Transmission repair in Mesa hinges on an important question: manual or automatic? This article will attempt to dispel some myths about transmissions and how to fix them.
Manual Transmissions and Automatic Transmissions
What’s the difference between a manual transmission and an automatic transmission? With a manual transmission the driver is shifting gears up or down depending on speed and terrain. An automatic transmission is done by a computer module and the driver shifting rarely. With that said, here are some myths regarding automatic and manual transmissions.
Myth #1: Manual Transmissions Are Simpler than Automatics
In older sports cars, manual transmissions are a lot simpler than automatics. However, a lot of next generation manual transmissions are a lot more complicated than they used to be, with computer chips and a few extra gears. They are in a way, almost a hybrid between manual transmissions and automatic transmissions. Both require transmission service.
The repair jobs are different, and like all repair jobs, some are easier than others are. By no means, however, should you attempt to do transmission repair on your own unless you know for sure what you’re doing. And no, reading a book, or watching a video is adequate preparation.
Most transmission repair shops in Mesa have ASE certified mechanics with years of both study and experience.
Myth #2: Automatic Transmissions Need More Work Than Manual Transmissions
Again, this is old information. During the 70’s and 80’s a lot of cars made in the US had rather shoddy transmissions. They would break down at one of the milestone markers, and repairs were costly. That’s how this myth got so firmly planted in our consciousness.
Myth #3: A Manual Transmission Will Outlive an Automatic Transmission.
Yes and no on this. While manual transmissions do indeed last longer than automatic transmissions do, clutches get replaced far more often than components in an automatic transmission. So it kind of evens out.
Transmission Repair: Some Words to Live By
Your owner’s manual should always be your guide. If your owner’s manual says to get your transmission serviced every 15,000 miles, then get it serviced every 15,000 miles. While you may grumble about having to pay for a bit of service, which would you rather have? A repair bill that is a few hundred dollars, or a major transmission replacement to the tune of many thousands of dollars in some cases.
So whether you need clutch repair or transmission repair, remember that you are responsible for your car.
So take it to someone that can help, your friendly transmission repair shop in Mesa.
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