How Much Does A Clutch Replacement Cost?

How Much Does a Clutch Replacement Cost?

On average, clutch replacement costs about $1,324 in the US for 2020, clutch replacement costs can range from $1,229 to $1,419 according to RepairPal.com, and other sources.

Labor Estimates for a Clutch Replacement

Labor price estimates range between $526 and $664, while parts prices range between $703 and $755. Estimates don’t include taxes and fees.

What is a Vehicle Clutch?

Clutches are used in vehicles that have manual transmissions. They transfer the power the engine makes to the transmission, causing the vehicles wheels to turn.

How Does it Work?

When the vehicle is in gear, power is exchanged from the engine to the clutch into the transmission. Depressing the clutch pedal releases the clutch friction disc from the vehicle’s flywheel, briefly disconnecting the engine from the transmission, allowing the vehicle to shift between gears.

What are Symptoms Related to a Bad Clutch?

A failing clutch could shudder or slip, or it may be unusually hard to depress the pedal. Changing gears can become harder. The vehicle’s engine may rev but won’t increase in speed or the vehicle might not move at all.

  • The vehicle may poorly function: it might start out slow even though the engine is racing. Or it might be difficult to get the vehicle into reverse, or into gear at all.
  • Rackets and bangs can indicate problems: the clutch pedal might make noise, or the transmission could make noise while the vehicle is in neutral. You might hear growling or squealing as you depress the pedal or grinding noises as you shift gears.
  • The pedal can give you an indication: it might chatter, pulsate or, vibrate, be rigid and hard to depress, drop to the floorboard and stay there, or feel spongy or connected loosely.

How Often do Clutches Need to be Replaced?

Replacement periods differ by vehicle and the way people drive. Just like brake pads, clutches don’t have a suggested replacement mileage. They will wear down, but some can last well over 100,000 miles.

Can I Drive With a Clutch Problem?

No, it’s typically impossible to drive with a worn or failed vehicle clutch. Although the transmission can be put into gear, the worn clutch disc won’t be able to produce enough torque for the vehicle to move.

Tips to Shopping for a Clutch Repair Shop

  • It’s a good idea to look for a mechanic prior to you actually needing their services. If you do your homework and find a mechanic prior to your vehicle needing service — you won’t be trapped with the first one you find when you need it.
  • Find for repair shops that are ASE certified (Blue Seal).
  • Look for clutch repair technicians that are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

OBD codes related to Clutch Replacement

  • P2853: Clutch “A” Pressure Discharge Performance
  • P2855: Clutch “A” Pressure Charge Performance
  • P2789: Clutch “A” Adaptive Learning at Limit

Source:

  1. Clutch Replacement Cost – RepairPal Estimate.” RepairPal.com, repairpal.com/estimator/clutch-replacement-cost.
  2. How Much Does Clutch Repair Cost?” Mr. Clutch, 26 May 2013, www.mrclutchnw.com/blog/how-much-does-clutch-repair-cost/.

Bridwell Automotive Offers Clutch Replacement In Scottsdale, Arizona 

Our dedicated team of ASE Master Technicians will replace the clutch in your vehicle quickly and within your budget.  You can schedule your clutch replacement with Bridwell Automotive Center by using our contact form. Stop by our Automotive Repair Shop in Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today at (480) 948-4781.

Car Won’t Go Forward But Will Reverse

Car Won't Go Forward But Will Reverse

Not unlike having a small child, a car requires careful handling, immediate action when there is ana issue and regular check up’s. But sometimes issues arise without prior warning. A good example is why will the car will not move in drive but will in reverse.


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Transmission Issues

Especially in automatic transmission cars, the automatic transmission usually only gos in reverse when a component has been damged or failed. There may also be an issue with the speed sensor. Transmission is most likely to be the culprit for the car wont move in drive but will in reverse issue. When the vehicle does not function in one or more gears, you should check the gear shifter. The gear cable could be stretched further than the normal length and will need adjustment. When the car will reverse but not go forward because of worn out solenoids, clutches, or gears. Some issues are simple and you can fix them in your garage. But, professional attention is required when the problem lies with some inner parts.

Transmission Fluid

Low fluid levels is a possible reason for making the car moving to reverse only. Check the level when the engine is hot and when the can vehicle run in neutral. Use the transmission dipstick to see if the fluid is running low. The transmission cannot operate properly when it does not get enough supply of fluid.

