If you think your transmission might need a repair, or you’re just curious about how it works, here are four misconceptions about transmission repair.
Some drivers find it odd that there are entire businesses that are devoted to transmission repair. Why not get your transmission fixed at the same garage where you get new tires or brake service? While there are all-service auto garages out there that have great technicians who can repair transmissions, it’s a much safer bet to take your vehicle into a specialized shop for transmission repair. Put your faith in the experts.
Transmissions are incredibly intricate components. Actually, a transmission is an intricate set of components that all work in cooperation to transfer power from your engine to your axles. A small problem in one area of your transmission can throw everything else off. Precise expertise is required to properly examine, evaluate, and repair transmissions.
A dedicated transmission shop is preferable to a dealership for transmission maintenance and repairs for the same reason that a dedicated transmission shop is better than a general service auto shop. With transmissions, you simply need expert advice. At Mister Transmission, we even have a mechanic and dealership referrals program.
This misconception is based on the idea that, for a sufficiently damaged transmission, the easiest and simplest thing to do is to replace that transmission with an entirely new one. At Mister Transmission, we often advise against this. The problem here is that these “new” transmissions are actually usually refurbished. Furthermore, all the parts within the transmission have unknown provenance. You could be replacing your transmission with one that is also problematic.
At Mister Transmission, we provide transmission overhauls. This is a lengthy but thorough process. We remove the transmission from the vehicle and dismantle it. We inspect every part and either clean and inspect it or replace it. We also replace some parts as a matter of course, such as bands and other friction surfaces.
Continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) are a relatively new type of automatic transmission. Many people bring their CVT vehicles in for inspection early on after purchasing it. But this is not because CVTs are prone to problems. Some drivers are simply unused to the regular noises CVTs make and think something must be wrong.