How Long Does it Take To Build a Transmission?

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Transmission problems can be frustrating; they are usually not something you can ignore and keep driving. When you require a transmission repair, you need it as quickly as possible so you can get your transportation back and get your life back to normal, but there are many factors that can affect how long a transmission build will take.

Your Place in Line

As nice as it would be to jump to the head of the line, often there are other customers whose vehicles were brought in before yours. The transmission repair shop is obligated to work on a first-come, first-served basis, unless they offer an expedited service fee. This is something neither you nor the shop can control, but you should expect the shop to be able to give you an estimate on where you are in line and how long it should take to get to your vehicle.

Type of Rebuild

The type of repair being done to your transmission can greatly impact the amount of time it takes before your vehicle is drivable again. If your transmission repair is only a partial rebuild, it may only take an hour or two, while a rebuild from the ground up is obviously going to be more labor intensive. Talk to your transmission tech about how long the labor itself will take on your vehicle in order to get a better idea of what time estimate you might be looking at.

Parts

Another important aspect to keep in mind when considering the time it will take to rebuild a transmission are the parts. Some parts are so common that the transmission shop may have them on hand, while others may need to be purchased from a local auto parts dealer. Others may need to come from farther afield, either ordered online or through a certain transmission parts dealer your shop works with. The parts that can really hold up progress are the ones that are rare or discontinued. If your transmission is older, or there were not very many produced, your shop may have a hard time finding the parts, and even the tools, they may need. The parts may be on backorder, or may be halfway around the world, so time for shipping has to be factored in. This can add days or in some cases a week or more to the time it will take for your transmission rebuild.

Communication

This factor may seem trivial, but if you are unable to communicate easily with your transmission repair shop, that can greatly extend the time it takes for them to rebuild your transmission. If they run into a problem and cannot reach you to get your opinion or permission on how to proceed, that can add much more time to your repair than you might think. If they call and leave a message, and you call them back an hour or two later, they cannot just sit there for that hour or two waiting for your reply; instead, they are likely to start working on another customer’s transmission, which means now you are behind that customer in line, and have added more time to the wait for your repair. Make sure your Charlotte, NC transmission repair shop has a working number for you, preferably a number that you can answer even if you happen to be at work or away from home.

 

Top Five Signs You Have Transmission Problems

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If you believe that your vehicle has transmission problems, then it is imperative that you do something about it. Especially because transmission problems can be extremely costly, you need to be sure that your transmission is working at its absolute best at all times. Thus, you need to keep in mind certain warning signs for your transmission. The moment you identify transmission problems, you need to get them checked out immediately. Below are a few of the most common warning signs of transmission problems.

Slipping gears

Have you noticed that when you are driving down the highway that your vehicle feels as if it is having difficulties shifting into a gear? If so, then you certainly have a problem with your transmission. Whether you notice that your transmission is falling out of a gear when driving, shifts to different gears for no reasons, or even jerks when the gear is shifted, this is definitely a warning that you need to take your transmission into your local auto repair shop for repairs.

Shifting feels difficult

If your vehicle is having a difficult time shifting into a gear – especially if you notice that it is grinding when shifting – then you need to get it checked out. On manual transmissions, this will sounding like a grinding sound, while on automatic transmissions, this will cause the automobile to shake. The problem could be that the clutch is simply worn, or the issue could be more dire (such as a transmission failure). In any case, get it checked out immediately!

Strange noises

One of the biggest warning signs of transmission problems is when the vehicle begins to make strange noises from within. If you hear buzzing, whining, or clunking noises that sound strange, get it checked out. Especially if the noise persists while the car is in neutral, it is vital that you have this checked immediately in order to avoid catastrophe. Not only are the noises annoying, but if ignored, the consequences could be expensive, dire, and time consuming (and nobody wants that).

Cloudy transmission fluid

Notice a burnt smell combined with cloudy transmission fluid? Then you may have transmission problems on your hands. Transmission fluid is supposed to have a bright, red tint to it combined with a sweet smell. If it appears dark and smells burnt, your transmission is trying to tell you that it needs serviced. Obey its request and take it to a trusted auto repair professional and save yourself some trouble that could have been easily avoided if you had been proactive.