Cracked Fluid Tube

A broken fluid tube may also be an issue. When the forward tube at the pipe joint cracks or breaks, the car cannot move forward except for going reverse. The repair is easy as you just need to replace the damaged parts.

Speed Sensor

Even a simple component like a speed sensor can mess up with the car’s transmission system. The sensor provides the ECU information about the vehicle’s speed that ultimately affects the shifting of the gears. If the information is erratic, the transmission may face the problem of working in reverse only.

Bridwell Automotive Center Offer Transmission Repair In Scottsdale

If you need help with Transmission Repair in Scottsdale, look no further than Bridwell Automotive Center located at  7171 E Lincoln Dr or give us a call today at (480) 948-4781.

How Much Does Transmission Repair Cost?

How Much Does Transmission Repair Cost?

On average, a transmission repair costs about $3,250 in the US in 2020, transmission repair costs can range from $1,500 to $5,000 according to My Transmission Experts.


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The cost to fix a transmission differs greatly by whether it’s just a leak from a cracked transmission fluid line, replacement of a bad solenoid, installation of a new replacement, or you choose for a more budget-friendly transmission rebuild. Major transmission repairs can cost $1000 to $2000 in just the labor and can take as long as a couple of days or up to a month to finish if the repair shop is waiting on parts.

Below, we have listed some of the most common transmission and transaxle problems that happen to vehicles and outlines what causes them, the symptoms you may recognize them by, and the average cost of their repair. When you know exactly what’s wrong with your vehicle, you can determine whether it’s a problem that requires a repair shop to do the work, or you might find an easier and cheaper fix when you do it yourself. You are also less like to get charged a higher price or overcharged by a repair shop when you know what the issues are and how much you should expect to pay.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION FLUID RUNNING LOW

This normally happens if your transmission fluid leaks for some reason, and can be recognized by a slipping, overheating or failed transmission, a delay in engaging the gear, and hard or irregular shifts or none at all.

The easiest repair is to refill transmission fluid, if no other damage has been done. A repair-shop will do it for $20-$30, while DIY will cost you $5-$10 per Quart ATF.

If the lack of transmission fluid has caused permanent problems to other mechanisms within the vehicle, this will involve further repair costs for the affected systems. It is also important to note that transmission fluid is not consumed or burned by the vehicle, so low transmission fluid indicates a leak which will need to be fixed.

PROBLEM: BURNT, DIRTY OR OLD FLUID

This will happen because of lack of servicing, blocked filters, or overheating, and can be identified by a slipping transmission, overheating, delays in engaging the gear, malfunctioning or no shifts, or if transmission fails.

The best repair is to have fluid and fluid filter changes or do a fluid flush. Having the fluid and filter replaced at a repair-shop will cost you around $120-$225, and doing it yourself will cost you $45-$55. For a fluid flush, a repair-shop is likely to charge you $140-$320, while you can DIY for around $65-$90.

It should be noted that burnt fluid may sometimes cause internal damage if not identified at the right time. This can be determined by checking if there is clutch or metal debris in the fluid pan, and damaged parts will have to replaced.

PROBLEM: LEAKED TRANSMISSION FLUID

There may be various causes for this, most of them often external damages, which can be repaired easily for a reasonable cost. A fluid leak, as mentioned above, can be identified by a low fluid level.

The easiest fix is to get the leak fixed and refill the fluid. A repair-shop will charge you $50-$500 for this, if the leak is external, and DIY will cost you $25-$100.

If the cause of the leak is internal, however, it will have to be repaired at the shop as the transmission needs to be taken out of the vehicle. This repair may cost you over $500.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION SLIPPING

This will be caused due to the fluid running low, a failure in the Solenoids, worn out clutches, or if the fluid is burnt, dirty or old. It can be identified by the engine’s high RPM but a slower speed regardless, an overheating transmission, or if slipping is experienced in between shifts.

The first thing that need to be done if this is experienced is to diagnose the problem and identify its source, which could be any of the problems outlined above. Having this done at the repair-shop will cost you $75-$125, while diagnosing the problem yourself will cost you nothing but a little bit of time. For a detailed diagnostic report, a transmission scan can be undertaken at the repair-shop.

