Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can I go to a trip through the state with the following problems with my car?

asked by on

Hello! My name is Marina. I bought a car 6 months ago and few months ago the check sign had appeared. The code is P0741. I was at the Toyota center for a multi point inspection and they found these problems with my car: they recommend to replace trans axle, valve cover gasket was leaking and chain tensioner was leaking. They said nothing actually, just gave me papers. I did a research but I am a girl and it is really hard to understand how it works. I am going on vacation in 3 days and I will be driving my car all the time visiting all National Parks of California. And the question is: Is it safe to drive with these problems? When I come back will it be very expensive to fix everything? What would you recommend? Thank you.

My car has 181000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You should ask the shop that gave you the e...

You should ask the shop that gave you the estimate since they quoted you to replace the transaxle. The transaxle problem may be something that could leave you stranded and cost thousands of dollars to replace this part. The car may not be reliable to drive long distances. I would recommend getting the reason for the transaxle needs replaced and then go from there.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How much will it cost to fix transmission problem? 2010 Pontiac Vibe

Hello - first thing to check is transmission fluid level, and "condition" (red and clear, or dark and dirty). If transmission fluid is in good condition, it's likely your forward clutches are worn out - given your higher mileage. If...

Q: Problem with fuel system

Hello. The easiest way to determine what the current operating state of the fuel system is to connect a fuel pressure gauge. Some later model Fords have a fuel rail pressure sensor, that the engine control unit uses to control...

Q: Limp mode

If you do not use the recommended fluid for Chrysler or any transmissions in general, it can cause the transmission to have shifting and slipping concerns. Even damage can be caused from incorrect fluids being used. This is why I...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...