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Manual Transmission Repair

Manual, Standard, Stick-shift -- whatever you call your manual transmission, let us help get you back on the road.

Manual transmissions can be just as complex as their more modern automatic counterparts, so it’s important to have a technician that really knows what they’re doing. AAMCO has been the trusted transmission expert for the last 50 years. Our team of experts have seen it all, so you can count on our transmission specialists to fix whatever manual transmission problems you’re having.


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Manual Transmission Repair Services

Proprietary Diagnostic Check

Price Range: No Charge

How Long? 1 hour

Our Proprietary Diagnostic Check includes a road test, a lift check, a comprehensive review of your transmission and computer system.

Fluid Change

Price Range: $49 to $149

How Long? 1 hour

To keep your transmission performing properly, we recommend changing transmission fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles, depending on your make & model. Our technician will replace the fluid, clean the screen or replace the filter, and replace the pan gasket.

Clutch Repair Service

Price Range: from $550

How Long? 1-2 days

Our clutch services include diagnostics, repair, and replacement when necessary.

Reseal Service

Price Range: from $600

How Long? 1-2 days

This is the solution for a manual transmission that is leaking fluid. The AAMCO Reseal Service for a manual transmission includes replacement of all external seals and select components by our expert transmission specialists to correct the fluid retention problem.

Rebuild Service

Price Range: from $1,200

How Long? 3-4 days

During a transmission rebuild, an AAMCO technician transmission specialist will completely disassemble your transmission, thoroughly clean and inspect the internal and external components, then rebuild it with quality parts and reinstall, before testing thoroughly.

Replacement Service

Price Range: from $1,500

How Long? 2-3 days

An AAMCO technician will replace your existing transmission with a remanufactured transmission or a pre-owned transmission and test it thoroughly, backed by our nationwide warranty.

Symptoms of a Manual Transmission Problem

Manual transmissions and clutch components are primarily made up of mechanical gears, synchronizers, bearings, springs and sliding components. Some of these components are hardened metals, while others are soft brass, plastics, and wearable items that are designed to wear and be replaced such as the friction material on the clutch disc, the synchronizers and the smooth face of the flywheel and pressure plate. If you experience chattering, shaking, grinding when attempting to up shift, down shift or engage the clutch with a manual transmission, this is a primary indicator that you are in need of service and repairs to your clutch system and/or transmission. Don’t wait because the longer you do, the worse it will get until you can no longer engage the clutch or shift the transmission.

With manual transmissions, the clutch plays an important part in disengaging the engine from the transmission, so you are able to shift the vehicle into and out of gears while driving. The clutch must disengage while shifting and hold tight when not shifting, but due to the thousands of repeated cycles of engaging and disengaging during normal ownership this can become an issue. The clutch, pressure plate and hydraulic components such as the slave cylinder and master cylinder that provide the connection from your pedal to the clutch tend to wear and get weak with use, mileage and age.

Not giving a recognized issue attention as soon as you feel the problem can lead to internal damage to your transmission, so do not ignore it. Take it to a specialist to determine if replacement is necessary or a minor adjustment will give your clutch and manual transmission longer life.

Manual transmissions have a clutch release bearing that rides on the pressure plate fingers that apply the pressure to release the clutch from the engine rotation. There is also a pilot bearing or bushing attached to the end of the crankshaft that supports the input shaft of the transmission. In most cases these bearings become worn and defective and will cause these noises if only in neutral. The fingers of the pressure plate and the bearing retainer on the front of the engine may become damaged if you wait too long to repair these problems.

In most cases, a burning smell comes from very hot leaking transmission fluid or other fluids. Preventing this requires checking your fluid levels regularly for indications of a leak. Low fluid levels often cause major problems with your vehicle’s mechanical systems if you don’t catch them quickly.

In manual transmissions, a burning odor that smells like burning brakes on a big truck could be an indicator that your clutch is slipping badly and needs replacement. Check to see if the clutch pedal releases very high in its travel, which is a good indicator that the clutch is wearing and should be inspected. A very low engagement could be a simple adjustment, or you may have a leaking or defective master or slave cylinder.

If the RPMs of your engine race up high after a shift or after releasing the clutch pedal, this is a good indicator that you are in need of a new clutch assembly and possibly a flywheel. Make certain you also replace the throw-out bearing and pilot bushing when you change the clutch and service the transmission with fresh fluid as per the manufacturer’s specification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your manual transmission fluid is extremely important for the life of your transmission. Heat builds up and cools off many, many times and there are many gears, synchronizers, slides, and bearings in your transmission that need good, clean, fresh fluid to not only provide proper lubrication, but also the cooling necessary for long life. As the fluid does its job of providing lubrication and cooling, it will slowly degrade and become less protective. As the fluid ages, it also becomes contaminated with the worn metals and material along with other possible contaminants that collect naturally with use and age.

Every vehicle owner should have an owner’s manual and maintenance guide that came with the vehicle from the manufacturer. This guide will outline when and how often, your vehicle’s fluids should be serviced. A good rule of thumb is a manual transmission vehicle’s fluid should be exchanged anywhere from 60,000 and 100,000 miles depending on how you drive and what you drive. Not maintaining your transmission properly and regularly could result in a lower transmission lifespan. Check your transmission fluid level between service intervals to make sure you don’t have a leak and run low.

There are some relatively easy signs that tell you are about to have an issue with your manual transmission and should have a specialist look at it quickly:

  • A leak under the vehicle that is red or brown in color
  • A Check Engine Light comes on
  • Slipping or not going into Reverse or Forward gears
  • A Grinding Noise when going into gear
  • Sliding, Chattering, Shuddering or Slipping when releasing the clutch
  • Popping out of gear
  • Transmission Overheat Light comes on
  • High engine RPMs when shifting
  • Whining, Squealing, Shaking, Humming, noises
  • Burning smell

If your transmission is regularly maintained as per the manufacturer’s recommendations it’s not uncommon for transmissions to last anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 miles. Clutches, if not abused or slipped excessively when driving, should last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles if you are a careful driver. Some types of transmissions are more durable than others so check your maintenance schedule for the proper intervals.

You should take your vehicle to a service provider that you trust and has experience with the type of services you are looking for. You are not required to take you vehicle back to the dealer for your maintenance and repairs, and AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care centers can provide you with all repairs and service you need to maintain your vehicle and satisfy any warranty requirements. AAMCO has been servicing transmission and other complex automotive systems for over 50 years and is the place to go for all your drivetrain and maintenance services.

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