Dangers of DIY Maintenance

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Patching a flat tire with duct tape. Replacing a bumper with PVC pipe or cardboard. Hooking up a fan in place of broken air conditioning.

Believe it or not, these misguided DIY car repair attempts are true stories. When untrained people look for a cheap solution to a car problem, the results can be disastrous.

MYTH: Fixing your car at home is the same as fixing it at a repair shop 

FACT: While saving money with some do-it-yourself work can be a good thing, attempting to fix your own car could actually cost you more, and give you a headache.

If you are unsure of what you are doing, you could end up making things worse and damaging the vehicle even further. The components in your vehicle, especially when you’re addressing transmission repair, are interconnected in ways that are not always obvious. A small change to one part can snowball into more extensive damage and costly repairs.

Attempting to perform maintenance on your vehicle or transmission yourself could also void the manufacturer’s warranty! If your vehicle is still under warranty, these repairs should be performed by a certified technician and document to keep your manufacturer’s warranty intact.

Not only could you void the manufacturer’s warranty, the parts you install aren’t protected! Our ASE-Certified technicians use only quality, reliable parts that are covered by our 2 year, 24,000 mile warranty. The parts available for DIY repair are not covered by the same guarantee.

Instead of relying on computer codes from a parts store, certified technicians are trained in extensive diagnosis to correctly identify and fix the problem. Without diagnostics, you may end up replacing something that isn’t broken and spending MORE than you would at the repair shop.

By taking your car to a trusted experienced technician you can rest assured that it will be fixed right the first time AND come with the guarantee of a warranty on both parts and labor.

If you need to save money on your vehicle, do not turn to cheap DIY alternatives – instead, let our team at Nightingale Transmissions know. Our experienced transmission technicians can work with you to understand the condition of your vehicle, prioritize the most important repairs, and determine what work can be saved for a later date.

To learn more or schedule a transmission service, call our transmission repair shop at 620.654.3445 or request an appointment online.

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