Exploring Pros and Cons of a Remanufactured Transmission
Do you need a new transmission? If so, you might be considering whether or not to spend the full price of buying brand new or looking at a used transmission that will be “new to you”.
The prospect of spending money on a new transmission on an older vehicle can be particularly if the mileage is high, can be daunting. In some cases people see the dead transmission as the end of the line on their older vehicles because of the cost involved. But a remanufactured transmission could also be the best of both worlds between new and used when you expect to get a significant amount of life out of an older vehicle as you’re saving a considerable amount of money (often about 50 per cent or so) due to it being used but you’re getting a transmission that has been rebuilt with major components, giving you an option that’s just about as good as new.
Ensure You Examine Warranty Offered
A pro of a new transmission is the warranty period. But when you buy a remanufactured transmission from a reputable and established transmission shop you typically get warranty. And the cost savings coupled with a warranty can make the remanufactured transmission an even more attractive proposition.
Choose the Right Transmission Company
If you do opt to go with a remanufactured transmission, you’ll want to deal with the right company. A company with a great reputation, good warranty, and who offers competitive pricing on remanufactured transmissions can put your mind at ease about your choice.
Some people will call a used transmission a “crap shoot” because it may or may not have a long life inside your vehicle but with a remanufactured transmission you’ll have an associated warranty to put your mind at ease that if things go wrong your transmission seller will make things right.
At Trans Works Transmissions, we give you great reasons to choose us for your remanufactured transmission. With our attention to detail, our quality standards, and our customer service reputation you won’t be disappointed in your choice to work with us. Learn more about why we believe we’re a great choice when you opt for a remanufactured transmission in the info-graphic on this page.
When you encounter transmission trouble, you’re faced with choices. Your first choice of where to go is easy—you take it to the pros at Trans Works Transmissions, of course! Next, you may ask yourself, “Repair or replace?” This choice is often easy to make, too—simple problems can be repaired and more extensive ones require replacement. Then you need to choose the type of replacement. Should you use a new transmission or a rebuilt one? If you choose to have a rebuilt one, should you just have your own transmission rebuilt, or should you go with a factory-remanufactured transmission? There are a few compelling arguments for remanufactured being the way to go.
What is a Transmission Rebuild?
A transmission rebuild or overhaul is a procedure in which a transmission is disassembled down to the smallest nuts and bolts. Each part gets inspected carefully and compared to factory specs. Anything that is damaged or doesn’t measure up gets repaired or replaced. When a rebuild is done by Trans Works Transmissions, you are left with a 100 percent functional like-new transmission.
How is a Remanufactured Transmission Better?
A remanufactured tranny is rebuilt, but in a slightly different way. It is not rebuilt in a repair shop, but rather in a factory. This environment allows for more meticulous attention to detail. Also, while a rebuilt transmission is built to original factory specifications, a remanufactured one is built to updated factory specs, so any corrections and improvements that have been made since the unit’s original production will be incorporated.
This means that a remanufactured transmission is technically better than a brand new one off the line, especially when done by the expert technicians at Trans Works Transmissions. In fact, many times when people refer to new transmissions, they’re actually talking about remanufactured ones, since a truly new transmission would technically mean one that just rolled off the assembly line, something that is rather unlikely, especially for an older vehicle.
Financial Implications of Remanufactured Transmissions
Remanufactured transmissions fall into the middle range of replacement transmissions, generally more expensive than a standard rebuild, but cheaper than a new one (if you can even find a new one for your particular vehicle). They also fall into the middle range of warranties, usually offering a slightly better warranty than a basic rebuild, but worse than a new transmission.
There are few parts of your car that are more vital than the transmission. When it comes to transmissions, there are basically two choices, the manual and the automatic. They operate slightly differently and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Both are also capable of breaking down, so it’s good to know that they can both be serviced correctly at Trans Works Transmissions.
The Difference Between a Manual and Automatic Transmission
A transmission translates engine power to the wheels of a vehicle, making the wheels move and pushing the vehicle. Sets of gears allow you to change speeds without drastically modifying the RPM of the engine. The automatic version of the transmission adjusts those gears automatically using a torque convertor, so the only settings you really need to understand are “Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive”. A manual transmission, by contrast, requires you to manually shift gears as the vehicle’s speed increases or decreases. Depressing a clutch and using the gearshift, often with three to five forward speeds in addition to “Reverse, Neutral and Park”, accomplish this.
