How Much is a Transmission?

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If you’re a car owner, you’ve probably wondered at one point or another, “How much is a transmission?” Transmission costs vary; transmission replacement for a Mercedes-Benz, for example, won’t cost the same as it would for a mainstream car. However, the price tends to fall between $1,800 and $3,400 for a new transmission. Usually, labor costs range from $79 to $189, but can be more depending on the services performed. You’ll also need to factor in taxes and fees for the parts. When you need transmission service or replacement, the service center at Mercedes-Benz of Escondido can help!

Why is a Transmission Important?

To put it simply, your car can’t move without the transmission. It distributes power to the front, back, or all wheels, depending on your car’s drivetrain. The engine and transmission disconnect briefly every time the gears are shifted and adjust to a new drive position. Automatic transmissions (which are found in all new Mercedes-Benz models) detect this and respond by allocating torque to the correct wheels, so you can enjoy smooth feedback and seamless acceleration.
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When to Replace Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid replacement intervals depend on the car. Some transmissions have a fluid change interval of every 30,000 miles while others can go up to 100,000 miles. For an exact figure, check your owner’s manual. You can also contact our service center to speak with a certified technician. As long as you’re up to date on routine maintenance, this service should be covered by your car’s warranty. Staying current on regular service is one of the easiest ways to avoid the need for a new transmission and the associated costs.

Step-By-Step Guide: Checking Transmission Fluid

Checking your car’s transmission fluid can save you the hassle of future problems and unnecessary costs. You can check the transmission fluid level in just a few minutes — a small price to pay for the benefits of preventative maintenance. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your car and warm up the engine.
  2. Use your owner’s manual to help you find the transmission fluid dipstick.
  3. Once you find it, remove it and dab some of the fluid on your finger and examine it. It should be transparent with a slight pink hue. The fluid shouldn’t look dirty or smell burnt. You’ll need to schedule a replacement if that’s the case.
  4. Use a clean rag to wipe the remaining fluid from the dipstick. Then, place it back in its slot.
  5. Remove it once again and note whether or not the fluid line reaches the “Full” marking.
  6. If it’s just under the “Full” marking, use a funnel and add a bit of fluid at a time until full.

Schedule Transmission Service at Mercedes-Benz of Escondido!

If you’d rather have a professional check your transmission fluid, our service team is here to help. Do you have additional questions about transmission service and replacement? Whether you want to know, “How much is a transmission,” or “Why is my transmission slipping,” we have the answers. Contact us to learn more about our Mercedes-Benz services, as well as our ever-changing service coupons. And if you’re searching for additional service tips, we recommend checking out our online service info hub where you will find answers to “Why is my car overheating?” and other common auto questions relating to antifreeze and more.