Feb 11 2015

Repair Or Replace Your Transmission?

mechanicIn order to be a responsible and reliable vehicle owner, it is necessary to have occasional maintenance performed. To keep things running their best and lasting as long as possible, you must get occasional inspections and improvements from someone who knows what they are doing. This means more than opening the hood and checking fluids with a dipstick or just simply looking at it. This is where a shop like ours can come in handy. A tune-up means that a licensed and qualified mechanic gets under the hood and under the car and looks to see what is happening with all of the systems and components of the automobile. Sometimes, the solution can be something simple like transmission repair, but sometimes, it will mean replacement of the whole shifting system. If that is the case, there are a few things you need to understand in order to make sure you that do not get taken for a ride with unnecessary work being done. If the vehicle has a clutch and a stick shift, it is referred to as a manual system because to go from one gear to another, the driver must physically shift the gears. An automatic system is just that, it requires no human input and transitions on its own. Transmission repair and replacement on a manual system is much more straightforward than with an automatic system, but that does not mean it is any less important. Now that computers can do so much, it is not surprising to learn that even transmission repair is not left to the opportunity for human error. Instead, diagnostics are performed with computerized gauges. These take electrical signals from the car to communicate codes that relate to specific issues. This allows the problem to be assessed without having to open everything up and physically examine what is happening. If the problem that is discovered is too extensive or the cost or transmission repair is higher than the cost of replacement, it may be necessary to purchase a whole new system. This can be either brand-new or what they call rebuilt. In most instances, unless you must really save money, go with something new to ensure that you are not simply purchasing someone else’s problems and installing them in your car. Transmission repair is the preferred choice over replacement. It is far less expensive and takes less┬átime, but sometimes a new transmission is required and in some cases, the better option. To find out if your transmission needs repair or replacement visit Ralph’s Transmissions in Sarasota today.