There are a million things that can go wrong with a transmission. A transmission is a set of numerous different parts all working together to transfer power from your engine to your wheels and make your automobile move. Because the transmission is so complex, there is lots that can go wrong over time and it’s not always easy to figure out what the problem is. Having said that, the problem is often relatively minor.
So many transmission problems can be caused by an insufficient level or quality of transmission fluid. So, the first thing to do when experiencing transmission problems is to check your fluid. If you haven’t got enough, top it up, and if the fluid is damaged (an opaque colour; foul smelling) you will have to get the fluid changed. If the fluid is fine, sometimes there is an issue with your vehicle’s on-board computer or a minor adjustment is required. Sometimes you will need to have a part replaced and, hopefully, that part will be accessible with the transmission still inside your vehicle.
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But what if your transmission problem is a bigger one? What if the problem is not your fluid nor your computer? What if your problem cannot be fixed by replacing an accessible part? What do you do then? Are you totally out of luck?
If none of the above can fix your problem, then you might be looking at a complete transmission overhaul. Acomplete overhaul involves the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. Every part of the transmission is inspected for wear and damage, then cleaned in a special cleaning solution. If the part is deemed to be too damaged for use, then it is replaced with another part.
Parts with friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, are replaced,as are all seals and gaskets. The torque converter is also replaced, usually with a remanufactured one. Technical service bulletins are checked to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design defects that were discovered after the transmission was built. Auto manufacturers often make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design defects.
There is an alternative to the transmission overhaul. The other option is to replace your transmission with an entirely different one, one that has already been rebuilt or remanufactured. So, to answer the title question, yes, it is possible to replace an entire transmission. And people sometimes choose this option.
Transmission repairs pretty much never come at convenient times. It’s usually an unexpected development and money is usually a concern. Transmission overhauls and transmission replacements are generally the costliest transmission repairs.
Because of the money involved, we at Mister Transmission often caution our customers against transmission replacement. Used transmissions often have questionable histories that could create a whole new set of challenges. New transmissions, meanwhile, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts. Regardless, whether you choose a transmission overhaul or a transmission replacement, we at Mister Transmission will do the job as quickly as possible to get you back in your vehicle with a safe and reliable transmission.
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A slipping transmission is one of the most common transmission problems that there is. When you first begin to experience a slipping transmission, it might only be inconvenient, frustrating, and unnerving. But left unrepaired a slipping transmission can be a major and even a dangerous problem. That is why you should bring your vehicle in for a transmission repair as soon as possible after experiencing some transmission slippage. But how does one fix a slipping transmission?
When a transmission slips it means that your car changes its gear –or slips– without you intending to do this. If you’ve never experienced this, you can probably imagine how troubling and discomfiting this can be. While not necessarily a sign of oncoming major transmission failure, slipping does indicate that your transmission is in serious need of service and repair. To leave it unchecked is to put both your vehicle and yourself, as well as other drivers and pedestrians, in danger.
With regards to manual transmissions, the cause of slippage is usually associated with the clutch. Both manual and automatic transmissions utilise clutches. For manual transmissions, a clutch problem is the most common culprit for a slipping transmission (in the rare event that it is not a clutch issue, it’s likely due to leakage). Often what you’ll see is a worn out clutch that has become too thin.
Automatic transmissions contain clutch plates throughout the transmission as well as in the torque converter which may become worn or burnt from inadequate transmission fluid. To fix this, you will have to get the clutch plates replaced immediately and also change the fluid.
Low fluid levels are often involved with any problem that involves slipping transmission. Low fluid levels can contribute to a host of various problems, such as overheating and a lack of hydraulic pressure being produced to engage gears. If you suspect you have a low level of transmission fluid, you should check your levels as soon as possible. If so, add more fluid in order for the gears to engage properly, and check underneath your vehicle for any transmission fluid, as leaks can obviously lead to low fluid levels.
Ineffective transmission bands can also contribute to slippage. Transmission bands can become worn and broken, which can cause transmission slipping as well as engine troubles and worn out gears. Bands are what link the gears in the automatic transmission together. To fix this problem you need to replace or adjust the defective band. Transmission slipping can also be affected by worn out gears, solenoid problems, or torque converter issues.
We’ve discussed some of the necessary repairs to transmission slipping above, but obviously, the repair needed will vary depending on the cause of the problem. For low fluid levels, you’ll need to add more fluid to repair the problem. For burnt or damaged fluid, you’ll need to drain the exhausted fluid and replace it with new fluid. For a leak, however, at least part of your transmission will need to be resealed to prevent further slipping and transmission problems.
For other problems such as ones that concern the torque converter or the solenoid, the required transmission repair can be quite complex and will necessitate special equipment. To learn more about slipping transmission and the required repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Back
If the tire on your wheel becomes punctured, you can replace it. If your battery runs out of power, you can replace it. If one of your headlights burns out, you can replace it. But if your transmission breaks…then what?
Whether or not you are able to replace any of the above items yourself, you probably have a pretty good idea of what’s involved. And while any of these breakages would be unwelcome obstacles in your day, they’re all remedied relatively easily. But with transmissions? While it is possible to completely replace and overhaul a transmission, it is not a simple nor an easy process. But are all transmission repairs so complex?
The transmission is one of the most complicated, intricate, and sophisticated components of your automobile. This is true for a number of reasons. For starters, the transmission is not just one thing but rather a collection of parts working in synchronicity with one another to make your vehicle operate. And with multiple components come multiple points of potential problems, all of which require different types of repair, which themselves vary in complexity and difficulty. If your right tail light doesn’t work, you know what to replace. If your transmission is acting up, it’s not so simple.
Furthermore, transmissions have become increasingly complex over the years. A lot of this is due to the increased computerization of transmissions. This process has made transmissions more efficient and more in-touch with the vehicle. However, it has also increased the number of things that can go wrong. And it’s not like this is something you can solve by sliding under the car in your garage with a monkey wrench. You’ll need special computer technology for these repairs.
The truth is that many transmission repairs are minor affairs that can be done without removing the transmission from the body of the vehicle. This is more or less the threshold in determining the ease of a transmission repair. Though perhaps “ease” is not the right word. If a transmission can be repaired without being removed from the body of the vehicle, then an experienced and skilled technician with the right equipment can do the repair without too much trouble.
For computer controlled transmissions, the first step in transmission repair is usually to connect computerized diagnostic equipment with the vehicle’s onboard computer. Running these diagnostics will often pinpoint the problem, whether is a faulty sensor or defective solenoid pack. If the problem lies in an accessible part –that is, a part that can be accessed with the transmission remaining in the body of the vehicle– then the repair can be done relatively swiftly by replacing said part.
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Sometimes transmissions incur problems that require much more involved and complicated repairs. A reseal job can be easy enough if there is a clear, solitary leak. But total reseal jobs are quite a bit trickier. And we haven’t even mentioned repairs that require complete overhauls, in which technicians remove the transmission, disassemble it, and look for the problem. In such a case, the transmission repair is far from easy.
All of this is to say that transmission repairs vary greatly depending on what is required. If you have questions about a repair you think your transmission may need, please contact us today. Back