DIY Disaster: The Dangers of At Home Transmission Rebuilds

Those who know about the complex nature of cars will probably be familiar with how important your transmission is for your vehicle to function. The transmission is a vital component of any vehicle. When your transmission no longer performs properly it can cause your car to no longer function correctly and even leave you stranded. Because of its importance, any service done on your transmission can be costly, but even with that in mind, it’s incredibly risky to take those repairs into your own hands in an effort to save money.

Those who know about the complex nature of cars will probably be familiar with how important your transmission is for your vehicle to function. The transmission is a vital component of any vehicle. When your transmission no longer performs properly it can cause your car to no longer function correctly and even leave you stranded. Because of its importance, any service done on your transmission can be costly, but even with that in mind, it’s incredibly risky to take those repairs into your own hands in an effort to save money.

Before we discuss the risks of an at home transmission rebuild, it’s important to discuss the signs that might indicate your transmission is deteriorating. As your transmission ages, it’s important to watch out for signs of its failure such as frequent overheating, expensive repair bills, and transmission fluid that is brownish instead of red. If your car has been presenting these problems, then it’s certainly time to consider some solutions. However, one solution that you should avoid is taking this issue into your own hands.

While amateur mechanics might get a thrill out of any repair related challenge, it’s important to remember that if your rebuild does not work out, you would not only have wasted time and money but potentially compromised your vehicle’s safety.

A transmission rebuild is a very meticulous task. A car’s transmission is filled with a variety of parts that look very similar. If a novice mechanic were to remove the transmission without paying close attention, then it’s possible to become confused and mix up these parts. Bear in mind, that removing a transmission is more than a one-two process, as you’ll also need to remove the entire engine block before you even remove the transmission, remove the torque converter, and then the transmission oil pan. Once the transmission’s parts are removed, it’s time to have them cleaned and, if broken, replaced.  By this point, an experienced mechanic should be able to find the root of the transmission’s problem, but an inexperienced DIY-er might miss this entirely.

Most important in the rebuilding process is the final step: reassembly. If your parts were not properly labeled or carefully laid out when your transmission was initially removed, then you might find yourself struggling with a very complicated puzzle to solve. If not put together correctly, even the newly purchased parts won’t work correctly.

Even if you had purchased a transmission rebuild kit before starting your process, you still might find yourself overwhelmed. However, if you did try and fail to rebuild your vehicle’s transmission properly, you can always take comfort knowing that the professionals will still be there to assist you. Quic Transmission & Automotive Services has a team of experienced technicians on staff that handle transmission rebuilds or remanufactures for both manual and automatic systems. Whether you want us to help from the start or find yourself stuck in the middle of a home project gone wrong, you can set an appointment at our shop. Just call (505) 271 – 8000 or visit us at our website to schedule an online appointment: https://quictrans.com/

Transmission Trouble: 5 Ways to Destroy your Transmission

When it comes to maintaining your car, it’s important to remember that the transmission is a vital part of what keeps your ride running. Your transmission makes sure that the right amount of power goes to your wheels as you drive and adjusts when you increase or decrease your speed. While the average automatic transmission isn’t exactly delicate, it can still be damaged by persistent bad habits.
When it comes to maintaining your car, it’s important to remember that the transmission is a vital part of what keeps your ride running. Your transmission makes sure that the right amount of power goes to your wheels as you drive and adjusts when you increase or decrease your speed. While the average automatic transmission isn’t exactly delicate, it can still be damaged by persistent bad habits. Some of these habits are:

 

  1. Frequently Overheating Your Car – With summer in full swing, this one is key for everyone to keep in mind. Similar to how our bodies don’t function well when we’re overheated when your transmission goes over its maximum temperature of 200 degrees, its performance begins to suffer. Transmissions typically overheat as a result of issues with the transmission fluid, but can also be caused by heavy towing, frequent stop and go driving, or very hot climates.

 

  1. Ignoring Your Fluid – Just like getting frequent oil changes is important to your engine’s health, keeping an eye on your transmission’s fluid is central to its well-being. Your transmission’s fluid can become dirty over time and needs to be changed, if fluid levels get low the internal components cannot cool or lubricate properly and using the wrong type of fluid can pretty much kill your transmission.

 

  1. Sudden Stops & Starts – Stop and go driving doesn’t feel great for passengers and is terrible for your transmission. Worse than constant stopping and going are sudden braking and fast starts. Harsh stopping can damage your engine components and transmission mounts while taking off like a race car can cause the torque converter to produce a lot of heat and could potentially lead to overheating.

 

  1. Ignoring Problems – Like with your own health, ignoring problems in your car won’t make them disappear. If you hear strange noises when changing gears, find dark red fluid stains in your driveway, or experience shaking, grinding, slipping, or even stalling then it’s time to have your transmission checked out by a professional.

 

  1. Skipping Service Appointments – If your vehicle has any or all of the above issues, then it’s especially vital to stay on top of your appointments. Don’t skip over service appointments even when you have fairly good driving habits. Maintaining a regular maintenance schedule can help prevent issues from developing.

 

Avoiding or correcting any of these bad habits can go a long way to save your transmission. Make sure to be mindful of overheating, take care of those fluids, try not to stop or start rapidly, and treat any transmission problems seriously. And of course, when you do need help under the hood, call Quic Transmission & Automotive Services to schedule an appointment with our trained team of technicians. Call us at 505-271-8000 today.