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How do Transmission Rebuilds Work?

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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6 Facts About Transmission Rebuilds

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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