When your transmission goes out on you depends on a variety of factors: how well the vehicle has been maintained, the make and model of the vehicle, and the number of miles that have been put on your car. We at Trans Work Transmissions are experts in manual transmission repair, and have seen transmissions of every condition drive in through our service doors. If you are not sure whether or not your transmission may be due for a repair, these are a few of most common signs to be on the lookout for.

Reddish Drips and Leaks

It is not uncommon to have clear drips beneath your vehicle once you have parked it in your driveway or in the garage. But if you see reddish stains on your cement, you see transmission fluid. If your transmission loses too much fluid, then it will not be properly lubricated, and parts within the transmission will begin to grind and become worn down.

If caught fast enough, one of our experts may be able to simply repair your transmission rather than completely replace it. The key is to act fast and to tackle these problems early. Our expert mechanics at Trans Work Transmissions can save you hundreds, if not possibly thousands, of dollars.

Your Engine Is Clanging When Stopped at Stop Lights

If you find that your engine is making loud clanging or banging noises when you are idling your vehicle, it is very likely that your transmission parts are becoming loose. The noise is likely the result of loose clutch parts and gears that are now banging against one another as the engine churns over and causes vibrations.

Your Clutch Is Acting Up

The manual transmission clutch is arguably the most abused part of every manual vehicle. Your transmission is constantly under pressure. Since it’s in charge of both engaging and disengaging your engine gears as you change speeds, your transmission has to act fast and keep up with your demands.

You will be able to tell that your clutch is starting to give out on you in one of three ways:

a) Your vehicle is no longer able to stay in gear
b) Your vehicle is no longer able to engage higher gears (typically the fourth or fifth gear)
c) You are having difficulty or are completely unable to shift gears

In some instances, a full replacement may be necessary, in which case our shop will be able to provide you with a custom built manual transmission. But there may be situations in which your transmission can be “saved” and repaired. Bring your vehicle to our shop on County Road CX in Portage, Wisconsin and we will diagnose the issue free of charge.

Since our transmission repair company opened up shop in 1981, we at Trans Work Transmissions have been happy to provide our customers with cost-effective solutions to their transmission woes. Replacing or repairing a transmission is often one of the most dreaded repairs a car owner will face, because it can be expensive. But we are able to save you money by replacing your transmission with a wholesale transmission, as well as provide other valuable (and free!) services.

Why Choose a Wholesale Transmission?

Buying a brand new transmission is not cheap, but we at Trans Work Transmissions are able to obtain top-of-the-line transmissions for vehicles of nearly every make and model at rock bottom prices because we purchase wholesale transmissions. By buying a wholesale transmission for your car, we can save you 30% or more on the cost of parts.

Not every transmission shop may be able to purchase wholesale, because they do not have the same connections which we have worked on establishing during our nearly 35 years in business. Others may not be able to purchase wholesale because they do not offer customized rebuilds. We are proud to offer in-house custom rebuilt transmission services so that the transmission that goes into your vehicle will be the most effective and efficient for its needs.

Other Money Saving Tips When Shopping For a New Transmission

For most drivers, when the tranny of a vehicle goes, it is completely unexpected and can leave drivers scrambling to gather the funds necessary for repairs. But before you panic, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to us here at Trans Work Transmissions for the following reason:

  • We offer free estimates. Analyzing and figuring out what may be affecting the performance of your vehicle can be lengthy, and our technicians like to take their time to make sure that the problem is accurately diagnosed. After taking so much time analyzing the issue, we like to also provide our customers with a detailed report of all of the issues affecting their vehicle, as well as an estimate for labor and parts. You are then free to shop around and obtain second, third, or even fourth opinions from other transmission repair shops in the area.

There is a good chance that at some point in your vehicle’s life, it will need its transmission replaced or repaired. We at Trans Work Transmissions have been providing transmission repairs and replacements since 1981. Back then, all our transmission work was performed in our small and cozy garage. Fast forward over three decades later, and we are now able to provide our customers with superior service in our 9,000 square foot facility.

Our company did not grow to become one of the top transmission shops in the Greater Columbia County, Wisconsin area overnight. Below are the characteristics that have helped us and other top-of-the-line transmission repair and replacement providers across this country become amongst the most trustworthy and relied upon.

Free Transmission Diagnosis Services

In order for one of our expert mechanics to determine the critical issues affecting the performance of your vehicle, they will need to first diagnose the problem through a variety of different methods. We typically do this in one of two ways:

  • Free road tests (if possible)
  • Free diagnostic services using cutting-edge scanning devices
  • Trans Work Transmissions provides this service for free so that we can deliver a detailed report on what is wrong with your vehicle and what will need to be fixed. We will then give you a free estimate. When armed with such information, our customers can then make the best decision regarding their vehicle without having to take on any needless additional expenses.

In-House Custom Rebuilt Transmissions

Brand new transmissions do not work as a stand-alone product. In order to get the most out of your transmission and to ensure that it works with your specific vehicle, the transmission repair and replacement company should offer custom rebuilt transmissions.

We at Trans Work Transmissions have a team of highly skilled technicians who dedicate much of their time to rebuilding transmissions. They make sure that they understand how your vehicle’s transmission works, and can then tailor the transmission to accommodate the needs of your car.

Certified and Belongs to Industry-Related Associations

Finding a reputable transmission repair and replacement shop here in the Greater Columbia County area is no easy feat. But one of the key items you should be looking for is the company’s certifications. Apart from checking references, this is the best assurance that your vehicle will receive the best care possible. Our company is proud to hold certifications from the Automotive Service Excellence and the Automatic Transmission Service Group, and we encourage anyone with a transmission issue to only deal with companies with such certifications.

Another item to keep in mind is the associations the shop belongs to. Trans Work Transmissions is a member of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association and the Automatic Transmission Service Group. We are also an authorized distributor of the notable Certified Transmission.

The rebuild transmission process is an intensive one that takes a great deal of time and expertise to complete effectively. While the amount of time and difficulty level will vary depending on a variety of factors, it is essential that you work with an experienced mechanic that understands the process and can ensure a reliable final product.

With prices ranging from $1,000-$6,000 for rebuilding a transmission, you simply cannot afford to make the wrong decision about the technician that you decide to go with. Let’s take a look at a few things that you should look for when choosing a mechanic to rebuild your transmission:

Track Record of Reliability

While you can certainly save money in the short term by going with a less experienced mechanic, the risks involved over the long term are simply not worth it. Focusing your search on finding a mechanic that has 10+ years of experience and a track record of reliability will ensure that your investment does not go to waste. After all, the last thing you want to deal with is a bill for $3,000 and a transmission that still does not work.

Willingness to Test Your Rebuilt Transmission

One of the things that you will want to make sure of when choosing a mechanic is that you, or the technician, will be able to test the transmission to make sure that everything is running smoothly. If a mechanic does not do this you should, at the very least, make sure they offer some type of warranty for the rebuild transmission process.

Experience Handling Your Specific Type of Vehicle

While most transmissions are very similar, there can also be several differences depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. Before choosing a mechanic, you want to be sure that you ask questions about their experience with your specific type of vehicle.

The Final Word

Overall, choosing the right mechanic to rebuild your transmission involves doing the necessary research to ensure you are getting a reliable result. It is almost never a good idea to make price the main factor in your decision since the long term effects of a poorly rebuilt transmission can provide significant costs down the road. Experienced mechanics like Trans Works are solid options because of their track record for reliability and willingness to provide a satisfaction guarantee.

Trans Works is a transmission expert located in Portage, WI that specializes in the rebuild transmission process. Get in contact with them to receive a quote for their services.