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What is a car transmission?
Your car’s gear system is hugely complex and made up of many different mechanical components that keep the wheels turning.
A car’s transmission is just one part of that and is responsible for converting speed and momentum into power. It keeps your wheels moving in a way that’s most efficient for fuel consumption. Both automatic and manual cars have a transmission system.
The average cost of a clutch repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £454. If a clutch is slipping or making an unusual noise, it needs to be replaced to avoid further damage to the engine.Can include
- Replacement clutch
- May include flywheel replacement
The average cost of automatic transmission diagnostics booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £107. An automatic car can suffer transmission faults that are hard to pinpoint due to the system’s complexity. A professional can diagnose automatic transmission problems to help you get a suitable repair.Can include
- Transmission diagnostic
- Transmission repair
The average cost of transmission diagnostics booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £53.39. If you’ve noticed signs that your transmission might not be functioning correctly, such as difficulty changing gears, a professional can diagnose the cause of the problem and repair it.Can include
- Transmission diagnostic
- Transmission repair
The average cost of a clutch repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £483.34. A car clutch can be replaced or repaired depending on the cause of the issue. Minor clutch issues may only require a repair or adjustment.Can include
- Clutch repair
The average cost of a clutch and gearbox repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £540. Clutch and gearbox repairs often go hand-in-hand. If you’re not sure which part of your system has a fault, a mechanic can diagnose and perform the right repair.Can include
- Clutch repair
- Gearbox repair
Common problems with transmissions
Your car’s transmission is a complicated and technical system of many components that work together to deliver power to the wheels. When something goes wrong, it can be challenging to know the cause. Luckily, a professional will diagnose transmission problems for you and provide you with the right repair. There are a few common faults that often cause issues with your car’s transmission system.
Transmission fluid leak
Burst pan seals lead to leaking transmission fluid, which can eventually cause the transmission system to fail if the levels become too low. Manual vehicles need this fluid to keep the gears lubricated. If you notice any liquid leaking from your car, it’s essential to get your car to a local garage.
Contaminated transmission fluid
Over time, transmission fluid can become contaminated with debris. This can cause the system to overheat and prevent gear changes from happening smoothly. If left for too long, contaminated transmission fluid can damage the engine.
One of the most common issues with your gearbox and transmission system is a worn clutch. Over time, components grind down, stop gripping, and eventually become faulty. Manual vehicles with a worn clutch will need a replacement as soon as possible.
Defective starter solenoid
A solenoid is a type of electromagnet that helps the ignition start the car engine. If you’re struggling to change gear or move out of neutral, there might be a problem with the transmission solenoid.
Broken transmission bands for automatic cars
Each gear has a transmission band, and if a band breaks, you will struggle to get into that gear. If only one gear is causing you a problem while the rest work fine, it’s probably a problem with a transmission band.
Signs of transmission issues
Many things can indicate a problem with your transmission. If you notice any tell-tale signs, pay a visit to a garage to understand what’s going wrong and get a fix.
Signs of transmission issues include:
Gear shifting delays
A burning smell
Car slipping out of gear
Shaking when in gear
Unusual noises when changing gears
How often should the transmission fluid be changed?
Your manufacturer’s manual will tell you how often the transmission fluid should be changed.
On average, it needs to be replaced every 30,000-60,000 miles. However, some vehicle manufacturers don’t recommend a change until 100,000 miles.
Changing your transmission fluid is the best way to extend the lifespan of your transmission and keep it working to full effect. If you’re having a problem changing gears, or it’s been 60,000 miles since your last change, book in for a transmission fluid replacement.
How much does a clutch replacement cost?
The cost of a clutch replacement depends on the cause of the fault and the type of car you have. Our cost table gives you an idea of how much you might have to pay for a repair.
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Frequently asked questions
A repair to your transmission system is not typically covered by standard car insurance unless the damage was caused after an accident. Check your insurance policy documents to find out whether you can claim for a transmission repair.
The type of car warranty you have will depend on whether transmission repairs are covered. Some policies include transmission repairs, whereas others don’t. Check your policy documents to find out.
The cost of a transmission repair depends on what is causing the fault. The average transmission repair cost booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is X.
Motor oil is typically a lot thicker than transmission fluid. Motor oil is designed to lubricate components of the engine, while transmission fluid supports the gear system.
If you put the wrong oil into your transmission, it’s essential to seek the help of a professional fast. They may be able to flush out the oil and stop it from causing any damage to your gear system.
Transmission fluid is essential to keep the system well lubricated and prevent it from overheating. It allows for the smooth changing of gears.
The transmission dipstick is under the hood of your car. It looks similar to the engine oil dipstick but is located at the rear of the engine. To check your transmission fluid levels, remove the transmission dipstick and wipe it clean. Place it back inside the hole before removing it again. Check to see where the oil mark falls to take a reading of its level. It should fall halfway been the two markers on the dipstick.
Changing your transmission fluid can help you shift gears much more smoothly. If you’re having trouble with erratic or stubborn gears, check to see whether your transmission fluid is contaminated or the levels are low.
A professional will be able to diagnose any issues and repair your automated transmission so that you can change gears comfortably and safely.