Whether you need a transmission to replace your current one or you’re building a car with separate parts, we’ve got you covered. You can either choose a used transmission or a re-manufactured transmission for your transmission repair.
A used transmission is one that is removed from — you guessed it — a used car. The advantage of a used transmission is that it’s often the cheaper option although you won’t know what condition the used transmission will be in. So while a used transmission is cheaper, it also carries more risk with it. That’s why you should only purchase a used transmission from a trusted auto parts dealer or auto-recycler.
A re-manufactured transmission however is rebuilt in-factory, where all hard parts are replaced and all soft parts (gaskets, seals, bushings, clutches, bands) are changed. Don’t be afraid to do some research before purchasing a transmission for sale either as it could mean the difference between receiving a shoddy one and a high quality one. Continue Reading
There are a number of great websites online that offers help for all the automotive dullards with car troubles out there but here are our top picks for the best auto repair help websites. All of our picks either help with installation of parts, how-to’s, Q&A, diagnosis, advice, articles, or other resources along those lines. Our list includes sites like AutoMD, RepairPal, 10w40, 1A Auto, 2CarPros, AutoZone, OBD-Codes, and About Autos. So, if you are experiencing any car troubles right now you can stop by any one of these sites for more information on what should be the next step for you. (Don’t forget to vote for your favorite auto repair help website as well; it only takes two clicks!) Continue Reading
There are two main types of transmissions; there’s the manual transmission and then there’s the automatic transmission. As their names suggests, the manual transmission is manually operated while the automatic transmission is automatic. Hooray for deductive reasoning, amiright? If you want to know how a transmission works, read it here. But otherwise, what are the major differences between the two? We’ll explain everything you need to know about the different types of transmissions here. Continue Reading
While manual transmissions make use of the clutch to change gears, automatic transmissions rely on a complicated hydraulic system for shifting, and the transmission solenoid is especially important for this process. Transmission fluid is directed throughout the valve body by various transmission solenoids–such as the transmission shift solenoid, lockup solenoid, or transmission control solenoid (there’s also a torque converter clutch solenoid)–that either open or close hydraulic valves to regulate fluid flow. Speed sensors around the engine are responsible for activating the solenoids.
As you can guess, the transmission solenoid is a required component of a functioning transmission, and any solenoid that starts malfunctioning only spells trouble. So today we’ll explain its function, common problems that can occur, and everything you need to know about replacement here. Continue Reading
As we’ve explained before, transmission overheating creates the majority of problems in a transmission. The ideal temperature for a transmission rests under 170 degrees, and every 20 degree increase in fluid temperature can cut the lifespan of your transmission by up to half! So what factors contribute to an overheating transmission? Let’s see. Lots of heavy towing, stop and go traffic, hot climates, and your vehicle’s type and size are just a few. And while your car’s radiator helps to cool the transmission, it’s also tasked with cooling the engine as well. An overworked radiator is common when either the engine or transmission has trouble cooling down.
If your transmission overheats often, you should consider adding a dedicated external automatic transmission cooler, or transmission oil cooler to some, to help your transmission work more efficiently. So today, we’ll be explaining everything you need to know about the transmission cooler, including how it works, the different types, how coolers are rated, and tips on installing one. Continue Reading
First of all, let’s make one thing clear. Neither option is going to be cheap. Apart from a complete rebuild, transmission repair and transmission replacement costs can run pretty steep, so don’t be surprised by the quotes some repair shops give you. You’re looking at a minimum of $1000 either way you choose, and prices will only go up from there. Transmission repair means that the current transmission you are driving will be diagnosed and fixed, while a transmission replacement means that the old transmission will be swapped out for a refurbished or re-manufactured transmission. But the question is, which option is better? Sometimes transmission repair will give you more trouble than replacement, and in cases like these replacement would be the better choice. Continue Reading
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, whatever it takes to get you to remember. Transmission repair might be your worst nightmare but it’s transmission overheating that’s your worst enemy. Most transmission problems start because of excessive overheating, so it’s your job to make sure that doesn’t happen. The reason for most cases of overheating includes low fluid levels, leaks, burnt or ineffective fluid, and problems with the solenoid. Other factors include heavy towing, lots of stop and go traffic, hot climate, and your vehicle’s size. Be sure to keep an eye out for any of these problems, prevent them before they happen and you’ll have a transmission that will last you a long time. Continue Reading
Hopefully you already know whether you’re driving a manual or automatic transmission, but you will also need to know the type of transmission you have in order for the proper repairs to be done. Some makes can have several different models depending on engine size, so it’s up to you to know which one you have. If you’re also looking to rebuild your transmission, it’s important to know what parts you will need for your specific transmission. So if you ever yourself “What transmission do I have?”, we’ll explain how to find that out here. Continue Reading
Transmission repair is anything but cheap, and when you decide to take your car to a repair shop, you better make sure you pick a reliable shop that suits your budget. When transmission repair costs can range anywhere from $1000 to $4000, you don’t want to pay for a slipshod service and end up with a transmission that will only develop problems again. A poorly done repair can end up costing you more in the end, which is why you shouldn’t choose the cheap option all the time. You don’t want to overpay either, so an honest, high quality, friendly transmission repair shop is what you want. There are a few things you can look for in a shop before you decide to bring your car in for repairs. Continue Reading
When you start having problems with your car, we know what you’re thinking. How much is this going to cost? What is wrong with this damn car? How long is it going to take to get my car working again? We know taking your car to the repair shop is the last thing you want to do, and you might even consider doing the repairs yourself if you can manage. But when is it a good idea to leave repairs to the shops? Not all problems are easily solvable, and that can put you in a difficult situation. We suggest leaving repairs to the professionals if the problem is complicated, expensive tools are needed, you need your car working as soon as possible, or you risk losing your warranty or it covers the bill. Continue Reading