PROBLEM: MALFUNCTIONING OR ABNORMAL SHIFTS, WRONG GEAR SHIFTS

If the transmission fluid is old, dirty, burnt or running low, or if an electrical circuit is open, or the solenoids fail, this can lead to a number of shift problems, like abnormal shifts or the vehicle shifting into the wrong gear.

Like before, the key is diagnosis, which can be performed at the repair shop for $75-$125 (price range includes cost for a transmission scan) or at home for no cost at all.

PROBLEM: FAILED AUTOMATIC GEAR SHIFTING WHEN MANUAL SHIFTING WORKS FINE

This could be caused if there’s an open electrical circuit, if the PCM or TCM fail, or if the speed or other sensors stop working, and can be recognized rather obviously if the automatic gear shifting mechanism has stopped working but the gear can still be shifted manually.

Initial diagnosis can be carried out at home for no cost but if that does not reveal anything, the car will have to be taken to the repair-shop so that a diagnosis of electrical problems or computer and sensor issues can be undertaken. This will cost around $75-$125.

PROBLEM: OTHER IRREGULAR SHIFT PROBLEMS 

If you notice that the transmission is downshifting randomly and then going back to normal as well, this could be cause by an electrical malfunction, or if the speed, transmission range, or throttle position sensors stop working.

Initial assessment can be carried out at home and the vehicle can be taken to the repair-shop for a full scan of electrical and computer systems, and all sensors. A custom diagnosis will cost between $75-$125.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION SLIPPING OUT FROM GEAR WHEN CAR IS WARM 

If you notice that the transmission is slipping out of gear every time the vehicle gets warmed up, this is probably due to fluid passing through a leakage in the internal seals not allowing pressure build up.

In such a situation, the best course of action is rebuilding or replacing the transmission. The repair-shop will normally charge you $1,600 to over $3,500 for rebuilding, and $1,900 to over $3,800 for rebuilding the transmission. You can do this at home, in which case rebuilding the transmission will cost you between $400-$700 and replacing it will cost you $1,200 to over $3,000.

The prices mentioned above are true if you purchase a remanufactured transmission. Cost of a used transmission will be must less.

PROBLEM: OVERHEATING 

SYMPTOM(S): If you notice smoke or a burning smell, most likely caused by burning coolant, oil or transmission fluid, or if the transmission fails, the vehicle has most likely overheated. This can be caused if the transmission fluid is running low, or if it is dirty or burnt, if the filter is blocked, or if the vehicle has been driving under immense load. Other causes may include cooling lines or oil cooler malfunction, overheated engine, slipping, and failure of the transmission fluid pump.

It is important that overheating is identified and diagnoses immediately, as it can cause permanent damage to the vehicle. If you are able to diagnose the source of the overheating at home, you’ll save on diagnosis fees, which will normally be around $75-$125 at the repair shop.

PROBLEM: FORWARD GEAR FAILURE

Internal problem stopping a pressure build up or a problem in the valve may cause the transmission’s forward gears to stop working, while the reverse gear may still be functioning.

The first step is a proper diagnosis of the problem, for which the repair-shop will charge you $75-$125. When the diagnosis has revealed the source of the problem, you can have the valve replaced at the repair shop for $375 to above $1,000, or you can purchase and install it yourself, which will cost you $250 to above $1,000.
If it’s the transmission that needs rebuilding, the repair-shop will charge you $1,600 to above $3,500 for the task, or you can rebuild it yourself for $400-$700.

It must be noted that if it’s a problem in the valve body, it will normally show up only under a transmission scan which the repair facility will have carry out.

PROBLEM: REVERSE GEAR FAILURE

Opposite to a similar problem mentioned earlier, if the reverse gear transmission has stopped working while the forward gears may still be working, this could be caused by a leakage in the valve body that is not allowing the required pressure to build up.

Having the problem diagnosed at the repair-shop will be around $75-$150, and valve repair costs will be the same as those mentioned above.

PROBLEM: TORQUE CONVERTER MALFUNCTION 

If you have been using your vehicle for towing heavy objects or driving it under other harsh conditions, or if the torque converter is worn out or hasn’t been installed properly, this may cause the torque converter to malfunction. You can identify this if you experience shuddering in the vehicle, if the shifts are malfunctioning, if there is delay in engaging the gear leading up to no engagement at all, if you hear a strange whining sound when firing up the vehicle, or if the engine revs up more than the vehicle accelerates at start-up but gets better later.

