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How Long Does a Rebuilt Transmission Last

How Long Does a Rebuilt Transmission Last?

You can hear it, you can feel it, and it’s one of the things you dread the most—your transmission is going out, and that spells trouble for you and for your pocketbook.

You have several options:  You can repair it, you can replace it, you can even buy a new car, depending on the car’s age and condition.  A fourth, sometimes overlooked option, is to re-build your transmission, but you hesitate, because, after all, how long will a re-built transmission last?

The Lifespan of Rebuilt Transmissions

Like any other automotive component, the longevity of a re-built transmission depends on several things.  The quality of the parts, the skill of the mechanics who service it, how “rough” you drive your vehicle, and how well you practice regular maintenance, such as changing the fluid and filters, affect lifespan.  All things considered, a good rebuilt transmission can potentially last as long as the original, a good 100,000 miles or more.  Less cared-for transmissions will have a shorter lifespan.

Is a Rebuilt Transmission The Right Choice?

If you’re already concerned about cost—nothing is cheap these days—one argument in favor of a rebuilt transmission is price.  It’s generally less expensive to rebuild a transmission than it is to buy a used one; it’s certainly a cheaper option than buying a new car.  It also has the advantage of “history”:  Since it’s your transmission you’re rebuilding, you know where it’s been and how it’s been treated over the course of its lifespan, so there shouldn’t be any unpleasant surprises on down the road.  It’s also usually faster to rebuild than to replace a transmission, if time’s an issue. 

Other Factors to Consider  

Deciding to rebuild also depends on the condition of the transmission parts, such as the torque converter, pump, gears, seals, and gaskets.  If you end up having to replace any of these, obviously the cost and trouble of rebuilding will be higher; the car’s overall condition and value should be taken into account as well.  And don’t forget about what kind of warranty you can get on the rebuild.

Hopefully, you won’t be faced with the need for a rebuilt transmission, but if you do, Sun Transmissions can help.  We’re your source for name-brand parts, kits, and accessories, whether you need an automatic transmission clutch, a transmission piston, valves, a power steering pump kitsolenoid parts, or any other related products.  Check us out online or stop by if you’re in the Miami area.  We ship to all parts of the U.S. and we’re here to serve your auto needs!

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