Transmission Rebuilding 101: Questions Most Car Owners Have About The Process

The transmission is the largest component in your vehicle that is responsible for making it actually go and move. If you have a transmission that has failed, having it rebuilt by a transmission shop is a lot more affordable than a full transmission replacement. Here are a few questions you may have about transmission rebuilding in general if you have it done by a true professional. 

How long will it take for the transmission to be rebuilt?

How long the process takes will depend on the mechanic doing the work. It is completely possible to rebuild most transmissions within a day, but it would be a long day in most cases. The majority of transmission repair shops will keep your vehicle for at least a few days and possibly longer. You have to keep in mind that rebuilding the transmission is just part of the process; the transmission will also have to be disconnected and removed from the vehicle, tested after the rebuild is complete, and more. Therefore, it is important to be patient if the process takes a little longer than you anticipate. 

Can you take the transmission out of the car yourself for a rebuild?

In some cases, the transmission repair shop will let you take the transmission out on your own so that you can have it rebuilt. It is important to note that this is not something every mechanic will do, and you should never pull a transmission if you do not have some mechanical knowledge and experience. It is all too easy to cause damage that will make the rebuild more costly than what it should be. Some mechanics prefer to remove the transmission on their own so that they can ensure no working parts are damaged during the removal process. 

Which is more costly to rebuild: a manual or automatic transmission?

Manual transmissions tend to be less complex in how they are designed. Since the gears are manually operated by you when you drive in a vehicle with a manual transmission, there are fewer components inside of a manual transmission to be rebuilt. The most common thing that goes out is the clutch. An automatic transmission, on the other hand, is far more complicated. In modern transmissions, they often contain a lot of electrical components, which can make a rebuild even more delicate and time-consuming. Therefore, it is typically considerably higher in price to have an automatic transmission rebuilt.  

Contact a company like AAA Commercial Transmission if you want to learn more.