Diagnosis at a repair shop, as mentioned above, will cost around $75-$125, and you will be charged $600 to above $1000 for having the torque converter replaced. If you purchase and replace it yourself, it will cost you around $145-$250.

It is important to note that the torque converter may, on some occasion, disintegrate upon failure. This can be identified by clacking or grinding noises from the transmission area. When this is heard, turn off the engine immediately or serious damage may be caused to the transmission.

Furthermore, even if the torque converter has started failing, your vehicle will still continue to work for quite some time before the converter fails completely. But driving the vehicle in this condition is dangerous as it may cause it to internally disintegrate when it fails, resulting in the debris getting mixed with the transmission fluid and causing serious damage to the transmission.

PROBLEM: SHIFTER LEVER LOCKING ITSELF PARK POSITION 

If your shifter level locks itself in the park position on occasion, this may be due to a fault in the brake-pedal position or shift interlock switches, or if a fuse has blown.

This will have to diagnosed and repaired, for which the repair-shop may charge you $35-$65 and $50-$250 respectively. Diagnostic charges may be waived if the repair-shop carries out the repairs as well. The repair cost will be determined by the system that needs to be repaired. If it’s a simple brake-light switch replacement, it won’t cost you as much as having the shift interlock switch replaced.

PROBLEM: VEHICLE MOVES EVEN WITH SHIFTER IN PARK POSITION

If this happens, it is probably caused by a worn out or damaged parking pawl, or a bad rear U-joint.

Diagnostic at the repair-shop will cost around $50-$65, with parking pawl and U-joint replacement charges coming up to about $500-$1,000 and $75-$115 respectively. Diagnostic charges may be waived if the repair-shop carries out the repairs as well. If you decide to replace the parking pawl yourself, it will cost you $45-$90, and replacing the U-joint yourself will be $10-$25 on average.

PROBLEM: LINKAGE PROBLEM IN THE SHIFTER

This will be signified by the vehicle rolling forward even with the shifter in neutral position, and can happen if the shifter linkage is loose, if the shift indicator is directed towards a wrong gear, or if the shifter cable has been damaged.

The solution is pretty simple. You can diagnose the cause of the problem yourself or have it taken to the repair-shop for diagnoses, which will cost you $40-$50 in diagnostic fees. If the cause turns out to be a loose shifter linkage, you can tighten it yourself at no cost, or have the repair-shop do it for $50-75. If the condition is being caused by a damaged shifter cable, the repair-shop will charge you $125-$250 for replacement, or you can purchase and replace it yourself for around $35-$80.

Knowing what ails your vehicle and being able to identify a problem and diagnose its cause will give you confidence when dealing with a repair-shop and save you considerable amount of money on repairs.

Bridwell Automotive Center Offer Transmission Repair In Scottsdale

If you need help with Transmission Repair in Scottsdale, look no further than Bridwell Automotive Center located at  7171 E Lincoln Dr or give us a call today at (480) 948-4781.

How To Replace Transmission Fluid

How To Replace Transmission Fluid

How To Replace Transmission Fluid

If you’re replacing transmission fluid in your vehicle you’re likely searching for a guide on how to replace transmission fluid.  For motorists that have the time, tools, and desire to do the work themselves, this guide will help.  It is a general guide for most automobiles but will not cover every mark or model.

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Why Change Transmission Fluid

All vehicles use fluids to either clean or lubricate vital functions.  Over time the fluids unavoidably collect metal shavings and dirt.  If you’re lucky this debris settles at the bottom of the pan instead of circulating through the entire system.  For this reason, many auto repair shops choose to flush transmissions under pressure to remove as much of the metal shavings and dirt from your vehicle’s transmission.

Regular fluid changes extends the life of your vehicle.  Transmissions need to have the fluid changed every 30 months or 30,000 miles.  The exact interval or mileage will differ from vehicle to vehicle so ensure that you read your owner’s manual for information specific to your care, truck, suv, or van.  If you check your transmission fluid and it has a burnt smell or dark appearance you should change it sooner.

