Why does it cost so much to have my automatic transmission repaired?

It doesn't. At least, it doesn't when you understand what needs to be done to repair your transmission.

You see, repairing an automatic transmission is not as simple as changing the spark plugs or adjusting the carburetor. Todays automatic transmissions--particularly those with front wheel drive technology or computerized systems--are extremely complicated units.

There are over three thousand parts in todays average automatic transmission. And the parts for some late model imports can cost ten times as much as parts for older, larger cars.

Just getting to the parts you need to see to find out what's wrong often calls for major surgery--especially in smaller cars where the manufacturer has tightly packed different mechanical systems on top of and around each other.

With such complex units, preventive maintenance is the key to keeping repair costs down.

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