Transmission Repair vs. Transmission Rebuild
What is the difference, and which is best for your vehicle?
Transmission repair or transmission rebuild? Many factors play into this decision such as the type, age, mileage, and condition of your vehicle, as well as the specific problems you are experiencing. The best way to decide is to have an Auto Service Experts specialist perform a complete transmission inspection and give you a full report of the overall condition, as well as the condition of specific internal components. We can then discuss the best options with you, and help you make the right repair decisions for your vehicle. Just ask about Auto Service Experts FREE transmission checks and multilevel diagnostic services!
Automatic Transmission Rebuild on 2007 Mazda 3 by ASE Certified Transmission Specialists
Regardless of whether your vehicle is in need of minor repair, or a complete custom rebuild, it is extremely important to choose the right shop. Our latest blog article discusses the question "How should I determine which is the best transmission shop in my local area?" including tips on how to evaluate a mechanic or repair facility.
Rebuilt, Remanufactured, or Overhauled Transmissions
Rebuilt Transmissions are removed from the vehicle and completely custom rebuilt by a certified transmission specialist. A rebuild is also commonly referred to as an overhaul, or a reconditioned or refurbished transmission. The term "remanufactured" means essentially the same thing, except that it is rebuilt in a factory rather than a repair shop. Rebuilding is much less costly than new transmission replacement and provides "like new" performance.
Auto Service Experts technicians completely disassemble, thoroughly inspect and clean the transmission, and remove and replace all damaged or worn hard parts. All soft parts including seals, gaskets, bands and clutches are also replaced before the unit is reassembled and reinstalled. More durable components such as the drums, gears, casings and converters typically just need to be cleaned rather than replaced.
We guarantee our rebuilt transmissions to meet or exceed factory OEM standards, and back our work with the best auto repair warranty available in San Antonio.
Transmission Soft Parts – clutch components, gaskets, valves, O-rings, seals, bands, and filters. These parts experience a lot of wear and tear and are all replaced during a rebuild.
Transmission Hard Parts – converters, pumps, shafts, drums, gears, and casing. These parts are more durable and do not have to be replaced as often.
Certified Used Transmission Replacement
In transmission repair, rather than disassembling and rebuilding it completely, only a minimal portion of the transmission is fixed or replaced. Fixing a leak, or replacing a single broken component would be examples of times when a partial repair may be more cost effective or preferable to a complete transmission overhaul.
However, components wear out at different times, and replacing or fixing only certain ones does not guarantee that other components will not fail. When considering repair vs. rebuilding, we take into account the overall condition of your transmission which is affected by several factors including maintenance and the degree to which the recommended service and fluid change schedule have been followed.