Common Facts about Transmission Repair and Transmission ServiceTweet
Date: Nov 17, 2011 | Views: 59 | Comments: 0
The thought of a transmission repair causes anxiety for most people. That’s because it typically means they’re probably going to spend a lot of money for a problem that they don’t understand.
Have you ever asked these questions?: 1. What is the difference between transmission service and transmission repair? With the newer, more complex transmissions, regularly scheduled transmission service is required to keep motors performing at top-notch performance. A transmission service consists of changing the fluid and filters, making minor adjustments, or sometimes reprogramming or updating the computer. Transmission repair typically repairs or replaces worn out components or parts that are no longer working properly. A transmission service is usually less expensive. 2. Why is transmission repair so costly? When you consider the extent of the repair, the cost is reasonable. Automatic transmissions consist of thousands of individual components. During a transmission repair, each one is removed, cleaned, and inspected. Any worn or damaged parts are repaired or replaced, put together into subassemblies, then adjusted and tested for proper operation. The subassemblies must then be assembled into the transmission case, where the adjustment and testing procedure begins all over again. Finally, it has to be reinstalled. When this is taken into account, dollar for dollar, this is is one of the best values around for vehicle maintenance. 3. Is it possible to get a price quote over the phone? To provide you with an accurate assessment and give you an honest estimate, technicians must perform a series of rigorous tests. They must know the type of transmission, identify the specific problem, and isolate whether it’s in the transmission itself, the computer system, or the engine. Today there are more than ten times as many types in use than 20 years ago. Many of them have several different variations or calibrations, with as many as a dozen modifications. They are computer controlled, which means the problem may not even have anything to do with the transmission. The problem may stem from a troublesome computer, or be engine related. Only after a complete diagnostic process is it possible for the technician to determine the likely causes for the problem and then be able to give you a more accurate explanation and put together a cost estimate. You need look no further for professional help for your next transmission service. Call our ASE-Certified Technicians at (763) 441-2889 or go on-line to www.elkrivertireandauto.com for more information and special discounts. Our auto shop in Elk River MN, proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.