When it comes to systems in your car, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more important one than your transmission. Your transmission works every minute you’re on the road, transforming the power generated by your engine into movement. Each mile and each shift causes a bit more wear-and-tear, and that takes a toll. After years of hard work, eventually your transmission will wear out and fail. And your vehicle will no longer work without a complete transmission replacement or rebuild.
There are a number of different signs to look for if you suspect trouble is brewing with the transmission: Unusual sounds, even when you’re in neutral. Refusing to go into gear, or slipping out of it. Maybe you’ve detected the smell of burning fluid? If so, there’s likely a leak somewhere allowing fluid to spill out onto the engine or other hot areas of the truck. Unless you know what transmission fluid smells like, have a mechanic take a look.
Of course, not every problem you encounter with your transmission signals the time for an overhaul. When your vehicle isn’t shifting smoothly, for example, the fix may be as simple as sealing a leak and adding more fluid. But only a trained mechanic will know for sure. That’s because diagnosing a problem in a transmission isn’t easy to do.
There are many rotors, gears, pumps, bands, and other parts in a transmission. When all these parts are working together properly, a smooth transition from one gear to another can take place. However, if even one reacts to wear or breaks, all the others are unable to function. So any number of issues could be responsible for your plight.
That’s why, if you own a car, it’s important that your establish a relationship with a good car repair mechanic – like my local go-to pro at Aarrow Transmission. Make sure you have a mechanic you can trust, and make sure to rely on his or her experience and knowledge when necessary. A great time to do that is when you’re considering what to do if a simple fix isn’t enough – particularly if it may be time for a transmission rebuild or replacement.
Transmission rebuilds offer a number of benefits over replacements. The one that makes most people happy is the fact that rebuilds are more cost effective than replacements. Simply put: It just costs less to have some of the parts replaced rather than replacing the entire thing. Another thing to consider is that the parts that are replaced are often of higher quality than the original parts or the parts in a replacement.
Another benefit to a rebuild is the reduced time your vehicle will spend at the shop. Replacement transmissions must be ordered, and it typically takes a week or longer for delivery of a new one. On top of that, you still have to wait for the installation. With a rebuild, only damaged or severely worn parts are replaced; many of these parts are liable to be in stock. This reduces the cost substantially, and you’ll get your vehicle back more quickly.
With the help of a quality mechanic, and a little luck, you’ll be able to count on your rebuilt transmission to last for a long time to come. The key is to find that trustworthy mechanic before you need to count on him to decide the fate of your transmission and the well-being of your car.