For car owners, the biggest and one of the most expensive repairs that they will ever do is transmission swaps. Well, depending on the transmission’s problem is going through, there are several parts that can be replaced. Sometimes, it isn’t just the part but also, the transmission fluid that needs replacement. On the other hand, the solution sometimes calls for the transmission replacement. The question now is, how you would be able to know when is the right time to do so and when to perform a transmission swap.
There are lots of factors that have to be taken into mind with regards to transmission repair and it is not always focused on part replacement. As what mentioned earlier, replacing the transmission fluid often helps in solving multiple problems in your transmission but not all. There are part or parts that have to be replaced like for example, if there’s a fluid leak, the transmission seals might have to be replaced. Again, there are transmission parts that are accessible and therefore, it can be replaced without removing the transmission from the car’s body. The thing is, not all parts that should be checked are accessible.
If for example that the technicians work on your transmission, they will be determining which part of the transmission is causing the problem while it’s intact in the car. If they can’t identify the cause while it is attached to the car, it leaves them with no choice but to remove the whole transmission.
At this stage, we are talking on a more serious repair. We are looking at the potential overhaul or transmission swap. When you say overhaul, it is basically the rebuilding of the transmission part by part, piece by piece. Transmission swaps or replacement on the other hand will involve wholesale change of the transmission. If you want to save time and energy and be free from stress, it is often better to have the transmission replaced than having it overhauled.
There are situations to which the problem is long gone or has struck serious issue at some of the transmission parts which require a replacement. As what said earlier, this isn’t the commonest kind of repair to be done but it really is happening. The question now is, how often you should do transmission swaps.
This actually depends on your situation but given that you do proper care to your car, then you can expect the transmission to last for around 160k kilometers. Once again, you can reach this mark considering that you give enough attention and care to the transmission.