When you go to get your transmission fixed, you will be told whether or not your transmission needs to be repaired, rebuilt or replaced. In some cases, you have a choice. If you have a choice to rebuild your transmission rather than repair or replace it, then here are ten quick tips regarding your choice of a rebuilt transmission.
- It is More Expensive
Regardless of what price range you are going for, the fact of the matter is that a transmission rebuild is more expensive than a transmission repair. However, a rebuild is much less expensive than a transmission replacement, so weight your options wisely against your budget.
- Your Transmission Will Probably Last Longer
A transmission rebuild is designed to rebuild your transmission with new and old parts from the ground up. Due to this fact, your transmission will most likely live to be older than its repaired brothers.
- Be Prepared to Wait
Sometimes it takes a while for parts to be ordered. Unless your mechanic has the parts readily available and at his disposable, then chances are that you might have to wait up to the two or three weeks in order for your transmission rebuild to be finished. In some cases, it could even take a month. Be prepared to go without your car for that amount of time.
- Transmission Rebuild vs. Transmission Repair
With a transmission repair, you are just replaced old parts with new ones. With a transmission rebuild, you are rebuilding the transmission with older and newer parts. Think about this carefully before making your final decision.
- It is Worth it
It is definitely worth it to rebuild your transmission rather than replace it entirely because in some cases, a new transmission can cost more than what your car is worth. In that case, you would just junk the car and buy a new or used one. A transmission rebuild most likely will not come anywhere close to the value of your car.
- Sometimes Transmissions Are Not Rebuild-able
In this case, you would have to get your transmission replaced entirely. Even if a mechanic tells you that a transmission rebuild is the best course of action, there might be some problems with the transmission that were not picked up on the computer. These problems could cause the transmission to be gone for good. Be prepared for this.
- Cleanliness is Important
If there is any dirt or dust inside of your transmission, then there could be some serious problems. Look around the mechanic’s shop and make sure that things look rather well put together and cleanly.
- Automatic Transmissions Are Complex
Due to the fact that automatic transmissions have many parts to them, rebuilding them can be quite difficult. If you do not know how to rebuild a transmission, then you should probably not be learning how to do it for the first time with no replacement car.
- If You Don’t Have the Money
If you do not have the money for a transmission rebuild, then go with a temporary repair if possible. If you can’t do that, then see if your mechanic will set up a payment plan for you or strike you a deal.
- Don’t Stress
Mechanics are mechanics for a reason, so do not stress about your choice to get your transmission rebuilt. Chances are that it will come back to you in tip-top shape. If not, then you can file a claim against the business that botched the rebuild. Good luck!