Know Your Options!
When your transmission
fails, knowing your options, the pros and cons of each option and the
approximate cost of each can make the decision making process much
easier and probably save you a great deal of time and money.
Whereas simply guessing could be disastrous.
Assuming you desire to repair the vehicle versus selling or trading it,
you have three options when it comes to a failed transmission;
your transmission rebuilt involves finding a transmission repair shop,
auto dealership or independent transmission technician to do the
work. It is also possible to do some or all the work
but for the purpose of this article, we will assume you will
be doing the work yourself.
Transmission Rebuild Process
transmission or transaxle rebuilding process involves the following
||Removing the transmission from the
||Completely disassembling the
||Cleaning and inspecting all parts for
wear and damage
transmission with rebuild kit*
and/or damaged "hard" parts are replaced**
||Manufacturer updates, when applicable,
||Once rebuild, the
transmission is re-installed in vehicle
||The transmission is
filled with the correct fluid (ATF)
started. Transmission is checked for leaks. Fluid
level is checked again. Fluid level is adjusted, as
Vehicle test drive. Transmission is put through a variety of
real world driving conditions.
typical rebuild kit includes friction clutches, steel clutch plates,
bands, seals, gaskets and filter. These parts are oftentimes
referred to as "soft" parts.
**Examples of "hard" parts include: planetary gears, sun gears, pump
assembly, clutch drums, shafts, sprag clutches, transmission case...
transmission repair shops offer a minimum 12 month 12,000 mile warranty
on rebuilds. Many shops offer 2 and 3 year
warranties. Longer warranties may be available for an
Transmission Rebuild Cost
cost to have an automatic transmission or transaxle rebuilt can range
anywhere from $1,300 to $3,000 or more, depending on several factors,
including the year, make and model of your vehicle, the extent of
damage to the transmission, the repair shop or dealership that does the
work and where you live. Some imports and high-end
automobiles can cost upwards of $5000 or more for a transmission
Download Printable Transmission Rebuild and
Remanufactured Pricing Guide
a Transmission Rebuild
although more costly than purchasing a used transmission, having your
transmission rebuilt almost always costs less than purchasing a
time is normally less for a transmission rebuild than purchasing a
remanufactured transmission. The difference in time is due to
the time it takes to order and ship the remanufactured transmission to
powertrain in today's vehicles are electronically "computer"
controlled. In some instances, replacing a major component,
such as an engine or transmission, with an engine or transmission taken
from the same year, make and model vehicle can be
problematic. While such instances are typically resolved by
the installer without additional cost, it can nonetheless make an
already difficult situation even more frustrating.
owners prefer to keep their vehicle in its original condition - meaning
keeping the vehicle's original parts when possible.
an Estimate online
a Remanufactured Transmission