Due to the complexity associated with modern day automatic transmissions, chances of them failing are a lot higher than those of engines. Basically, this is because they contain a number of electronic, mechanical and hydraulic components. As such, most automatic transmissions are approximated to fail after reaching between 80,000 and 150,000 miles. The variance is brought about by two main reasons; vehicles are used differently and, some transmissions are generally built in a much better way than the others.
Transmission replacement is hence influenced by a couple of factors. However, the most important factor to consider is the cost. For instance, many people find it a lot easier and cheaper to have their transmission replaced than to have the engine replaced. Conversely, it would make no sense to do transmission replacement on an exceedingly old car. This simply means that if you have a car that’s over a decade old, has around 200,000 miles on it, is always in need of repairs and is approximated to be worth less than $3,000, then, investing in a new transmission would be a waste of money.
Other factors that influence transmission replacement include:
Duration you intent to keep the vehicle: Considering the fact transmissions are generally expensive, if you choose to have it replaced, then, you’ll need to be certain that you are going to use the car for at least two years. This is due to the fact that it takes approximately two years before one recoups the money spent on the new transmission.
What you intend to do with the car: Suppose that the car in question is still in good condition and that, you want to replace the transmission so that you can sell it, then, doing so would be a good investment as it would add value to the car.
When it comes down to the real job; transmission replacement, then, one has the options of choosing to install either a new, re-manufactured or a used one. But before doing so, you may try to rebuild the current one.
Rebuilding the transmission is only good if you are 100% sure of what you are doing. Despite this, rebuilding is bound to interfere with the warranty and also, is likely to take a lot of time and cost you a lot of money in the long run.
Using used transmissions on the other hand is highly discouraged. This is both because they are least likely to be compatible with the vehicle and also because, in case of any problems, the owner of the vehicle will have to dig deep into their pockets so as to pay for the repair – for used ones are never covered by warranty.
While re-manufactured transmissions are a whole lot better than used ones, we can’t ignore the fact that their quality may be questionable. Also, the quality of the installation also matters.
Thus, since the quality of transmission replacement is as important as the quality of the installation, it’s always important to first weigh and see what’s best for the car, know how much it’ll cost and most importantly, determine how beneficial a replacement will be to both the car and the car owner.