How Much Does A Transmission Rebuild Cost?

How much is a transmission rebuild and how does it get built? What about a remanufactured transmission? Here's the only guide you need.

Transmissions can be complicated and a rebuild even more so. This article will cover everything you need to know about rebuilding a transmission.

The transmission of your car enables the right amount of power to be sent to the wheels.

Unfortunately, the transmission can give up, which must be solved either by rebuilding it or replacing it with a new one.

Rebuilding a transmission will cost you around $1500 to $3000 depending on the condition, labor cost, and more.

In this guide, we will specifically cover the costs to rebuild a transmission. We will also touch upon remanufactured transmissions.

Let’s get into it!

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How Does A Transmission Get Rebuilt?

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To understand the potentially high price of a transmission rebuild, it is important to appreciate everything that entails a transmission rebuild.

When the problem has been confirmed to lie within the transmission, the first step is to remove it from the car and disassemble it.

A bad transmission can produce multiple signs and symptoms such as grinding sounds, gear slippage, burning smell, and more.

A transmission is a very sophisticated and complex part of the car. Because of that many steps must be taken to disassemble it.

This includes draining the transmission oil, removing the cover, gears, bearings, and many other small part important parts.

What composes a rebuilt transmission depends on the mechanic who does the job.

In most cases, a rebuild is composed of an inspection of the transmission, cleaning, and replacement of worn-out parts.

This means that a rebuilt transmission will work on new and old parts with no guarantee that the other parts will not break soon.

How Much Does It Cost To Rebuild A Transmission?

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Because of the complex procedure of removing and disassembling the transmission, many hours are needed.

This means that a lot of the cost will be spent on labor.

The cost also depends on the extent of the damage and the parts that must be replaced.

Most rebuilds take around 8-15 hours, which translates to $800 to $1500 in labor costs.

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Total Cost Of A Transmission Rebuild

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The greatest factor that determines the total cost of a transmission rebuild is the extent of damage to the transmission, and the location of the transmission.

On average, a transmission rebuild with both labor and parts will cost around $2000 to $3000.

This applies to extensive rebuilds but both a higher or lower cost is possible depending on what part is being rebuilt and the car model in question.

Location Of The Transmission

The location of the transmission plays a significant role in the labor cost as most cars that use a rear-wheel drivetrain have a more accessible transmission.

The reason for this is that most front-wheel-drive cars have a transaxle.

A transaxle consists of multiple components that are otherwise independent these include the transmission, differential, and axle.

Because of this, it is more time-consuming working with transaxles, which in the end will result in a more expensive total cost.

What Is A Remanufactured Transmission?

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Many times, people confuse a remanufactured transmission with a rebuilt transmission.

While both include renovating the transmission, a remanufactured transmission has been fully restored by replacing every single component, regardless of their respective state.

A remanufactured transmission will therefore cost more, as additional work must be done and more parts ought to be replaced.

What Is Best For Your Car?

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Fixing a new transmission is one of the most expensive car repairs.

When a new transmission is due for a replacement there are three options you can opt for – installing a new transmission, rebuilding your current one, or remanufacturing it.

Some stores offer transmissions that they have already rebuilt or remanufactured independently, and then offer them for car owners whose transmission does not work.

You should consider all three options as they all have their advantages as well as disadvantages.

Installing A New Transmission

Buying a brand-new transmission and installing it in the car is the most expensive option out of the three.

If you are dexterous with cars and have a few hours to spend on replacing the transmission, you could save a lot of money by replacing it yourself.

The biggest advantage of installing a new transmission is that you will get great peace of mind with a warranty that comes with the new transmission.

Rebuilding The Transmission

By reading this article, you should have a good grasp of what rebuilding a transmission means and the advantages as well as disadvantages it comes with.

The greatest advantage is that it is the cheapest option as only the faulty parts are replaced.

On the contrary, you will not get any warranty or a guarantee of how long the rest of the transmission will last as it is old.

Remanufacturing The Transmission

In between the two options mentioned above, there is one final option – remanufacturing the transmission.

This means that the whole transmission is rebuilt, not only the faulty parts but all the replaceable parts.

Because all the parts are replaced with new ones simultaneously, most shops will offer a generous warranty.

Just as this is in between the two “extreme” options, so is the price point which makes it a great choice if you are contemplating between them.


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Rebuilding a transmission cost on average $1500 to $3000 but may differ considerably depending on a few factors such as the car model, drivetrain, damage, and labor cost.

When rebuilding a transmission, only the parts that are not working properly are replaced.

Consequently, the cost will depend a lot on the condition of the transmission and the labor that must be put into the project.

Transmissions are complex and will take many hours to remove, disassemble and install. Add to that the parts that should be replaced. In the end. the cost will be at least around $2000.

If buying a new transmission is out of the picture, remanufacturing the transmission might be the better choice as it will come with a good warranty that the transmission will work longer.

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