If you notice a red fluid leaking under your car, grinding or shaking when your car shifts gears, or the car is slipping as it shifts gears, you likely have a problem with your transmission. When you bring your car into an auto repair shop, they will take a look at various factors and determine whether it is best to repair or rebuild the transmission or recommend replacing it outright. Here are a few of the factors that mechanic or auto repair shop will make when coming to this decision.
The Cost or Repair Versus Replacement
One of the factors that a repair shop will look at when determining whether to repair or replace a transmission is the cost to repair or rebuild the transmission versus the cost to replace it. If there are various problems with your transmission, repairing it may involve tearing it down and rebuilding it from the base up. This can be costly and may outweigh the cost of buying a used or remanufactured transmission, or even a new one.
The Availability of Parts Versus the Availability of a Transmission
Another important factor that a repair shop will look at is the availability of the parts you need versus the availability of a transmission. If you have an older or limited car, finding parts or finding a transmission can be challenging. In some cases, it makes more sense to replace the transmission if a repair shop can get their hands on a transmission, but may struggle to get parts. Or it may make sense to make complex repairs if finding a transmission for your car will be time consuming or challenging.
The Age of Your Car and Transmission
The last factor that a repair shop will look at when deciding whether to recommend you repair or replace your transmission is the age of the car and the age of the transmission. If your transmission is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may not make sense to make a pricey repair, when chances are, you may encounter more problems down the road. Likewise, if you have a 15 year old car, replacing the transmission may not make sense as the replacement costs can sometimes be more than the value of the car.
If you are having transmission issues, bring your car to Quality Coaches in Minneapolis, MN. We can assess your car and determine whether transmission repair versus replacement makes the most sense for your vehicle. Give us a call now to set up an appointment.