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How Much Does Flushing a Transmission Cost?

 
average costStandard Fluid Change: $75-$150high costPower Flush: $125-$300
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In a standard transmission fluid change (also called a transmission service), the transmission oil pan is drained and refilled, the engine is run and then the fluid (oil) is topped off as needed. In a power flush, a machine uses pressure to pump new fluid into the running transmission while the old fluid drains out (a practice some vehicle manufacturers caution against). These are separate procedures, but either one might be referred to as flushing a transmission.

Typical costs:

  • Expect to pay $75-$150 or more for a standard transmission fluid change. This typically includes replacing the filter, and generally uses about 5-7 quarts of fluid. It does not replace the 5-8 or more quarts of fluid trapped in the torque converter, so old fluid will mix with new. Some experts recommend draining and refilling three times, so the fluid is completely changed.
  • Flushing a transmission with a pressurized machine can cost $125-$300 or more, and may include pushing a special cleaning compound through the system. The power flush process typically replaces all of the transmission fluid, and can require 12-22 or more quarts.
  • Prices vary depending on the procedures used; the make and model of vehicle; and whether the work is done at a standard repair shop (either independent or part of a chain) or at a car dealership -- and prices can be considerably higher for luxury or exotic vehicles. For example, CostHelper readers report paying $90-$378 for a transmission flush at a oil-and-lube or auto repair shop, at an average cost of $160; or $77-$295 at dealerships, at an average cost of $205; and a CostHelper reader in Nevada reported being charged $766 for a transmission fluid change on a Lamborghini Diablo.
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What should be included:
  • For a standard transmission drain or service, a drain plug in the transmission is removed and the fluid is allowed to flow out into a pan. CarReality offers a how-to video[1] .
  • For a power flush, typically the machine is connected to the transmission, and the vehicle is left running during the flushing process; the exact process will vary depending on the machine used. Machine manufacturer Wynn's has a video demonstration of a flushing machine[2] .
  • Debris dislodged by a power flush sometimes clogs the transmission or the pressure might damage the seals (although not all flush machines use high pressure). Many manufacturers recommend draining and replacing the transmission fluid periodically, but do not recommend a power transmission flush. For example, Honda[3] warns against transmission flushing, saying there is no benefit to a power flush and it could void the warranty.
Discounts:
  • Do-it-yourselfers can save money by draining and replacing their vehicle's transmission fluid. AutoMD.com provides general how-to instructions[4] and estimates the project as moderately difficult. The main cost is the quarts of new transmission oil. CostHelper readers report paying $40-$175 for do-it-yourself supplies, with an average of $90.
Shopping for flushing a transmission:
  • Always check the maintenance schedule listed in the owners' manual before ordering a transmission service or flush; some shops may recommend these procedures before they are needed. Consumer Reports lists transmission flushes among the "extra and often unnecessary procedures"[5] that might be considered auto-repair rip-offs.
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides a searchable directory[6] of certified shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[7] .
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $129.99
Posted by: subie3 in Mountain Home, AR.Posted: August 16th, 2013 08:08PM
Auto Shop: GoodyearType of Fluid:
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How much for Transmission flush and filter?
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: a user in BOISE, ID.Posted: April 22nd, 2013 07:04PM
Car Make: Saturn SlCar Model: GM
Auto Shop: Type of Fluid: transmission
Its a 1998 WITH LOTS OF MILEAGE
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Lexus 430 lx
Amount: $280.00
Posted by: Ed Smith in Sacramento, CA.Posted: February 23rd, 2013 09:02AM
Car Make: LexusCar Model: 430LS
Auto Shop: Superior AutoType of Fluid: Transmission
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $110.00
Posted by: Katie Grant in Springfield, IL.Posted: January 24th, 2013 06:01AM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Sportage
Auto Shop: Brahler Oil & LubeType of Fluid: Valvoline
Flushed all the transmission fluids (4WD) and checked all the seals, etc. Took less than 40 minutes.
