Answers to Your Biggest Transmission Repair Questions | Autostream Car Care

7 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Transmission Repair

  1. What causes transmission failure?
    As a complex component in your car, the transmission can fail because of various different problems. The most common cause, however, is heat. When the transmission runs too hot, its parts wear more quickly and may fail sooner.

  2. How do I know if I have a fluid leak?
    There are a couple of ways to determine if your transmission has a fluid leak. First, the fluid level in the transmission should be constant. Low fluid levels indicate a leak. Second, you can visually check for a fluid leak on the ground below your transmission.

  3. When does transmission fluid need to be checked and changed?
    Generally, transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles. If you are unsure about your specific vehicle’s needs, check manufacturer’s recommendations and follow their guidelines.

  4. How long does it take for a transmission repair?
    This is a fair question, you should be informed on how long your car may take in an auto shop. However, there is not an exact length of time for a transmission repair, since it greatly depends on the amount of work being done on the car, the parts availability for any replacements, and the repair shop’s schedule.

  5. How much does transmission repair cost?
    The transmission is a complex and crucial component in your vehicle. That means its repairs aren’t necessarily cheap. Complete rebuilds are typically $1500 minimum and a new replacement might be much greater. Your specific costs will depend on the parts and labor needed for the job.

  6. Do I need a transmission flush?
    Transmission flushes are a highly debated service for your vehicle. In some cases, they may do more harm than good, which is why you should be careful if an auto shop tells you that you need one. Typically, you should not need one unless the manufacturer recommends it.

  7. How can I avoid transmission issues?
    The fact is that ageing is part of life. Over time, your car will go through wear and tear that weakens its parts, which means someday it may need repairs. However, regular maintenance with frequent visits to AutoStream Car Care Center can help to prolong your transmission lifespan.

Written by Doug Grills