Transmission Rebuild/Replacement

Tiny
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  • 2008 FORD FOCUS
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 198,000 MILES
I want to know how much it might cost to replace or repair the transmission in my car. The car runs fine however, I plan to replace the clutch and I figure I should rebuild or replace it.
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Friday, November 20th, 2020 AT 9:07 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Normally you don't really rebuild a manual transmission unless it is showing signs of mechanical failure like the synchronizers are worn so it doesn't shift or you have bearing noises internally. A way to somewhat tell is to do a fluid drain and look for metal on the drain plug and in the oil. There will be some but if it comes out looking like a glitter ball then you may want to have it looked at. As for the cost, that depends a lot on where you are and what parts need to be replaced. If you replaced all the bearings and synchro's the kit runs about $600.00 so with labor a rebuild would probably run about $1,500.00, not including removal and replacement. To replace it with a re-man unit you would be looking at about $2,000.00 for the transmission itself. Now if you have a shop that does them all the time do it, they would likely replace just the worn or damaged parts so it could be less money.
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Friday, November 20th, 2020 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
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Thank you! This was just for curiosity and if it doesn't bother you. Do you know if it would be "impossible" for me to do it myself. I've heard it's not worth it but I do like a challenge. Thank you for your valuable time! I appreciate what you do. Have a great day!
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 5:23 AM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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The issue with DIY is that you likely don't have the pullers and press needed to take the various sections apart. If you have those and the service manual for the transmission it is possible to do. You can buy the parts kit from a few places. If you wanted to go that route I'd suggest going and getting a used transmission from a salvage yard, doing the rebuild on it and then swapping the entire thing in. That way you don't tie up the vehicle for longer than necessary and you still have the old transmission in the event something wasn't just right in the rebuilt one.
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 10:16 AM
Tiny
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Thank you!
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 2:36 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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If you decide to go the DIY way you might want to get the years subscription to one of the outfits like Mitchell or Alldata and hunt up some videos on the rebuild and see what it entails. That would give you an idea of the process and any pitfalls that may be there.
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 AT 3:37 PM

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