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How Much Does It Cost to Flush Your Transmission?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How Much Does It Cost to Flush Your Transmission?

If you ask a few different mechanics, some might say flushing your transmission fluid is not entirely recommended, as there is a filter that can be replaced instead. When you’re flushing the system, you’re also flushing all the things into the filter, which leads to filter problems in the future.Others might say that flushing the transmission every 30,000 miles extends its life and prevents drivers from paying top dollar for a transmission replacement.

Perhaps, checking the fluid is a better way to decide whether or not a flush is needed. If it’s clean and pink, then a flushing is not needed. However,if the fluid looks dirty and more like motor oil, it probably needs to be flushed. Nonetheless, every car and transmission will be different.

The average cost for a flush depends on numerous factors: where you are (location), where you bring your car (shop),and the type of vehicle (make and model). It also depends on how much fluid goes into it.

According to Cost Helper (,the typical driver pays between $199 and $500 for a transmission flush.Higher-end vehicles cost more to maintain; thus a transmission flush would fall into a higher price range.

During a typical transmission fluid change, the transmission oil pan is emptied and replenished, then the engine is run and the oil is topped off as needed. This normally involves changing the filter, and usually consumes about 5-7 quarts of fluid. It does not change the 5-8 or more quarts of fluid stuck in the torque converter, so old fluid will blend with new. This is a standard transmission fluid change that normally costs between $199 and $300.

A power flush, which involves the use of pressure via a machine to pump new oil into the running transmission while the old oil is flushed out,may include the use of a particular cleaning mixture through the system. This procedure typically requires 12-22 or more quarts of fluid and can cost between $250 and $500 or more.

Both are distinctly different procedures; however, either one might be called a “transmission flush”.

If you’re an auto wiz, and you’re confident to take on the challenging project yourself, you can definitely save some money and bring the cost down to an estimated $90-$175. Nonetheless, if you’re not mechanically inclined, take your vehicle to a reputable shop and leave it to the experts to do the dirty work.

If your transmission fluid is not what it used to be, it’s better to prevent transmission problems before they actually happen. At Pro-Tech Transmissions, we have transmission pros to keep your vehicle properly maintained to factory standards that help lengthen its life.  Call us today at (780) 453-3300 or 1-877-435-6880 to schedule an appointment with our expert mechanics.

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