Transmission fluid leaks

Speaking of the tint of transmission fluid, if you spot bright red fluid underneath your automobile, it means that you have a transmission fluid leak that needs to be checked immediately. While a leak does not mean that your transmission is necessarily failing, if you ignore it, this will definitely lead to damage down the road. Be proactive: get it checked immediately, and save yourself the grief later.

Tips for Maintaining Your Transmission All Year

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One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle is to regularly maintain the transmission. This is crucial in that it allows you to make certain that your automobile is running properly at all times. Moreover, transmission repairs can be very costly, so it is in your best interest to maintain your transmission all year long to ensure that it is running optimally no matter the time or place. Below are a few of the best tips for maintaining your transmission.

Regularly check fluid levels

Be sure to also change your fluids every 15,000 miles (or annually). Proper fluid levels are one of the most important aspects of maintaining not only your transmission, but your automobile as well. Especially since you probably operate a vehicle with an automatic transmission, the fluid in the transmission will operate clutches, will give your transmission lubrication as well as cooling, and will even drive the vehicle. Thus, it’s pretty safe to say that your fluid levels are indeed the lifeblood of your vehicle; so check it often to avoid costly transmission repairs.

Checking the fluid levels is also quite simple. Nearly every transmission contains a dipstick for checking fluid levels, making this task simple and taking only a few moments.

Transmission problem? Get it checked immediately

If you notice a small problem with your transmission, it’s time to get a transmission repair immediately. The problem could be something small and simple, but you need to treat it like it’s a life-threatening problem for your vehicle. The reason is simple: ignoring small problems with your transmission now will result in bigger, more expensive problems later almost every single time. Check often, save yourself the headache later.

Service the transmission consistently

You need to also ensure that your transmission is serviced regularly. Because transmission fluids wear out over time, you need to be on top of this and make certain that your fluids are optimal at all times. When transmission fluid wears out, the transmission will wear out shortly thereafter. Thus, you need to have it serviced at least once a year to prolong your vehicle.

Get an auxiliary cooler

One of the main culprits of transmission failure is due to heat. It’s easy for a transmission to get overheated, and if it operates around excessive heat for too long, this will cause it to begin malfunctioning. The best way to avoid this is to install an auxiliary cooler which will keep it at a consistent temperature.

Service your cooling system

Be sure to also have your cooling system serviced as well; especially because your cooling system also keeps the transmission fluid cool. Thus, a cooling system that is not working properly will assuredly spell disaster for your transmission, so it is essential that you ensure that it is serviced often and working at its best. Following all of our advice above, and you will prolong your transmission and vehicle considerably, ensuring it operates properly for years to come.

New Car or New Transmission?

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 It’s a question that has been debated by millions of drivers for decades: when is the right time to buy a new transmission on your old automobile, and when is the ideal time to purchase a new car? It isn’t an easy question to answer – especially if you are unsure as to whether a new transmission is going to end the repair woes on your automobile once and for all, or if you are going to have to continue spending money just to keep it driving. There are advantages to both sides of the argument, so let’s take a look at them so you can make an informed decision.

A new transmission = down payment

While it may seem as if purchasing a new car is the best approach to being able to drive without any interruptions, know this: while a new transmission is indeed very expensive (costing up to $7,000 in some instances), that’s merely a down payment on a brand-new vehicle. Depending on the type of car you want to purchase, you are going to be spending likely tens of thousands of dollars more than that brand-new transmission. If a new transmission is the only thing that is wrong with your car, make the economical decision and buy a new transmission.

New transmission, no insurance/registration fees

If you opt to buy a new car instead of a new transmission, you will also have to spend a substantial amount of money on insurance and registration fees. These can get very pricey – and in some cases, it may cost the same amount as that new transmission! Plus, you have to stand in line at your local Department of Motor Vehicles, find the proper paperwork, and deal with all of the red tape that comes with registering and insuring a new automobile. To many, that in itself will entice them to buy the new transmission instead!

