Does my car need a transmission rebuild?

Does my car need a transmission rebuild?


Both automatic and manual transmissions are complex mechanisms that incorporate numerous moving parts that work together to transfer power from your engine to your wheels. Transmission problems are notorious for quickly getting much worse. This makes it important that you take action as soon as you notice a symptom of transmission trouble, such as slipping gears or leaking transmission fluid. By being proactive, you can potentially nip the problem in the bud and save yourself from more expensive repairs.

In some cases, a complete rebuild makes the most economic sense. As part of a rebuild, the mechanics will remove the transmission from the vehicle, disassemble it, and then reassemble it using factory parts. Then, it'll be returned to your vehicle with fresh transmission fluid. Here are four signs that it's time for a transmission rebuild.

Transmission Doesn't Shift

If worn-out gear teeth aren't allowing the transmission to correctly engage, then you may not be able to shift into a specific gear. There's also a possibility that you won't be able to shift into any gear whatsoever.

Burning Smell

If you notice an odor that is reminiscent of burning plastic, then you may actually be smelling burning transmission fluid. By addressing this problem quickly, there's a better chance that you'll manage to avoid a full rebuild.

Leaking Transmission Fluid

From time to time, you'll want to scan over the pavement where your car is often parked to see if there are any signs of automotive fluid leaks. Transmission fluid is often identifiable by its red-to-pink color. To prevent major transmission trouble, leaks should always be fixed as soon as possible. In some cases, all you'll need to do is replace the leaking seal. However, if the leak has been present for an extended period of time, then there's a greater chance that damage has occurred that'll require a rebuild.

Strange Sounds

If you hear grinding noises while in neutral, then you should get a transmission flush, which may take care of the issue. But if you get a flush and the symptom persists, then you may need more in-depth care from a transmission specialist. In this scenario, the problem could also be failing bearings or a reverse idler gear issue.

If you need a transmission rebuild, be sure to entrust the work to a reputable specialist. For transmission rebuilding in Grand Prairie, Irving, Forest Hill, Las Colinas, Colleyville, and Arlington, TX, contact the experts at SM Transmissions at (469) 908-3690. Feel free to give SM Transmissions a call today to make an appointment for any of your vehicle's transmission needs!


SM Transmissions Blog
Posted: April 13, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