Can you change your own car’s transmission?

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Can you change your own car’s transmission?

It’s one thing to think about a way to save money… it’s another thing to think about changing your car’s transmission to save money…. We are all for DIY projects but for most people we can’t really suggest this as a first time mod or maintenance project. This is why we say that you probably shouldn’t try this at home without all the tools and knowledge needed. While it is possible to change your car’s transmission yourself, it is not recommended. This goes with rebuilding your car’s transmission, probably not the best choice for your first DIY car maintenance.

There are a few reasons why changing your own car’s transmission is not a good idea and we will take a look at them. We love DIY projects, but the truth is that this isn’t a simple couple of bolts to unscrew and screw back in. There are fluids, jacks, lifts, and other things that you’ll need. So keep reading to find all the aspects of this DIY project and give you an idea if you should try it yourself.

Is it hard to replace your transmission? What skills and tools do you need?

If you’re still thinking that you can change your car’s transmission yourself, you may be wondering if it’s a difficult task. The answer is: it depends. If you have basic auto maintenance skills and access to the right tools, you can replace your transmission relatively easily. However, if you’re not confident in your abilities or don’t have the right tools, it’s best to leave the job to a professional.

Changing a car transmission is a complex task that requires knowledge of how the system works. You’ll also need access to specialized tools, including a transmission jack, torque wrench, and socket set. Without these tools, it will be very difficult to complete the job correctly.

If you’re thinking of changing your car’s transmission yourself, make sure you have the skills and tools required before starting the job. Otherwise, you could end up doing more harm than good, and end up waisting time, money.. and your sanity.

The cost of changing a transmission

Transmission repairs can be expensive and there are so many variables that it is hard to give a ballpark figure that would be true for cars. We could say that the average for normal cars should be from $1,000 to $4,000, depending on the make and model of your car. But this doesn’t take into consideration your shops hourly labor rate, if you’re rebuilding the transmission, changing it to a salvaged transmission, or getting a brand new one. These factors can wildly swing the cost, so if I would look into all these options if you do have to change your transmission.

If you’re considering changing your own transmission, be aware that it’s a complex job that requires special tools and expertise. Unless you’re experienced in transmission repairs, you’re likely to end up spending more money than you would if you took your car to a qualified mechanic.

Should you buy a new transmission, a used transmission, or a rebuilt transmission? What are the pros and cons of each?

When it comes to car transmissions, there are three main options: buying a new transmission, a used transmission, or a rebuilt transmission. Each option has its own pros and cons that should be considered before making a decision.

Buying a new transmission is the most expensive option, but it also comes with the peace of mind that the transmission is brand new and under warranty.

A used transmission can be a more budget-friendly option, but there is no guarantee of how long it will last. Most wreckers will give a 30-60 day warranty, but that really isn’t very much.

A rebuilt transmission is typically less expensive than a new one but more expensive than a used one. Rebuilt transmissions usually come with a longer warranty than a salvaged transmission, but it is often not as comprehensive as a new transmission’s.

At the end of the day, you will have to figure out your budget and your driving needs before deciding which type of transmission to buy.

The process of changing a transmission

If you’re looking to save money on car repairs, you may wonder if you can change your car’s transmission. If , by this point, you have ignored our plee’s to avoid this DIY, then we can just move on with the process. Overall, it isn’t a super hard project ( in theory ) but it does require some knowledge and a few special tools. Here’s a step-by-step guide to changing a car transmission.

1. First, you’ll need to raise the car off the ground and remove the wheels. This will give you better access to the transmission.

2. Next, disconnect the battery so you don’t accidentally electrocute yourself while working on the car.

3. Then, remove the old transmission using a transmission jack. Be careful not to damage any other car parts while doing this.

4. Now, it’s time to install the new transmission using the same process you used to remove the old one.

The risks of changing a transmission

Although it is possible to change your car’s transmission, it is not recommended. Several risks are involved in changing a transmission, including damaging the car, injuring yourself, and voiding the warranty.

Changing a transmission is a difficult and delicate process. If done incorrectly, it can damage the car or cause injuries. Even if you are careful, there is always the risk of something going wrong.

Additionally, most car warranties will be voided if you change the transmission yourself. If something goes wrong with the transmission after you’ve changed it, you will have to pay for all repairs yourself. For these reasons, it is best to leave transmission changes to the professionals.


The answer for most people, when it comes to changing your own transmission is no; you cannot change your own car’s transmission. The amount of tools you need would probably make it cost-prohibitive, and on top of that it just isn’t a good first project to take on.

It is a difficult and complicated process as far as getting the car up, taking the broken transmission out, replacing it, and adding the fluids etc. etc…. and these steps require special tools. Even if you can change your transmission, there is no guarantee that it will work properly. It is best to leave this task to a professional mechanic. For this situation, for the average driver, we would say take it to the mechanic.