If you know there is a major problem with your vehicle and you think the transmission is going, plan ahead and get the car looked at. You want to get the vehicle in while you can still drive it, instead of having to pay a towing bill or driving it until it breaks down on your somewhere.
A mechanical shop can get the vehicle in, but to look at the transmission can take hours. If they can't get to the vehicle that day or right away, they may have it for a few days. Do the following before you drop it off.
Prep the Car Interior
You don't know how long the mechanical shop will have the car and you know they have to get inside the vehicle to move it into the garage from the parking lot. If you worry about someone breaking into it while it's in the parking lot or any of your items going missing, take a few minutes to clean out the car.
This prevents problems and people targeting the car because they see a lot of items they may want inside. You don't want receipts, papers or things you may need falling out when the staff gets inside to move it.
Make Sure Insurance and Payment are Up to Date
You don't want to be behind on your auto payment or insurance payment when you take it in. If you find out that you want to sell the vehicle instead of paying to replace it, you have to be up to date on the payments. If the damages could have been caused because of something that may be covered by insurance, you want to be up to date on the insurance plan.
Look at Transmission Options
Once the transmission has been looked at and you know it needs to be repaired, you have to determine what repair option is best. The options could include repairing your unit, getting a rebuilt transmission, or replacing it with a brand new one. The value of your car and how much it costs to fix the old in comparison to investing in a new should all be factored.
Get a mechanical tune-up and have a diagnostic check while you are at the mechanical shop for services. You want to maintain your vehicle properly so that once the transmission is repaired you don't have to worry about problems in the near future.
For more information, contact an auto repair service in your area.