Operating your car is relatively simple. You put the key in the ignition, turn it, and the car starts. When the car doesn’t start or runs improperly, that is where it gets complicated. There could be many reasons for this. One of those could be your transmission. If you think you might have a transmission problem, you should have your car inspected by a certified expert. Ron Vinduska, owner of Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care of Jacksonville FL , offers customers a free inspection with their TransCheck 21 PLUS ® Service to determine if you have a transmission issue. Some signs Vinduska says to look for include:
- Reddish fluid on the ground which can become more discolored as the car gets older.
- “Check Engine” light. However, this can indicate any number of issues. Before taking it into a Jacksonville, FL transmission repair shop, make sure it isn’t just a loose gas cap.
- Your car is shifting differently.
- Delays in putting your car in gear.
With budgets stretched thin, people are putting off necessary repairs thinking that the repairs will be costly. Vinduska is aware of this. He advises customers to fix the major stuff and some of the minor stuff when they can. Like any car problem, the earlier you have it checked out by a transmission repair shop in Jacksonville FL, usually the lower the cost is. Some people also have fears that if they have a transmission issue, they will have to replace it. According to Vinduska, 99 percent of the time transmissions are reparable. He recommends that if you are told that you need to replace your transmission, get a second opinion. Vinduska recalls one customer who was told by a different Jacksonville, FL transmission repair shop that it would cost $8000 to put a new transmission in his BMW. He was able to repair it for no where near that cost. Needless to say, that customer was quite relieved. Taking care of your car before you have an issue, can go a long way. While transmission problems can’t always be avoided, performing regular maintenance on your car is key to avoiding costly repairs. People change the oil in the engine, but they tend to not change the transmission fluid or perform other scheduled maintenance. For more information about transmission repair or maintenance, take your car into Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care of Jacksonville FL .
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