Whether you drive a manual or automatic, every car needs a working transmission. Unfortunately, transmissions and transmission repairs are often too complicated to complete without the help of a qualified mechanic. And, as many drivers know, the cost of repairing, rebuilding, or replacing a transmission can be high.
The ASE Certified mechanics at Mountain Auto Repair in North Boulder understand transmissions, from manual to automatic, foreign to domestic, and luxury to economy. We know transmission repairs are more serious than getting an oil change or replacing a worn timing belt. And, we make sure you have all the answers you need before starting repairs, so you can feel confident you’re making the best choice.
- Is it really a transmission problem?
- Can a damaged transmission be repaired or rebuilt?
- Is the cost of repairing, rebuilding, or replacing the transmission worth it?
Our full transmission inspection identifies what went wrong and how you can proceed. In some cases, a smaller repair can avoid the costly rebuild you were dreading. Alternately, we may identify larger issues that need to be addressed soon, allowing you to plan big repairs instead of being blindsided by a breakdown.
Signs You Should Schedule a Transmission Inspection
In addition to following the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, you should schedule a transmission inspection if you notice the following issues:
- Slow or delayed acceleration
- High RPMs (over 3,500 when not accelerating)
- Unable to reverse
- Leaking transmission fluid
- Burning smells
- Check engine light
- Trouble shifting gears, or shifts are accompanied by a harsh response or noise
If you think your car or truck has a transmission problem, don’t delay! In many cases, catching a problem early can give you more (and cheaper!) repair options.
Repairing vs Rebuilding vs Replacing Your Transmission
Knowing whether you can repair, rebuild, or replace your transmission can mean the difference between keeping your current car and taking an unplanned trip to the dealership.
Not every transmission can be repaired, and rebuilding isn’t always more cost-effective than replacing the transmission entirely.
Repair. Some transmission issues can be repaired at a surprisingly low cost, especially if you catch them early. If your transmission is leaking fluid, for example, you may just need a quick patch or reseal.
Rebuild. A rebuilt transmission is when a mechanic:
- takes apart the old transmission
- cleans and inspects internal and external components
- rebuilds the transmission with quality parts
- installs the rebuilt transmission
The rebuild process can be less expensive than replacing the transmission entirely, but that isn’t always the case. As such, it’s important to work with a mechanic you trust to provide honest answers and reliable service.
Replace. Replacing your transmission can be expensive, and it may not be a cost-effective option for many older cars and trucks with low resale values. Other times, however, replacing a busted transmission can actually be less expensive than rebuilding the transmission. And, if your car has years of life ahead of it, the peace of mind from a full replacement can be well worth the cost.
Mountain Auto Repair Transmission Inspection, Repair, Rebuilds, and Replacement
Every vehicle that is brought into our shop for transmission service receives a full transmission inspection to ensure you receive the repairs and recommendations you need. We make sure you understand your options to repair, rebuild, or replace your transmission—no matter what you drive.
- Automatic transmission
- Manual transmission
- Four-wheel drive transmission
- All-wheel drive transmission
- Front-wheel drive transmission
In addition to inspecting and repairing your transmission, we look at clutches and transfer cases, replace filters, and drain fluids (or flush the transmission) to extend the life of your transmission and keep your vehicle safe on the road. If we spot any operational or safety issues that need your attention now or in the future, we’ll work with you to plan the repairs.
If you think you have a transmission problem, or if you’re approaching the scheduled maintenance period for your vehicle, schedule a full transmission inspection with the ASE certified transmission experts at Mountain Auto Repair in North Boulder.