Advantages of a Manual Transmission
A manual transmission has the advantage of allowing precise control over shifting. This is useful for racing (or showing off), but it can also lead to better fuel economy. Vehicles with manual transmissions also save money on initial purchase, as they are usually cheaper than automatics. There are some who claim that manual transmissions force you to focus more on the road, as well, since you have to know when to shift. Perhaps the most compelling feature of a manual, however, is the fun. It is just fun to shift gears, particularly when you’re moving at a fairly good speed down the highway.
Advantages of an Automatic Transmission
The biggest advantage of automatic transmissions is that they are easy to use. You simply put the car in gear and leave it there until you need to park or reverse. You also don’t have to deal with “riding the clutch” in traffic or holding the brake down to keep from rolling when stopped at a stoplight on a hill. Since automatics are more expensive, they also have greater resale value and a bigger market, since everyone knows how to drive them.
Transmissions do break down from time to time, and manuals and automatics each have their own specific service concerns, all of which Trans Works Transmissions can deal with effectively. A manual transmission is generally easier (and cheaper) to work on, but the addition of the manual clutch gives you a few more moving parts that can and do wear out. An automatic transmission is more complicated and will more frequently require removal and overhaul or replacement. A traditional transmission overhaul or rebuild for either type involves taking the transmission apart, inspecting every piece and replacing or repairing the ones that don’t measure and perform up to factory specs.
Have you even thought about how rare a stick shift car is these days? Interestingly, the only cars that regularly seem to have manual transmissions these days are at opposite ends of the spectrum—high performance sports cars and ancient little “Beaters”. There is good reason for the disappearance of the manual transmission—automatic transmissions are better. Whether you’re looking at safety, convenience or just how frequently you’re going to find yourself at Trans Works Transmissions for repair work, there are advantages for an automatic transmission, particularly if the driver is not an expert with the stick shift.
Convenience is one area where an automatic transmission wins hands down. There is no clutch pedal to depress, you don’t have to shift gears while you’re driving and you don’t have to ride the brake at every stoplight. Some would argue that this also takes the fun out of driving, and there certainly is a thrill to slamming the shifter into fourth gear on the open highway. However, how much thrill is there to riding the clutch and trying to keep from stalling out in rush hour traffic downtown? That shifting hand is probably better served picking up a cup of coffee for a sip on Monday morning at the stoplight.
Distracted driving is one of the major causes of accidents on the road today, and depending on your perspective, automatic transmissions may be part of the problem or part of the solution. On the one hand, you would think that having to remember to do things like shift and press in the clutch pedal might keep you more focused and less likely to do other distracting things like talking on a cell phone.
On the other hand adding a few more tasks to a driver, particularly an inexperienced driver or a driver operating their vehicle in adverse weather or traffic conditions, is rarely a good idea. Unfortunately, those extra tasks probably won’t stop people from acting out their bad driving habits either – it could just make them more dangerous. There is also the issue of manual transmission cars tending to roll backwards when stopped on a hill if the driver forgets to hold the brake down, sometimes causing minor accidents.
In the long run, a manual transmission is actually better on maintenance. When it comes time to bring your car to Trans Works Transmission for that major transmission overhaul, it is much easier and cheaper to service a manual than an automatic transmission. In the short run, however, manual transmission owners may find themselves replacing clutch plates, shift linkages and other parts that experience the wear of human interaction. This is especially true if people who aren’t expert drivers with a stick shift often use the car.
Transmission repair can be one of the most daunting issues with any car. The complexity and scope of a transmission is mind boggling. How do you really know what is wrong? Who can you trust? Trans Works Transmissions is second to none for repairing transmissions.
Repair or Replacement?
One of the first decisions to make is whether you are going to try and repair your transmission or replace it. The best place to start this process is with a qualified mechanic, as they are the ones that have the proper diagnostic tools and experience in order to determine what the root cause of the issue might be. In some cases repair won’t be possible, and replacement will be your only option.
Called shift or pressure solenoids, these are the parts that control how the fluid moves in and around your transmission. If you are having issues with an Automatic transmission shifting too little or too much, chances are that your solenoids need replaced. As far as transmission repair issues goes, this type of problem is somewhere between transmission fluid leaks on one hand and major problems on the other.
Cost of Fixing the Issue
For a basic repair, you will land in the thousand to fifteen hundred dollar range for a manual transmission. With an automatic transmission, you will pay closer to two thousand dollars for a minor problem. If there is no option but to replace the transmission, it can set you back anywhere from four thousand to eight thousand dollars, depending on the make, model and year of the car. When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck, Trans Works Transmissions leads the pack.