New car, no future breakdowns (for now)

Alternatively, if you have found that your automobile has been breaking down often, you may be finding yourself in a situation in which buying a new car is ultimately the more economical option. Certainly, a new transmission is one of the most costly repairs for an automobile, but what happens if the rest of your car’s components are falling apart? Next you may have to replace the brakes, obtain new tires, etc. That adds up in cost, so if this describes your situation, consider buying a new vehicle.

New cars are safer

Especially if you have a family, a safe vehicle is of the upmost importance. If your automobile is constantly in the shop, it is likely an older model and thus, there are safer vehicle options out there. If safety is a priority, you might as well buy a new car.

You simply want a new car

Sometimes, you just want a new car! If you are embarrassed about driving your current automobile, no amount of repairs is going to take this feeling away. Cut your losses, trade your automobile in, and trade up to a new automobile!

What Makes a Transmission Leak Fluid?

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Transmission leaks are nothing to take lightly. Not only can they be hazardous to your automobile, but they can also cause excessive damage to the environment. One puddle of transmission fluid could be swept into residential drain pipes due to rainfall – which creates an entirely different set of problems. Make the smart decision and get your transmission leak fixed as soon as you notice it. For now, let’s take a look at what causes a transmission to leak fluid.

Seals are broken

When the seals of your transmission become exposed to violently high temperatures while your automobile is in operation, this will cause excessive wear on your transmission. These seals are made of rubber and sometimes metal, and because of this they can break down over time. All of this could cause the pan seal of your transmission to crack, and if this does indeed occur, fluid will leak out. It may sound like a lot of things need to happen in order for the fluid to leak out of your transmission in this manner, but it’s much more common than you may think.

Fluid line is cracked

Your transmission’s fluid always travels through a line (appropriately called a fluid line) that is usually fairly durable (fluid lines are typically made out of aluminum or steel). However, if debris and/or heat affects the fluid line over a long period of time, this can cause the fluid line to erode like anything else. This can cause breaking and cracking to the fluid line, thus causing you have transmission leak fluids.

Torque is leaky

Your torque pump can also cause your transmission to leak fluid. Because your torque pump sends transmission fluid throughout your vehicle’s entire system, one sole crack anywhere on the torque pump can be the culprit of a transmission fluid leak. If this happens to you, you need to get it repaired immediately!

Transmission was installed incorrectly

One of the most obvious reasons for a transmission fluid leak is also one of the most common. Sometimes, ‘professionals’ do not install transmission pans properly into the automobile, thus causing the vehicle to leak fluid. If this happens to you, first take it back to the shop where it was installed and have them to repair the pan properly (and they should do it for free). From there, it would be wise to have it inspected by another trusted auto repair professional that can tell you if the transmission pan is indeed installed properly.

A leak in your transmission fluid is nothing to take lightly. It can have dire consequences on your automobile (and the environment as a whole), so be sure that if you notice a leak in your transmission fluid to get it inspected right away. The repair usually is never that expensive and doesn’t take long to complete, so there truly is no excuse for ignoring the problem and waiting until it grows more serious. Do your vehicle, the environment, and yourself a favor and get it fixed as soon as possible!

What’s Involved in a Transmission Rebuild?

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If you’re having issues with the transmission on your car or truck, you may need to visit a mechanic that specializes in transmission repair in Charlotte NC. These skilled professionals know how to take a transmission apart and put it back together, ensuring that your car will run as well as it did when it was new. They’ll return it to you in great condition, ready to take you anywhere you need to go.

A professional mechanic skilled in transmission rebuilds will do the following:

Disassemble Existing Transmission

A professional mechanic will take your vehicle’s entire transmission apart, evaluating each part for damage. This operation requires precision and skill, and is often not something that can be completed in a home garage or by an amateur mechanic. The transmission is an essential part of the vehicle and must be disassembled carefully, so that it can be rebuilt properly in the future. If done correctly, however, a transmission rebuild provides you with a transmission that’s as good as new and will last for years to come.

