The words "transmission repair" often strikes fear in the minds of vehicle owners. All they can see are big dollar signs in front of their eyes! However, their fear and confusion can be alleviated by gaining a basic understanding of the various terms and methods of transmission service. A little knowledge helps in making a decision as to what type of transmission service
or transmission repair should be performed.
In-the-Car – There are a couple of types of repair that can be taken care of with an adjustment to the transmission without removing it from the vehicle. These types of repair should be less costly than a complete overhaul or replacement, making transmission repair more affordable!
• Shifting: A computer-controlled unit may be receiving the wrong signals, or it may not be reacting properly to a computer command. The computer may simply need to be reset. In a non-computer-controlled transmission, the throttle cable can be adjusted, or a vacuum modulator can be adjusted, making sure that there are no vacuum leaks. In some older transmissions, bands can be adjusted to resolve "slipping" problems.
• Resealing: Resealing of most fluid leaks can be taken care of with the transmission remaining in the car. However, if the front seal needs to be replaced, the unit must first be removed from the vehicle in order to gain access to the leak.
Out-of-the-Car – Other types of repair can only be performed by removing the transmission from the vehicle. These repairs are more costly as they require more hours of labor and involve various components that may need to be replaced.
• Rebuilding: During this process, the transmission is removed from the vehicle and completely disassembled. Each part is inspected for wear and damage and then either cleaned or replaced, depending on its condition. Typically, parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, seals and gaskets, are replaced, as is the torque converter.
• Replacement: This option replaces the transmission with one that has been rebuilt or remanufactured. This option is more expensive, but it will get you out of the shop and on your way much faster than the first.
For expert advice on transmission service, contact our ASE-certified technicians today at Express Care Auto by calling 507-625-8005, or go on-line at www.expresscareautomn.com for more information. Our auto repair shop serves vehicle owners in North Mankato, MN
, and the neighboring communities of Mankato, MN, New Ulm, MN, and St. Peter, MN