Is your car baulking, stalling, shaking, and generally failing to respond to gear shifts? There could be myriad reasons for these malfunctions, but they could very easily be the tell-tale signs of a transmission problem.
The best analogy that one can find for the car is the human body. If someone experiences a slight pain in the chest, it is easy to infer that it has something to do with the heart. However, instead of jumping to conclusions, it is always prudent to seek medical advice and ascertain the exact cause of the discomfort. The same goes for your car’s transmission system. Without a diagnosis at the service center, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to identify the problem and fix it. Even if you know that the symptoms are related to the transmission system, there are various solutions for a faulty transmission. To isolate the problem and tackle it effectively, a diagnosis is critical.
Seek expert advice and zero-in on the problem
For most motorists, the transmission system is a mystery. In the unfortunate event of a transmission error, they are clueless about what is causing their trusted vehicle of years to misbehave. Let’s face it: it takes a great deal of experience and expertise to diagnose the problem and tell you whether there is, indeed, something wrong with your car’s transmission and whether you need a transmission repair or a transmission rebuild. So it might be well worth the few extra dollars to visit a professional and redress the transmission problem in time to avoid the big bucks later.
What does the diagnostic expert look for?
The diagnostic process will ascertain the extent of the damage and whether you can get by with a transmission repair. There are several critical aspects that help in this diagnosis process. To get back to the analogy of the human anatomy, diagnostics for a potential transmission repair is much like a pathological test to determine the cause of an underlying disease.
Here are few things that the expert will look at to diagnose and repair your transmission system:
- Are there symptoms like a delay or failure to engage gears, or strange thumping or whining sounds?
- Is there a fluid leak?
- Is the transmission fluid level too low?
- Is there a “check engine” warning?
- What does a computer scan show for the fault code?
A timely diagnosis can save your car (and your money)
In today’s world when automotive technology is advancing rapidly, there are more than 300 models of transmissions. That makes the task of the diagnostic expert much more complex to keep up with the technological changes. Although there are computerized checks available for transmissions, the diagnosis is far from an automated process and needs the human interface to identify the problem and offer the optimum solution for your car’s transmission system.
Bear in mind that many transmission problems can be repaired or resolved easily, which makes it all the more important to diagnose the problem and treat it in time to avoid a bigger investment on a transmission rebuild.