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Is it Better to Replace or Rebuild Your Transmission?

This is a question we get all the time at Ralph's Transmission, and it's a good one worth asking. People come into our Modesto shop with transmissions that have severe internal damage that's beyond conventional repairs.

Repairing Internal Transmission Damage

When it comes to the health and performance of your transmission, minimal "Band-Aid" fixes often won't suffice. One faulty component can lead to damage of other components. It's a domino effect. When the internal damage is significant enough, the most cost-effective solutions may be to either replace the transmission or have it rebuilt by a rebuild specialist like Ralph's Transmission.

Transmission Replacement

Whichever route you go, either option is going to cost you some money to get the job done right. If you opt to replace your transmission, you have to decide if you want to go new or used. A brand new factory transmission is going to be very expensive, but it is brand new and will be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. A used transmission can save you some money, but you have to track down just the right one that's compatible with your vehicle and hope that's in the shape that the seller is advertising. There is definitely some gamble involved with buying and installing a used transmission that isn't properly refurbished/rebuilt.

Full Custom Transmission Rebuilds

It's true that some transmissions are completely shot and damaged so beyond repair that replacing them is really the only option. However, in most cases a full custom rebuild is the ideal solution. You get to keep the original transmission in your vehicle, but you'll have it running like new again. 

At Ralph's Transmission, a rebuild is performed by one of our transmission rebuild specialists. Each solitary part of the transmission is disassembled. Any components that are still in good shape are cleaned and reinstalled. Any worn or damaged components are replaced with new or refurbished ones. The transmission is completely rebuilt from the ground up, diagnostically tested, reinstalled in the vehicle and road tested to make sure it is running exactly the way it should. Just in case, it is backed by the 3 Year, 100,000 Mile Ralph's Transmission Warranty that covers any further issues that arise. You get a like-new transmission and all the peace of mind that you need thanks to the warranty!

To learn more about full custom transmission rebuilds at Ralph's Transmission or for a free inspection of your transmission to determine the extent of any problems you are experiencing, call us today at 209.526.1909 or schedule your service appointment online.

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