Transmission Diagnostics Services: Why You Should Book Your Vehicle in for a Diagnostics Check As Soon As Possible

By Adam Simpson
Adam Simpson
Adam Simpson
July 18, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Transmission. There’s something about that one word that tends to drive fear right into the heart of every vehicle owner in the US. The main reason for this, of course, is that when any garage informs you that something isn’t quite right with your transmission, this inevitably means an unpleasantly large bill is coming your way rather soon!

In order to avoid exactly this type of unexpected expenditure, it’s really important to book your vehicle in for regular transmission diagnostics checks. The process is relatively swift, fairly painless on the wallet and guaranteed to save a lot of money in the long run.

What exactly is the transmission?

When you’re booking your car in for a diagnostics check, it’s a good idea to at least have a basic idea as to what the transmission actually is!

At the most simple of levels, your transmission allows your gears to operate, in both manual and automatic vehicles. Depending on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive, it’ll either be under the hood (attached to the side of the engine), or underneath the vehicle, directly behind the engine.

The benefits of a transmission diagnostics service

When you take your car in for a transmission diagnostics check, ideally with an expert, they’ll be checking a number of different aspects of your transmission to ensure that it’s running smoothly.

They’ll be checking for fluid leaks, checking that the fluid level is correct, and making sure that the filter isn’t clogged up, which can cause significant problems if not attended to.

Here are the main benefits of the diagnostics service:

  • Avoid big, unexpected bills. The main advantage is that, when you take the time to get your transmission regularly checked, you greatly reduce the chance of anything major going wrong with it, which can save a lot of money over the course of several years.

  • Help protect the rest of your vehicle. Unfortunately, the transmission is one of those car parts that, if not working properly, can have a detrimental effect of other parts of the vehicle, such as the engine, differentials and drivetrain. This can, of course, lead to further unexpected repair costs; not a nice thought!

  • Stay safe. If the transmission does develop a problem, this can actually cause your car to become unsafe to drive over time. Of course, the most important thing when driving is to remain safe, so it makes real sense to get the components checked over regularly.

  • Expert advice. It’s likely that the person conducting your diagnostics check will be able to give you really useful advice as to how to look after your transmission and how to keep it fully functional for as long as possible

Overall, it’s generally agreed that it makes good sense to book in for fairly regular diagnostics checks. To find out how to do so, simply search in your local area for transmission experts who offer diagnostic services. 

Adam Simpson