How To Scrap Your Transmission for the Best Prices

Many vehicle components are designed with metals that can be scrapped when the parts need replacement. From brake rotors to alternators, there’s a lot of ore to be mined within the mechanics of a vehicle.

One large component found under the hood of every vehicle is a transmission. When a transmission is working, it plays a vital role in the function of a vehicle. However, when the time comes for this part to be replaced, you’re left with a clunky chunk of metal. In this guide, we’ll help you learn how to turn your transmission into valuable scrap metal, including quick tips on how to get the best price possible.

What is a car transmission?

A car transmission is regarded as one of the most critical components in a vehicle. A transmission is responsible for taking the power of an engine and transferring it to the wheels of a vehicle. A transmission is essentially a gearbox that changes the gear ratio based on the speed at which a driver wishes to travel. Through the use of gears, a transmission delivers the right amount of torque and velocity to the wheels of a vehicle.

Why does the power of an engine need to be transmitted via this gearbox? Engines have a maximum amount of rotations per minute (RPM) at which they can spin. Exceeding this RPM can lead to engine damage and, ultimately, engine failure. A transmission uses gears to ensure that the maximum horsepower is delivered to a vehicle’s wheels without exceeding the engine’s maximum RPM.

There are two main types of transmissions—automatic and manual. Manual transmissions require the driver to use a clutch pedal and gear shifter to manually shift between gears based on RPM levels. An automatic transmission does all the work for a driver, shifting gears automatically.

Why would you want to scrap your car transmission?

Scrapping a car transmission has numerous benefits. If you are getting rid of a transmission, the following are all reasons why you might want to consider scrapping it:

  • Earn money: One of the number one reasons people scrap their car transmissions is to make money. This can be particularly beneficial for those operating auto repair shops. Rather than hanging on to clunky, inoperable transmissions, you can earn money for every pound of metal recovered.
  • Contribute to the environment: Scrapping is a great way to get rid of transmissions in an environmentally-friendly manner. The metal can be melted down and reused, rather than going to waste.
  • Clear out space: Transmissions take up a lot of space. If you have a transmission lying around, or you’re clearing out a whole slew of metal parts, scraping is a great way to get rid of some of the extra junk.

How to scrap your transmission for the best prices

Transmissions are usually made of irony aluminum, which is accepted at most scrap yards, such as Scrap It.  To scrap your transmission for the best price possible, follow these tips:

  1. Make sure the transmission fluid has been drained and completely removed.
  2. Inspect the transmission to ensure that it is free of any debris. It must be clean in order to be scrapped.
  3. Remove the case over the front of the transmission. This is usually made of cast aluminum and can be sold as clean material. This will be priced at a higher rate.
  4. Bring a large load of metal at once. If you know you will have numerous transmission or car parts to scrap, hold onto the items until you have a large load to deliver. This will cut down on fuel costs driving to and from the facility.

Visit one of our recycling facilities

If you are interested in scrapping your transmission or any other accepted metal, stop by one of our scrap yards in Everett, MA; Worcester, MA; or Marlborough, NH, today. No appointment is necessary. We will simply weigh your scrap metal and pay you based on current metal pricing. Another option is to schedule a pickup at your location if you have a large volume of scrap. Have questions or want to schedule a pickup? Give our team a call at 617-389-7213.