What To Do About Transmission Maintenance and Cost
I am sure everyone has heard the cliche, “If you have to get a new transmission, you might as well get a new car.” A transmission is supposed to last the lifetime of your car. Most people who purchase a new car never have to worry about transmission problems; however, if you decide to keep your car for many years, keeping up the maintenance on your ride is paramount.
Transmission fluid is normally changed between 30,000 and 100,000 miles; however, this depends on your vehicle. Unlike some DIY projects, like oil changes, this fluid change should be left up to the professionals. If you’re in the Cincinnati area, drop in at a transmission shop Cincinnati OH.
If you go outside one morning and discover a red puddle underneath your vehicle, you have a transmission leak. Whether your car is old or new, you have a problem. If the vehicle is still covered by a warranty, this will offset some cost, but it is very important to understand what lies ahead for you and your vehicle. The cost you will incur depends on what transmission you decide to get and what your warranty will cover.
First, do you know how to rebuild or repair a transmission yourself? If not, setting aside enough funds for labor cost is a must. You will need approximately $1200. Removing and replacing normally takes at least 4 to 10 hours of paid labor. Second, shopping around for the parts you need yourself verses excepting their parts can save on mark up prices. Lastly, always check the market for the average prices everyone is paying for the same services that you need. Get the best service for the price that you can afford. A used transmission may cost as little as $800 whereas a remanufactured one can be as expensive as $3400.
After reading this far, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t have a rainy day fund for anything like this.” Well if your original warranty has expired or you purchased a vehicle that is no longer under warranty, there are multiple companies out there that will happily help you with 12 months – 7-year warranties for your vehicles.
When you are thinking about purchasing one of these plans it is imperative to read every word of these contracts so you know what you are paying for. Some plans are not transferable. Others may only be available in certain states. There could be higher prices because of the state or county you live in just like car insurance. You will want to know if there are any restrictions with mechanics, mileage, etcetera.
At the end of the day, it seems that the best thing to do is to keep a structured car maintenance schedule. Whether your car or truck is the latest model or has some mileage, fix the small issues before they become big issues and that will save you money in the end. If you decide to get an extended warranty, make sure it is affordable and covers everything you need when it’s time for you to use it.