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A Comprehensive Guide to Transmission Rebuilds vs. Replacements

Automotives are the second largest export in the entire country of Canada. A healthy automotive industry can help the economy and benefit car owners.

Vehicle owners have many options when they need new parts, repairs, and replacements because the industry is so large. What happens when you need a new transmission in Edmonton?

Is rebuilding a transmission or replacing it a good idea? Keep reading to find out.

An Alberta Transmission Service expert repairing a vehicle’s transmission in an auto repairs garage

Transmission Rebuilds

Rebuilding a transmission is a thorough and complex process. The intent is to restore an older transmission to be road-worthy.

Alberta Transmission Service offers a professional transmission rebuild service that uninstalls the transmission before completely disassembling it. We inspect each component to determine the damage level and overall wear and tear.

Mechanics replace parts that are too worn or damaged. They complete an inspection, clean the transmission, and maintain the parts that are still in good condition.

Old and used vehicles benefit from rebuilds, especially if a new transmission is unavailable for the car's model. Vehicle owners can retain their original transmission and extend its lifespan.

This is a more cost-effective option and is more economical than a transmission replacement.

Transmission Replacements

Replacing the transmission in your vehicle involves taking it from the engine and driveshaft and replacing it with a new assembly.

A transmission replacement is a standard option for failed transmissions and those that are beyond rebuilds and repairs.

If you have a relatively new vehicle, you can order the transmission from your car's manufacturer directly. This might be covered under your warranty plan. Plus, you'll benefit from quality car parts.

Installing a new transmission offers peace of mind, so you don't have to worry about additional transmission problems. New transmissions will also perform better than rebuilt ones because they are restored to factory performance.

The biggest con is that transmission replacements are costly. This may not be an option if you have an older vehicle. 

Preventing Transmission Problems

If you want to avoid transmission rebuilds and replacements in the future, you need a proper maintenance plan. A well-maintained transmission can have a lifespan of 300,000 miles or more.

Your maintenance plan should involve the following:

  • Checking and replacing transmission fluid every 12,000 miles.

  • Conducting regular cooling system inspections.

  • Allowing the engine to warm up before driving.

  • Avoiding driving on mismatched or spare tires for too long.

If you fail to maintain your transmission, the lifespan of this important piece of equipment will shorten.


Rebuilding a Transmission or Replacing It: Which Is Right for You?

Rebuilding a transmission is a good idea to save money on a complete replacement, but your transmission won't be at factory performance.

Replacing a transmission is costly but is an excellent option for newer vehicles. The manufacturer should have a new transmission in stock.

Whatever you decide, work with the professionals at Alberta Transmission Service. We offer transmission rebuild and repair by trained professionals. We help keep costs minimal by offering an accurate and honest diagnosis.

For transmission services in Edmonton, contact us today.



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