First Timers Transmission Replacement Guide

Your transmission is a vital part of your car. Without it, there would be no power sent to the wheels from the engine. There is a wide range of transmission types, including automatic and manual. If your transmission is on the fritz, you may notice symptoms of the problem. Your vehicle may have trouble switching gears, have a burning smell, or make noises when it’s in neutral. If you think that your ATK transmission may be going out, this replacement guide will help you know what to expect.

Average Cost of Repairing or Replacing a Transmission

There’s no sugarcoating it. Replacing the transmission is one of the most expensive jobs a mechanic does. On average, it costs $1800-$3400, depending on whether you buy a used transmission, a rebuilt one, or a remanufactured one. The labor factors into the price as well.

There are ways to save money and maybe even enough so you can get replacement body panels as well. Buying a remanufactured transmission on your own and then paying for the labor at a shop means you won’t need to pay a markup price on the transmission. Keep in mind that there are other factors that affect the cost of your repair job, such as the make of your car, the extent of the damage, and even which shop you choose.

How a Transmission Is Rebuilt

Understanding the process helps you to determine how your money is being spent. The long, labor-intensive process is one reason the job is so expensive. The first step is to change the fluid. If you’re lucky, dirty transmission fluid was the only problem and your car will start running well again.

If changing the fluid doesn’t fix the problem, the mechanic will check for trouble codes. They’ll make sure the controls for automatic shifting, as well as the computer’s ability to reading the RPM, are working correctly. Sometimes, fixing the sensors fixes the problem.

The third step is to test drive the vehicle and do an inspection. Once this is done, the mechanic removes the transmission to disassemble it. They’ll inspect and clean each part, replacing seals, gaskets, and any other parts that are broken or outdated. If the “hard” parts of the transmission need attention, the mechanic will work on them. If not, they’ll reassemble and reinstall the transmission, then take the car on another test drive to ensure it’s working properly.

Finding the Right Repair Shop

Before looking for a repair shop, check if your warranty is still valid. If so, you may need to go to the dealership or a specific mechanic to use it. If not, you’ll make the choice yourself. Look for a reputable shop that readily proves it has its license and valid insurance. Consider the reviews the shop has and how long it has been in business. Finally, think about how you’re treated. Did the mechanic answer your questions on the phone or did you feel rushed? Look for mechanics that aren’t afraid to walk you through the process so you know what you’re paying for.

Above all, always make sure you’re using reputable parts. Whether you’re buying a new transmission or a Chevy cowl hood, do so from a reputable and well-known auto parts shop. Doing so ensures you have a transmission that will last for years to come.