In order to repair your car's transmission, we must first locate the source of the problem within this complex mechanical system. We use a proprietary multi-point transmission scan service to determine the cause of your transmission troubles before recommending repair services.
An AAMCO tow truck can bring your vehicle to one of our service centers, and we waive the towing fee if your car requires major automotive service. When your car arrives at AAMCO, we will perform our Transmission Scan, which includes a
- Transmission fluid level check
- Transfer case and differential fluid check when necessary
- Road test to experience the symptoms that caused you to bring your car to us
During the road test, AAMCO technicians observe your car's performance closely. We notice how smoothly the transmission initially engages and how well it operates in each drive range. Because of our experience, we can assess your car's upshift and downshift timing and quality, which helps us identify your transmission problem. If your car vibrates or makes strange noises, we will take note. To be thorough, we operate the car in a variety of gears, including reverse and neutral.
After the initial evaluation, we use a lift to elevate your vehicle so we can inspect the undercarriage for any signs of non-transmission-related problems. We make sure that the problems do not lie with your:
- Constant velocity joints
- Drive axles
- Vacuum connections
- Harness connections
- Pan gasket
- Shift linkage
- Final drive
The initial evaluation and undercarriage inspection may reveal the source of your transmission problems, but even if they don't, AAMCO's expert service professionals will conduct further diagnostics to determine the cause of your vehicle's transmission troubles. We will never offer you a transmission rebuild unless we know that this is the only way to solve your car troubles.
Computer and Internal Diagnostics
The next step beyond physical and visual inspection is computer diagnostics. Sophisticated computers control many of the vehicles on the road today, and transmission problems can start when a malfunctioning computer system is sending a faulty signal. Using Computer Diagnostic Services, your AAMCO technician can determine if your shifting problems are the fault of an electronic component.
We use a state-of-the-art scanner to determine if your vehicle is sending out any trouble codes, checking each computer system in the vehicle for problems affecting driving performance. Our AAMCO technical database contains information about trouble codes for a variety of vehicles in fact, it is the most complete diagnostic database of transmission information anywhere. The AAMCO Kwiktest PlusBox can help us pinpoint exactly where the problem lies.
In addition, we check all your vehicle's electronic components, including solenoids, sensors, and all adjacent wiring. Whether you drive a car, a pickup, a station wagon, a van, or an SUV, our technicians can identify your vehicle's problem through our thorough diagnostic process, then perform the repairs required to get you behind the wheel again in no time.
With over five decades of experience, AAMCO has the tools and knowledge needed to quickly and precisely identify what might be wrong with your vehicle. After performing our comprehensive transmission scan, we often find that your car requires only a minor repair. We never recommend a rebuild for a transmission that can be repaired with simpler measures.
When we do need to replace a vehicle's transmission, we always use the highest quality parts and ensure that your new transmission will last. AAMCO offers several warranty levels, from the basic nationwide warranty to the optional lifetime warranty that offers complete protection over the lifetime of your transmission.