Should You Rebuild Your Transmission?

transmission-rebuidHaving a transmission problem isn’t the end of the world. As a matter of fact it’s quite common with most cars. Most of the time you will only need a minor repair, but in the times that you require more than minor work to be done it helps to know more about what you’re getting into.

Getting a rebuilt transmission isn’t necessarily a bad thing either so long as the car and other components (the engine most importantly) are in proper condition.

We get asked several questions a day about transmissions so we thought we’d highlight some of the most frequent ones.

How much does a new transmission cost?

There really is no such thing as a new transmission unless it comes straight from the factory. Otherwise it will be used or rebuilt at an auto shop. Either way, a transmission can cost anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

How do I check my transmission fluid?

If you can check it from under the hood then the dip stick is usually red. However you may need to check your owner’s manual and some makes and models have to be checked from underneath the vehicle.

How do I know if it’s the transmission that’s the problem?

Many modern makes and models are run with the help of computer components that will inform you if there’s a problem. You will likely see a check engine or maintenance light on. Try to pay attention to abnormal sounds or vibrations from the transmission. Your best bet would be to bring it into an auto shop for further inspection.

Can I drive with a transmission leak?

Yes but not for long. The only place you should be driving it is to the auto shop to get it fixed. A common transmission leak can lead to very expensive repairs if ignored. Do NOT put this off!

Why is my car slipping gears/not shifting properly?

This can be caused by a variety of things that may not require a transmission rebuild job. You may need to have a part serviced or replaced or you may be lacking fluid. Get a diagnostic test to find out what the problem is.

Our certified mechanics at 2J’s Automotive service and rebuild automatic and standard transmissions, both foreign and domestic. If you think your transmission might be in need of a rebuild job then bring your vehicle into 2J’s Automotive and let our transmission physicians take care of the problem for you.

Call us at 817-232-9866 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

4 responses to “Should You Rebuild Your Transmission?”

  1. Lisa says:

    Hello,
    I have a 2006 Lexus GX470 with 150k miles. It just started shuttering at 40-45 miles per hour. It stops if you lift your foot from the accelerator. It does not do it every time you reach that speed, however, the speed it does it is consistent. If you rebuild it does the rebuilt has a clocked amount of mileage on it? When do you know it is time to cut your losses. I would be okay with rebuilding, but aren’t all the other parts of your system already old as well. Thanks in Advance, Lisa

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you have a torque converter shudder or bad u-joints. O’Reilly’s sales something called shudder fix. Pour a tube into your transmission and drive about 50 miles to see if it goes away. If that dosent work have someone check your u-joints.

      Most of the other parts you are refering to are hardened steel. Everything that would be involved in the rebuild are natural wear items and anyhard part that mey be damaged from other issues. I have had a few lexus’ and know that the cars are good for more miles than what you have and I would have it rebuilt.

  2. Whitney says:

    Hello,
    I have a 2002 Nissan Altima with an automatic transmission & when I got in the car to go to the store I could reverse just fine at whatever pace I wanted to accelerate at but once I put it in drive it would not go over 5 mph no matter how much I tried to accelerate. I know that I was leaking transmission fluid often & I have tried adding more fluid but it doesn’t help. Does my transmission need rebuilding? Also, on my instrument panel it’s showing the word BRAKE as if my E-break is on but it’s not. Could my breaks be going out as well?

    • admin says:

      These two things are not related. The transmission probably needs to be rebuilt and you may have a brake sensor out or something somthing like that.

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