The wear and tear experienced by your transmission can occur independently of other components of your vehicle. When a transmission breaks down or troubles you in any way, you'll have to decide if you want to repair or replace it. The cost of doing either can vary greatly. Here is what you need to know.

Transmission Repair Costs

One thing people don't realize about car transmissions is how many parts they contain. The parts that make up a transmission have smaller parts as well. For this reason, a transmission can become expensive to repair.

If the mechanic doesn’t know the reason a transmission is malfunctioning, he or she will have to take the transmission apart. Then, the mechanic will often have to take each part of the transmission apart. Once the mechanic has every part broken down, he or she must find the part in disrepair.

When the mechanic is satisfied all sub-parts are in good condition, he or she must then rebuild the transmission. This process can get pricey. If the mechanic knows which part needs work without having to do a full tear down, the cost of repair isn't as much.

In such cases, the mechanic can work on just the part required. He or she can run tests to make sure the other parts work as they should without having to take them apart.

Transmission Replacement Costs

Replacing a transmission isn't as labor-intensive as repairing one can become. You might assume all the mechanic has to do is remove the old one and drop in the new one. In a best-case scenario, that's how the process can work.

When it does work like that, you'll likely pay the least amount of money for the service. Nevertheless, many transmission replacements aren't cut-and-dry. A few caveats that can add labor and costs to the process can include the difficulty of finding the right replacement transmission and auxiliary parts in your car’s make and model. The price might also be influenced by whether the transmission is automatic or manual and whether you’re using a new, used, or rebuilt transmission for your replacement.

Beyond these and other considerations, the shop itself may charge more or less depending on the skills of the mechanic. Some mechanics are good at dealing with transmissions and may charge a premium, while others might undercharge and not give you the service you need.

You should choose a shop that specializes in transmissions. A specialist shop will have multiple people on staff who can diagnose problems and replace the transmission efficiently and professionally. Choosing a specialist ensures that you’re not paying money for low-quality service that will have you back in the shop 

Transmission Maintenance 

The best way to avoid transmission problems is to take care of your vehicle and its transmission. Maintaining the transmission can help it last longer. Maintenance and care will also help you to identify issues before they become expensive problems. Maintenance is easy when you do the following:

  • Stick to your overall car maintenance schedule.
  • Check your transmission fluid and have it changed on a schedule.
  • Don't ride your brakes or shift gears out of turn.
  • Avoid towing or using your car to do things it shouldn't.

The costs associated with these things are nothing compared to the costs of replacing or repairing a transmission. Your transmission won't last forever, but it can certainly last for 100,000 miles or more if you take care of

At Huntington Beach Transmissions & Auto Repair, we know transmissions inside and out. Whether you need transmission maintenance, servicing, repairs, or replacement, contact us for help.