Many transmission repairs are minor, but some are not, and that’s when you might be comparing the value of a transmission replacement and an overhaul.
A transmission replacement is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s when your transmission is removed from the body of your vehicle and replaced, in its entirety, with a completely different transmission. Transmission replacements are for when your current transmission is either so totally damaged that repairing it is simply unfeasible, or when the cause of the problem cannot be ascertained.
A transmission overhaul, also called a transmission rebuild, is similar to a transmission replacement in that both require removing the transmission from the chassis and replacing it. But with an overhaul, you don’t replace the transmission with an entirely different transmission, but rather rebuild your transmission.
At Mister Transmission, when we do a transmission overhaul, we carefully remove and examine each component of your transmission. Parts that are too damaged to repair are replaced. Parts that are still in good working order are cleaned in a special solution. Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, are replaced as a matter of course, as are all seals and gaskets, as well as the torque converter.
We will also check to see if the manufacturer of your automobile or transmission recommends any modifications to correct design flaws that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers often provide upgrade kits to transmission shops to resolve these design flaws.
On the surface, it may seem that a transmission replacement is the better way to go. It appears simpler and it probably won’t take as long. That means you’ll probably save money, right? Well, not necessarily; it’s actually quite a risky move.
Replacing a transmission with a used one is usually not the best option. Used transmissions often have questionable histories and unknown provenances that can create a brand-new set of issues. You could replace it with a “new transmission”, but these are usually aftermarket transmissions billed as new, but which are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts. There are a lot of unknowns with a transmission replacement. With a transmission overhaul conducted by Mister Transmission, you can rest assured that every single part in your transmission is in good working order when you drive out of our garage.
At Mister Transmission, we offer both transmission replacements and overhauls, and many other services. To learn more about transmission replacements, please contact us.