How Does a Shop Rebuild a Transmission?

Rebuild a Transmission

A “transmission rebuild” might sound like a generic term to the uninitiated; something that could cover just about any kind of transmission repair. But this isn’t so. To a transmission shop, a transmission rebuild connotes a specific type of job. The rebuilding of a transmission is not a small job. It’s not the inspection or replacement of one or two parts. A transmission rebuild is also known as a “complete overhaul”, which might give you an idea of the scope of work involved. But just how does a transmission shop rebuild a transmission?

Transmission repair shops

Any credible transmission shop will go through a series of processes before deciding that a transmission rebuild is the best option. At Mister Transmission, we have our Multi-Check inspection, in which we put your transmission through the paces of four different tests in the hopes of determining what (if any) issues your transmission is experiencing. In doing this, we might determine that the fix for your transmission is a relatively easy and non-invasive one.

If however, the Multi-check Inspection either does not clearly reveal the problem, or it indicates that the problem is with a part that within your transmission that is inaccessible, we will have to remove the transmission from the body of the vehicle. This is where things get more involved.

Transmission rebuilds

If your transmission is experiencing a problem that cannot be solved with a minor adjustment, a re-seal, or the replacing of an accessible part, then it will have to come out. We can remove the transmission from your vehicle to get a better look at it and see what is amiss. The transmission rebuild, or complete overhaul, consists of the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. We will inspect every part for wear and damage, then clean each part in a special cleaning solution, or replace it with another part depending upon its condition.

Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, will be replaced, as well as all seals and gaskets. We will also replace the torque converter, most often with a re-manufactured one. We will check the technical service bulletins to see if the auto manufacturer of your transmission recommends any modifications to correct design defects and flaws that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers frequently make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design flaws.

The goal

The goal is to get your transmission working, good as new. Indeed, depending on how much wear and damage we find, your transmission could easily be more new than old, if the majority of pieces are new. Whether or not you consider it to be a new transmission or your old one is really a philosophical question. But we’re not here to debate the problem of the Ship of Theseus; we’re here to fix your transmission! And the transmission rebuild is the most complete, and exhaustive type of transmission repair we can offer. This is because, with the disassembly, inspection, replacements, and reassembly, there is nowhere for problems to hide within the transmission; we’re bound to root out any issues.

Contact us

If you think your transmission might require a rebuild, or if you have any other issues, please bring your vehicle into the shop or contact our transmission shop today.

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