One question our service technicians are frequently asked is, “How much is a transmission?” It’s difficult to narrow it down to one price. Usually, a new transmission ranges between $1,800 and $3,400. This doesn’t include labor, however, which can be about $80 to $200 on the low side. You’ll also have to consider taxes, fees, and parts costs, which aren’t included. Now that you know more about transmission costs, read on for additional info on transmissions, how they work, and how to care for one.

What’s the Purpose of a Transmission?

Your vehicle can’t move without a transmission; it’s the component that allocates engine power to the tires. Where the engine power is sent depends on your vehicle’s drivetrain, such as rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. When you shift gears, the transmission and engine disconnect and adjust to a new driving position. Automatic transmissions detect this adjustment and reallocate the torque as necessary, so you can accelerate more smoothly when you tap the gas pedal.

When to Replace Transmission Fluid

When to replace your car’s transmission fluid depends on the model. The suggested distance interval ranges from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. So, it’s a good idea to read your owner’s manual to learn more about what’s right for your car. You can also contact the service center here at Mercedes-Benz of West Covina and speak with a service technician. Either way, a transmission fluid replacement should be covered under your warranty, assuming you’re current on your car’s routine service schedules.

Checking Your Transmission Fluid: Step-By-Step Guide

Just like rotating your tires or staying current with multi-point inspections, it’s smart to regularly check your car’s transmission fluid. As with any other car-related problems, it’s best to catch possible issues quickly before they grow into a larger issue. Fortunately, checking transmission fluid is easy. Follow these simple steps:

  • Turn on your car and let it warm up.
  • Locate the transmission fluid dipstick. (If you can’t find it, simply refer to your owner’s manual.)
  • Once you find it, take the dipstick out and touch the fluid, moving it around between your forefinger and thumb. Examine the color — it should be clear with a pink hue.
  • Does the fluid smell burnt or look dirty? If so, schedule a service appointment at Mercedes-Benz of West Covina near Covina and we’ll replace it for you.
  • Wipe the dipstick off with a clean cloth and put it back in place.
  • Pull it out once more to examine the level. Add more if it’s under the “Full” marker.
  • Add more fluid until it reaches the “Full” marker. Using a funnel makes this much easier.

Learn More About Transmission Service at Mercedes-Benz of West Covina!

Whether you need a transmission replacement or a simple transmission fluid change, make the trip to our service center near La Puenta and Glendora. Before you schedule, be sure to check our service and parts specials for coupons. Contact us today to get a quote on transmission costs or to learn more about other common auto service topics, such as what to do when a car overheats.

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