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Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What parts do I need to rebuild my automatic transmission?

Automatic transmissions normally contain several hundred individual components. When a transmission is disassembled and inspected, the damaged parts can be evaluated on a case by case basis.

With that being said, what is normally recommended to get started is a transmission repair manual, a banner or master transmission rebuild kit, a filter and any bands that the transmission may have. We recommend a bushing kit as well, however, at the very least the pump and case/tail bushings should be replaced.

In most cases, when a transmission fails, the torque converter should also be replaced. The transmission and torque converter circulate a common fluid between each other. When the fluid becomes contaminated with the friction material and metallic debris normally associated with automatic transmission failure, the converter will be affected as well.

In addition, there are often other parts that are required for your specific rebuild. Please keep in mind that while it is impossible for us to list every part in our online catalog, we either have or can get anything that you may need! Just give us a call and one of our parts specialists will be happy to help.

2) Can an automatic transmission rebuild be attempted by the average do-it-yourselfer?

While it depends on the individual's comfort level, someone with a little mechanical experience and some tools certainly can rebuild their own transmission.

Trans Specialties can supply you with transmission repair manuals, specific transmission tools, replacement parts and even a little bit of our expertise to help you tackle the job.

3) What is in an automatic transmission rebuild kit?

There are three basic options for transmission rebuild kits:

Transmission Overhaul Kits Include : All paper gaskets, O rings, rubber lip seals, pan gaskets, metal clad seals (pump, axle, selector lever and tail), and a metal and Teflon sealing ring kit.

Transmission Banner Rebuild Kits Include: A Transmission Overhaul Kit, and a full set of premium grade friction clutch plates.

Transmission Master Rebuild Kits Include: : A Transmission Overhaul Kit, a set of friction clutch plates and a standard set of steel clutch plates.

Overhaul kits, Banner kits and Master kits do not come with bands, bushings, modulator, servos, sprags, or filters. These parts are normally ordered separately as needed.

4) Why Did My Transmission Fail?:

Of the transmissions that enter our facility, over 60% failed due to design flaws. These are failures that were not caused by abuse, misuse, lack of maintenance, or excessive mileage.

A design flaw is characterized by a repeated failure in a specific area in any one type of transmission. Many products are available from the manufacturer and in the aftermarket to alleviate these problems. Correcting the root cause of failure gives us the ability to provide long-term warranties.

Other causes of failure include the wear, hardening and degradation of the transmission's internal rubber seals that are responsible for containing hundreds of pounds per square inch of hydraulic pressure. Over time, the tremendous heat and pressure can take its toll on these critical components.

In addition, the internal solenoids and actuators that reside inside your transmission are often susceptible to contamination. When activated, these components are essentially electromagnets that can attract the metallic debris that is often present in a failing transmission. Once debris enters the solenoids, it can hinder their operation mechanically and create a multitude of malfunctions.

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