Chevy Transmission Repair Guide

January 27, 2012

If your Chevrolet car or truck is having transmission problems you may want to consider visiting a Chevy transmission repair specialists at your local Chevrolet dealership. While there are many transmission repair shops and service centers that can work on your Chevrolet transmission, having the repair done at a Chevrolet dealership offers several advantages.

Knowledgeable Chevrolet Mechanics
Most of the time, mechanics and technicians employed by Chevrolet dealerships have been trained by the manufacturer and are knowledgeable about specific types of transmission repair associated with most Chevrolet vehicles. These factory-trained mechanics also receive constant training on the most up to date technologies and techniques needed to properly diagnose and repair transmission problems. In short, few mechanics are as knowledgeable about your Chevrolet's transmission as those employed by Chevrolet dealerships.

Faster Repairs
Because technicians that work at Chevrolet dealerships are so knowledgeable about your Chevrolet's transmission and the way it works, they are able to quickly diagnose problems and make needed repairs. Also, your Chevrolet dealership will stock most of the parts needed to allow Chevrolet transmission specialists at the dealership to quickly replace faulty parts and return your vehicle to you.

Warranty Advantages
By using Chevrolet transmission specialists at the local Chevy dealership, you will always be assured of being protected under the terms of your Chevrolet car warranty. In fact, if your vehicle is still under the original manufacturer's warranty, there should be no reason for you to consider taking the vehicle anywhere else for transmission repair. Doing so will usually render your Chevrolet warranty and all and void.

Warranty Disadvantages
As with other types of repairs, your local Chevrolet dealership will probably be one of the most expensive places to have your Chevrolet transmission repaired. Mechanics and general repair shops may be able to do the job just as well and do it a lot cheaper. If you choose a transmission repair shop that specializes in transmissions only, the job will still be done by a knowledgeable transmission mechanic, and the price will probably be a lot less.

In addition to the extra costs, the local dealership may take longer to repair the vehicle than other shops in your area. Dealerships are not generally known for their fast turnaround with any kind of repair job, and transmission repair is no different.

Finally, using your local Chevrolet dealership to repair your transmission will usually require that you purchase genuine GM parts. While genuine GM parts are certainly compatible with your Chevrolet, they will usually be much more expensive than other aftermarket parts that may work just as well.

Maintaining Your Chevy Transmission

Chevy transmission maintenance is mostly mileage specific. This means that you need to do certain things when the odometer on your Chevy vehicle shows a specific mileage. Of course, if you begin to notice problems such as slipping or strange smells you should look into them immediately instead of waiting for a specific mileage to roll around on your odometer.

Scheduled Maintenance
With automatic transmissions, there are two main types of scheduled maintenance items to keep in mind. These are the fluid exchange and the fluid and filter change. With the fluid exchange, your car is hooked up to a machine that uses transmission pump pressure to push the old fluid out as it pulls fresh fluid into the transmission. In a filter change, only the fluid in the transmission pan is able to be changed, along with the filter.

If most or all of your driving is under what are considered severe conditions, such as heavy traffic or high heat, you should have a transmission fluid exchange performed more often than the regular transmission service, especially since the regular service will only change the fluid in the oil pan. At most quick oil change centers, if you have a Chevy transmission, cost here will be approximately $80.

Transmission Filter Change Service
According to General Motors and Chevrolet, the standard maintenance interval for a regular transmission service, which entails changing the filter and pan gasket, is every 50,000 miles unless you drive under what are considered severe conditions. With a Chevy transmission, cost for this service will average around $100.

Fluid Level Check
Checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid becomes more important as your Chevy ages. In order to be sure of not incurring an extremely expensive repair, you need to make sure the level is within specified limits and that the transmission fluid hasn't gotten burned. Checking the level and condition is easy; just park on a level surface, start the car, put it in park and pull the dipstick. Repeat this step for every gear, whether you drive an automatic or a stick. There are marks on it for full, safe level and low, needing more fluid. While you're checking the level, look at the fluid and smell it. If it is brownish in color and/or smells burnt (you'll be able to tell), you should schedule a transmission fluid exchange as soon as possible.

Availability of Scheduled Maintenance Parts
If you plan on saving about a hundred dollars by doing the filter and gasket service yourself, you can purchase them in a complete kit for about $20. You'll need a seven to ten quart oil pan and approximately seven or eight quarts of Dexron-II transmission fluid. Check your owner's manual for acceptable alternatives and exact fluid quantities and specifications.

Properly maintained, your Chevy transmission should outlast the rest of your car.