What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

By Mister Transmission

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.

image-reviews image-reviews
Customer Reviews
Wes and crew did a...
Darren James
Wes and crew did a great job tracking down and repairing an unusual transmission leak for me. Obviously knowledgeable, they were also persistent, adaptable, and skilled. Rather than rack up a huge bill without keeping me in the loop, Wes made sure to keep me informed and gave me the choice of continuing with previously unplanned (and potentially expensive) repairs or calling it a day. He was also very keen to make sure I understood exactly what had gone wrong and what was needed to fix it, and the extra effort he took to demystify the problem and the solution was very much appreciated. I hope that I won’t need any more transmission repairs in the future, but if I do I would not hesitate even for a second to bring it directly to this crew. Top marks!
Date: January 12, 2023
Website: Google
I thought my transmission was...
Michelle Julian
I thought my transmission was going.(it had been slipping) so I took it to Mr Transmission on Centennial spoke to Dan. I was in absolute hysterics! Dan calmed me down and told me not to worry he would take care of it. When he came back he told me all it needed transmission fluid. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the honesty and understanding. I'm sure I wasn't the first person nor the last to come in loosing their cool. I will recommend Mr Transmission to anyone . Thanks Dan.
Date: January 12, 2023
Website: Google
Frank and Mario know how...
Mario Fernando
Frank and Mario know how to treat and respect customers needs Thank you
Date: January 11, 2023
Website: Google
My transmission is shredded and...
Vince Otto
My transmission is shredded and I was ready to get rid of my 12 year old car. The team at Mister Transmission diagnosed the problem, clearly explained my options and did what I requested at a reasonable price! The entire team is very knowledgeable and friendly to deal with. I highly recommend their services!
Date: January 11, 2023
Website: Google
I'm a single mom. My...
Denise Ruck
I'm a single mom. My transmission blew before Christmas. The staff were empathetic. They understood how much stress this caused me. Customer service was outstanding. They were honest and extremely helpful. Payment plans were an option that helped a great deal. They called me with updates and were honest with their work and their pricing!!! No surprises. Thank you, Mr. Transmission. Great experience. D. Ruck
Date: January 11, 2023
Website: Google
Brought my car in because...
Celina A
Brought my car in because it was leaking transmission fluid. These guys were great !
Date: January 11, 2023
Website: Google
They did me a solid...
Donna Cain
They did me a solid by changing the oil and putting on winter tires for me. It isn't what they normally do but they helped me out nonetheless. I had previously taken my car there to get my transmission fixed as I had unwittingly purchased a lemon and they fixed the transmission so well that the car purrs on the road now. It's a dream.
Date: January 8, 2023
Website: Google
I only called to make...
Maureen Capel
I only called to make an appt. & got a diagnosis by phone on the weekend. Very helpful, and generous support! Good on you!
Date: January 8, 2023
Website: Google
Great service good quality work...
Sharra Bailey
Great service good quality work and dan was very informative the whole time dealing with him very honest guy I will recommend this shop to friends and family
Date: January 7, 2023
Website: Google
Great service and a good...
David Patterson
Great service and a good job. Had my transmission rebuilt here after other places were not able to do it and dealer wanted crazy money.These guys saved me money and it’s been a couple months and it works like when it was new. I will recommend Mister Transmission in Barrie.
Date: January 5, 2023
Website: Google
Featured Services
Transmission Repair

The evolution of transmissions has made these machines and systems increasingly complex. When transmission repairs are required, determining the cause and cure for what ails can be tricky.

Read More
Transmission Technology

At Mister Transmission we have access to leading-edge diagnostic equipment, enabling us to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings about what’s going on inside your vehicle’s transmission.

Read More
Transmission Maintenance & Service

Just as you have other parts of your car serviced, your transmission needs maintenance to ensure a long life and avoid transmission problems.

Read More
Recent Blogs
Why It’s Better To Trust Your Tran...
Learn about the different services offered by a transmission shop and discover why
Read More
November 7, 2022
What Is An Automatic Transmission Rebuil...
Learn how an automatic transmission rebuild works, when these rebuilds are necessary,
Read More
November 3, 2022
The Big Mistake To Avoid When It Comes T...
If your vehicle needs a transmission replacement, you’re likely having a rough
Read More
October 31, 2022
What You’re Getting Wrong About Tr...
Whether you’re a first-time vehicle owner or a seasoned driver, here are some
Read More
October 27, 2022
What Mister Transmission Looks For When ...
Discover how Mister Transmission performs our diagnostic services and conducts
Read More
October 24, 2022
“What’s The Best Transmissio...
If you’ve been searching, “What’s the best transmission shop near me?” in
Read More
October 20, 2022
6 Of The Most Common Transmission Servic...
Learn about six of the more common transmission services offered by Mister
Read More
October 14, 2022
What You Should Know About Manual Transm...
Discover how manual transmission repair differs from automatic transmission repair
Read More
October 7, 2022
What Services Do High-Performance Transm...
If you demand a higher level of performance from your transmission, it needs a higher
Read More
August 12, 2022
What Is Transmission Oil, And What Do Yo...
Discover what transmission oil is, what it does, what transmissions use transmission
Read More
August 5, 2022