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.
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 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.
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. Back
The transmission rebuild is a specific kind of transmission repair. For many transmission problems, the necessary solution is a relatively simple one. Maybe a change of transmission fluid or switching out a solenoid pack. Unfortunately, however, not all transmission jobs can be done so swiftly. Sometimes, a transmission rebuild will be necessary. So what goes into a transmission rebuild?
As mentioned above, the transmission rebuild is one of only many types of transmission repairs. It is also the most involved type of transmission repair. It’s a type of repair that is not meant to fix every problem. Many problems do not require such an endeavour. A transmission rebuild is necessary either when the cause of a transmission problem cannot be accurately identified or when the damage that a transmission has incurred is total or at least far reaching.
The first step in a transmission rebuild is the complete removal of the transmission from the body of the vehicle. This is necessary when the part that is thought to be causing the problem is not accessible while the transmission remains within the body of the automobile. When the suspected problematic part is replaced, this might solve the problem. However not all problems are solved so easily.
In some cases a complete rebuild is required. A complete rebuild consists of the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. Every part is inspected for wear and damage, and then it is cleaned in a special cleaning solution, or it is replaced with another part depending on its condition. Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, are replaced as are all seals and gaskets. The torque converter should also be replaced, often with a re-manufactured one.
Technicians will also check technical service bulletins to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design flaws that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers often make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design defects.
As you can see, the transmission rebuild is a significant undertaking and takes hours of labour to complete. But it is a holistic approach; any problems your transmission has been experiencing are bound to be addressed through this process. The transmission rebuild should add a number of years on to the life of your transmission.
Rebuild or overhaul
You may have heard of transmission overhauls before. If so, you’re probably asking yourself what the difference is between a transmission rebuild and a transmission overhaul is? Well, that’s a simple question to answer. A transmission rebuild is a transmission overhaul; they mean the same thing.
If your transmission requires a rebuild, you have two options. The first is to remove your existing transmission and rebuild it, then put the rebuilt unit back in your car. The second option is to replace your existing unit with another unit that has already been rebuilt or re-manufactured.
However, used transmissions often have questionable histories that could create a whole new slew of issues. New transmissions, meanwhile, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts.
If you have any questions about transmission rebuilds or would like to bring your vehicle in for a transmission repair or maintenance, please contact us today and we’d be happy to help you out. Back
Learn what’s involved with rebuilding a transmission and if it’s a worthwhile proposition
Take care of your wheels through regularly scheduled preventative maintenance of your car’s transmission, and you may never need to know about transmission rebuilds. However, despite the most devout car owner’s efforts to stay atop of any potential engine troubles, the ravages of time will eventually catch up with your treasured vehicle.
If you’re facing the prospect of a transmission repair, it is helpful to understand what your options are. By knowing a little about rebuilt transmissions, you’ll be better equipped to determine whether you should choose to have your transmission rebuilt, of if you should purchase a new one. Regardless, understanding more about either option may save you money and extend the life of your car.
New Parts May Not Stave off the Inevitable
As it is with any failing mechanical or electrical device, if a potential problem with your vehicle’s transmission is detected early, any repairs or adjustments may be made without requiring a full transmission rebuild.
If there are transmission parts that require replacing, and they are easily accessible, or if the problem is an electrical one, it may be possible to repair the transmission without removing it from the vehicle – that alone will save you time and money. That said, it may be wise to look at the big picture right from the start, and have the technician thoroughly inspect the transmission.
If a few parts of your transmission are damaged, it’s quite possible other parts will require replacing too. But know once the parts replacement process starts, it can become a losing battle. A transmission rebuild may, in fact, be the wisest and most economical choice you make.
What Is the Transmission Rebuild Process?
An important element of transmission diagnosis is determining the cause of the problem, enabling you to make an informed decision whether or not you should proceed with a transmission rebuild. The transmission rebuild process typically includes:
- Removing the transmission from your vehicle and dismantling it
- Chemically cleaning the transmission by running it through a parts washer
- Any wonky transmission parts, plus all seals and gaskets, are replaced with new ones
- Any required electrical repairs are performed
- There may have been advances made in your vehicle’s transmission parts and technology since you purchased your car. If so, these updated parts may be included to improve the performance of your transmission and extend its longevity
- Last but not least, the rebuilt transmission is re-installed in your vehicle
The Cost of a Rebuilt Transmission
As with any automotive repair, the cost of a transmission rebuild varies widely, and it’s determined by a multitude of factors including the type of vehicle you drive, and how extensive the damage is to your transmission. A word to the wise: nobody can tell you exactly what your vehicle’s transmission repair will cost over the phone.
While cost is always an important consideration when faced with a transmission repair, it is also important to consider the value of the repair work performed as well. If the transmission technician or shop you’re dealing with doesn’t offer a 12-month warranty on a transmission rebuild with the option of upgrading it to a five-year warranty on all parts and labour, you’re settling for less, and you may be playing Russian roulette with your vehicle.
Are you experiencing transmission troubles or have questions about your vehicle’s transmission? Visit the Mister Transmission location nearest you and get the expert help you need.