Changing Transmission Fluid Yourself

While some motorists don’t mind changing their oil, those same people typically avoid changing their own transmission fluid.  This is because changing transmission fluid can cause a huge mess as you will need to remove the pan.  Even if your vehicle has a transmission pan drain plug, you’ll have to remove the pan to change the transmission fluid filter.  As fluid changes go, transmission fluid is one of the messiest.

Signs You Need To Change Transmission Fluid

Unless you’re a master technician you likely don’t know the symptoms of worn out transmission fluid.  If your automatic transmission has any of the following symptoms it may well be time to change your transmission fluid.

  • Vehicle will not engage a gear in forward or reverse
  • The transmission shift roughly from gear to gear
  • Your transmission slips as you drive
  • The transmission has unusual or louder noises

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms you should consider changing your transmission fluid, or have your transmission fluid changed by an automotive service shop.

Transmission Fluid Change Steps

If you’ve got the space, tools, desire and want to spend the time to change your transmission fluid, you can do it yourself by following these steps.

Step 1 – Warm Up Your Vehicle

Your transmission fluid is designed to work at high temperatures and will change better if it is warmed up.  To do this just let your vehicle idle for a few minutes.  Once it’s warmed up shut it off, raise, and then secure your vehicle.

Step 2 – Protect Your Work Space

You likely are working in your garage or driveway and don’t want transmission fluid all over the place.  Lay down a tarp, newspaper, or cardboard under the vehicle.  Place a minimum of a 2 gallon catch pan to collect the transmission fluid as you drain it.

Step 3 – Unbolt Transmission Pan

Start by removing the bolts on one side of your transmission pan.  Be very careful not to burn yourself on the hot fluid or the high temperature sections of the exhaust system.   Next loosen the bolts which should start to lean the pan and start the fluid to drain.  After you have removed all of the bolts carefully lower the pan and drain the rest of the transmission fluid into the pan.  You may need to gently break the seal with a flathead screwdriver.

Step 4 – Clean & Inspect

This is a great chance to check your transmission for excessive wear by looking for signs of damage or metal shavings.  Once you’ve inspected the pan for shavings clean it with solvent.  You also will need to clean the gasket surfaces on the pan and housing of the transmission.

Step 5 – Remove Old Filter

Next you’ll need to remove the old transmission filter.  It is likely filled with dirt, metal shavings, and debris from your transmission.  Chances are it will still be holding some transmission fluid, so your catch pan should be handy so you can dispose of it properly.  This is also a good chance to remove the old o-ring that goes around the perimeter of the pan and housing.

Step 6 – Install New Gasket

With the surfaces on the pan and the housing cleaned you should install your new transmission fluid gasket with oil soluble grease.  Avoid using adhesive or gasket sealer for this area of your vehicle.  An easy way to do this is carefully attach the gasket onto the pan so gravity holds it in place as you gently reattach the pan by loosely replacing the bolts.

It’s important to check your owner’s manual to see if you need thread sealer on some or all of the bolts for your transmission pan.  Finger tighten the bolts to hold the pan securely in place.

Step 7 – Tighten Transmission Pan Bolts

Most vehicle manufacturers state the torque or pounds of pressure you should tighten your bolts to for most parts of your car, the transmission pan is no different. Not having enough pressure will cause it to leak, while too much could damage the bolts, housing, or pan.  Consult your owner’s manual to find out what that bolt torque should be. This should be done in a spiral pattern one bolt after another.  Double check all bolts after the pan is securely in place for correct torque.

Step 8 – Replace Transmission Fluid

Finally the exciting step of putting new transmission fluid into your vehicle.  Start by lowering your vehicle back down and fill it to the recommended amount for your make and model.

Step 9 – Test Your Vehicle

You’ll want to run your vehicle in your driveway to check for leaks before taking it for a spin.  Let it idle for a few minutes and then check for leaks.  If there aren’t any you can bring the vehicle up to operating temperature, shift through all of your gears, place it back into park, and then check for leaks.  It’s also a good idea to check the dipstick for your transmission fluid at this stage while the engine is just idling.

Transmission Fluid Change Service

If you live in Scottsdale and need to get your transmission fluid changed, Bridwell Automotive Center is here to help!  Our Master ASE Technicians understand all of the systems in your vehicle including your transmission and what it takes for it to work correctly.  We will happily and affordably replace transmission fluid in whichever vehicle you need.  To schedule transmissions fluid change please call (480) 948-4781