Your Transmission Fails
Here are Your Options for
Getting Your Vehicle Back
on the Road.
your vehicle (specifically the transmission) is not under the
manufacturer's warranty or covered by an aftermarket warranty and you
want to keep the vehicle, you have several options available for
getting your vehicle back on the road.
examine these options below - we'll cover the pros and cons of each and
provide an estimated cost range for each. With this
information, you'll be better equipped to deal with the situation and
hopefully save some money in the process.
OPTIONS are Available for Most Situations
1): Have Your Transmission Rebuilt (Also called Overhaul)
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
yourself, but for the purpose of this article, we will assume
you will not be doing the work yourself.
cost to have your transmission rebuilt can range range anywhere from
$1,250 to $3,500 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.
an automatic transmission involves removing the transmission from the
vehicle and then disassembling the entire unit. Each part is
cleaned and inspected for wear and damage. In reassembling
the transmission, all the worn and damaged parts are replaced along
with the parts included in a transmission rebuild kit. These
include friction clutches, steel clutch plates, bands, seals, gaskets
and filter. Technical service bulletins are checked to see if
the vehicle manufacturer has put out any modification recommendations
or updates for the transmission since the original unit was
built. Any such modifications or updates are also made as
part of a standard overhaul.
the rebuild is complete and the transmission coolant lines are flushed
out to insure no old fluid is introduced back into the newly rebuilt
transmission, the rebuilt unit is installed. Once installed,
the transmission is filled with between 9 and 12 quarts of automatic
transmission fluid (ATF) before being taken for a test drive.
Lastly, the fluid level is checked again along with a visual check for
any leaks. Once this is done � the job is complete.
will vary but a typical transmission repair shop can remove, rebuild
and re-install your transmission back in your vehicle in two to three
days. But, to be on the safe side, you should figure your
vehicle to be out of commission for up to one week for repair.
expect to be given a warranty of between two and three years, depending
on the shop or dealership doing the work.
costs of a transmission rebuild (and remanufactured replacement
averages) of the most popular models can be downloaded in this free
2): Purchasing a Remanufactured Transmission
people choose to purchase a remanufactured transmission instead of
having their unit rebuilt. Here is how this works: You
purchase a remanufactured transmission and the pay a mechanic or repair
shop to remove your failed transmission and install the remanufactured
unit. Remanufactured units can be purchased from a number of
different suppliers, some in your local area as well as
online. You can find the supplier and purchase the
transmission yourself or the transmission repair shop can do this for
you. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, some repair
shops may already have a remanufactured unit available for your vehicle.
respect to cost, more often than not, going the remanufactured route
will cost more than having your transmission rebuilt. The
only time this is not true is when the failed transmission has suffered
extensive internal damage, which would cause the rebuild price to
exceed the cost of a remanufactured unit. Unfortunately, in
many instances, the extent of any internal transmission damage can only
be determined once the transmission is disassembled.
is a short list of things to consider in deciding whether to have your
transmission rebuilt versus purchasing a remanufactured unit.
Time: The typical vehicle down time for a
rebuild can range from 3 to 5 days. The downtime for
purchasing a remanufactured transmission and having it installed can be
just as quick when a remanufactured unit is readily
available. If a unit needs to be ordered and delivered to the
repair shop that is doing the work, the down time can be a week or
longer. Either way, it is important to get a completion date
from the repair shop before authorizing the work.
Cost: Purchasing a remanufactured
transmission and having it installed is almost always more costly than
having your unit rebuilt. Normally, the only time this is not
true is when the failed transmission has extensive internal damage
causing the rebuild cost to exceed the cost of a remanufactured unit.
Quality: Remanufactured automatic
transmissions are normally built in large modern facilities and under
very tight controls. Thus, quality is quite good and very
consistent. People who purchase remanufactured automatic
transmissions are typically very satisfied with their purchase.
the above, some people prefer to keep their vehicle and all its
original parts intact. For these people, rebuilding the
original transmission is a better choice. Use the button below to get
an estimate via e-mail for a replacement remanufactured transmission:
an Estimate online
3): Purchase a Used Transmission
a used automatic transmission is the least costly option of the
three. As a result, the number of people choosing this option
has increased considerably in recent years considering the poor
economic conditions. When money is tight, the demand for good
quality used automatic transmissions increases. The higher
demand has pushed prices a little higher than they were prior to the
economic downturn. Nonetheless, some good bargains can still
automatic transmissions usually come with a replacement warranty of
between 90-days and one-year. Some used automatic
transmission suppliers charge more for units with one-year
warranties. A 10% premium for extended warranty transmissions
is typical. In most instances, if a transmission has a
serious internal problem, the symptoms will show up shortly, if not
immediately, after installation. Thus, a 90-day
warranty is normally long enough for a pre-existing problem to surface
within the warranty period.
important things to remember when purchasing a used automatic
transmission are: purchase from a reputable supplier, get a copy of the
warranty in writing and follow the installation guidelines or else you
may void the warranty altogether.
Driving a vehicle with the check engine light illuminated or a blinking
transmission gear indicator light can cause additional problems and
lead to more expensive repairs. Therefore, it is advisable to
have a check engine light or transmission light such matters checked
out at your earliest opportunity in order to avoid further damage and