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/

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