Part two of our series on transmission repair focuses on more transmission repair myths as well as facts.
Transmission Myths and Facts: Transmission Fluid
There are several myths regarding transmission repair. First off, there is the issue of transmission fluid. Transmission fluid that leaves black streaks on a white rag is probably contaminated. If a shady mechanic tries this, please know that a metal dip stick always leaves a trace on a white rag. Don’t let anyone tell you that this is the only way to tell that you have a transmission problem.
Our next myth is that transmission fluid is always bright red. New transmission fluid is only this color because it’s dyed. Over time, it will change to a brownish red. While the color can be an indicator that you may need to change your fluid, it is not necessarily a sign of transmission problems. But what about the electronic side of transmissions?
Transmission Repair and Electronics
First off, let’s cover diagnostics. If you go to a transmission repair shop and they tell you that they can tell there is a problem with the gears themselves inside of the gear box. This is not true. Electronic diagnostic equipment will find fault with the electrical connections in your transmission, but it won’t help with determining problems with gears. As for electronic problems with transmissions, know that they are extremely rare, maybe one out of every 500 times. What about installing a new transmission? Well, you can, however, know that to get a brand new transmission, you’re looking at a repair that may end up being more than the cost of the car would be. An automatic transmission has to come from the manufacturer. As a result, you’re going to end up paying about $3,000-4,000 for a new unit, with labor charges well above @1000. You’re better off getting a rebuilt transmission instead, for a fraction of the cost.
So remember, you want to make sure that you’re not being conned. Make sure that you have a bit of knowledge. That way if you’re going in for regular service on your transmission, or if you are going in for a full transmission repair job, you know you’re getting the right service for both your vehicle as well as your pocket book.
Until next time, this is your transmission repair shop in Mesa wishing you and yours happy motoring.
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