What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

When it comes to your car's gearbox, you can't understate its significance. As the device responsible for sending engine power to the wheels, it's easy to see how such a forceful motion may ultimately wear out the transmission's components.

Repair, rebuild, or replacement are your alternatives if you're experiencing transmission issues.

Examples of When a Fix Is Not Enough

If the problem is minor, a simple fix may suffice. Repairs aren't the best choice in the following situations:

The extent of the damage is excessive: If there are a multitude of parts that need to be removed and replaced, it may be more cost efficient and effective overall to replace the entire transmission rather than repair or rebuild it.

You are servicing your transmission much too frequently: If you've had your transmission repaired many times in recent years, it's a warning that it may have issues that fixes can't cure. In such circumstances, the repairs will almost certainly cost you more money—and cause you more grief—than a more thorough remedy.

You're hearing grinding noises: If you hear grinding noises emanating from your transmission while shifting gears, the gear synchronizers are likely worn or broken. In this instance, a new or rebuilt transmission is often required.

The transmission is shot: When your transmission has completely stopped operating, you have a significant problem that only replacement or rebuilding can fix.

The Advantages of Rebuilding Rather Than Replacing Your Transmission

After you've determined that a simple repair isn't the best choice, you must decide whether to replace or rebuild your transmission. Your initial thought may be to go with a replacement transmission, thinking that it would be the closest thing to a new one. This isn't always the case, and you should think about the following advantages of rebuilding your transmission first:

Rebuilding your transmission entails disassembling it, replacing old, damaged, or broken components with new ones, and keeping the parts that are still in excellent condition.

Transmissions are normally only produced for new vehicles. Replacement transmissions are, in fact, rebuilt transmissions, remanufactured in a factory environment. Also, replacement transmissions don't necessarily have the most up-to-date components; rebuilt transmissions do.

A rebuilt transmission usually costs half as much as a new one. That's a substantial savings, particularly when the rebuilt transmission is as excellent as, if not better than, the replaced one.

Call Austin's Automotive Specialists now if you need transmission repair!