When you start to notice what you think are signs that your transmission is in need of repair, there is no doubt you will be concerned enough to talk about the issue with fellow drivers. Unfortunately, one mention of a bad transmission can turn everyone around you into a wannabe mechanic and there is no limit to the misinformation you get. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about transmission problems that these well-meaning folks may pass your way.

Myth: Well, you might as well junk your vehicle if the transmission is bad.

Fact: If the transmission in a vehicle goes bad, it definitely is one of the worst things that can happen as it is one of the main operating components. Yet it is much less costly to replace a transmission or have it rebuilt than to go out and get a new car, in most cases. Furthermore, the common misconception that transmission replacement means your car will never be the same is absolutely false when the repairs are properly tackled.

Myth: Just replace your transmission filter and fluid. That ought to make your transmission last until you get another vehicle.

Fact: It is true that a bad transmission filter or dirty fluid can make it seem like your transmission is going bad. However, if your transmission has already met its demise, there is no chance that just this maintenance task is going to make a difference. Check your existing transmission fluid and look for signs of metal shavings or internal breakdown. This is like a doctor examining your blood to look for signs of a critical disease. With a diagnosis, the doc is not going to look at you and say, "Well, I found the problem. You need new blood." If you find a large amount of metal during your transmission exam, there is a pretty good chance you will need a new transmission, not just new fluid.

Myth: There is nothing wrong with that transmission. You probably just got some bad fuel.

Fact: If you happen to get fuel that is filled with contaminants, such as dirt or sediment, you may notice a miss because this will cause a misfire in the pistons of the engine. However, chances are, if you feel like your transmission is lagging when it shifts, it probably is a problem with the transmission. If you are ever in doubt, drop by a transmission repair shop and have a mechanic take a look at what your car is doing just to be sure.

Make sure that if you think you have transmission problems, you take advice only from trained professionals, such as Transmission Clinic of Colorado. Otherwise, you could waste a lot of time and money attempting to follow the wrong directions.