Escondido Transmission Repair, Transmission Service, Transmission Rebuild

Transmission repair, transmission service and transmission rebuilding, including other drive train component is our speciality.

Transmission Repair

Whether it is a simple transmission repair, transmission service or a complete rebuild, you can be sure Escondodo Transmission is here to help. We are a family-owned and operated transmission repair business and have been providing transmission repair service for over 20 years.

The most frequently asked question is:

How much does it cost to fix my transmission?

To answer that question is we need to know the year, make, model, type of transmission, diagnose the transmissions problems before we can determine the type of service required. Once that is complete we can develop an estimate. There are many brands and types of transmissions with just as many services and prices. Unfortunately, transmission repairs are costly due to the complexity, cost of parts, labor, and technical expertise and equipment, required to properly repair,and test a unit so it is reliable.

Today's cars require more than a tool box to keep them running smoothly. Most vehicles come equipped with computers, sensors & control units that require today's mechanics to have access to the vehicle's on-board computer. To interface with the on-board computer scan tools, test meters, breakout boxes and experience are used to identify the source of the problem before making the repairs.

Customers have many different options when they need an automatic transmission repair. Each type of transmission service has a few pros and cons. But, the choices you make are going to vary depending on issues such as mileage of your vehicle, the problem with the transmission, vehicle type, cost, including the amount of time required to make the repairs.

Below are some explanation and options that may be available to you:

Transmission Services

Routine servicing is the single most important aspect of extending the life of your transmission. Overheating causes 90% of all transmission failures according to the industry feedback and most of them can be blamed on worn-out fluid that should have been replaced. Automatic transmissions generate a lot of heat through friction, and it doesn't take long for the (ATF) to heat up once the vehicle is in motion. The normal temperature range of which most trans axle fluids are designed to operate is about 195 degrees fahrenheit. Elevated temperatures cut the life of the fluid. To be safe service your trans axle once a year or every 20,000 miles and always refer to the vehicle's owners manual for service and warranty instructions.

New Transmission

At some point, vehicle owners will have to deal with a broken transmission, something that occurs on almost every vehicle sooner or later. This is never an appealing proposition, since a faulty transmission can't be ignored and at the same time isn't exactly the cheapest component to repair or replace. It’s important to know that dealers and other automotive repair facilities do not carry new transmissions. New transmissions are only available to the manufacturer during the manufacturing process of new vehicles. This means that any transmission purchased from an Automotive Repair Facility or dealer is going to be remanufactured. This may not be common knowledge but should be taken into consideration when the reviewing the cost of repairing, rebuilding or replacing a transmission .

Transmission Rebuild

Rebuilds are also known by terms such as reconditioned, overhauled or refurbished, but all of these terms allude to a transmission rebuild. The automatic transmission is a very complicated mechanical component in today's automobiles. Transmission Rebuilding is not simple and requires skilled technicians to assemble and test them, so they are reliable. Any parts that are found to be damaged or worn are removed and replaced before reassembling the transmission to factory specifications. Automatic Transmissions consists of many different parts, including gears, hydraulics, computer sensors, controls, clutches, gaskets, seals and mechanism all working together in harmony, which goes virtually unnoticed until there is a problem. When you enter into a conversation a transmission repair facility you will hear the terms "hard parts" and "soft parts." The metal parts are known as "hard parts." The gaskets, bands, clutches and seals, are known as "soft parts."

Remanufactured Transmission

Remanufacturing a transmission is basically the same as having a transmission rebuilt, but the remanufacturing process actually takes place an assembly line within a factory. Transmissions are remanufactured by having workers who are able to handle a specific aspect of the repair. Tearing down and inspecting the transmission will be done by some while another handles the cleaning. Then others work on restoring and reassembling specific component parts of the transmission. Once the components are rebuilt or reconditioned they are sent to the transmission rebuild specialist who does the final assembly of the transmission. When the remanufacturing processes are complete, a dynamometer is then used to test the transmission before it is sent to retail outlets and dealerships.

Transmission Repair

A basic transmission repair is performed when only certain failed component of the transmission is repaired or replaced. This means that if a solenoid fails or input shaft breaks, that part can be replaced without the need to rebuild the whole transmission. A transmission repair can be as simple as fixing a leak within the components. A leak would just lead to the necessity of having the external seals replaced if the experts find that all the other parts of the transmission are working properly. It’s important to remember, however, that those who perform a transmission repair will likely only warranty the part that is being replaced. The only negative aspect related to this is the fact that you could spend money on having a component of the transmission repaired only to have an unrelated part fail later. Getting a transmission repaired is a great way to save money, but there will always be a risk involved.

Transmission Reseal

Sometimes, an automatic transmission will develop leaks, but it operates and shifts fine. If you find red or Redish brown oil under the vehicle, your transmission may be leaking and need to resealed. To be sure have a technician check the seals of the transmission for leaks. If leaks are found around the external seals or gaskets, the technician will most likely recommend that the transmission be resealed. Some of the seals and gaskets can be replaced while the transmission is still in the car but not all of them. For example, if the front or pump seal is leaking, the transmission must be removed from the vehicle in order to gain access to the seal.

Used Transmission

It’s also possible for a consumer to choose a used transmission to have installed in their vehicle. Many insurance companies will actually mark a car as a total loss even after some minor accidents. This leaves several parts of the car, often including the transmission, in great condition. This has made getting a used transmission a practical option. Used transmissions will usually be hundreds of dollars less than ones that are rebuilt, but there is also a disadvantage to this option. The warranty period of a used transmission is usually less than the one received with a rebuild. This should be taken into consideration when choosing a transmission service.