Ways to Avoid Issues
Most shops recommend that you flush your transmission between every 20,000 to 60,000 miles. When you take into account that the average cost of a flush is right around one hundred dollars, it sure beats having to pay for major repairs or replacement! Another easy fix is to get a leaky transmission fixed as soon as it is noticed. Again, the cost will be right around 200 dollars on average.
A Brief History
Louis-Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor are most often thought of as having invented the first manual transmission way back in 1894. It was a three speed and about as basic as you can get. That being said, most modern manufactures still base many of their designs on the theories and understanding of mechanics exhibited by Louis-Rene and Emile. That is not to say today’s cars are anywhere near as simple. It is important to rely on the services provided by Trans Works Transmissions to ensure everything is running correctly.
Pros of a Stick Shift Car
Only around 6.5% of all cars made today in the U.S. have a stick shift transmission. While it is (when driven correctly) more fuel efficient, there is always the challenge of knowing how and when to change gears. In relation, one of the pros of a manual transmission is that it so much fun to drive! It must have something to do with feeling you of having more control over what your vehicle is doing. Also, as there are less moving parts than an automatic transmission, cars equipped with them tend to cost less.
Cons of a Manual Transmission
On the other hand, one of the challenges when driving a stick shift is starting on a hill. It can be downright terrifying, like stalling at a stop light. Or the knee pain after driving in stop and go traffic.
Signs You Might Have Issues with Your Stick Shift Transmission
One of the first signs that your car may need some help is a lack of response when put into gear. In other words, your car may not want to go into gear or it may hesitate when in gear. Another sign may be a whining, clunking or humming sound coming from the gear box when driving. Think loud and or abrupt. Other signs to look out for include:
- A burning smell
- Refusing to go into gear
- Gears slipping
- Noisy transmission in neutral
This is by NO means an exhaustive list! When in doubt, it is always a good idea to have your car checked out by Trans Works Transmissions.
Automatic transmissions are by far the dominate type of transmission in America, as opposed to Europe, where approximately 80% of the vehicles have a manual transmission. It has been said that the reason for this is that Europeans like to be more involved in the driving process as opposed to Americans preferring the ease of driving with an automatic transmission. Regardless of which type of transmission your car has, at some point it is going to need work done on it.
A Complex Machine
Any transmission is a very complex machine, and automatic transmissions doubly so. They are the most complex part of a car, not including computer chips or other electronics. Each transmission has hundreds of parts, even as many as 900, many of them moving. If any one of them fails, the whole thing falls apart.
Finding a Replacement
When, not if, a transmission needs to be replaced most people quickly find themselves looking at a rebuilt transmission. When looking at rebuilt transmissions it is essential that the mechanics that put it together be qualified and trustworthy. Trans Works Transmissions fits that criterion to the tee.
Trustworthy Work and Attention to Detail
The average time required for rebuilt transmissions to be completed is between 3 and 4 days. This timeframe ensures that the appropriate attention to detail and quality control is performed on every step of the process. Trans Works Transmissions ensures that each one of their rebuilt transmissions meet the most exacting criteria before being put into a car. They also throw in an estimate by a highly qualified technician.
The Average Cost of Replacement
It’s important to keep in mind that replacing your transmission is not cheap, but in most cases it’s well worth it. Fixing your transmission can be one of the most expensive jobs performed on your car. The amount of labor and understanding that are needed in rebuilding a transmission are also among the highest for any type of automotive work. It is critical that those doing the work really know and understand what they are doing.
Trans Works Transmissions has the expertise and experience on hand to provide you with high quality transmission work.
When it comes to keeping your transmission in tip top shape, there are some simple maintenance guidelines that need to be followed. However failure to abide by these guidelines can result in transmission failure. Experts in the industry will benefit because you will need to pay them to fix whatever errors are plaguing your vehicle. However if you take the right precautions beforehand, you can avoid the often costly visit to the mechanic.
First Reason: Lack of Maintenance
Not getting your vehicle checked in a timely manner is one of the primary reasons for transmission failure. If your vehicle fails to perform as it should, you will benefit from taking it into the mechanic immediately before the problem is exacerbated. The transmission is one of the central components of your car that requires regular maintenance to perform as it needs to.
Second Reason: Transmission Fluid
In addition to maintenance, it is necessary to check the transmission fluid at all times. Due to the high operating temperatures in the gears, adequate levels of transmission fluid are needed to cool them down. Taking note of fluid levels can help to stave off disaster.
