Technical Tips


Bob’s Driveline specializes in work-truck and fleet maintenance as well as 4 x 4s, personal vehicles, high performance and custom vehicle work. The shop is equipped with 8 bays and 7 hoists to handle vehicles up to 35,000 pounds and 24-foot wheelbase. Complete service, repair, rebuilding and re-flashing of the following drivetrain components is offered:

  • Engines
  • Electronic vehicle control systems
  • Differentials
  • Drive Shafts/Universal Joints
  • Drive Axles
  • In-house flywheel resurfacing
  • Transmissions/Transaxles
  • Transfer Cases
  • Clutches
  • Torque Converters
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering



You’re visiting an auto repair shop website so if you are reading this you’re probably expecting a bunch of reasons why you should fix your vehicle rather than sell it, trade it in, or scrap it. Honestly, fixing it is usually the best choice, but not always. There are times when a major repair can cost as much as the vehicle is worth. In that case it may be best to get a different vehicle.

If your vehicle is in good condition but has a bad transmission or other driveline component and you do want to sell it, give us a call – we may want to buy it.

Repair/Replace Decisions To Think About

If cost is the main concern, it’s almost always more economical to repair than replace your vehicle. There’s an old adage that says “the least expensive vehicle you can own is the one you have right now”. As evidence for the validity of this statement, look at vehicles that are used explicitly to earn a living, like taxis. The average taxi is driven between 750,000 and 1,000,000 Km before it’s retired. During its working life the car might require two or three engine and transmission rebuilds, but that’s significantly less expensive than replacing the vehicle.

Think about it another way; if you purchase a new vehicle, a single monthly payment can be similar to the cost of a major repair, and payments for a new vehicle go on every month for several years.

Work Trucks And Modified Vehicles

Modified Vehicles that have had any upgrades or modifications are even more important to keep repairing instead of replacing. The cost of those upgrades and modifications will never be recovered in the sale of a used vehicle, and will have to be paid for all over again on the replacement vehicle.

This is particularly relevant with modified, specialty or custom-built vehicles such as:

  • Work trucks
  • Bucket trucks
  • Cube vans
  • Shuttle busses
  • Ambulances
  • Armored cars
  • Wheelchair accessible vans
  • Tow trucks
  • RVs

It can even apply to fairly ordinary vehicles like pick-up trucks and performance vehicles. These are often customized in subtle ways to suit a particular work or recreational purpose, but the modification costs add up in components and installation time:

  • Lift Kit
  • Towing hitch & sway bar
  • Trailer wiring
  • Tonneau cover
  • Engine performance upgrades
  • Driveline performance upgrades
  • Suspension upgrades
  • After-market wheels and tires
  • High performance brakes
  • Body kits and cosmetic upgrades
  • After-market electronics
  • Bed liner
  • Transmission cooler
  • Dump box
  • Snowmobile/ATV lift deck
  • Snow plow system
  • Air bag suspension
  • Running boards/step bars
  • Mud flaps

There is almost nothing that would cost more to repair on your existing vehicle than replacing or re-doing these kinds of modifications on a new vehicle.

Call Bob’s Driveline to get a diagnosis and price quote for your repairs, then do the cost comparison for your specific vehicle.



If your automotive service needs involve your vehicle's transmission you should keep in mind that most transmission problems start out small and get worse over time. Taking care of your vehicle's transmission service and repair early on can go a long way in saving you money. Our transmission services includes the following:

  • 4x4 Repair
  • Automatic Transmission Repair
  • Custom 4X4 Transmissions
  • Electrical Diagnosis
  • Fleet Commercial Vehicle
  • High Performance /Heavy Duty Transmissions
  • Manual Clutch Service & Repair
  • Manual Transmission Repair
  • Non-Electric Diagnosis
  • PTO-Power take off
  • Shift Kit Installations
  • Transfer Cases
  • Transmission Band Adjustments
  • Transmission Fluid Exchange
  • Transmission Rebuild, Repair & Service
  • Transmission Cooler Install and Service


Vehicle manufacturers frequently write new software for the various control modules in their vehicles. Most people aren’t aware that their vehicle is the most powerful computing platform they own. A modern vehicle has anywhere from a dozen to well over 20 computer modules controlling everything from the fuel and timing maps and ABS braking systems to dynamic traction and stability control, and of course electronically controlled automatic transmissions. New software for a TCM can greatly improve drivability, durability, and fuel economy. A TCM Reflash will generally pay for itself in short order with reduced repair and fuel cost savings.

Bob’s Driveline offers Reflash services for any control module in your vehicle including:

  • Engine Control Module
  • Powertrain Control Module
  • Transmission control module
  • Body Control Module
  • ABS/traction control/stability control module
  • Airbag (SRS) Module
  • Alarm system module
  • Cruise control module
  • Electronic steering module
  • Fuel pump control module
  • Injector driver module
  • Instrument cluster control module
  • Keyless entry module
  • Lighting module
  • Remote start/immobilizer module
  • Suspension control module
  • Wiper motor control module
  • Vehicle wireless communication module


If your automotive service needs are general in nature, our facility will be able to help you. Our well-trained expert technicians offer a variety of general automotive services and repairs:

  • Flywheel Replacement
  • Brake Fluid Service
  • Chassis Lube
  • Complete Driveshaft Service
  • Differential Service
  • Filter Replacements
  • Flywheel Resurfacing
  • Oil & Filter Change
  • Pack CV Joints
  • Pack Wheel Bearings
  • Power Steering
  • Power Steering Flush
  • Rebuild / Replace CV Axles
  • Standard Clutch Kit Replacement
  • Street Rod Custom Car Specialist


The purpose of fuel is to provide the ingredients for combustion to the engine of your automobile. Fuel contains the energy that is released to create power. The fuel system delivers the correct amount of fuel to mix with the air-flow through the engine for most efficient power, fuel economy, and engine power. Our automotive experts provide the following fuel system services:

  • Diagnosis
  • ECU programming
  • Filters
  • Regulators
  • System Flush
  • Hoses/lines
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Pumps


For the vast majority of people, the most powerful computing platform they own is their automobile. Today’s vehicles contain anywhere from a handful to over a dozen computer processors operating simultaneously. Our technicians continue to upgrade their technical training and skills so they can competently provide the following electrical services:

  • Diagnosis
  • ECU Reflash
  • TCU Reflash
  • AWD Control Units
  • Batteries
  • Driveability
  • ABS Control Units
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Starters


Most of us know that brakes are the most important safety feature of our vehicle, and that brakes include wear-out components that must be replaced from time to time. Our shop offers the following brake repair services:

  • Diagnosis
  • Drums
  • Emergency Brakes
  • Hose Replacement
  • Line Replacement
  • Lining Replacement
  • Calipers
  • Master Cylinders
  • Pad Replacement
  • Power Boosters
  • Rotors, replace or resurface
  • Wheel Bearing Assemblies
  • Wheel Cylinders

Contact the Trusted Drivetrain Tech Team at Bob’s Driveline Today to Arrange Service or Repairs to Your Vehicle