Some engine problems may look like transmission problems

You are driving down the road when suddenly a light starts flashing on the dashboard. And now the car is barely accelerating; the transmission seems to wind up in high gear and won’t shift. Oh no! You’ll need a new gearbox!

No, probably not. These conditions usually indicate a computer system problem rather than a transmission failure.
The fact is that almost every system in modern cars is controlled by a computer and most of these computers are networked, exchanging information while driving. This level of control ensures truly efficient operation and performance.
But it also creates a problem: this integration between control systems means that a problem in one system can affect all other systems in the car.

What does this mean for you? It means that your “transmission” problem could actually be caused by a faulty brake light switch, a loose wire on an engine load cell, a faulty vehicle speed sensor, or dozens of other sensors or switches that may seem unrelated to the transmission at first glance.

How do you know if you’re dealing with a transmission problem or a problem in one of the many related systems? You can’t. Without specialist equipment, education and experience, no one can.

That’s why when you notice a problem with your transmission, it’s best to take your vehicle to the nearest ATRA Member repair shop. Their technicians are equipped, trained and experienced in diagnosing modern vehicle control systems and will be able to pinpoint the root cause of your vehicle’s problem.

And whether the problem is with the transmission itself, or with one of the many control systems installed in your vehicle, they will be able to provide you with quality and reliable repairs at a reasonable price.

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