Cars are essential. You most likely use your car every day. What happens when your car stops working? Life changes and, unless you are an experienced mechanic, you may just be stuck feeling helpless. An integral yet mysterious part of a car to most people is the transmission. Knowing a little bit about this piece of machinery can help you avoid an accident and save you from costly repairs.
What is a Transmission?
Both manual and automatic cars have transmissions. Technically, this is the set of gears that transmits the power from the engine to the axles (or, more simply, controls the wheels). A transmission is essential in converting speed and torque. This is an over simplified explanation of a transmission; there are many parts that make this equipment work (crankshaft, flywheel, clutch, fluid coupling, etc.) making the transmission a very difficult system to repair if something goes wrong. If you suspect a problem with vehicle’s transmission, make sure to have your car seen by a professional ASE Certified Mechanic before something does go wrong.
What are the Symptoms?
Has it ever felt as if your car is not responding as it should? You push the gas pedal and you feel your car hesitate to move. You’re climbing a hill, but you can hear your car working harder than it should without shifting into the next gear. What about that grinding sound when you shift from second to third? Transmission problems are usually coupled with distinct sounds and sensations. Be alert. Transmission repair can be expensive, so take care of the issue before it’s too late.
If Left Untreated
If you go without a transmission repair, what’s the worst that could happen? In a normally functioning car, your gears will stay in place. If the transmission is faulty, you could find yourself losing control while driving as the gears slip and pop out of place. Another potential hazard could be an unresponsive transmission that doesn’t get the power to the wheels as you hit the gas pedal to avoid another vehicle. If that doesn’t forewarn you enough, the average transmission repair cost after a major mechanical failure ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. Save yourself from a potentially fatal accident or strain on your bank account and have your car examined as soon as you suspect a transmission issue.
Hogan & Sons, Inc. can perform regular diagnostic and factory scheduled maintenance checks to prevent problems and save you money. Check out their list of services and locations at Hoganandsonsinc.com.
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