How much does transmission repair cost?

Giulia Nigrini
Giulia Nigrini
Vehicle Service Contract Specialist, Traveler, Car Enthusiast
October 25, 2021
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How much does transmission repair cost?

Repairs are never easy. From small issues to large repairs, a vehicle needs regular maintenance. A transmission is no different. Parts alone can range between $300 and $3,500 while labor can get up to $1,200 depending on the extent of the damage.

Though this is something you are less likely to do than an oil change I would say stay on the safe side and be prepared. Transmission repairs are inevitable, as they get much wear and tear over the years. Before we dive into the details of transmission repair costs let’s take a look at what a transmission is.

What is a car transmission?

The term transmission technically refers to the gearbox, clutch, differential, final drive shafts, and prop shaft for rear-wheel-drive vehicles which encompasses the entire drivetrain. However, in daily language, most people use the word transmission to refer to the gearbox. So when you go in for repairs or a check-up on your vehicle be sure to clarify the exact part(s) that requires repairs.

The transmission, in simple terms, transfers energy from where it is to where it needs to be used. In a car, this means that the transmission is what allows for the increase or reduction in speed. Commonly known as acceleration and deceleration. If you drive an internal combustion engine vehicle like most of us then the power will be generated within the engine of your car. Heat energy is created through the burning of gasoline and then converted into torque. 

The transmission then takes the torque from the engine and transfers it to the wheels according to your input. Input is the gears selected and the desired acceleration/deceleration placed on the pedals. Allowing your vehicle to move. Ultimately giving the driver better control over the vehicle and lowering the chance of undesired vehicle responses.

Something to note would be that as cars move over to other power sources such as batteries/electricity the mechanics of how the car functions slightly differ. Common vehicles today are also a little different from the two-stroke engines that were only banned a few years ago. Know what you are driving and what powers it. These make a difference in maintenance, price, repairs, and insurance. 

Typical Transmission Repair Costs

Seeing as the transmission actually involves a fair amount of parts, the cost can vary depending on the diagnosis. There are also instances where more than one part is affected and will need to be repaired or even replaced. The vehicle make, model, and year influence the cost of parts and the hours needed for labor.

Mechanical issues are rather sporadic issues. Some are detected early with early symptoms but many of these mechanical failures can occur when you are not prepared for them. Any repair required for the transmission will take several hours to fix and possibly keep you without a car for a few days. Although, with current parts shortages you may spend up to a few months without your vehicle.

In the end, having all the facts only helps you in the event of something unforeseen. Something such as a transmission failure can lead to very high bills as detailed above. It is always best to stay on the safe side.

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