Transmission repairs are a bummer. We know it. Transmission repairs are typically unexpected and don’t they always seem to come at the worst possible time? The truth is, there is no convenient time for transmission problems. This is why keeping up with proper transmission maintenance and service is extremely important. But sometimes you can do everything right and still incur transmission problems. And then you might need a transmission repair. How much will that cost you?
The automobile is a marvelous piece of machinery that is made up of a many different components. If you have owned and driven your vehicle for a number of years, you might have had to replace your tires, your taillight, your windshield wipers, your muffler, and any number of other components. The same is true of your transmission. Not so much that you may have had to replace your transmission, but the transmission itself is made up of parts that may need to be replaced.
A lot of transmission repair has to do with replacing parts. And herein lies the key to the question of, “How much does transmission repair cost?”. It all depends on the part that needs to be replaced (assuming, for now, that replacing a part is the required transmission repair). If it is a small, accessible part, then the transmission repair should be relatively inexpensive. If the part is inaccessible, that will cost more.
Accessible vs. Inaccessible
When discussing accessible and inaccessible parts, we are referencing the location of the part in question within the transmission. Some parts can be accessed while the transmission remains within the body of the vehicle. Some parts can only be accessed when the transmission is removed from the chassis. As you can imagine, the accessible parts are easier to repair or replace. Unfortunately, not all transmissions are the same, so what might be an accessible part in one make of transmission, is inaccessible in another.
Expensive vs. Inexpensive Transmission Repairs
Replacing or repairing inaccessible parts tends to cost a bit more. But there are more expensive transmission repairs. A transmission overhaul, also known as rebuilding a transmission, requires the removal of the transmission from the vehicle and then the disassembly of the transmission. Every part is examined and, depending upon its condition, cleaned in a special solution and put back or replaced. Transmission overhauls are required in cases when the transmission is severely damaged or when the cause of the problem cannot be identified by other means.
Clearly, a transmission overhaul is a very involved process and as such, it costs quite a bit. But not all transmission repairs are as expensive. Some transmission repairs only require changing the transmission fluid and filter. Transmission fluid is integral to the transmission and it can become burnt or damaged. Servicing damaged transmission fluid for new fluid with a filter can sometimes solve all your problems. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive transmission repair.
Sadly, dear reader, I cannot tell you how much transmission repairs cost without knowing what the required transmission repair is. If you suspect you may your transmission is not working properly, bring your vehicle in to your local Mister Transmission for a FREE Multi-Check and Road Test to start your diagnosis. And remember: routine transmission maintenance reduces the need for transmission repair. To learn more about transmission repair, please contact us. Back
Transmission repairs can be costly. Determining what you can expect to pay to get your vehicle back on the road depends on these factors
Of all the components that comprise your vehicle’s engine, the transmission is quite possibly the most complex. All mechanical devices need to be serviced and repaired occasionally. If your transmission has failed and is in need of a repair, or if you’ve noticed warning signs that something’s amiss and suspect a repair is required, the first thing that’s likely to pop into your head is, “How much will it cost to fix my transmission?”
Fair question. But there is no single answer. It depends on many factors ranging from the type of transmission your vehicle has (manual or automatic, five-speed or six-speed), to how old or how many kilometres it has driven, to whether or not it is under warranty. It could be that your vehicle’s transmission fluid level is too low or that the fluid viscosity is the wrong type for your car. Or it’s possible your transmission has failed and it must be rebuilt or replaced.
Spotting Potential Problems Early is Key to Keeping the Cost Down
As transmission repairs can prove to be costly, it’s wise to be aware of what the warning signs are before a total breakdown occurs. If you recognize a potential problem before it unfolds, you can potentially save yourself a lot of money, and certainly a lot of stress.
If your car has an automatic transmission or gearbox, some of the most common symptoms to be mindful of include:
- Delayed engagement. When shifting from “Park” to “Reverse” or “Drive”, there’s a delay before the gear shifts. Thus, even if you rev the engine, the vehicle doesn’t move right away.
- Gear slippage. Also known as transmission slippage, when the gear changes for seemingly no reason while driving, and when it does, the sound of the engine will change.
