mechanic repairing the transmission on a car

The need for transmission repair is one of the things that many automobile owners never want to hear from their mechanics. After all, the transmission is an integral part of the entire vehicle. Not to mention that there have been many horror stories about engines not quite running the same after a transmission has been repaired. 

If done with a level of organized care and focus, issues like these can be avoided. And, this is precisely why you should keep parts in order when repairing transmissions.

Signs a Transmission May Need Repair

Knowing the signs to look for when determining whether a transmission may need repair is important. This way you are not taking a deep dive into it for no reason. The more experience you have in diagnosing transmission issues, the easier it will become. 

In the meantime, here are a few signs to look out for: 

  • The “Check Engine” light is on
  • Gears slipping
  • Burning smell
  • Trouble getting it into gear
  • Transmission fluid leaking
  • Losing power
  • Weird or unusual sounds
  • A shaking or jerking feeling
  • Transmission hesitation

Repairing is Not Rebuilding 

Repairing a transmission is not the same as rebuilding a transmission, though these terms get thrown around quite often. If there is anything going on with the transmission that can be fixed by addressing something minor, then it may be able to be repaired without having to fully rebuild it completely. 

More complex repairs, however, may require the transmission to be detached. Any ailing parts will be replaced with those that are salvaged. The entire transmission will be put back together and reinstalled in the car. 

While they both involve repairing the transmission, a repair and a rebuild are two very different things. 

The Importance of Keeping Parts in Order with Transmission Repairs

Many people tend to think that a transmission is one big unit. In reality, a transmission consists of hundreds of parts. Hundreds. Many of them are small component parts that can easily be confused with one another. So if you find yourself needing to repair one particular part, you may have to remove many others just to get to it. 

Being able to reassemble the transmission properly is crucial for its ability to function. To do this, you will want to keep parts in order. So for each one that you take off, place it in order in a designated area. If you feel the need to do so, number them. Whatever you need to do to bring disciplined organization to your transmission repair, do it. The automobile – and the customer – are counting on it. 

Unfortunately, if you decide to not go the careful route and keep parts in order when repairing a transmission, you could mistakenly put one in the wrong place, get them mixed up, or leave one missing from the unit altogether. No matter how you look at it, this can lead to devastating results. 

Don’t risk it. Take your time and keep parts in order as you are taking apart a transmission. That way, when you go to put it back together, everything should be right where it is supposed to be. 

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