Your vehicle depends on the transmission to get you where it needs to go. Without a working transmission, your vehicle cannot shift into the next gear. This means you could be stuck going a few miles per hour with no way to change that. If your transmission is acting up, you have to make a decision as to whether you should repair your existing transmission or replace it with a new one. To help you determine which option is best, here are a few things you need to consider when making your decision.
Extent of Damage
Depending on what the problem is with your vehicle, you might be better off replacing the whole transmission than you are trying to repair it. If it is something simple like a fluid change or a seal that has to be changed, you can often get that done and get back on the road pretty quickly. However, if you need to have all of the gears replaced, you might be better off making the decision to put in a used transmission or getting a rebuilt one to swap out your old one. You have to assess the damage to your transmission before making a final decision on whether you should repair or replace it.
Make sure to ask about any warranties on the parts that need to be replaced. You don't want to spend $500 on a component that has no warranty when you might have been able to swap the old transmission out for a different one and get a warranty on it that covers you for a few months. Each shop is going to vary, but this is definitely something you want to ask beforehand.
Age of the Vehicle
The age of the vehicle often plays a major role in whether or not you can even get the parts for the vehicle. It might end up costing you far more just to get one component replaced than it would to have the entire thing replaced. When parts aren't easy to come by for older model vehicles or rarer cars, there is often a premium that has to be paid just to find a part and have it delivered to the shop. This is where you have to consider if you are better off swapping out the old transmission or simply replacing that one component.
By taking the above into account, you can make an informed decision about whether you want to repair your existing transmission or go with a new one. If you ever have any questions, you can always ask the transmission repair specialists near you—like those at Northgate Transmission LLC and other locations.Share
26 December 2015
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