When a vehicle starts experiencing rust in the wheel wells and along the underside of a car, it can spread to other areas of your vehicle like the exhaust system and fuel tank, causing a whole host of other problems that can be difficult to diagnose. The more widespread the corrosion, the harder it is to diagnose all that needs to be fixed.
Unless you’re an expert mechanic who’s trained to identify complex transmission issues, finding out if your transmission needs replacing is harder than you think. Even experienced professionals have a difficult time sometimes identifying exactly what the problem is.
That’s because knowing if you need a repair done to your transmission, versus a full replacement, is a fine line. It also depends on the type of transmission that you have, how often you’ve had it serviced (if ever), and what your vehicle’s symptoms are.
Sometimes you might think you need a new transmission, but what you have is a linkage issue. Other times, you might think you just need timing adjusted, but your transmission is entirely on its way out. Discerning which it is is most definitely a job for a professional with the right diagnostic tools.
What Factors Can Delay Your Car Repair?
Aside from the increased labour required for a more complex vehicle repair, there are other factors that can result in your mechanic keeping your car longer than expected.
Parts- Sometimes mechanics need to order a specific part for your vehicle. When it’s not in stock, they have to try various different vendors. Once they find one, they need to get the part expedited to their shop. This can increase the length of time that your mechanic has your car.
Complications- Even when a mechanic knows what’s wrong with your car, and what needs to be done to fix it, other problems can arise. Finding other problems while rectifying one or having difficulties installing or removing parts can increase the time your car spends at the shop.
Even if the issues they find are small, they may require specific parts that are not in stock and need to be ordered. Also, they may find other serious issues that need to be addressed before completing the repairs that you came in for.
This can also increase your labour costs. So, if your car spent more time at the shop than expected, inquire as to why, and check your invoice closely to see what you paid on labour costs.
Busier than Normal- Like any business, sometimes mechanics are busier than normal. Different times of year warrant different levels of influx in their shop.
During the winter months, they will see more customers for tire changes, heating maintenance and repairs, and other weather-related issues. This can increase the wait time for you to get your car back after a repair.
Additionally, if they are short staffed due to employees on vacation or calling in due to illness, this can further prolong the duration that they have your vehicle. Try to be patient, as they are usually doing their best to get cars in and out as quickly as possible.
When we realize what’s wrong with our car, many of us turn to Google to find out how much parts will cost to get our vehicle fixed. However, one thing we can’t always discern before taking our car in for repairs is the labour cost.
There’s usually a typical time frame for each repair that a mechanic shop does. Although certain jobs only require a certain amount of time, things can always go sideways when fixing a vehicle. Finding other problems or encountering more difficulty in removing or replacing parts can bring the bill up much higher than we expected.