How Much Is a Transmission?

Man changing transmission

How much is a transmission for Cave Creek and Paradise Valley drivers? If you’re using new, factory-recommended parts, you’ll pay about $1,800 to $3,400, not including labor. The latter will usually add between $79 and $189 to your total costs, although this will vary depending on where you go. These are general estimates, which do not include taxes and fees which incur in addition to the basic transmission cost. If you want to get an exact answer to the question, “How much is a transmission if I decide to replace it today?” you’re going to want to call the Volkswagen North Scottsdale service center at (833) 461-6734.

What Does the Transmission Do?

Are you wondering what makes a new transmission cost so much? The transmission is much like the gears on your bike! It is a complicated series of gears that allows you to fully take advantage of your engine power and RPMs, and it needs to be both precise and durable if it’s going to get the job done right. Here’s what you should know about your transmission:

  • When you shift into a higher gear or a lower gear, the transmission and the engine will briefly disconnect, transferring into a new position.
  • In a manual transmission, all of this is carried out with the help of your clutch, which allows the gearshift to take place.
  • With an automatic transmission, the process is completed without driver involvement, as you accelerate or decelerate on the roads near Scottsdale. Instead of a clutch, many automatic transmissions use something called a torque converter.
  • Some Volkswagen automatic transmissions are dual-clutch transmissions, which act like an automated manual transmission with the use of two clutches.

No matter which kind of transmission is at the heart of your vehicle, you can bet that it’s one of the most complex mechanical components you’ll find under the hood.

How To Check Your Transmission Fluid

In order to function properly, your vehicle requires transmission fluid. Checking your transmission fluid regularly is essential, especially if you don’t want to be asking, “How much is a transmission?” just a few years after you drive off the lot. Regular checks minimize the threat of leaks which lead to long term damage, and since the process is easy to understand, anyone can check their transmission fluid at home. Simply:

  1. Turn on the car and allow the engine to warm up.
  2. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick using your owner’s manual, if necessary.
  3. Remove the transmission fluid dipstick. Take some of the fluid, and move it around between your thumb and your forefinger. It should be mostly clear, and pink in tone.
  4. If the fluid smells burnt, looks dirty, or is full of small particles, you’re probably dealing with a serious issue. If you schedule service quickly, you may be able to avoid the full transmission cost.
  5. Now it’s time to check your transmission fluid level. Wipe off the dipstick with a nearby rag, then reinsert it. Pull it out once more to check the level.
  6. If you’re underneath the full marking (which should be clearly visible on your dipstick), just add a little bit more using a funnel.

If your transmission fluid levels are low, you might be dealing with a leak. Get your vehicle into Volkswagen North Scottsdale as soon as possible, before it leads to long-term irreparable damage.

How Often Should the Transmission Fluid Be Replaced?

If it isn’t leaking or becoming ruined inside your vehicle, transmission fluid should last for a relatively long time. The recommended interval will vary between models, but you will usually change your transmission fluid at some point between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. As long as you’ve kept up with your warranty, this simple transmission flush should be completely covered. Remember: drivers who don’t miss their regular service visits are far less likely to have to pay the cost of replacing a transmission later on!

Trust the Volkswagen North Scottsdale Service Center

Whether you’re having trouble finding your dipstick or you’ve determined that you need a full transmission replacement, you can count on the Volkswagen North Scottsdale service department to get the job done right. We carry out all repairs using genuine OEM parts, and that means the work we do is meant to last! Schedule your transmission service today!

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