What’s the Difference?

More Than a Name

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care in Durham, North Carolina, is more than the name of a business. Behind those words is actually more than a half-century of reputable service and workmanship. Our ATRA-certified technicians can assist you with transmission repair for any make and model. Finding a trusted shop is crucial, but you must also understand what you’re actually getting when you bring your vehicle for repair. Our professional team is happy to share some basic information to help you.

Understanding the Terminology

Transmission repair can refer to a wide expanse of services, so it’s important to understand the more specific terminology. Service typically means that the work is preventive and routine. Specifically, this often entails a transmission fluid change or a transmission fluid flush to ensure the integrity and cleanliness of the lubricant. A repair takes care of a minor issue with the transmission. This may refer to resealing or a change of a part. More extensive in nature, a transmission rebuild involves disassembling the unit and thoroughly cleaning all the parts. The components that are not damaged or worn are reused, while those that are showing signs of age or stress are replaced. Also, new gaskets and seals are used to ensure no leaks since these are more delicate and may not withstand removal and reinstallation. This option saves you some money and time in the shop since some parts are used again. You also retain your vehicle’s original unit, ensuring a perfect fit and compatibility. The downside is the risk is higher of another part that wasn’t replaced going bad sooner. A final option is transmission replacement. As the name suggests, the old unit is removed, and another is installed. This guarantees all new internal parts and generally comes with a longer warranty.

Transportation and Our Community

At Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, providing relevant information and outstanding transmission repair is part of our service to our community. Actually, we love being an integral part of community good, so we also participate in various local charitable efforts, including motor oil recycling, giving to the Boys and Girls Clubs, and raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fraternal Order of the Police Shop with a Cop initiative, and Special Olympics. Thus, the difference noted is about more than just the types of transmission work. It’s about how we interact with our neighbors and support them. Experience the best in transmission repair and customer care by scheduling an appointment with Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care.