Converting an Automatic Transmission to Manual: Can It Be Done?

Your vehicle has an automatic transmission but you crave the power and fun of a manual transmission. So here is a piece of good news for you—it is possible to convert an automatic transmission into a manual transmission. However, it is a complex task that should always be left to a trained technician at an established auto and transmission service shop.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE THE CONVERSION

A conversion is done one of two ways: physically converting the existing transmission or replacing the automatic with a manual transmission (whether new or rebuilt). The rebuilt option is rather pricey, but may be necessary depending on the make and model of vehicle you are converting. However, you can convert a transmission without replacing it too; but there are a few factors to consider:

  • Make and Model of the Vehicle – No matter which route you take, the make and model will determine the scope of the project. Newer vehicles are equipped with special computer chips, so you would not only convert the actual mechanics, but the computer components as well.
  • Components for Replacement – To convert a transmission from an automatic to a manual, your transmission specialist will need to replace several components that rely on the automatic processes. One of the biggest replacements will be the brake pedal. This will be replaced with a complete manual brake and clutch installation. A separate bell housing, clutch mechanism, hydraulic or manual clutch system will need to be created and the drive shaft may also need to be replaced.
  • Expertise – It is not impossible to convert your automatic transmission into a manual one, but it can be extremely complex. It requires experience with mechanics and you will need to have the right tools on hand that goes beyond the average tool box. Due to the complex nature of the conversion it is best to leave the job to a reputable transmission shop in CalgaryLethbridge or Medicine Hat.
TAKE YOUR VEHICLE TO A TRANSMISSION SERVICE PROFESSIONAL

Conversions are not for the inexperienced and should not be done as a DIY project. Instead, you should take your vehicle to a company that specializes in manual transmission services in Calgary. The team at National Transmission can help you convert an automatic transmission into a manual one. We have six convenient locations spanning from Calgary to Medicine Hat. Instead of risking the integrity of your vehicle, let our team help you with the conversion process.

Schedule your transmission conversion appointment or call us for more information at one of our six convenient locations. You can also ask a question online by emailing one of our locations.

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