Helpful Car Repair Tips


Posted by Brian Brown on April 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM


 Due to the complexity of today's transmissions a vehicle must first be properly and thoroughly diagnosed. Most shops offer an initial free transmission check which should include a road test, external diagnostic check, and a complete computer scan, in order to determine if the vehicle has an electrical malfunction or mechanical problem. Beware of any transmission repair facility that quotes you a price over the phone without first doing a thorough diagnosis of your vehicle's transmission problem. Today's cars, trucks, and SUVs have computer controlled transmissions and many times a computer malfunction will give the impression that there is a transmission problem. Due to the increasing technology in late model vehicles, the transmission repair facility may need to conduct an electrical diagnosis first to eliminate the possiblity of a computer malfunction versus actual transmission damage.


Be wary of ads that claim “will repair any transmission for …...” or offers to rebuild a tranmission for an unbelievably low price. The tranmission must be properly diagnosed and in some cases a thorough internal diagnosis which includes removing and dissassembling the transmission to find the extent of the damage. Your cost of repair can then be accurately determined. Most shops offer free external inspection and some shops offer to conduct an internal inspection for a reasonable charge.

 You should also become familiar with the term of “rebuilt” as it applies to transmission repair. Even though there are more than 300 parts in the average transmission, a transmission may only have a few internal parts replaced to be called “rebuilt”. In many states if two or three parts are replaced it can be called “rebuilt” or “overhauled”. Ask exactly what is being repaired and what parts are being replaced and if the parts are new, used, or reconditioned. Florida law states that on a rebuilt transmission all parts and labor must be individually itemized or listed on your final estimate. It is also not a bad idea to ask the shop to show you or keep for your examination the worn or damaged parts that were replaced and itemized on your final bill.

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6:58 AM on May 8, 2013 
From this post i know about tips of transmission repair.

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