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Transmission Repairs - Should You Do It Yourself?

Transmission Repairs - Should You Do It Yourself?

Transmission Repairs

When it comes to fixing transmissions, we all want to save as much time and money as we possibly can. On any sort of vehicle, this is one of the most complicated pieces of hardware, and, unfortunately, one of the most important as well. Without a good transmission under your vehicle, you won’t be driving anywhere, so repairs would need to be done as soon as possible. However, all is not lost. If the issue at hand is simple enough, then it might just be possible to do everything in your very own garage, saving you potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars that you would give to a shop.

Advantages to Fixing it Yourself

The obvious advantage of working on your transmission by yourself at home is that, as mentioned earlier, it saves a large sum of finances and time as well. Paying automotive companies, especially those that specialize in specific fields, can sometimes run you a good few paychecks for the work that they provide. In addition to this, they have other projects that need to be accomplished besides your own. They are a business, after all, and have other customers that also require their services. Working on the transmission yourself means you can space out what you spend on what you need, choosing what works best for your financial situation and work on it exclusively, meaning no waiting around for your car’s turn to come up.

Working on your vehicle yourself also means you can choose what gets done and how it gets done as well. Many servicers often just use what parts they have themselves and charge you for it, which can be expensive if it is an important part, but with you working on the transmission, you choose the parts that are used. You can search the web and various parts dealers to find the best possible choice for your wallet that works with what is needed. These parts may also be upgraded to be the most reliable available, even more so than brand new factory pieces, allowing the transmission to run better than ever before, even when the car was brand new off the line.


Even if you are a novice when it comes to transmissions, there are still countless guides online to make even the most inexperienced a transmission guru. These guides can come with all kinds of step by step instructions, diagrams, and manuals on various methods such as disassembling, repairing, and reinstalling your transmission without ever needing to call a shop (or pay them) to help you. In addition to these guides and manuals, there is also the wonder of the Internet. Simply searching various articles and videos can give you all the information you need to potentially solve what is going on with your vehicle. What you may think is a failing transmission could very well just be one that is running low on fluid. It all comes down to finding what the problem you are experiencing is and the best course to approach for fixing it.

Advantages to Letting a Professional Handle It

Probably the biggest reason to have your transmission handled by a professional rather than doing it yourself at home is the tools that are available to use. Specialists often have certain tools that they use to do their work that are not open for just anyone to use. Some of these could potentially be found at an autoparts store, but for larger, more complex devices, that likely won’t be the case. There are pump pullers, linkage removal tools, and spring compressors, among others. There are also various testing methods that some transmission companies have to check the quality of the product that home transmission builders would not be able to access.

While it may be possible to work on a transmission from home, times are changing and with each year that passes, more and more advances are being made in countless fields, and the automotive world is not excluded. With newer, more technological cars comes better transmissions with additions such as computer chips and other systems that only automotive companies are able to work with. This requires you to take the vehicle into them to have the transmission serviced. This isn’t some kind of scare tactic to force you to come to them, it is simply the advancement of technology for the best efficiency in your vehicle.

Another important factor about having a professional work on your transmission is the fact that, if you do the work yourself, then there will be no warranty if something does not go the way you plan it to go. That means if something breaks, then you will have to do the work all over again, if it is even possible, meaning more time and more money will be lost, not to mention the original amount will have been wasted if you did not get what you paid for out of the product. Usually, professional dealers offer anywhere between a one year and three year warranty, meaning you could get thousands upon thousands of miles out of your vehicle before the warranty is up. While it is possible to work on a transmission and solve the problem yourself, and in some cases it is indeed easier to just take care of it at home and not take a day out of your schedule to have it sitting in a shop, there are times where you must admit you need help and take it over for a professional to do their job. In cases where repairs are much more extensive, it would be wise to consider getting a remanufactured transmission.

Why Go Remanufactured?

The first thing to be mentioned is that a remanufactured transmission is not the same as having a rebuilt transmission. While the two may be similar, the methods used for each certainly are exclusive to each other. Having a transmission rebuilt would only involve replacing parts that need replacing. Any other parts that are in good enough condition would be simply installed back in with little to no change done to improve them. On a remanufactured transmission, any sort of part that has undergone wear would be replaced, no matter how reliable they may still be, making sure that the whole of the transmission is up to par.

 One of the key features of having a transmission remanufactured is what is added during the process. Transmission companies, especially those that deal in the process of remanufacturing transmissions, often install upgrades on the parts that are the best on the market, making the product more durable and reliable on the road.  This might be better modifications of the body, a more dense or sometimes lighter material of the casing, or the machining of the internal workings. All of these can increase the lifespan of the transmission in your vehicle, making the process of having to replace it less of a chore.


Cost is another huge feature of remanufactured transmissions. Normally, a new replacement transmissions would run around anywhere between $4,000 to up to $8,000 for something brand new, but with remanufactured products, the cost would only be a fraction of that cost to your pocket.


While these methods of home repair may seem like a good idea to most, and in some cases can be, you are running a risk of actually making things worse than they already might be. It is true that working on a transmission from home can save you a bundle of cash, but, as mentioned earlier, the transmission is one of the most complicated pieces of a vehicle. Even with all the guides in the world to give you the information, there is still the matter of actually doing the job, which is where all the difficulty comes into play. The last thing you want to do is ruin your vehicle while trying to fix a leak.

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