What Is a Transmission Rebuild?
Take care of your wheels through regular preventive maintenance on your car’s transmission and you may never need to know about rebuilding the transmission. Despite the efforts of the most devout car owner to keep themselves updated on potential engine problems; the ravages of time will eventually catch up with your treasured vehicle.
Understanding the options available to you is helpful when facing the prospect of a transmission repair. Knowing a little about rebuilt transmission will help you decide whether to have your gearbox rebuilt or whether to buy a new one. Regardless, knowing more about both options can save you money and extend the life of your car.
New Parts May Not Stave off the Inevitable
As with any faulty mechanical or electrical device, repairs or adjustments can be made if a potential problem with your vehicle’s transmission is detected early without the need for a full transmission rebuild.
If transmission parts need replacing and are easily accessible, or if there is an electrical problem, the transmission may be able to be repaired without removing it from the vehicle. This alone saves you time and money. However, it may be advisable to look at the bigger picture right from the start and have the transmission thoroughly checked by the technician.
If some parts of your transmission are damaged, other parts may also need to be replaced. But you know, once the parts swaps start it can be a losing battle. Indeed, a transmission rebuild can be the smartest and most economical choice you will make.
What Is the Transmission Rebuild Process?
An important element of transmission diagnostics is determining the source of the problem so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to proceed with the 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 car repair, the cost of a transmission rebuild varies widely and is determined by a variety of factors, including the type of vehicle you drive and how bad the damage is to your transmission. A word to the wise: Nobody can tell you over the phone exactly how much it will cost to repair your vehicle’s transmission.
While cost always plays an important role in a transmission repair, it is also important to consider the repair work’s value. If the transmission technician or store you deal with doesn’t offer a 12-month warranty on a transmission rebuild with the option to upgrade to a five-year warranty on all parts and labor, then settle for less than you might be playing Russian roulette with your vehicle.
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
The transmission rebuild process typically includes:
1. Removing the transmission from your vehicle and dismantling it.
2. Chemically cleaning the transmission by running it through a parts washer.
3. Any wonky transmission parts, plus all seals and gaskets, are replaced with new ones.
4. Any required electrical repairs are performed.