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When Should You Consider a Full Transmission Rebuild?

It's a question we get asked all the time at Ralph's Transmission. When people come in with major transmission problems, they usually have a few options to consider:

1. A New Transmission - You can buy a new or used transmission to replace your old one, and then pay to have it installed in your car.

2. Repairs - Faulty parts can be replaced and repairs can be made to get your transmission running as well as possible. However, a lot of little stuff can quickly add up.

3. A Full Custom Rebuild - Your transmission would be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up. All the good parts are cleaned and reinstalled. All the bad components are replaced. Basically your old transmission is made new again.

Many people might assume that the third option above is the most expensive. That may be true at some shops, but not at Ralph's Transmission. Transmission rebuilds are our specialty, and they often end up being the least expensive option for many of our customers.

It really just depends on the severity of your transmission issues. First, we would want to perform a standard external inspection to see if there is an obvious problem that can be fixed easily. If that doesn't reveal anything significant, we will want to dig deeper. This may require running a diagnostic test and/or doing an internal inspection, which will enable us to get to the real root of the problem. Again, sometimes the issue isn't that bad and simple repairs are recommended. You may just need new transmission fluid, a new transmission filter or a replacement pan gasket. Our goal is always to get you the simplest transmission repair solution and best price.

In other cases, there is a lot of damage and more work would need to be recommended. A lot of times, doing a bunch of a la carte transmission repairs and parts replacements ends up being more expensive than just having a full custom transmission rebuild done. The other option is to buy a brand new transmission or a used one. A brand new transmission will be very expensive. A used one might be affordable, but you are never quite sure how good it really is.

Every transmission rebuild we do at Ralph's Transmission is the same price, no matter what year, make or model your vehicle is. There are no surprises and every detail of the transmission is inspected carefully. Our transmission rebuild experts make your transmission run like new again. The best part is that every rebuilt transmission from Ralph's Transmission is backed by our leading 3 Year, 100,000 Mile Warranty. That will help you rest easier.

To learn more about our transmission rebuild process and pricing, contact Ralph's Transmission today at 209.526.1909 or schedule a service appointment online. If you are having transmission trouble, we'll be happy to check it out and give you our honest recommendations. No matter how big or small the repairs, our team is always here to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.