Find and Replace Damaged Parts

After disassembling the entire transmission, the mechanic will find the parts that are damaged and causing your transmission not to work correctly. This process requires specialized training and skill, education, and a bit of trial and error. Once a damaged or broken part is found, the mechanic replaces it. This process is repeated until the entire transmission is operating correctly. Rebuilding a transmission can be a finicky process, but a skilled mechanic can take care of it in just a few days so that your car is running well again.

Replace Worn Parts

The mechanic will also evaluate any replaceable or softer parts of the transmission for wear and tear. Over time, some parts of a transmission wear down, and this can make it show its age and not work correctly. A talented mechanic can examine these parts for wear, replacing them before they fail. This allows them to return your transmission to a like new state, so that you don’t have to worry about one of these parts wearing out in the future. You’re left with a transmission that’s as good as new, instead of a transmission that’s only had one broken piece replaced.

Reassemble Entire Transmission

After finding the parts of the transmission that are either broken or prone to wear, the mechanic will reassemble the entire transmission in the correct order. They’ll then test each moving part to make sure that the transmission is working correctly. The entire process, from beginning to end, will take several days, but you’ll wind up with a transmission that’s comparable to that found in a new vehicle. Once you’ve had the transmission in your car or truck rebuilt, you shouldn’t have to worry about the transmission for the life of the vehicle.

When you need a transmission rebuild, look for a specialist that you can trust. A local mechanic with experience working on transmissions can help you completely rebuild your transmission so that your car is in like new condition.

New or Rebuilt Transmission: What’s Better?

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If your transmission is on the fritz, you’re probably quite worried about how much it will cost to fix it. Luckily, you don’t have to have all new parts to get your car running again. Instead, a skilled mechanic can rebuild your transmission and get you back on the road in just a few days.

Let’s examine several reasons to consider using a rebuilt transmission:

Rebuilt is as Good as New

If the transmission has gone out on your vehicle, it’s tempting to insist on a new transmission. Many people assume that new means better. However, when you’re talking about transmissions, rebuilt is as good as new. In some cases, it may be even better. When you take your vehicle in for a transmission rebuild, you get to keep the original parts of your transmission that are working correctly. A skilled mechanic takes the transmission apart, fixes the pieces that are broken, and replaces the soft parts that are prone to wear. You wind up with a like new transmission, composed of the original parts of your vehicle.

Many New Transmissions are Actually Rebuilt

In many cases, when a body shop purchases a “new” transmission, they’re actually purchasing one that has been professionally refurbished. The original metal parts are still in excellent condition, and the softer parts and the damaged parts are replace with new ones. This means that even if you purchase a new transmission, you may be receiving a transmission that’s been rebuilt by the dealership, then sold to your mechanic.

A Transmission Rebuild is Cost Effective

When the transmission goes out on a vehicle, the first thing the owner wonders is how much it’s going to cost to repair. While it’s never cheap to completely refurbish a transmission, you’ll end up paying far less if you opt for a rebuild instead of seeking out new parts unnecessarily. A skilled mechanic can rebuild the entire transmission in just a few days, replacing all necessary parts. Many times, you can have a transmission rebuilt for far less, and in far less time, than having it replaced with a new unit.

Original Transmission Parts May Fit Your Car Best

While it’s common for vehicle owners to insist on all new parts for their transmission repair, in many situations, the original transmission is the best fit. Instead of trying to fit new parts into an older vehicle, the mechanic can work with the original metal parts, while replacing anything that corrodes or weakens over time. When a mechanic rebuilds a transmission, they replace any parts that are prone to wear and tear. This provides the user with a like new transmission, for a fraction of the cost of a brand new transmission. The original transmission fits best, and using it also offers the driver the best possible price on repairs.

When you need your car repaired quickly, by a skilled mechanic, you’ll need to contact a business that specializes in transmission repair Charlotte NC. A talented mechanic can have you back on the road in just a few days, at a price you can afford.

The Purpose of the Car’s Transmission

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There are lots of different parts inside the car that, when connected together, allow the car to run and operate smoothly and efficiently. The car transmission is an essential part, the heart of the car. The transmission is connected to the car engine and it ensures that the wheels and the engine are in a perfect synchronization with each other.

