As the one who drives your car several times every day, you’ll know when something doesn’t feel right. Whether it has to do with delayed gear shifts, the sound of the engine, the way the car drives, or any other oddity, you should plan to have it checked out by a trusted mechanic as soon as you notice something’s not quite right.
Problems That May Require Transmission Repair
Like any type of machine, a car inevitably develops various problems over the course of its life, especially since it’s used every single day! Some problems are caused by accidents or faulty parts, other problems are the result of normal wear and tear. All problems should be taken seriously and fixed by a qualified and trusted mechanic.
Leaking Pinkish Fluid – If you’re noticing pinkish oil under your car each morning, it’s time to check the transmission fluid. Low fluid signifies a leak and can cause a host of serious problems if it’s not taken care of right away.
Slipping Transmission – Transmission slipping happens when the engine revs but the wheels fail to respond. Slipping can be caused by a number of transmission problems and should definitely be checked out right away.
Shaking or Bucking – When you try to speed up on the highway and your car seems to shake, you’re probably experiencing some kind of transmission or engine problem. Even if it only happens once in a while, you should have it seen by your mechanic. If he feels it’s a transmission problem, he can refer you to a transmission repair specialist.
Burning Smell – If your transmission is overheating, the fluid may be leaking out and dripping on the hot exhaust. Not only is the leaking a problem, but the hot liquid coming in contact with the hot exhaust could cause and engine fire.
Finding a Trustworthy Transmission Repair Specialist
Whether you decide the car needs to be seen by a mechanic who specializes in transmission maintenance and repair, or your regular mechanic identifies the transmission problem, you’ll need to find a transmission specialist that you trust.
Ask for Referrals – If you’ve had friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers who’ve dealt with transmission issues in the past, ask where they took their car for repair. They can let you know how they felt about the mechanic, the shop, the repairs, the cost, and answer any other questions you may have. Your regular mechanic may have some referral options for you to consider also.
Check the Local Better Business Bureau – Your local better business bureau allows citizens to post commendations and complaints about local transmission repair shops. Read the complaints with a discerning mind, but if they seem legitimate (especially if there are several), you probably should avoid that shop.
Choose an ASE Certified Mechanic – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests and certifies individual mechanics. Just because one mechanic in the shop is ASE certified, does not mean they all are certified. You’ll want to be sure the one working on your car has earned his certification.