The last thing you want to hear is that your car has a bad transmission. Depending on the problem, it's possible the mechanic can make repairs or replace a few parts to get the transmission back into shape. However, it's also possible the transmission is so far gone that it can't be repaired. In that case, it has to be rebuilt or replaced. Either option can be expensive, but you and your mechanic will have to decide which method to choose if you want to keep your car in running condition. Here's a look at these two options.
Rebuilding The Transmission
When a transmission goes bad, it often has to be taken completely apart to reach the internal parts. That's why simple repairs won't always do the job. When the mechanic pulls out the transmission and dismantles it, he or she can examine all the parts so the good pieces can be kept and the bad ones replaced. The pieces are then put back together and the transmission rebuilt so it is in good working order.
Rebuilding could be the least expensive option, and if your mechanic rebuilds it by hand, you can feel confident the transmission will work properly when it's installed.
Replacing The Transmission
You can't order a new transmission for your car. Instead, your mechanic can locate one that's been remanufactured, which is basically the same as having it rebuilt. The other option for replacing the transmission is to find a used one in a car that has been junked or wrecked. Your mechanic can search databases to find a used transmissions for sale for your make of car. Buying the transmission used could save quite a bit of money.
If you have experience working on cars and you know how to install the used transmission yourself, then you can save even more by avoiding the installation fee. However, even if you have to pay a mechanic to put the transmission in your car, you'll still save money over replacing your old transmission with one that has been remanufactured. If you have an older car with many miles on it, you may not want to invest a lot of money in a new transmission, so buying one used could be the best choice.
If you suspect your car is having transmission problems, have it inspected by your mechanic so the problem can be diagnosed. Then, your mechanic can advise you on the best way to proceed with repairs depending on the age of your car and its condition.Share
20 August 2018
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