There’s no mistaking a failed transmission. Maybe the car doesn’t shift properly, won’t go into reverse, or refuses to move at all. Wondering what to do next? Here are some options:
Junk the Car
The first option is the fastest and most convenient choice. Consider junking your car if the transmission has failed, and any of the following is also true:
- The car is over 20 years old.
- The engine has over 300,000 miles on it.
- The value of the car is less than the cost to fix it. (This can still happen with cars that are 10 years old or newer.)
- This option usually means a few hundred bucks, which is not enough to help purchase a new or used vehicle.
Sell or Trade the Car
Depending on the make, model, year, mileage, and Kelly Blue Book value of your car, you may be able to sell it to a dealer or private party for several hundred dollars.
Rebuild the Transmission
If your car is relatively new and has a higher book value, you may not be ready to scrap or sell it. On the other hand, it is more economical to keep an older car running than to buy a new or used vehicle. Rebuilding the transmission is a popular choice to get the vehicle back up and running. A transmission rebuild involves taking it apart, cleaning all the components, and replacing any worn out or failed parts. Then, the transmission is reassembled and reinstalled. The repair team restores it to factory standards. The overall price may vary widely depending on the vehicle’s make and model and what caused the transmission to fail. To ensure a job well done, it’s important to choose a trustworthy, AAA-approved auto repair shop that stands behind their work and provides a good warranty. Once reassembled, the transmission is checked and tested for quality assurance purposes before being shipped back.
Install a Remanufactured Transmission
Another way to get your car back up to speed is to install a remanufactured transmission. This involves an auto shop finding the exact match for a rebuilt transmission for your vehicle.
If you decide to keep and fix your car, choose All Tune and Lube in La Habra, CA, to rebuild or replace your transmission. Our goal is to see our customers drive away happy in a reliable repaired car. For over 20 years, we have worked hard to make sure automotive malfunctions don’t slow you down. The next time you have a problem with your transmission, give us a call at 714-871-4144 or stop by our shop for a transmission rebuild estimate.