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transmission flush
Amount: $142.00
Posted by: highland and fountain in los angeles, CA.Posted: August 6th, 2012 11:08AM
Car Make: fordCar Model: focus zx5 2002
Auto Shop: oris tire & service centerType of Fluid: dextron& ft-1
had transmission fluid changed, replaced transmission filter and pan gasket also. first time done since 2005. mechanic test drove the car first and then did the service. took about 2 hours to get car back in time for work.
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Transmission Fluid Fush
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: BS in Skokie, IL.Posted: May 15th, 2012 08:05AM
Car Make: InfinitiCar Model: G35
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Transmission Fluid Flush
Amount: $180.00
Posted by: GK in Plymouth, MN.Posted: December 4th, 2011 02:12PM
Car Make: 2005Car Model: Explorer
Auto Shop: Superior FordType of Fluid:
Had done at 60,000 mile Service.
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Transmission Fluid and Filter Change
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: November 28th, 2011 08:11PM
Car Make: 1990 DodgeCar Model: Grand Caravan
Auto Shop: DIYType of Fluid:
My transmission pan was leaking. I'd never changed the filter on this transmission so I figured it was about time. I pulled the transmission pan and found there was no gasket, just gobs and gobs of silicone and overtightened bolts. Cerritos Dodge last touched the transmission for warranty work years ago and some Butcher did the gobs of silicone and overtightening of bolts.

Bought trans filter, gasket and trans fluid. Already had the silicone to lightly coat the pan gasket. I torqued the pan bolts to factory specs. Did the job in late July and still dry, no leaks.
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Transmission Fluid Change
Amount: $55.00
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: August 24th, 2011 04:08PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Crown Victoria
Auto Shop: DIYType of Fluid: Tranny
It was $24 for the transmission filter and $31 for the three gallons of tranny fluid. The pan gasket is reusable and I had the hi-temp silicone.
It's messy DIY because tranny pans generally don't have a drain plug, so all the bolts have to be loosened and the fluid eased out before taking the pan down to get to the filter.
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transmission flush
Amount: $210.00
Posted by: john wirkus in las vegas, NV.Posted: May 15th, 2011 11:05AM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: camry
Auto Shop: independentType of Fluid: factory
they are pushing a B&G chemical for a flush why now? i have 90,000 miles and had it replaced at 60,000 without any chemicals fluid looks very clean. thanks
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $295.00
Posted by: Travel RN in San Diego, CA.Posted: April 30th, 2011 07:04PM
Car Make: 2007 ChevroletCar Model: Impala
Auto Shop: courtesy chevroletType of Fluid:
I might have paid too much, but my care runs great!!! ;)
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $89.99
Posted by: Eviejmac in Baton Rouge, LA.Posted: April 22nd, 2011 12:04PM
Car Make: 2003 ToyotaCar Model: Corolla CE
Auto Shop: Benny's ExpressType of Fluid:
Went in for an oil change, tech showed me oil(red)and transmission fluid (black). Told me that the transmission fluid needs to be changed soon because it is black and he can see metal shavings in it. Told me that over time it will affect how it shifts gears. I went ahead and had it done.
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transmissib flush
Amount: $134.00
Posted by: cbennett in pueblowest co, CO.Posted: April 20th, 2011 12:04AM
Car Make: grandprixCar Model:
Auto Shop: jeff pueblowest coType of Fluid:
Car runs great ..he always does a good job
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AutomaticTransmission
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: RnJoe in Muskegon, MI.Posted: April 19th, 2011 03:04AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Excursion
Auto Shop: SelfType of Fluid: Auto Fluid
Folks, when you change yor fluid change ALL of it. There is a component called a TORQUE converter which holds almost half of the 15 to 20 quarts of fluid amd requires draining from a different spot under your vrhicle. Most fluid changes and flushes do NOT do this. The result is mixing half of the NEW fluid with the OLD nasty stuff. Keep in mind most Automatic Trans. hold 15 or more quarts of fluis @ $5.00 each. do the math...$75 for fluid plus or minus then a filter & new gasket plus labor. So when someone, a mechanic tells you he can do ir for less, concider what the parts alone cost!! And do it yourself. Most teenage boys & many girls can do it themselves!!!