- A burning smell. If your car’s transmission fluid is well beyond its best before date, it won’t smell pleasant (think rotten eggs or rotting fish). Furthermore, if the fluid hasn’t been changed in a long while, is low, or if the transmission fluid is overheating it will begin to give off a noticeable burning smell.
- Unusual noises. When your car is in park or idling in neutral, if you hear unusual noises like rattling, clanging, or grinding sounds, it’s possible you may need to have worn out parts replaced like the bearings or gear teeth.
If your car has a manual transmission, be wary of these common warning signs:
- Leaking fluid. Transmission fluid is red in colour (or it should be). If you find a pool of red liquid beneath your car, chances are your transmission is bleeding its vital fluid. Without fluid, the transmission will overheat and eventually seize up.
- Gear failure. If you notice your car isn’t changing gears smoothly, and the clutch feels wrong or different when you’re driving, the clutch may be dragging, the hydraulic system may be failing, or the clutch may be warped.
- Inability to change gears. If you can’t change from one gear to another with ease or at all, that’s a clear sign something is very wrong with your transmission. It’s possible the synchronization may be off between the clutch and gearbox.
- Faulty shift lever. If the shift lever becomes hard to move while switching gears, any number of issues could be behind this problem from having the wrong type of fluid in your transmission to damage done to internal components such as the shift rails or shifting forks.
One of the easiest signs to spot that something might be wrong beneath the hood regardless of the type of vehicle you drive or the transmission it has is on your dashboard: the engine warning indicator. If the engine warning light illuminates, it’s recommended you have a mechanic check to see what the cause is. It might not have anything to do with your transmission, but it’s better to be sure than to be sorry.
Last but not least, get the transmission fluid and filter changed as often as is recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. It is the best preventative maintenance you can have performed on your transmission. Doing so will help prevent full-on breakdowns and expensive repairs over time.
Are you experiencing transmission problems? Call the experts at a Mister Transmission near you to book a service appointment, and ask for your free 21-point multi-check inspection.
What will it cost you to get your transmission repaired? There’s no way any mechanic or technician can definitively determine what the final price will be by discussing it over the phone
The cost to repair, rebuild, or replace a transmission in any vehicle can be costly, but the final price depends on many factors that are impossible to determine with a quick discussion on the phone.
Owning an automobile has never been cheap. It’s even more expensive now because of the sophisticated electronic sensors and computers onboard modern vehicles. Such sophistication reaps many benefits, but it comes at a cost: a car’s engine control unit governs everything from fuel efficiency and emissions to throttle position and gear shifting, and it can make repair work complicated, and sometimes, expensive.
What’s This Going to Cost?
It’s because of the complex and complicated nature of modern transmission repairs that a technician can’t give you an accurate price on a repair before inspecting the vehicle. The computers installed in today’s automobiles are reaching exceptional levels of intricacy. Any suggestion to the contrary by a technician you talk to over the phone is pure guesswork.
Nobody likes costly surprises when it comes to repairing their automobile. It’s understandable that most motorists would want a set price before taking their vehicle to a transmission shop. The problem is transmissions today are more complex than the first manned lunar lander.
There’s a time-honoured form of fraud in the retail or business world. It’s known as the “bait-and-switch”, and it involves enticing customers to enter a store (or in this case, a transmission repair shop) wooed by a product or service at an incredibly low price. Once there, the customer discovers the price for the product or service in question is, in fact, much higher (aka, the “switch”). Although this tactic is illegal under the Competition Act, it still happens all too frequently in the auto repair industry. In other words, caveat emptor! (Let the buyer beware).
At Mister Transmission, we don’t give our customers price quotes over the phone, because we can’t. No one can. That’s why we offer a free 21 Point Multi-Point Inspection of your transmission and a road test of your vehicle. We want to be able to tell you with certainty, and at no charge, that you either do or do not have an internal transmission problem.
Visit a Mister Transmission location nearest you to book a service appointment and, if your vehicle requires a transmission repair, a realistic price on what it will cost to fix it.
If you feel you have a problem with your transmission, do yourself a favour and please contact your local Mister Transmission and book an appointment for our FREE 21-Point Multi-Check Inspection.