Why Every Motorist Is In Need Of A Transmission Specialist….
Every Vehicle Has A Transmission.
Inside Automatic Transmissions there can be upwards of 800 parts and the newer the vehicle the more complex they have become. Think of your transmission as the “heart” of your vehicle. Without your transmission, the rest of your vehicle is useless. This makes your transmission the most integral part of your vehicle, aside from your engine. If your heart was giving you trouble, would you go see your General Physician? No! You would seek a Heart Specialist. Why? Because, a specialist is a person who concentrates primarily on a specific subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and/ or restricted field. A Transmission Specialist is a person whose skill, knowledge and expertise are dedicated to the field of Transmission and Driveline repair.
Every Transmission requires maintenance. Maintaining your vehicle is much cheaper than repairing your vehicle.
Here at Dan’s your transmission is recommended to be serviced every 20,000 -30,000 miles (dependent on driving patterns and conditions). A Transmission Service on most vehicles is the removal of the transmission pan, disposal of the used transmission fluid, replacement of the Transmission Filter, cleaning the transmission pan and magnet, re-installation on of the transmission pan and the refilling the transmission with the correct fluid. During a routine service a visual inspection is completed to ensure the proper condition and working order for other components that affect transmission performance and durability such as, Engine and Transmission Mounts, CV axles, Differentials, Transfer Cases, and even tires.
Why Should I take my vehicle to a Transmission Specialist just for a service?
With all the models that are available on the market today, many require a vehicle specific fluid, require that the vehicle be at a certain operating temperature or that the vehicle to be running during the refill process. If the refill process is not completed properly your transmission will not have the necessary fluid it needs to operate properly and when driven in this condition will create the need for major repairs. Manufactures are also making it ever more difficult and disastrous to service your transmissions at home. Many of the newer transmissions do not leave you access to check your transmission fluid level regularly. Here at Dan’s we have the special equipment required to service your vehicle’s needs. Transmissions are what we do day in and day out.
It is always best to seek out a transmission specialist before you are in disparate need of a service or repair.
Here are some tips when seeking out a transmission specialist…..
We never recommend making a decision under stressful circumstances, such as while you are sitting with your family in a broken-down vehicle on a busy highway, blocking traffic. In this case you need to know where to turn in these stressful times and what repair facility will service the type of transmission and vehicle that you own. Are they willing to assist you even if it is not transmission related?
Transmission repair is an extensive process and can be an extreme inconvenience, as well as a costly investment. You want to be sure that your transmission is one that is serviced at the facility of your choice and that they use a true diagnostic process to determine the source of the malfunction. No one wants to pay for parts that their vehicle does not need or that will not fix the issue there vehicle is having.
Make sure that you are aware of your facilities processes, and recommendations….
Not all vehicles transmission problems require a rebuild. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario, but ask to see proof of failure. Also, if they will allow you to see the parts that were replaced after your car repairs are completed. Provided you promptly pick up your vehicle all parts replaced should still be present. (Excluding cores unless you are paying to keep them)
Questions to ask…
- What is your warranty?
Ask this with every repair as some parts may carry a different warranty.
- How do you determine what is wrong with my vehicle and if it is transmission related?
You do not want a facility that will guess at repairs. It is impossible to diagnosis a vehicle over the telephone or internet. Without a diagnosis there is no way to know what needs to be replaced. A misdiagnosis can be very costly.
- Are they willing to assist you even if it is not transmission related?
- What is their labor rate for your vehicle? Do they have a diagnostic rate? Programming rate?
These are the only true costs that can be determined without a diagnosis and inspection. It is impossible for a facility to give a price for repair when they do not have a complete list of what is damaged.
- When will you be contacted regarding necessary repairs?
Authorization is required by Florida State Law prior to repairs being made.
- Does their estimate include all taxes, and fees?
These costs add up faster than you may think and you want to be prepared when you arrive to pick up your vehicle.
- What is the average amount of time it will take to repair my transmission?
Some vehicle parts are not as readily available as others. Keep in mind prompt authorization allows for faster completion of repairs.
- Do they offer towing if your vehicle breaks down? If so what is the cost?
This can vary due to type and size of vehicle.
- What are their facility hours? Do their hours meet your scheduling needs for regular service and pick up after completed repairs?
- Do they charge storage fees if you cannot promptly pick up your vehicle after a service or repair? If so how much? And how long do you have before those fees will be charged?
- Do they offer courtesy transportation to and from the facility or to a rental car facility while your vehicle is in for repairs?
- What methods of payment methods do they accept?
Being prepared with the proper payment method will save you time and headache at pick up.
- Will they require an alignment after necessary repairs or will they complete alignment before they deliver the vehicle to you?
- Do they offer Financing? If so what are the terms? How can their financing be beneficial to you?
Some signs that your vehicle needs to see a transmission specialist….
- Check Engine Light is on – This is your vehicles warning system-Do Not Ignore
- Grinding Noises – Grinding leads to wear and damage
- Delayed Shifts
- Missing gears – Are you unable to use Reverse or overdrive?
- Gear Searching
- Hard Shifts
- Leaking – Fluids should never leak from closed parts of your vehicle.
- Failure to shift out of or into a gear
- Thudding noises… is it a wheel bearing or a transmission part failing?
- Failure to enter park, reverse, neutral, or drive? Is this transmission failure or a broken shifter cable?
These signs do not necessarily equal a rebuild. Proper Diagnostics and Inspection are required to determine cause and required repairs.
Continuing to drive your vehicle while these symptoms are present will increase the damage done. The more damage, the higher the cost of repair. We stress early maintenance and repair. Maintenance is always the less expensive route. We seek to repair unless a rebuild is necessary or desired.