How much will a transmission repair cost?
Repair costs depend on first what is wrong with the transmission and second what parts may be required to correct the problem. In general, 60% of all repairs are minor ones that do not require a complete overhaul of the transmission. Today's transmissions are more sophisticated and require extensive testing to determine the reason for failure.
Why does transmission repair cost so much?
There's no doubt about it: Transmission repairs can be expensive. But, it's well worth the cost when you consider what's involved in the repairs.
Today's automatic transmissions consist of thousands of individual components. During a major repair, each one is removed, cleaned, and inspected to exacting tolerances. Any worn or damaged parts are repaired or replaced.
Then each part is put together into one of many subassemblies. Each subassembly must be adjusted, and tested for proper operation. Then the subassemblies must be assembled into the transmission case, where the adjustment and testing procedure begins all over again.
Finally, once the transmission is completely assembled, it has to be reinstalled.
If that's not enough to justify the cost, there's something else to consider: Virtually all of today's automatic transmissions are computer controlled. Which means that the transmission's ability to operate depends on much more than the condition of the transmission itself. Engine problems now can have a dramatic effect on how the transmission operates.
All of which boils down to one, inescapable conclusion: Sure, transmission work can be expensive...but, dollar for dollar, it's one of the best values around.
These two questions are far and away the most frequently asked.
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