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So you think you need a Transmission replaced.

  Today’s transmission are very complex units consisting of electronic components, hydraulic valves and passages along with bands and clutches used to stop drums and planetary gears. Diagnosing a drivability issue to locate point of failure takes special tools and equipment. First what needs to be tested is the on-board computer system. Reading computer data is essential in understand what information the computer is processing. The processed information is then used to send the proper signal to the solenoid for operation. This communication is vital to the working of a vehicles Transmission.

Once the data has been confirmed correct. A hydraulic test is preformed to check pressures within the transmission. These pressures are what gives the transmission shift timing and feel, also ratio changes. High pressure will make the unit shift harder while low pressure will allow the transmission to slip. Understanding what pressures are doing is imperative to diagnosing the units’ failure.

  After confirmation of pressures the last possible cause is a mechanical failure. This is where the transmission will have to be removed for inspection of failed components. Not all transmissions will have the same failure. While some maybe failures to a valve body, where replacement is required, other valve bodies maybe repaired. Some units may have planetary gear failures while other transmission have pump and torque converter failures. This is why visual inspection is necessary to the proper cost analysis.

  1.  First step in a successful transmission repair is diagnosis.

How much will it cost to diagnose my transmission concern?

 First we will have to road test your vehicle to verify your complaint. (If your vehicle is to the point where driving is impossible then proceed to next step). Then check your vehicles transmission fluid and scan the onboard computer system for codes. After that we can determine what direction we will need to go in the diagnosis procedure. At this time we can tell you how much time is needed and the cost of diagnosis. The range is ½ hour to possible 2 hours of time. This time is crucial in understand what is the cause so it can be corrected efficiently. If the electrical systems and hydraulic systems checks out ok an inspection will need to be performed. This is where the transmission is dis-assembled to evaluate failure cause and cost of your transmission repair.

(2) Diagnosis cost range $50 to $500 which most cases included into cost of transmission repair.

So what will it cost to replace or overhaul my Transmission?

 The cost of a transmission repair or replacement depends on how much time it takes and which parts will need to be replaced. Every vehicle has different labor times. Whether foreign or domestic, front wheel drive or rear wheel drive or four wheel or two wheel drive, all vehicles have different labor times. Which parts are needed depends on failure. Planetary and pumps, drums and valve body are consider hard parts. These parts may fail but don’t wear out due to mileage. Clutches seals sealing rings bands bearing and bushings all wear out due to mileage and get replaced during overhaul. This is what we call soft parts and are always replaced. Torque converters are a sealed unit that consists of an impeller and a propeller to cup fluid to convert torque from the engine to the transmission. Also a clutch in most converters but not all to drop RPMs to help with emission requirements. The torque converter always get replaced with overhaul. In closing there is a mathematical equation that determines the cost and transmission is different. So what is needed for an estimate is year make model, engine size, two or four wheel drive. This will give us important Intel to determine which transmission you have. Then a quote can be generated which will be labor time and torque converter with soft parts. Hard parts will not be known until inspection is performed.

(3)Transmission repair range from simple fixes $300 where some unit $4500 this is why proper procedure is necessary.

From manual to automatic transmission repair, American Five Star Car Care Center in Tempe, AZ 85281 knows how to fix the problem. Our knowledgeable auto experts will diagnose the situation and help you make a decision. Leave the dirty work to us!

Our competitively priced transmission repair services include:

  • Automatic Transmission Overhaul
  • Clutch Replacement
  • Flywheel Refinishing
  • Torque Converter Replacement
  • Four-Wheel Drive Transmission Service
  • Front-Wheel Drive Transmission Diagnostics
  • Manual Transmission Rebuilds