The transmission delivers power over the drive wheels. In addition, it also automatically provides the best power and speed during the drive. This is the moment when the oil cools and lubricates the gears in the gearbox. Over time, the oil loses its gradation and the quality of lubrication is reduced. Changing the oil in the transmission elements can prevent premature wear and damage to the transmission. Experts suggest complete replacement of transmission oil on every 25.000 miles in order to secure flawless performance of the transmission in any vehicle. Sometimes people forget to change the oil or the vehicle is damaged by an external force. In these cases visiting an auto repair shop is a must. Vehicle owners have two options – transmission repair or transmission rebuild. Now let’s see what the difference between these two procedures is.
Transmission repair is the fastest solution for this problem. In this procedure the mechanic is locating the parts that need to be replaced and they replace them. This means that only the parts which are visible damaged are replaced in order to make the vehicle operational. It is good to point out that there are some cases when transmission repair is not an option (cases when the damage is too big). It is also good to mention that transmission repair is the most commonly practiced procedure in cases of transmission failure. As we have mentioned before this repair will help drivers use their vehicles again in the fastest possible way. In most cases this is also the most cost affordable solution because only certain transmission parts are replaced. However, transmission repair comes with some downsides too. First of all, the repair can cost much more if it turns out that the problem is bigger. In these cases it might be a good idea to consider a transmission rebuild as an alternative because the client will get a warranty only for the replaced parts unlike transmission repair. Furthermore, if there is a problem with some other part in the transmission system you risk damaging all the new parts too. This means that you won’t get a replacement for free because the cause of the damage was another part that was not replaced. In most case the age of the vehicle (the miles spent on the road) and the type of the failure in the system will be enough to determine whether you will need a repair or rebuild.
Transmission rebuild is another option in cases of transmission failure and although different auto repair shops have different definitions for this procedure it usually includes – disassembling and cleaning of all parts in this system, replacement of friction lined components, replacement of gaskets, seals and metal sealing rings, adding new or rebuilt torque converter and replacement or testing of the electrical solenoids. Although transmission rebuild usually costs more than a simple repair, this option can be good for those who have older vehicles and those who want to be sure that they won’t have problems with their transmission in the near future.