You are riding down the road and your transmission starts making really strange noises. You are not sure what is going on, so you take it to a transmission shop and realize they are going to charge you a fortune. That is when you decide to do the repairs yourself in classic DIY, do it yourself, style. Of course, with doing the transmission repairs yourself, comes a host of questions that you have no idea how to answer. Read on below for the answers to many of these questions.
What Should You Wear?
Repairing your transmission is not going to be a clean job. You want to wear old jeans, an old t-shirt, and old shoes, because you will get greasy and that grease will not come out of your clothes. If at all possible, get yourself a pair of work overalls that can cover you from the neck down, so that you will not ruin your clothes. Make sure that the clothes are not too tight for ease of movement and not to lose, so that they will not get snagged on any parts of the transmission or car you are fixing.
Should You Create a Budget?
When it comes to transmission repairs, it is best to make sure that you create a budget ahead of time. Of course, you are going to have to do the work regardless, if you want the car to run, however, you should not just buy the first parts you come across. Set yourself a budget and then go shopping for what you need. If you have a budget in mind, then you will be less likely to go over it to get the job done.
Should You do Research?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes! You should always do research before undertaking such a big project. Whether you are repairing or replacing your transmission, it is a big undertaking, making sure to do research before getting started is very important to a successful repair or replacement.
Should You get Help?
Another question with a resounding yes answer is should you get help if you need it. Remember, repairing a transmission is a serious undertaking and if you can get an extra pair of hands to help you, then you really should. Do not feel bad about asking a friend or family member to help you if you get stuck on any part of the process or if you just need someone to help you along.
What if You Can’t do it?
If you get into the transmission repairs, feel that you are overwhelmed, and doing the job wrong, then the best thing to do is contact a professional transmission shop to do the job for you. It is better to pay a little extra money than to ruin the transmission and car completely.
These are just a few of the questions that you will need answered if you decide to fix your transmission DIY style.