What is in a Reman, Rebuilt or Repaired Transmission?

There are generally excepted industry terms that auto service, dealer, repair shops and garages use to describe what they are going to do when they work on your transmission.  Also, all too often more unscrupulous shops and business’s will miss-represent a lower quality repair with a higher quality label, we would like to help you understand what is being discussed, so you can make your own informed decision. No matter what a shop calls the transmission service work they are quoting you, ask about the level of workmanship being conducted and gauge that against these industry recognized standards:

A repaired transmission is usually taken apart and any broken part is replaced, and any damaged or one time use seals & gaskets are replaced. It’s reassembled and installed back in the vehicle it came from, with out being tested prior to being reinstalled.

A rebuilt transmission is usually disassembled to perhaps 80%+ of its internal components, anything broken or damaged is replaced, often with other good used components. The standards call for an “overhaul” kit that will include all the parts to replace most major seals, gaskets and wear items. If it usually up to the individual rebuild technician to determine what is replaced and how the unit is reassembled.


A remanufactured transmission completes the most intense of all three types of workmanship. It is 100% disassembled, it undergoes the most thorough cleaning process, inspection and testing, all worn parts are replaced, new updates and new OEM parts will be included and the re-assembly is conducted under strict standards that everyone involved follows. Ultimately to be called a remanufactured transmission it needs to be tested prior to ever being installed in a vehicle.

So as you can see, there are clear differences in what you would be buying and it is not uncommon for companies to incorrectly label their transmission service work. It’s a buyer-be-where situation, so we urge everyone to ask the appropriate questions and match the answers up to the recognized standards shown above. Of course you can always contact us to discuss this and much more, please contact us on (360) 966-4800 .


Transmission Repair Needed?


If you drive your car long enough, it will need transmission repair at some point, it happens sooner for some vehicle types than for others. Whether this means the transmission needs to be serviced, rebuilt or replaced may depend on how long the car has been driven with transmission issues, and how much damage has been done.

Fortunately, your car will usually tell you when the transmission is starting to fail, and the sooner you bring the vehicle in to a qualified automotive specialist, the greater your chances will be of avoiding the expense of a full rebuild. The key is to not ignore the symptoms when they occur. Here are a few warning signs that your car may be in need of transmission repair.

  1. Problems with shifting gears

Since your car’s gears are an integral part of the transmission, irregularities with shifting gears are an almost certain sign your transmission is in trouble. Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Hesitation when putting the car into gear
  • Falling out of gear while driving
  • Shifting gears for no apparent reason
  • Jerking when shifting gears

If your vehicle is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to have it looked at by a transmission repair specialist.

  1. Grinding or shimmying between gears

If changing gears produces a grinding sound (in manual transmissions) or a shaking/shimmying (in automatic transmissions), it can be a sign of a worn clutch or other issues. In any case, if you experience this, don’t let it persist. Bring the car in for a check-up.

  1. Unusual noises and “whines”

Often, transmission trouble is indicated when the vehicle begins producing unusual noises, like whining, buzzing or even clunks. Also, if your car sounds excessively noisy while in neutral, you should have it looked at. Other things than the transmission can cause these noises, but they should never be ignored.

  1. Burnt, cloudy transmission fluid

Transmission fluid normally has a bright red color and a distinctive sweet smell. When the fluid appears dark and opaque, and if it looks/smells burnt, it’s a sign of trouble. Time to have the transmission checked out.

  1. Burning odor

You can often smell transmission fluid burning when you exit the vehicle, even if you haven’t seen the fluid. Likewise, when the gears overheat due to excessive friction, it can also produce a burning smell. If the transmission is going bad, you can often smell the burnt transmission fluid when you get out of the car. Either way, a hot, burning smell is not normal.

  1. Leaking transmission fluid

If you see the red fluid on your driveway, whether it appears clear or cloudy, take the car to the auto repair shop. A leak doesn’t necessarily mean your transmission is going bad, but if you let it continue to leak, it will definitely cause damage.
When it’s time for transmission servicing or transmission repair, Everson Transmissions has built a solid reputation for quality, affordable auto service in the Everson & Bellingham area over the past 25 years, they can be reached at 360-966-4800.



Some signs of Transmission or Clutch related problems

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms with your vehicle, it is a good idea to have your vehicle looked at right away so that possible further damage does not occur. Stop by Everson Transmission for a free road test diagnosis, or give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your vehicle.

* TRANSMISSION FLUID BLACK – Is the transmission fluid black and smells burnt? The fluid color in most cases should be a pinkish-red color.
* TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKING – Are you finding pinkish-red fluid on the ground under where you parked your car?
* NOISES – Are you hearing noises from your transmission, possibly a grinding noise or whining noise?
* DELAYING GOING INTO GEAR – Do you step on the gas and there is a delay before the vehicle goes into gear?
* VEHICLE WILL NOT GO INTO REVERSE – At first there was just a delay
going into reverse, and now it won’t go into reverse at all!
* SHUDDERS – Does the vehicle shudder when you step on the gas pedal?
* SLIPPING – Does the motor of your vehicle speed up, but the vehicle doesn’t speed up?
* VEHICLE WILL NOT MOVE – The vehicle won’t move at all! Very Possibly there were previous warning signs before this happened. However, sometimes there are very few signs and it happens suddenly.

Your transmission is probably more complex than any other system in your vehicle. A reputable transmission shop is the best place to have your vehicle’s transmission repaired.


We are more!

Diesel Trucks! Performance Cars! Classic Cars! We do them all!

We do more than Transmissions!

We have many customers that bring their vehicles to us for brakes, differentials, tune-ups, and also regular maintenance. We have Free Estimates! – Let us figure out what your car needs then we can give you options for the best plan to fix your vehicle!

toyota 1 ton MAY2012Redo FerndaleRedo7 55 Chevy


What’s up Everson?

Everson Transmissions is trying to enhance our online presence. In the coming months we will be tweaking our website, sending out email newsletters, and setting up a new Facebook page. So please check out our new Facebook page and “like” us!

Facebook: Click Here

Remember, we do more than just Transmissions, come see us for your brakes, tune-ups and other maintenance necessary to keep you and your family safe and mobile.