Despite what experts on the internet have to say, rebuilding your transmission is a job best left to the experts. With so many factors contributing to a successful transmission rebuild, including a complete dismantling of your transmission, rebuilding it from the ground up and replacing a majority of the parts to fully restore it to working condition, it’s easy to mess up.
What’s more, newer models have transmissions that largely rely on computers. An issue that appears to be caused by an internal transmission failure could actually be the result of a wiring or sensor problem. Without the proper tools to diagnose computer errors, you could easily do a lot of unnecessary work that won’t even fix the problem.
But, before the rebuild process can even begin, the mechanic needs to expertly extract the car’s transmission from its chassis. This calls for a specialized transmission jack, along with lots of experience and in-depth knowledge.
The fun parts come after that. The whole transmission is taken apart and rebuilt with the majority of its parts replaced. In most cases, this includes:
- A full disassembly, with all parts thoroughly cleaned.
- Replacement of all clutch plates and bands, seals, gaskets, and sealing rings, as needed.
- Solenoids cleaned, tested, and replaced if necessary.
While the kits needed to rebuild a transmission aren’t very expensive, this is an extremely labor intensive task. Depending on the make and model of your car, this service can be very expensive, and will typically take between one and four days to complete.
Doing the job yourself would definitely save a lot of money. But, since it requires a great deal of knowledge and experience, it’s very easy to mess up. On top of that, choosing an inexperienced mechanic who doesn’t know the first thing about transmissions will surely throw a wrench in the whole process, costing you more time and money than you budgeted for.
Unless you really know your way around a transmission, you should choose an expert, like Tony at Superior Transmissions, to handle the job.