The transmission is a complicated assembly and many different things may go wrong with it.

Some easy-to-reach small parts may cost as little as $20 including labor
. At the other extreme, it may cost hundreds of dollars to repair or rebuild a severely damaged transmission.

Your best bet is to invest in inexpensive routine maintenance and get at least
two written estimates if repairs are recommended.

Is it OK to buy an Advertised "Special"?

Many repair shops especially those that specialize in transmission repair advertise free or very low cost transmission "maintenance" service, free towing and other specials.

BEWARE! Some repair shops use these tactics to lure you in and sell you expensive repairs that you may not need.

















If you are interested in an advertised transmission service:


Find out exactly
what is and isn't included.


If the repair shop says your transmission needs major repair work, read the following section on "teardowns".


Should I let a Mechanic do a "Teardown"?
Experienced, state-certified transmission mechanics can usually diagnose the extent of a problem and provide a written estimate without removing your transmission. But sometimes a mechanic recommends the transmission be removed and disassembled for close inspection: a teardown.

If you have had no transmission problems, yet the mechanic says that a teardown is needed, insist on a written reason why. You should try to get a second opinion before authorizing a teardown.

Once you
authorize a teardown, you will have to pay for it, plus reassembly costs, if you decide not to have repairs made.

BEFORE you authorize a teardown, ask the repair shop to provide a written maximum price for fixing the transmission in case it does need repairs. If the mechanic says he or she cannot do this before doing a teardown, TAKE YOUR VEHICLE TO A SHOP THAT CAN.

 
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An automatic transmission (also known as "AT" or "Auto") is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. Similar but larger devices are also used for heavy-duty commercial and industrial vehicles and equipment.

Most automatic transmissions have a set of possible gear ranges, often with a parking pawl feature that locks the output shaft of the transmission. Continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) can change the ratios over a range rather than between a set of gear ratios. CVTs have been used for decades in two-wheeled scooters but have only seen use in a few automobile models. Recently, however, CVT technology has gained greater acceptance among manufacturers and customers, especially in Nissan automobiles and gas-electric hybrid vehicles.

Some machines with limited speed ranges or fixed engine speeds, such as some forklift trucks and lawn mowers, only use a torque converter to provide a variable gearing of the engine to the wheels.
A manual transmission, or manual gearbox (also informally known as a 'manual', 'stick shift', 'straight shift', or 'standard shift' is a type of transmission used in motor vehicle applications. It generally uses a driver-operated clutch, typically operated by a pedal or lever, for regulating torque transfer from the internal combustion engine to the transmission, and a gear-shift, either operated by hand (as in a car) or by foot (as on a motorcycle). Other types of transmission in mainstream automotive use are the automatic transmission, semi-automatic transmission, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
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Before doing anything, always check transmission fluid or gear oil level first.
 




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