The car transmission has numerous different functions. Without transmission, engine power cannot be transferred in the wheels, and the car could not operate. A big level of precision is required for this power transfer, as different car engines operate by different optimal ranges of revolutions per minute. The transmission has a beneficial purpose to keep everything in proper balance in the car.

Additionally, the car transmission has many other helpful purposes. In order for the transmission to work properly, its different small parts must be interconnected and operated together. The sensors which are found inside of the transmission are monitoring and recording everything, starting from the pedal position, the load of the engine to the vehicle speed. Sensors monitor everything in order for the gear shifting process to run properly. In some occasions, some of the advanced transmission computers are even allowing the possibility for an instant switch between manual and automatic control of the car transmission.

The design and the location of the transmission may be different in different cars, depending on the wheel drives. Some cars have four-wheel drive, and some cars have front or rear-wheel drive. For example, cars with front-wheel drive have a transmission called transaxle, which is connected around the engine on the driver`s side and is attached directly to the front axle. The transmission in cars with rear-wheel drive extends from the back side of the engine in direction towards the rear wheels. It connects to the shaft that is attached to the rear axle.

Beside the transmission sensors, the transmission gear set is also a very important part of the transmission. The gear set allows the gears to shift reverse and forward. Shifting gears in cars with manual transmission is allowed by the gear system in a configuration with the output and input shafts. The main part of this gear set is the wide gear ring inside, which is consisted of four smaller gears.

The torque converter is a transmission part which allows the engine to keep working even when the car is not moving. The torque converter consists of three important parts – the turbine, the stator, and the pump.

When the engine is engaged into work, the transmission fluid gets transferred from the pump over the turbine and then inside the stator. If the power of the fluid which enters the turbine slows down, then the stator gets locked until the turbine speed rises up again.

As you can see, the car transmission can be operated in lots of different ways for many different purposes. The car transmission plays a vital role inside the cars, so every car owner must pay a lot of attention to it and provide proper maintenance.

What You Should Know About The Transmission Rebuild Process

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The transmission rebuild process can be described as a process of replacing the worn out parts of the transmission system in the vehicles. This process requires lots of work and it can take some time before it gets done properly. Your Charlotte mechanics must take out and disassemble the transmission in order to check it out for problems and replace all the bad parts which cause those problems. The transmission system is composed of lots of different parts which are interconnected. Due to heavy usage and wear over time, these old and used parts need to be replaced with new parts.

However, there are a couple of things that should be done before the process of rebuilding of transmission takes place. The first important thing is to check and change the transmission fluid in a car with manual transmission. This is a very common problem in the automobiles that can cause a breakdown in the transmission. Dirty and old transmission fluid can cause the shifting of gears to be harder and stickier, and that is a first warning sign that something is wrong. The second thing is to check the computer system of the vehicles that have automatic transmission. The harder shifting in these vehicles and the slipping of the transmission can be caused by the computer that controls the automatic shifting. In these cases, the computer sensor should be replaced with a new one.

Full replacement of vehicle`s transmission is one of the most expensive processes that can be performed on a car. However, good thing is that if there are no major issues or problems then the transmission rebuild can cost lot less. That is why the transmission rebuild is so popular, because replacing the parts that are not working properly makes more sense than changing the entire system.

The main goal and purpose behind the transmission rebuild process is to change the transmission unit in order to work more efficiently, without the need to change every single individual part inside. In return, this will prolong the car`s life and will keep it running smooth and as good as possible.

The biggest benefit for choosing to rebuild the transmission instead of replacing the whole system is that it will save you lots of money. It is cheaper to rebuild than to buy and install a new transmission system, because the replacement of the whole system might cost like if you were buying a new engine. This way you will cut your costs in half.

The time period required for rebuilding the transmission system is usually shorter than to completely replace the system. It takes a few days for this to be performed, and it takes much longer for a complete change. This is because of the fact that it takes a long time to locate and buy such a big car part and it also depends from the car model. Not to mention than from the moment of order to the shipment and installment might even take a few weeks.