Third Reason: Cables and Wiring
Every transmission contains a series of linkage connections which need to be adequately maintained. If there are any fractures or tears in the wiring or cabling, this can result in complete system failure.
Fourth Reason: Vehicle History
Make certain you uncover any reports of damage when purchasing a car. This is especially important if there has been damage to the transmission.
Fifth Reason: Overall Engine Performance
Damage to the engine could filter over and affect the transmission adversely.
Sixth Reason: Faulty or Worn Out Parts
If the parts in your car need to be replaced, this can put undue stress on the transmission.
Seventh Reason: Computing concerns
Car models that are newer make use of computer diagnostics and any damage to this computing system can result in transmission damage as well.
Eight Reason: Electronic Components
Electronic sensors just like computing systems are used to detect and monitor any problems with the engine of the vehicle. Failure to the electronic system can result in further damage.
Ninth Reason: Towing Weight
If a heavy vehicle is used to tow, it can severely affect the transmission performance. Towing vehicles require more standard transmission checks than any other type of vehicle.
Tenth Reason: Weather
Because of the intense nature of operating conditions, the transmission is affected by fluctuations in the weather.
For more information about how to keep your transmission running at its best, contact us.
If you will be purchasing multiple transmissions over the years for your business, you may want to find a wholesale transmission manufacturer. This is perhaps the best way to save money on your transmissions, as you will have a number of different options from which to choose to maximize your savings. A transmission will eventually break down on a vehicle given enough miles and wear and tear. As a result, your wholesale manufacturer could be responsible for keeping your business afloat once these problems start to arise.
When your current transmission breaks down, but you do not want to go through the hassle of replacing it, you can opt to have your transmission rebuilt. This is the fastest and most economical option, as you simply have to visit a local mechanic and have the work done. Make sure that the mechanic has experience in dealing with your type of vehicle. This is especially important if you are having the transmission rebuilt on a member of your work fleet, since having this vehicle out of action for a prolonged period of time could cost you money.
If your current transmission is beyond repair, you can ask a wholesale transmission manufacturer if it carries any remanufactured units. When a transmission is remanufactured, it means that new parts are installed within it, essentially making it similar to a brand new transmission. The main difference is that this will cost less than a brand new unit, which will save you money in the process. A good transmission specialist will provide a warranty on its remanufactured transmissions, so you can have confidence nothing will go wrong after making your purchase.
In some cases, a custom transmission is the only way to go. When you find yourself in this situation, make sure that the mechanics who will be working on your tranny are ASE certified and have done these types of custom jobs before. As long as you are dealing with a high end transmission shop, custom transmissions should not be a problem and will keep your fleet running strong for the foreseeable future.
We builds, services, and repairs transmissions for those in the Portage, Wisconsin region.
Periodically, you may run into issues with your manual transmission. When this occurs, it is nice to have an idea of what has gone wrong and what you can expect when you take your vehicle to a mechanic for repairs. In many cases, the repairs that are needed are quite simple and will not cost you musch. In more severe situations, however, you could end up paying a great deal to get your car back on the road. By knowing what each transmission problems means, you will have a better idea of what to expect when taking your car to the shop.
When driving a manual transmission vehicle, you could run into problems with your clutch. Generally, your clutch should get you through about 40,000 miles, and sometimes more. If you are having to replace your clutch more frequently than that, your driving style could be a factor. When you switch gears too quickly or use the clutch to decelerate the vehicle while driving down hills, you could wear it out rapidly. When the clutch starts to go, you will notice that you barely have to push the pedal down to engage it. You might also notice a burning smell, which could signal that something is wrong with the clutch.
Just like with automatic transmissions, manuals tend to get leaks. This occurs when the transmission case becomes cracked or when pieces start to loosen over time. Since these leaks can occur in a variety of different locations, it is a good idea to take it to a certified mechanic to have it looked at. This mechanic can identify where the leaks is originating and repair the damage before this turns into a much larger problem that could cost you thousands of additional dollars.
Always listen for strange noises when driving a manual transmission, as they can be a sign of a serious problem. If the noise is only present in one gear, it could mean that you have worn bearings. If you believe that your drive train is making the noise, get the car to a mechanic immediately. Sometimes this problem is simply a worn wheel bearing, but it could be something much more serious.
At Trans Works Transmissions, you can expect to receive great service and leave with a fully functioning rebuilt, repaired, or brand new transmission.