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Transmission Exchange
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: Carmita in Cleveland, OH.Posted: March 6th, 2011 07:03PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Blazer
Auto Shop: SuperlubeType of Fluid: transmission
Their service for a Transmission fluid Exchange is $99.99 and $120 after service fee.
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Transmission Flush & Engine oil change.
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: GrandPa Tony in Ocala, FL.Posted: February 11th, 2011 09:02PM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Spectra5
Auto Shop: DealerType of Fluid: unknown
I knew flushing the transmission is the only way to completely remove all the old oil. I just wanted to be sure the job would be done right.
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transmission fluid flushing
Amount: $76.60
Posted by: Honda Accrd Owner in Salisbury, MD.Posted: January 20th, 2011 06:01PM
Car Make: hondaCar Model: accord
Auto Shop: Pohanka HondaType of Fluid: ATF-Z1
Told about time to change the transmission fluid because it was very dirty after 65K miles.
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trans fluid and filter replacement
Amount: $155.00
Posted by: More informed & satisfied in Grand Rapids, MI.Posted: January 15th, 2011 07:01AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Impala
Auto Shop: O'Neill's TransmissionType of Fluid: Dexron?
O'Neill's, family owned, have been serving customers for over 50 years. They test drive and scan your vehicle's computer BEFORE any work is performed. They make the concerted effort to properly diagnose issues and convey options to customers.
In my case, vehicle has 101,000 miles and trans fluid had not been changed. Fortunately, there was very little debris in pan and inside filter.
I chose not to "flush" after discussion their recommendation due to the chemical components in the flush fluid used by other non-specialty shops. These will often ruin seals and other components that lead to total trans failure.
Always have this service performed at transmission specialty shop to avoid the numerous consequences that fill this posting site.
After all, would you allow an orderly to perform your spine surgery? Or a surgeon who has the experience and knowledge required for proper results. Your choice.
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transmission flush
Amount: $141.85
Posted by: a user in Portsmouth, NH.Posted: December 24th, 2010 03:12AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Matrix
Auto Shop: independentType of Fluid: ??
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transmission flush
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: a user in Randolph, MA.Posted: December 6th, 2010 09:12PM
Car Make: hondaCar Model: Civic EX
Auto Shop: Mikes auto shopType of Fluid: honda ATF
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transmission flush
Amount: $89.95
Posted by: gritsgirl04 in NC in Asheville, NC.Posted: December 3rd, 2010 02:12PM
Car Make: ChevroletCar Model: Tracker ZR-2
Auto Shop: Retro LubeType of Fluid: ???
Purchased my car 1 year ago...all i've done to it was oil changes. Went to this Retro Lube (all previous changes were at Wal-Mart) and they were done in 20 minutes. They explained that my air filter needed replacing, my transmission needed flushed, i needed fuel injection cleaner, and front differential work. I replaced the air filter (very brown & clogged) and put in fuel injection cleaner in my gas tank. Is $89.95 a decent price to pay? Or does it seem too much/too cheap?
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $209.99
Posted by: Bill Green in Las Cruces, NM.Posted: November 28th, 2010 06:11PM
Car Make: Jeep Compass '07Car Model:
Auto Shop: Jiffy LubeType of Fluid:
"auto transmission fluid exchang" $149.99
"special fluid charge" $60.00
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transmission flush
Amount: $170.00
Posted by: zil in Barberton, OH.Posted: November 7th, 2010 10:11AM
Car Make: JeepCar Model: Liberty
Auto Shop: dealerType of Fluid: ?
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Transmission Flush
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Right hand man in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: October 14th, 2010 09:10AM
Car Make: ChrysCar Model: Sebring 03
Auto Shop: PetboysType of Fluid: n/a
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