A car’s transmission is a very complex and essential component that is responsible for shifting gears, both in manual and automatic transmission. The transmission will help to dynamically change the speed-torque ratio of the vehicle to offer power to the wheels efficiently, based on the speed of the vehicle.
Car engines offer high rotational speeds that cannot be used in low speeds or to put the vehicle into motion from a stop. Making use of gear ratios, the transmission of the car will decrease the rotational speed of the engine and increases the torque or the rotational power to the wheels.
Usually, vehicles are five or six speed, meaning that they have many gear ratios that can be used to make the vehicle travel at the full range of speeds to use the output power of the engine as efficiently as possible. Owing to the complexity and constant use, the transmissions of the vehicle experience much wear and tear. On top of this is the fact that many vehicle owners forget to check and refill the gear fluids at regular intervals. Now you may have understood why many car owners complain about transmission problems.
Many mechanics claim that transmission replacement is one of the most expensive jobs on a vehicle. Studies show that the average transmission replacement will cost from 1,800 to 3,500 dollars. Even if you go for a used/repaired transmission, you will need to spend from 800 to 1,500 dollars, whereas a rebuilt transmission will cost from 1,500 to 2,500 dollars.
Rebuilding the transmission of your vehicle can cost just as much as a replacement depending on the mechanical works to be done on it and the extent of damage to the parts. However, basic transmission repair jobs will not cost much and may range from 500 to 1,500 dollars. For instance, clutch repair and replacement for a manual transmission will cost between 1,000 and 1,500 dollars.
If the transmission of your vehicle needs a complete rebuild after a mechanical failure, it will be a wise decision to replace it, as remanufactured certified transmission replacement will cost the same as a complete rebuild. In addition, mechanics offer warranties on remanufactured parts and this can offer you additional peace of mind.
You have two options here. The first one is to buy certified transmission on your own and pay the repair shop for the installation charges, or pay the markup on the remanufactured transmission that the shop provides. Either way, it will be cost effective for you to replace the transmission with a certified one than performing a major repair job on the current one.