Category: Transmission Repair

Torque Converter Problems: Signs, Causes, & Replacement

The torque converter is the part of your car that handles how much fluid is passed on to the automatic transmission and allows your engine to continue running while at a complete stop. This component is really important, and if it happens to malfunction it could potentially cause erratic behavior such as shuddering and slipping. The difficult thing is though, diagnosing the exact cause of torque converter problems is not easy. There are a ton of potential reasons that could be causing the malfunction, and your torque converter might not be to blame. So today, we will go over common torque converter problems and its causes.

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Transmission Rebuild & Overhaul Guide

So what’s the difference between a transmission rebuild and a transmission overhaul? Not much, other than they are the same thing. Mechanics will often use these two terms interchangeably, although you may also hear of re-manufactured or re-conditioned transmissions. All in all, they are referring to the same thing: a transmission rebuild. So what is it exactly? It basically refers to taking a transmission apart and building it again from the ground up, replacing the majority of parts in order to restore it to working order. We’ll explain everything in this guide.

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Transmission Repair Cost

Transmission repair is not going to be a cheap fix, and it can cost thousands of dollars depending on how bad the damage is. Small problems are often cheaper to fix while a complete transmission rebuild will cost you a pretty penny, and the reason for this is because isolating the problem is often difficult. The transmission must be removed from the chassis first in order to be taken apart. Then there are tons of internal parts that need to be looked at in order to find the problem, so most of the transmission repair cost will be for the labor, although the cost of parts will also be going into the bill. With that being said, let’s review all the elements of a transmission repair cost.

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Transmission Rebuild Kits

If you’re looking to rebuild a transmission, transmission rebuild kits are exactly what you want. It doesn’t matter if you have a manual or automatic car, kits can give your car a new life as well as improve performance, so it’s up to you find a high quality kit that has all the parts that you will need. Typical kits come with a variety of parts, which may or may not include bands, seals, steels, clutches, gaskets, O-rings, modulator, filter, bushings, and washers. The biggest and most common problem people have is that they buy cheap kits online that end up missing vital parts that they need to finish the job. Be sure to research everything you will need and purchase accordingly from trustworthy companies.

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Transmission Slipping: Causes & DIY

Transmission slipping can be a major issue, especially for automatic cars and less so for manual transmissions. If your car is showing signs of slipping then you need to get it fixed quick. What can start off as a small problem can easily turn into a bigger issue later on that will cost even more money to fix. Slipping does not necessarily mean that your transmission is near failure but it is signalling that maintenance is heavily required. For automatics there can be many different causes while for manuals the problem is often associated with the clutch. Here are the common causes of a slipping transmission and how to fix it yourself.

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Transmission Fluid Leak: Causes & DIY

You slowly back out of your driveway with your hand on the headrest, but as you align your vision back to where your car had just been you spot something strange on the cement. Something dark and foreboding. You stop and get out to have a look, and lo and behold to your unsuspecting dread, you see a patch of reddish oil. It’s a transmission fluid leak! EEK! What do you do? Don’t panic! It’s just a leak; it isn’t such a big deal as long as you fix it immediately. The longer you wait the worse it will be. But what on Earth could be causing it and how can I seal that bad boy up? Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about fixing that pesky transmission fluid leak ASAP so you can sleep easy.

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