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As my automotive repair information has been well received I have been attracting very good and well targeted ads on my hubs, so I decided to let Google do their job, and fill my site with auto repairers advertising to help my readers get some good local assistance.
The way it works with articles like this is that they usually attracts advertisers who are local to the reader, so I am hoping this will be a very useful article with ads that will help you find a suitable place to get a tune up, a service, or to have your engine reconditioned or your gearbox rebuilt.
Good auto repair shops are not always easy to find, especially if you are looking for a specialist service such as transmission rebuilding or engine reconditioning.
Most auto shops outsource changeovers for everything from starter motors and alternators, to whole engines and transmissions.
I always like to know what experience someone has had with repairing my make and model, and Here is one example of why.
If you take a look inside a late model automatic transmission you will see it is complex. Many of them are entirely
different in the way the work too, since the advent of transmission
control units which are sensor motivated, solenoid operated,chip driven
and computer controlled.
A motor engineer with years of experience on a particular make of transmission may be able to solve a problem in 10 minutes without needing to undo a bolt, another trained engineer without his experience with that make, could take 30 hours and still not find the problem.
You would wind up with a bill for the 30 hours, plus a replacement transmission simply because the second guy did not know what he should about that particular model of transmission.
Many of us in the trade see this frequently and transmissions are often expensive simply because of the "changeover unit" mentality of many workshops. or some it is laziness. The changeover is easy, unbolt one put in a nice clean reco one. Its easy and clean, with no warranty risks and no need to think too hard!
Examples abound of transmissions with reasonable mileage being replaced at costs ranging from $1,800 to $7,000 when a simple 15 minute adjustment was all that was needed, and I know of 3 such cases that have come across my desk in the last 2 months.
It's a great idea to know what questions to ask your mechanic, and I have many of the answers on my automotive articles here on hubpages, but suffice to say, you need to do good research on your make and model, it's weaknesses and strengths so that you can at least make educated guesses when told by the mechanic that you need to spend a big lump of your hard earned money on a major repair.
This hub will give you a list of makes, models and their recalls. You can get a good idea of the liklihood of any problems by reading this.
The links are right at the bottom of the page.
If you have a BMW then you need to read the hub related to your model. The information can save you thousands of dollars.
Late model BMWs E46 to E90