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How to Check Out a Used Transmission for a Car Part Repair Project

Three Things to Do Before Buying a Used Car Transmission

Whether you are restoring a vintage car, or your newer model of vehicle had its transmission go out, used transmissions in Henderson could save you a lot of money. So long as you have the tools and know-how to install a new transmission, using used parts could save a lot of money. These tips will help you to make the best decision when shopping for a used transmission for your car.

Know What You Need

Before visiting the junkyard or used car parts center, be sure to know what you need. You will need to make sure that the used transmission you have in mind will fit in the car. If you are replacing the transmission of a newer car, you will need to make sure that the vehicle’s computer will accept the replacement part. It is also important to make sure that the engine and transmission will play well together.

Check for Leaks

Before you buy a used transmission, check for fluid leaks. You could check its transmission fluid level. If a car’s transmission has been drained of fluid, consider bringing some with you and stopping back the next day to see if any has leaked out. If you are comfortable with fixing a transmission with a leak, then you could skip this step.

Get the Vehicle’s History

If the used car parts center has the vehicle’s history available to you, that could help you make a decision. For example, if the car was t-boned or rear-ended, then the transmission is unlikely to have major damage. If the car was in a front-end collision, it could have major front-end damage. If the car parts center does not have the information, you could get a detailed history with the VIN.

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Don Davies
Don Davies
Aug 21, 2022

Basic knowledge of car mechanics is important so you would have an idea on what to look for and where to look for those parts. I usually go to for parts when I have a project car restoration because of their large salvage yard.

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