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What Is the Cost to Replace a Transmission?

by Jason Taetsch

Transmission repairs generally cost anywhere from $1,400 to $4,000, depending on the type of car and manufacturer. They can be the most expensive repair costs involved in a vehicle's maintenance program.


The transmission is one of the most complex and important parts of a vehicle's drivetrain. Repairs to transmissions are often expensive because of the amount of labor required.


The transmission is the part of the engine that is responsible for providing power to the wheels, and it also regulates how hard the engine works to propel the car by changing the gears.


The most common cause of transmission replacement and damage is from overheating. When overheated, the transmission fluid burns off, leaving vital engine parts without proper lubrication that are susceptible to leaks and warping.


Most car's transmissions are designed to last for the duration of a vehicle's lifespan but break down due to improper care and maintenance.

Expert Insight

According to, oil leaks or spots underneath a parked car are often the first warning signs of transmission problems.

About the Author

Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."

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