. If transmission fluid levels are consistently low, check for a leak. Sometimes there will be a stain of reddish fluid on the pavement after your car has been parked for a while. But if you don’t know where to look within the engine compartment or under your car, come to your local Minnesota AAMCO for help.
Check the transmission filter. Many people don’t think about the transmission filter, or even know there is one in the transmission. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to replace – but for all its simplicity it is critical to your transmission’s performance and long life. Make sure the filter is not clogged or damaged before you have any work done on your transmission.
AAMCO Minnesota Transmission Experts
If you don’t find a problem with the fluid or the filter, you should take your car to an AAMCO Minnesota auto repair shop. Unfortunately, your transmission might eventually need to be rebuilt. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse, and eventually your car just won’t go into gear and won’t move. If you can detect some problems on your own by keeping an eye on your transmission fluid and filter, you’ll be well ahead of the curve. Knowing the basics of transmission repair and being able to discuss problems with your mechanic, and go to a transmission repair expert you can trust, you can save time, money, and frustration.
AAMCO – Trust & Peace of Mind
Knowing the basics of how a transmission works, and appreciating how complicated it is and what it takes for even an experienced mechanic to rebuild a transmission, will help you and your mechanic see eye to eye. You’ll be able to understand each other better as you work toward the same goal – getting you and your car back on the road. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommended service schedule and make an appointment with your local AAMCO Minnesota.