A Couple Of Good Reasons To Visit A Shop That Specializes In Transmissions

Posted by on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

All cars and trucks eventually break down. Nothing is designed to last forever and automobiles are no exception.  Some of us fix our own cars while others take them to a shop to have them fixed.  Where we take them varies widely.  Some feel the most comfortable taking them to the local dealership, while others tend to prefer taking them to their corner garage.

There are many good reasons to bring your vehicle to a shop that specializes in transmission service


Modern cars and trucks are very complex machines. It is almost impossible for any given mechanic or shop to know everything about every system in every car made. For this reason I want to go into a little detail on why I recommend you bring your car or truck to a transmission shop the next time it has a transmission problem.

One system to concentrate on: when you only need to be an expert on one system, it makes the ability to become an expert much easier.  Transmission shops work on transmission all day. They don’t do engine work, brake repairs, exhaust upgrades or much of anything else. All they do is transmission work. They live, eat and breath transmissions. They read transmission magazines and subscribe to a wide range of newsletters. Their whole lives revolve around transmissions.  Look for a shop where the employees work collaboratively to give you the best service.

Transmission shops only work on transmissions and nothing else


Proper testing equipment: Testing and working on modern transmissions can require some very specialized tools. These tools are often very expensive and not easily found. Even if one can find these specialized tools it does not mean they know how to use them properly. Transmission shop employees are trained on the proper use of these tools and equipment.

specialized transmission testing equipment


Less false negatives:  A shop that specializes in transmissions is less likely to misdiagnose a problem with your transmission. A transmission problem that might at first seems severe and gives the impression that the transmission is on it last leg can often be fixed with an inexpensive component. A good example of this goes back to many of the transmissions that Chrysler made in the late 1980’s. A faulty sensor (maybe a $50 part) causes the transmission to go into “limp home” mode. Limp home mode puts the transmission into 2nd gear and 2nd gear only, to protect the transmission from further damage. Even though the transmission was fine, the faulty sensor made it act like it was fatally broken.  Countless transmission owners were told to replace their transmissions at a very high cost when they could have actually been fixed very economically.

When your transmission does finally shift it’s last gear, a top notch transmission repair shop will replace it with a re-manufactured transmission. Why not simply replace it with a rebuilt transmission?

First, a re-manufactured transmission is just as every bit as good as a new transmission, but at a greatly reduced price. Every spec is brought up to factory standards. Second, a re-manufactured transmission usually includes upgrades and modifications to address problems the factory should have taken care of originally. Places that rebuild transmissions do not have access to the very expensive machining equipment it takes to bring a transmission back to original specs. All they usually do when it comes to rebuilding a transmission is to replace the gasket, seals and friction material. A re-manufactured transmission also usually comes with a much better warranty –  three years compared to an average 90 days for a rebuilt transmission.

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