A transmission rebuild is a major type of repair and it’s a big decision to make as a vehicle owner, so what should you know about transmission rebuilds?
As its name suggests, a transmission rebuild isn’t a quick fix. Many transmission problems can be solved relatively simply. There are many parts that technicians can access while the transmission remains in the chassis of the vehicle. If one or more of these accessible parts is causing a problem, removing and replacing them isn’t all that difficult.
Not all parts are accessible. If a transmission tech believes the problem is an inaccessible part, then they need to remove the transmission from the vehicle. This is a much more involved process, but if the technician knows the part or parts they want to replace, it doesn’t have to be a huge issue. A transmission rebuild is a solution for bigger problems.
A transmission rebuild should be reserved for extraordinary situations. One might be if your transmission is thoroughly damaged. If it has suffered a catastrophic failure, internal heat or fire damage, or possibly a collision. In these cases, the transmission may need to be rebuilt.
In other cases, you might need a rebuild to solve a mystery. As clever as transmission technicians are, some problems remain mysterious. If technicians can’t figure out what’s causing your transmission problem, they may suggest a rebuild. This will solve the mystery problem, no matter what it is.
At Mister Transmission, our technicians will carefully take your transmission apart piece by piece. They’ll examine every component. If a part is in good condition like the transmission case, it will be cleaned and reused. If it’s damaged, they’ll replace it. Parts with friction surfaces, such as clutches and bands, we’ll replace regardless. These parts wear down quickly, so it makes sense just to replace them. After we’re finished, you’ll have a transmission in which every part is verified to work properly.
A transmission rebuild is a lot of work; it takes time and it costs money. Because of this, drivers often want to know if there’s an alternative. There is. Technicians can simply replace your damaged transmission with a completely different one.
This might not be your best option, though. These transmissions are often aftermarket refurbishments themselves or used. They have unclear provenances, so you could be inheriting a whole new set of problems.
To learn more about transmission rebuilds, or our other transmission services, please get in touch with us to schedule the transmission service or repair you need.