The transmission of your car is an important component. It’s what delivers the power generated by the engine to the wheels to make everything work. When the transmission doesn’t work, your car won’t work. Sometimes, you can repair the specific issue that isn’t working. Other times, the transmission may need to be replaced.
No one wants to think about a car transmission replacement, but when the transmission isn’t functioning right, your options are buying a new car, replacing your transmission or rebuilding it. Economically, you may not be ready to replace your car. Here are three reasons that rebuilding a transmission is a good choice.
Less Cash Outlay
Rebuilding a transmission is not cheap, but it is significantly cheaper than a new one and won’t cost as much as a new car. Most rebuilt transmissions come with a warranty, which should give you peace of mind that you’ll get your money’s worth. The cost savings puts less of a financial strain on you, because you won’t have higher insurance payments or take on a huge debt that you’ll being paying off for years to come with a new car.
A rebuilt transmission extends the life of your vehicle, keeping it out of the landfill. You don’t get rid of parts that are working correctly. The parts that you do replace are often updated, making your transmission work more efficiently than before. It uses less energy than manufacturing an entirely new unit.
Make Your Car Last Longer
Making your used car last a little longer gives you more time to save up money for the car you really do want to purchase. Fixing the transmission can mean that you get more for your trade-in than you would if the transmission were faulty. Rebuilt transmissions from a reputable mechanic can be just as reliable as new ones.
Wholesale Transmission Services
Workshop owners and auto mechanics who can’t rebuild a transmission in their own shop should consider our wholesale transmissions services. Buying in bulk saves money, because we guarantee the best price when you buy several transmissions at once. We’ve got over 30 years of experience in the industry. Our name is our reputation. We rebuild transmissions from scratch, using recycled and old components. We know our prices are affordable and know that our products are reliable.
Need more information about a rebuilt transmission? Contact our team online or call our office at 608-742-5136.
If you follow the recommended maintenance, the average automatic transmission might last up to 200,000 miles. Skip even one fluid service, and you could shorten the life of your gearbox. When the gears no longer grab, you need a replacement.
For the best value, you have your choice between a remanufactured or a rebuilt unit, but which one is better?
Here’s what you need to know:
Remanufactured Transmission Pros and Cons
A remanufactured gearbox is an older unit that has undergone a complete overhaul. Specialty repair shops equipped with machine and test equipment supply these units.
The technicians follow an established procedure:
- Complete disassembly and inspection of the old unit
- Worn metal components are machined or replaced as needed
- During reassembly, techs install new gaskets, clutches, bands, snap rings, and bearings
- The unit receives a technical update to correct for any known engineering defects
- A transmission dynamometer tests the function of the restored unit before delivery
These replacements come with some of the best warranties that also cover additional labor expenses should something go wrong. These are great options if you don’t mind spending a little more for your repair.
There are potential delays. It’s unlikely the local repair shop has the exact model you need sitting on the shelf. Order and delivery times keep your car out of service longer adding to your headaches. If you have an exotic vehicle, you may even have to wait for a refurbishment shop to service your unusual order.
All About Rebuilt Transmissions
In the right circumstances, a rebuilt transmission is just as good as a refurbished unit. These can last as long, and a good repair shop stands behind the work. The process is similar except that your gearbox does not need to arrive from a third-party supplier.
Your rebuilder performs the work in-house:
- Complete disassembly and inspection of the existing equipment
- All original hard metal parts remain with minor adjustments to severely worn assemblies
- The case and gears receive a thorough cleaning
- The technician reassembles the unit replacing worn clutches, gaskets, and fasteners
- After installing the reassembled unit, the vehicle gets a road test.
A qualified shop still warranties the work, but you must return to the rebuilder for any follow-up repairs. Rebuilders also typically do not upgrade the functionality. Instead, they focus on restoring the original equipment to working condition. For an older vehicle or a vehicle that you do not want to invest as much into, the rebuilt is often the preferable option.
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Trans Works Transmissions Warns Against Dangerous Transmission Habits
Trans Works Transmissions takes pride in helping their customers learn how to better protect their transmissions against serious damage. This is why they work hard to educate car owners. The common ways they could destroy their transmissions through potentially dangerous transmission habits.
The professionals at Trans Works Transmissions believe there are 14 ways car owners are putting their transmissions at risk. Some of these practices include using the incorrect fluid type or not changing the fluid at regular intervals. Stopping and starting abruptly and using the shift lever rather than braking. Driving without warming up the engine and improper towing techniques. These and other habits can cause excessive wear and tear on the transmission. It could ultimately lead to its failure or the need for repairs.
Although Trans Works Transmissions specializes in the repair of transmissions, they want to help their customers minimize costs and reduce the risk of needing serious repairs. Making their customers aware of the driving habits that can unnecessarily stress the transmission is their way of giving back and ensuring everyone can protect their car investment as much as possible.
Anyone interested in learning about these and other dangerous transmission habits can find out more by visiting the Trans Works Transmissions website or by calling 1-608-742-5136.
About Trans Works Transmissions:
Trans Works Transmissions is a car repair shop specializing in the repair of transmissions. Founded in 1981, the company has grown from operating out of a small home garage to serving customers out of a 9,000 square foot garage. Their highly trained and certified technicians are qualified to work on most makes and models.
Most auto manufacturers recommend servicing your transmission every 50,000 miles or so (check your owner’s manual for more details). But it’s a good idea to check transmission fluid periodically. One of the best times is during a normal engine oil change. If your transmission has a filler tube and dipstick you can check it yourself. If not, you’ll need to have it check by a transmission specialist.
It’s simple. Just follow these steps:
- Make sure the engine is at normal operating temperature.
- Park your vehicle on level ground.
- Place the shifter in Park and set the parking brake.
- Locate the transmission filler tube (note: some transmissions, particularly newer cars, do not have a transmission filler tube. If your car doesn’t have one you’ll have to take it to a specialist to check).
- Remove the dip stick and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
- Reinsert the dipstick (all the way) and then remove it to view the fluid level. Dipstick design varies from manufacturer to manufacturer but they all have a “low” and a “full” mark. In this case, they’re holes in the stick. In most cases, the distance between the low mark and the full mark is one pint.
- In addition to checking the fluid level, check the condition of the fluid as well. Transmission fluid comes in a variety of colors but in all cases, the fluid should be clear and not have a burnt odor. For more information on transmission fluid condition see the ATRA article that addresses the color and smell of automatic transmission fluid.
- If the condition of the fluid is poor or the level is low you’ll want to have your transmission checked by a specialist. You can locate a qualified transmission specialist with ATRA’s Shop Finder. If the level is low, chances are you have a leak. Make sure you add fluid before driving any further.
To add transmission fluid:
- Place a clean funnel in the dipstick tube.
- Add fluid based as needed.
- Recheck the level as you did in step 6 above