The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: Transmissions

The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: TransmissionsAs a vehicle owner, it is a good idea to have at least an idea about the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions. Helping you with your preliminary diagnoses, determine whether or not you should bring your vehicle into a certified facility like Key Transmission and Gears to have it checked. Of course, if you are still in doubt it is a much better idea to bring it in and have it checked by professionals just in case there is a serious problem with your transmission that you are not aware of initially. A little bit of prevention can end up saving you a big chunk of money if there is something not going quite right inside your vehicle’s transmission. Another benefit of understanding the basics is that you have an idea if your technician knows what they are talking about because you know what the right steps are to diagnose a transmission, and you can see that the technician is following them.

So let’s take a look at the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions. Let’s say that you begin to notice a new noise in your engine, and you decide that you should take it in to have it checked out. The first thing the technician should do, obviously, listen to the motor and analyze the noise. If your technician is sufficiently knowledgeable, then they may be able to make a fairly accurate diagnosis from just hearing the noise. However, if the technician doesn’t know what might be causing the noise right off the bat, then the next step is to open the manufacturer’s service engine program and check out listings for “noise” under your vehicle’s specific model number and year. If there is a technical service bulletin or service news article out about this type of problem being common in that particular car, then you can be reasonably sure that the article details what is wrong with your vehicle and performing whatever fixes recommended in the article is all the help your car needs.

If, however, the technician cannot find any service information to work with then it is time for him to break out the stethoscope and put on his white coat as he steps into his new role as the amazing vehicle “doctor.” Using the stethoscope, a technician can easily listen to each part of the motor effectively isolated from one another to determine precisely which part of the engine one hears the noise. This will help him determine if the problem is something external–like a loose engine mount or something else. But if the technician follows these basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions and decides that the problem must be internal then he’s got to start taking things apart to find out what specifically is causing the noise. Also keep in mind that is extremely important to choose a knowledgeable technician like those at Key Transmissions and Gears. One with more experience will be more likely to know what is causing that noise (or at least have better suspicions) than a technician that is just getting started.

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