What to Expect When Having a Transmission Rebuilt


Transmissions allow you to easily shift a vehicle into drive, park or reverse when it is working properly. Low fluid levels or even a bad solenoid cause problems that can be handled without the need to tear down the entire transmission. However, internal problems more serious than these can also occur, bringing about the need to have the transmission rebuilt.


  • Many transmission shops refuse to do transmission rebuilding jobs. By replacing transmissions instead of rebuilding them, shops can earn more profits for themselves. Because of this, you may need to do a thorough search before you can find a shop willing to rebuild your transmission.


  • A good way to estimate what it will cost you to have your transmission rebuilt is by taking the cost of what the transmission would cost new and splitting that in half. For example, if your transmission cost $2,000 new, you can expect to pay about $1,000 to have it rebuilt.


  • The labor performed with rebuilding a transmission starts with a total disassembling of the transmission. Each part is then carefully inspected to see whether cleaning is needed or total replacement of the part. Some parts are often replaced regardless of their condition, such as the torque converter.

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