Some vehicle owners take pride in their ability to do small maintenance tasks. Many of us can add oil or install a new battery. When you experience transmission problems, repairs require a professional. Even the most talented “DIY” mechanic might be stressed by the complexity of transmission repairs.
Your transmission is one of the most integral pieces of a car's system. Unlike a hose you can patch, or a tire you can change, transmission problems are complicated. Although it's referred to singularly as “the transmission,” it's made up of multiple parts and pieces, and each area can experience problems. Having a professional do the repairs ensures an accurate diagnosis of any issue.
Transmission designs vary by make and model. Professional mechanics commonly use computer programs that allow them to tap into a modern vehicle's computer system for an accurate diagnosis of car problems. These programs are only available to professional mechanics. The tools needed to perform transmission repairs also reflect the complexity of repairs. The mechanic must elevate the vehicle. Removing and replacing a transmission system requires more than one person.
Even for an experienced DIY mechanic, transmission repairs create stress. You're already pressured to get the car running again; why spend time tracking down special tools? You'll also need to convince another knowledgeable friend or two to help — and take time away from their schedules. Take your vehicle to a licensed, professional shop where you know the mechanic's credentials, the cost, and the date you can pick up the car. You can relax knowing that the problem is solved.
Two warranties come into play here. First, you protect your car's warranty by having a professional mechanic complete the repairs. Second, professional mechanics offer warranties on their repairs. This means that in the rare case the mechanic misses something or the repair is faulty, you're protected from paying more for additional repairs. Read and completely understand any warranty offered before you have the work done.