HOW TO CHOOSE A TRANS­MIS­SION RE­PAIR SHOP

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Car re­pairs are never fun, es­pe­cially big jobs such as a trans­mis­sion. Trans­mis­sion re­pairs are not like chang­ing the oil and will need a qual­i­fied trans­mis­sion re­pair tech­ni­cian if you don’t want to end up with even more has­sle and prob­lems. Fluid in the trans­mis­sion lu­bri­cates shifts. This fluid needs to be re­placed pe­ri­od­i­cally to keep the trans­mis­sion work­ing. It is a com­mon prob­lem, one that is eas­ily pre­ventable. Some­times break­downs oc­cur even if you are us­ing clean trans­mis­sion fluid. Find­ing a qual­ity trans­mis­sion re­pair shop will help you keep your car in good work­ing or­der.

LOOK FOR A SHOP THAT EN­COUR­AGES PROPER MAIN­TE­NANCE

Proper main­te­nance is key to en­sur­ing the longevity of your trans­mis­sion. Af­ter ev­ery 20,000 miles, you should have it ser­viced or cleaned to pre­vent prob­lems. Some car man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend ser­vic­ing the trans­mis­sion af­ter ev­ery 50,000 miles, if it has syn­thetic trans­mis­sion fluid. Many car own­ers have dis­cov­ered that it is sim­ply not of­ten enough. It costs so much to re­place a trans­mis­sion that it is of­ten fi­nan­cially smarter to just buy an­other car in­stead. That is ex­actly what au­tomak­ers are hop­ing you will do. Err on the side of cau­tion and re­place your trans­mis­sion fluid reg­u­larly.

SEARCH FOR PROP­ERLY TRAINED SPE­CIAL­ISTS

You will save your­self much time and money if you search for a re­pair shop with a good track record. Some shops re­quire mul­ti­ple vis­its be­fore the work is done cor­rectly. Me­chan­ics at the best re­pair shops are prop­erly trained to fix a wide va­ri­ety of trans­mis­sions. Do not use a gen­eral auto re­pair shop or dealer ser­vice for trans­mis­sion re­pairs. It will cost you more money be­cause they will have to sub­con­tract with a trans­mis­sion spe­cial­ist to do the job. Save money by go­ing to the trans­mis­sion shop your­self.

RE­PAIR OP­TIONS

De­ter­mine the type of re­pair work to be done. Trans­mis­sion work is time con­sum­ing and dif­fi­cult. Pro­fes­sion­als must re­move the trans­mis­sion from the ve­hi­cle. That can cost about $500 even be­fore any other work is started. Mi­nor trans­mis­sion re­pairs could re­quire the en­tire trans­mis­sion to be re­built. There are only two op­tions for re­pair­ing a trans­mis­sion: re­man­u­fac­tur­ing or re­build­ing. Re-man­u­fac­tur­ing re­makes the trans­mis­sion from used cores and re­places all mov­ing parts. It is the equiv­a­lent to pur­chas­ing a whole new trans­mis­sion. Re­build­ing a trans­mis­sion re­places worn-down parts. It is the most com­mon trans­mis­sion re­pair.

PRE­PARE FOR HEFTY RE­PAIR COSTS

Be­cause ba­sic la­bor it­self is ex­pen­sive, it of­ten makes more sense to com­pletely re­build your trans­mis­sion rather than fix­ing mi­nor is­sues pe­ri­od­i­cally. This price will de­pend on the com­plex­ity and the ex­tent of the re­build. Re-man­u­fac­tured trans­mis­sions are more de­pend­able, but also ex­pen­sive. The stan­dard re­built trans­mis­sion usu­ally of­fers a one-year/12,000-mile war­ranty. For a re­man­u­fac­tured trans­mis­sion, the stan­dard war­ranty is 100,000 miles.

Escalon Trans­mis­sion Your fam­ily of ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cians pro­vid­ing trusted ser­vice 1425 First Street, Escalon • 209-838-0113

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