6 Facts About Transmission Rebuilds

December 21, 2018 | By Mister Transmission

6 Facts About Transmission Rebuilds

If you have a particularly large problem with your transmission your technician may recommend a transmission rebuild. Rebuilds are sometimes required when there has been a catastrophic failure of your transmission, when there is extensive damage across multiple parts of your transmission, or when there is a problem that cannot be located. There is never a convenient time for a rebuild. They are on the costlier end of all transmission services but if you arm yourself with the right knowledge, you can minimize the damage, both to the transmission itself and to your pocketbook. Here are six facts about transmission rebuilds.

  • Transmission Rebuilds = Transmission Overhauls

Another term for a transmission rebuild is a “transmission overhaul”. During a rebuild, the entire transmission is disassembled and inspected. Those that are still in working order are put in a special cleaning solution and the rest are replaced. Mister Transmission replaces all parts that have friction surfaces (bands and clutches) as well as gaskets and seals. We also replace the torque converter, usually with a remanufactured one.

  • Transmission Rebuilds are A Great Time for An Upgrade

While a transmission rebuild is always a hassle, there is a silver lining. Not only do you get a working transmission back, you could get an upgraded one as well. When performing a transmission rebuild, Mister Transmission checks technical service bulletins to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design defects that were discovered subsequent to the vehicle’s initial sale.

  • A Choice to Make

The transmission rebuilds we have discussed so far come in the form of transmission overhauls. That is where each part is removed, inspected, and cleaned or replaced. But there is another option: a transmission replacement. This sees the technicians replace your entire transmission with a different transmission, usually one that has previously been rebuilt or remanufactured.

However, at Mister Transmission, we often advise our clients against choosing this option. Used transmissions often have questionable histories that can create a whole new set of problems. “New transmissions”, meanwhile, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts.

  • Cost

Transmission rebuilds aren’t cheap. There’s no way of getting around that. However, they themselves can range in price dramatically. Imagine a transmission rebuild where nearly every part needs to be replaced; that’s going to be costly. But you might get lucky. Maybe the technician finds the problem relatively quickly and only a few parts need replacing.

We often find that many of our customers who think they have a serious transmission problem actually require a relatively minor repair (such as a fluid leak or solenoid replacement) at a much lower cost than a rebuild. This is why we always start by completing a FREE 21-point multi-check and road test to identify what is wrong with your vehicle, and then we can provide you with the best options for your repair. .

  • Possible Causes

It is difficult to discuss the possible causes of problems that can lead to a transmission rebuild being necessary because it could be just about anything, and often the technicians themselves don’t know until they start taking the transmission apart. Obviously, a major collision could be one cause. Beyond that, transmission fluid can always plays a part. Burnt, damaged, or low levels of transmission fluid might not always be the cause of transmission problems, but they can make any problem worse.

  • You can Trust Mister Transmission

You can trust the technicians at Mister Transmission to rebuild your transmission as quickly and completely as possible. To learn a bit more about how we conduct our transmission rebuilds, please contact us here.

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Albert Wilton
Good and friendly and reliable people and they work hard to get your vehicle doneService: Transmission
Date: July 25, 2021
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Christy McMurray
Thank you, Mister Transmission! After taking my vehicle to the dealership where I bought it, and paying $150 for them to tell me what I already told them was wrong, the Dealer gave me a quote of $6,500 to replace my 9 year old transmission with a factory rebuilt one, because it couldn't be fixed or rebuilt by them. Thankfully I called Mister Transmission and Chris knew exactly what the issue was, how to fix it, and it only cost me $385 for everything and it was fixed in a day. I am so grateful that Chris and Dawn run an honest operation and provide genuinely great service. Thanks again!
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Sarah MacArthur
Cambridge Mister Transmission was awesome. We ended up having a small issue but they still took the time to show me where on my vehicle the problems were and fully explain the possible issues. They were prompt in getting back to me the following day and I had my vehicle back in no time. Chris and Nick were amazing and the office is so clean and pleasant. Great customer service!
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John Neven
Great service , friendly and very knowledgeable.Excellent work
Date: July 23, 2021
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Chris Elmquist
Mazda 3 AT light came on one with some bad noises and clunking. Dealer said need a new transmission for only $4400. Took it to this and a quick check they determined it needed new TCM which is very common on the mazdas. They took care of it and even did a bunch of extra work fixing a wiring harness all for the cost of the TCM . cannot say enough about how we were treated by Chris and Dawn. Would recommend them. FIRST CLASS!!!!!
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Workers are very nice and...
Ely Bolivar
Workers are very nice and explain thing clearly. Also they have an option to finance your repairs.
Date: July 22, 2021
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Colleen H
They assessed the problem quickly, quoted a good price, provided fast service, in a no-pressure, friendly manner. I've been telling everybodyService: Transmission
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I took my differentials down...
Kieran Massicotte
I took my differentials down to get rebuilt and Steve was very professional and the total was 200 bucks cheaper than the quoted price and there was a few things during the whole process that didn’t go as planned as I had brought all the bearings parts and some bearings were the wrong ones and I had brought 4.88s to put in end they would not work and before continuing with anything Steve would call and double check to let you know what needs to be done and get the ok from me first before they would continue overall amazing place Steve and the guys were awesome and the work was done perfect and the diffs have never been more smooth highly recommend.
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Roman Danko
Thank you Kyle and the Mr. Transmission team for very professional and friendly customer service and repair. I definitelly recommend their services.Service: Transmission
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