How Much Does a Transmission Repair Cost? (And Where to Get an Estimate)

No one wants to hear that their transmission is broken and in need of a significant repair. Not only are transmissions vital to the safe and functional operation of your car, but repairing them can also be quite expensive if you haven’t taken the time to service them regularly.

The good news is that, because transmissions are so pivotal to your car’s operation, it’s hard to miss the signs when you have a problem. Your transmission is responsible for ‘transmitting’ the power of your car’s engine to the drive axle. In other words, your transmission is what turns the wheels of your car. The transmission shifts gears as your car picks up speed, allowing the engine to spin at different speeds and not work so hard to keep the wheels turning. When something goes wrong with your transmission, the shifting process becomes less seamless, resulting in high RPMs, grinding sounds, lack of power, gear slipping or other symptoms.

Determining Your Transmission Repair Cost

The question customers often have is something along the lines of ‘what is it going to cost?’ Since transmission repairs can, in some instances, be quite costly, it makes sense that the expense is a concerning issue for most drivers. However, the truth is that it’s hard to provide an accurate transmission repair cost estimate without first inspecting the car and diagnosing the issue. As a result, at Auto Trans Australia, we prefer to survey your car before giving any firm price brackets.

With that said, we can give average ballpark figures for different brackets of repairs. On the low end, you will find most issues related to transmission fluid. The least problematic transmission issue is a fluid leak. If your transmission is leaking, you will probably only pay a few hundred dollars for a repair. You would pay even less (closer to $100) for a routine transmission flush, which replaces the fluid in your car with fresh fluid on a regular basis. If you suspect a leak is the issue, look for red or brown fluids on your driveway or the floor of your garage. (Transmission fluid is red when fresh and trends towards rusty brown as it gets older.)

More severe transmission issues will, naturally, result in heftier transmission repair costs. From solenoids to hydraulics to computing components and beyond, transmissions are made up of a wide range of different parts. The problem is, when one of these elements fail, the transmission will often continue running without it—causing more damage over time. As a result, transmission issues that don’t relate to fluid leaks tend to be substantially more severe and usually demand more complex transmission rebuilds. These repairs vary widely in price depending on the vehicle and the severity of the problem but typically average in the $1,000 to $2,000 price range. If the transmission is beyond repair, a full replacement averages between $2,000 and $4,000.

Bring Your Vehicle to Auto Trans Australia for a More Accurate Transmission Repair Cost Estimate

Because transmission repair costs vary so dramatically, we recommend that you bring your vehicle to Auto Trans Australia for a thorough inspection and diagnosis of the problem. Using our top-of-the-line diagnostic tools, we will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong and give you a much more accurate figure of how much you will need to pay to repair or rebuild your transmission. Call us on 1800187267 to schedule an appointment.