If your transmission breaks down, often the most cost effective way to resolve the issue is to remove and replace it yourself. Purchasing a high-quality used transmission from a reputable Houston salvage yard such as Airline Auto Parts will further save you a substantial amount of money.
Although removing a transmission may seem like a daunting task, it’s actually not that difficult. As long as you are prepared, safe, and follow instructions, it can be successfully done. Here are the general steps most technicians, including the ones at our Houston junkyard, take when removing a front-wheel-drive automatic transmission:
1) Remove the battery ground cable
2) Disconnect the under-hood electrical connectors to the transmission
3) Remove front wheels
4) Move (or remove) drive axles
5) Remove dipstick tube
6) Disconnect cooler lines
7) Disconnect electrical connections to solenoids and sensors
8) Disconnect gear selector and throttle linkages
9) Remove starter motor
10) Remove exhaust pipes and catalytic converter
11) Support transmission with a transmission jack
12) Remove crossmember supports
13) Disconnect from chassis mounts
14) Remove flexplate to torque converter bolts
15) Remove bell housing to engine bolts
16) Remove transmission
Whether the transmission you are replacing the old one with is new or used, it first needs to be checked out. Additionally, the front pump and torque converter also need to be inspected and installed, while all sensors, solenoids, valve body and filters must be checked as well.
The great thing about purchasing auto parts from Airline Auto Parts is that we do all the necessary checks ahead of time, so that you can be sure you are getting a transmission that works great. In addition, unlike many Houston junkyards, we pull the parts for you. Therefore, instead of roaming around a junkyard hoping to find what you are looking for, simply tell us what you need, and we’ll have it ready. This convenience gives you more time to spend on actually working on your automobile.
If you are looking to replace your current transmission with a great used one backed by our 6-month guarantee, contact our Houston salvage yard today.
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