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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Tony D
These days, among all the horror stories you hear about auto shops who either don't know what they're doing or flat out make things worse (and charge mightily either way), it's easy to overlook the real gems who deliver over and above. This shop came highly recommended to me by my son's auto shop class teacher - this on top of the numerous and overall excellent Google reviews. I had transmission shifting problems with an old Dodge pickup truck with which they were initially unfamiliar, and not only did they take on the challenge, research possible causes, and effect what appeared to be logical repairs (at a *very* reasonable price, I might add), when those repairs turned out not to be the root cause of the problem they took it upon themselves to further track down and fix the problem without additional charge (drawing upon their networks of other contacts in the industry to do so). All in a timely manner, keeping well-appraised of their progress every step of the way. As a small business owner myself, I can say that you simply can not expect better service than this. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Although this is my first experience with them, I will not go anywhere else in the future for transmission work on any vehicle I own.
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Natasha Mohammed
Mister Transmission saved us! We had a sudden car issue and were taken care of by Raman. He quickly let us know how to get our vehicle to the shop and was very transparent about the process. He was up front with all costs beforehand and was very responsive, putting us immediately at ease. The fix was completed quickly and even before the estimated time given! We were super pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and workmanship. Car issues suck, but this was an excellent, pain free, no hassle, process. Highly recommend!Thank you Raman & Mister Transmission team!
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Lillian Mason
The owner went above and beyond to fix my car. So much so he called one of his employees back after they were closed to check another issue for me that was unrelated to my original issue. Amazing is all I can say
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Michael James
Paul was the gentleman who was taking care of my appointment. He was very informative with the issues I was having with my transmission. He was honest in giving his opinion on what course of repair I should use to fix my issue. His customer service and personability were exemplar. The repair was done in a timely manner and he even did some cleaning of the engine bay of my car without mentioning it. For any transmission or drive system repairs I wouldn't recommend any shop other than this one.
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Green Rhino
Staff are super knowledgeable and prices are fair with great explainations. Will definitely be back! Thanks Peter.
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Jess O
Been here a couple times with a couple different vehicles. Fair price for the work needed, and the work is completed quickly. Knowledgeable and professional staff. Very honest about the severity and urgency of the issue, didn't try to make it seem like a bigger deal than it was.Very refreshing for this industry! Overall excellent experience and I highly recommend the Mister Transmission in Whitby!
Date: April 11, 2021
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Rob A
Nice people great service
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Kathy Kaun
Chris has gone above and beyond over and over for my vehicle and he stands behind his work. I can not recommend this place enough. I’d give them 100*
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Derek Gibson
Do not hesitate to get Mr. Transmission to take a look at your vehicle. They will properly diagnose and fix your issues, with no hidden nonsense. Very straight shooters. Cam was great to deal with. They completely rebuilt my transmission, and I ran into a small issue later on. They took care of my issue under warranty, and it didn’t cost me a penny. Fantastic mechanics and customer service! We will be returning for any vehicle needs in the future.
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