What You Need to Know About Having Your Transmission Rebuilt

If your car needs a transmission rebuild, the process may be mysterious to a car owner that has never dealt with this before. It can be a lengthy process sometimes because rebuilding a transmission takes quite a lot of work. Here’s what you need to know to understand the process and why it may take a little longer than most mechanic services.

Before the Transmission Rebuild

Before a transmission rebuild begins, the mechanic will usually change the transmission fluid and give the transmission a good inspection. This ensures that the rebuild is actually necessary because a rebuild is an expensive process. In some cases, it may be a case of needing to change a sensor and replace dirty fluid instead of needing a full rebuild.

The Next Steps in a Transmission Rebuild

If the mechanic finds that the transmission really does need to be rebuilt, their goal will be to change the transmission unit so that the entire car works more efficiently. The biggest time sink in this project is getting the new transmission. Once the old transmission is taken apart, most of the parts that make up the system will be replaced, including the clutch plates and bands, the seals, the gaskets, the sealing rings, and the solenoids. Taking all of these parts apart correctly out of the car’s chassis takes an experienced mechanic who understands specifics about different makes and models.

Why Do Transmission Rebuilds Cost So Much?

The biggest reason for the cost of a transmission rebuild is the amount of labor involved in the process. However, you’ll typically find that rebuilding the transmission is still more affordable than replacing the whole car or replacing other systems within the car. But this high cost is why we start by ensuring that a rebuild is actually what is needed. How much it will cost will depend on your car’s make and model, and the length of time it takes to complete the rebuild. Most rebuilds take between three and four days. However, be aware that if your transmission is covered by a warranty, it could take longer, because there is a process to get the repair approved before the mechanic can even begin.

If you need your vehicle’s transmission to be rebuilt, contact us at SOS Transmissions to schedule an appointment. Call us at (708) 344-1760 to get started. You can watch their videos on YouTube to know more.

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