Transmission Repair FAQ

How do I know if I have a transmission problem?

Know the Signs of a Transmission Going Bad, Before it is Too Late

Here are the 13 warning signs that you should look for:

  1. Loss of transmission fluid.
  2. Discoloration of fluid.
  3. Fluid has a “burnt” smell.
  4. Sticky dipstick, with a “varnish” buildup.
  5. Leaking fluid: Spots on the ground under the car may indicate bad seals.
  6. “Morning-sickness”: Car won’t shift during the first few minutes of operation.
  7. Slipping: The engine races, but the car doesn’t respond.
  8. Shifting too soon.
  9. Shifting too late.
  10. No power when you depress the gas pedal.
  11. Noise when transmission shifts gears.
  12. Gears won’t hold firm: Car backs up or goes forward in Park; or won’t hold in Park.
  13. Absence of normal braking effect of being in gear: “neutral feeling” in driving gear.

You should also be alerted to the sound that may indicate a problem with the transmission:

  1. Loud whine over 25 mph.
  2. Low wine in all gears, including Neutral and Park.
  3. Clicking, buzzing, or whistling sound.
  4. A rumbling sound while in gear.
  5. A ‘clunking’ sound when transmission is put in Drive or Reverse.

 If you notice any of these symptoms give us a call without delay!

What will it cost to fix my transmission?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. The first thing to do is make sure it really needs repair. Often, other problems simulate transmission problems. More than once, we have had customers come in for a second opinion after being told they needed a new transmission only to find out that the problem was much simpler (and less expensive).

I had a good experience at Auburn Transmission. I was scheduled to have my Dodge Ram 150 at another shop but decided to get a 2nd opinion so i went to Them and told them what was happening. Chris took me out for a test drive with him to demonstrate the symptoms on arrival. He was not convinced that the problem was the transmission and suggested to have my drive shaft Balanced since i had replaced it earlier with a re manufactured unit that I had put in. Net-net, their $150 drive shaft Balance fixed it and I was $1000+ better off. I really appreciated their helpfulness and constructively challenging my diagnosis.

Oliver S. via Yelp.comKirkland, WA

Assuming you do need a transmission repair, the cost to repair will depend on what is wrong with your transmission, as well as the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Call us today and let us do a FREE consultation. We always obtain your authorization before performing any work for which there is a charge.

We have great empathy for our customers. We are very much aware of how unexpected repair bills can put a dent in your budget. We will make sure not to do any unnecessary work on your car. We don’t want you to be a “one time customer”. We want you to become a Customer and Friend for years to come!

Had my transmission rebuilt here last week. Owner gave me a price and it was done in 2 days. All i do now is go back and have it checked in 10 days, Chris seemed very knowledgeable, Thanx guys.

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How can I prolong the life of my transmission?

The best way to avoid problems is with regular maintenance and care. Below, we’ve included some simple tips to keep your transmission working the way it should as long as it should.

Check Transmission Fluid Regularly
Learn how to check your transmission fluid and check it regularly. Always check transmission fluid when your engine is cold to get an accurate reading.

Flush & Fluid Changes
Follow manufacturer recommended transmission flush and fluid changes. The amount of miles this needs to be performed at varies greatly by manufacturer, so always consult your owner’s manual for a schedule of recommended routine maintenance.
If you use your vehicle for towing or hauling, you may need to change your transmission fluid more often due to the excess heat and wear that occurs.

Put Your Vehicle In Neutral When In Traffic
If you are sitting in traffic for extended periods of time, especially in warm weather, shift your vehicle into neutral instead of using your brake pedal to hold you back. This can lessen the amount of heat that’s created by the torque converter and compounded by the engine, which leads to breakdown of both oil and transmission fluid.

Don’t Shift Gears Too Fast
While an automatic transmission can make driving simple, the cost of repairs is typically much more expensive than on a manual. Due to the amount of components compacted into one central unit, in order to replace one part, the whole unit must be dismantled. Proper care and maintenance of an automatic transmission must be strictly followed to ensure that your transmission works as intended for time it was intended to last.


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