How do Transmission Rebuilds Work?

June 19, 2019 | By Mister Transmission

How do Transmission Rebuilds Work?

Have you ever pondered the existence of transmission repair shops? Why are there entire shops devoted just to the transmission? Most auto shops focus on more than one component of the automobile. They can rotate tires and replace brakes. They can replace mufflers and gap spark plugs. They can install new headlights and new window washer blades. So, what makes the transmission so special?

The long and the short of it is that the transmission is not actually merely one component of your vehicle. The transmission is made up of many smaller components. And all of these parts need to work in conjunction in just the right way for your transmission to operate properly. Some transmission repairs simply require one of these constituent parts to be replaced. However, sometimes finding the problem part is difficult. And sometimes a transmission is so damaged that every part needs to be looked at. This involves a transmission rebuild.

Transmission rebuilds

A transmission rebuild is also known as a “complete overhaul”. Transmission rebuilds are required when the damage done to a transmission is not isolated to one part of the transmission. This can be caused by driving extensively with an insufficient amount of transmission fluid, damaged or old transmission fluid, overuse and overexertion of a transmission, and sometimes transmissions just get old and fail. Whatever the cause, transmission rebuilds are big jobs.

A transmission rebuild requires first that the transmission be removed from the body of the vehicle. Once removed, transmission technicians can then begin disassembling the transmission piece by piece. Every single piece is inspected for damage and just general wear. Those pieces that are deemed to still be in working condition are cleaned in a special solution. Those parts that are too far gone are replaced. In the end, you have a rebuilt transmission that will work properly.

Transmission replacements

An alternative to a transmission rebuilds is a transmission replacement. This involves replacing your existing transmission with another transmission that has already been rebuilt or remanufactured. This may sound like the better option because it should be an easier job, but it’s kind of a risky move. Used transmissions frequently have unknown or questionable histories and could carry problems with them that create a whole new set of challenges. “New transmissions”, on the other hand, are mostly aftermarket transmissions that are labeled as new but are actually rebuilt transmissions with new parts. When you choose a transmission rebuild, the technicians can say with confidence that every part within your transmission works properly.

Transmission rebuild costs

If you can’t tell from the description, transmission rebuilds are pretty labour intensive. These aren’t quick and easy jobs. They take time, knowhow, and a fair few new or refurbished parts in order to do properly. As such, transmission rebuilds are usually some of the most expensive transmission repairs that there are. And let’s be honest, there’s never a good time to need a transmission repair. Many motorists are concerned about the cost of a transmission rebuild. The cost varies for transmission rebuilds depending on a number of factors. At Mister transmission, we offer our customers flexible payment options.

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To learn more about transmission rebuilds, please contact us today.

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Went there last Friday with my wife's Saturn Outlook. Brian was the technician that I spoke to. Brian was very honest and told me that I don't need to spend money for a transmission, he has made a few suggestions to me on the issue. Just want to say thank you Brian and the rest of your team for being honest tradesmen. Keep up the good work.
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