Should I Repair or Replace My Transmission?

Transmission troubles can be both frustrating and costly.

Your transmission is one of your car’s most complex and essential engine components.

Your car’s transmission carries the engine’s power to the drive axels by using different gears. This allows your engine to rotate at various speeds.

Automotive transmission gearbox with lots of detailsOnce you have determined that it is your car’s transmission that needs to be fixed you will need to decide if you want to have your transmission repaired, replaced, or rebuilt. It can be hard to decide if you can have your transmission repaired, need to have your transmission rebuilt, or if you need to replace your transmission altogether. However, knowing the difference between these options doesn’t have to be a source of frustration.

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Many car owners will bring their car to any transmission repair shop that is able to complete the job quickly and cheaply. However, it is important to make sure you select a reputable shop that is able to correctly diagnose what has failed with your transmission. Come into your local AAMCO Minnesota location to have your transmission diagnosed properly by our transmission repair experts.


Options for Transmission Fixes


Transmission Repairs

When repairing a transmission you are replacing the bare minimum amount of parts to bring your transmission back into working order.

Often with a transmission repair, you are only fixing one specific part of the transmission. This repair can take place without having to rebuild the entire transmission. This option typically costs less than a rebuild or a replacement. However, this option is often not available as there may be too much damage done to your transmission.


Transmission Rebuilds

A transmission rebuild is where the entire transmission is taken apart and inspected.

Any worn, failed, or damaged parts are then replaced and the transmission is reassembled and replaced into your car. Transmission rebuilds are custom processes for each individual car and require a transmission specialist.


Transmission Replacements

A transmission replacement means that you are replacing your entire transmission.

Sometimes this option is called having your transmission “re-manufactured”. Often there are not brand new transmissions available on the market, so you will be purchasing a refurbished transmission.

When you replace your transmission, all of the parts of your transmission are replaced not just the parts that have failed or worn out. This is an option for transmissions that cannot be rebuilt because they are too damaged.

Transmission replacements are done in a controlled, factory setting. When you replace your transmission your transmission will be updated to the pre-built factory settings. This is often the most expensive transmission fix.


Factors That Affect Transmission Fix Cost

It’s no secret that transmission fixes can be costly. Often, they are the most expensive repairs you will ever have to make to your vehicle. If your transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced you can expect to pay more for parts and the skilled labor needed to complete the fix.

The cost of transmission repairs can vary widely based on a number of factors such as:

Extent of Damage

What parts are damaged and to what extent they are damaged is the main factor in transmission repair costs. A newer, well-maintained car is going to cost less to repair than an older car that has been used heavily.

Manual vs. Automatic

Manual transmission typically cost less to repair than automatic transmissions.

Make and Model

The make and model of your vehicle can impact the cost of your transmission fix. A domestic model is going to usually cost less than a higher-end or imported car such as a Volkswagen, Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

Older or Rare Cars

Older or rare cars are going to cost more in repairs as parts are going to be harder to find.

Location and Transmission Repair Shop

The location where you live will affect the cost of your repair. Locations with higher costs of living, or higher demands in services will typically see higher repair costs. This is also true for the transmission repair shop you choose, each shop will have different prices for different services. Your local AAMCO Minnesota transmission experts can diagnose any transmission problems and recommend the repairs that are right for your vehicle. We won’t recommend costly fixes until we know exactly what is causing the problem.

Related: Why Transmission Repairs Are So Difficult


Need to Repair, Replace or Rebuild Your Transmission?

As with any purchase, you want to get the best value for your dollar. When deciding whether to repair, rebuild, or replace a transmission it’s important to know which option is going to be the most cost-effective while getting the job done correctly the first time.

Detail of a mechanic using electronic diagnostic equipment on a carDue to the complexity of transmission fixes, choosing the right mechanic to handle your transmission makes all the difference. When you are looking for an expert to repair your transmission, trust in AAMCO Minnesota. At all of our AAMCO locations, we take the time to diagnose and suggest the best path to fix your transmission the right way. Our AAMCO transmission technicians use only the highest quality parts to make sure you are back on the road in no time.



Schedule an appointment with your neighborhood AAMCO Minnesota to have your transmission diagnosed or repaired today.


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Our comprehensive 36-step ProtectCheck® Inspection, expert technicians, and no-nonsense pay-only-for-what-you-need approach makes us the most trusted name in car care. Come see why people who know go to AAMCO.

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