Mar 05 2013

Transmission Oil Change Cost

The cost of a transmission oil change is definitely going to be different than your typical engine oil change.  This service is a lot more difficult to do and you need some more training than just watching a Youtube video to figure out how do do this.

You can definitely get discounted pricing if you look around.  We have compiled some discount prices on our page so you don’t have to pay the full amount for a transmission oil change.  There are deals from most major companies like Sears, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Meineke and Midas available for this.

The cost really depends on the shop that you go to.  If you go to a small mechanic shop in town, you might have to pay a little more than if you were to to go to a high volume place like Jiffy Lube who has this work down to a science.

The price should be anywhere from $100-$200.  This may seem like a lot for one service, but you usually only need this once or twice while owning your vehicle.  This amount is definitely a lot less than it would cost to fix a broken transmission, which often runs from about $1,000 to $4,000 for a normal car.

The lower prices are easily attainable when you get a coupon off of any service over a certain amount of money.  You usually won’t find a specific coupon for transmission flushes, but there are a lot of deals that will get you a percentage off of any service over $100.

An automatic transmission fluid transfer (ATF) exchange involves completely draining out your old used up lubricant.  The transmission is then flushed out to remove any gunk, grime or other materials that shouldn’t be in your transmission.  This is a difficult and time consuming task which makes the price go up so much.  Once the tranny is flushed out, they will fill your transmission with brand new transmission fluid.

When should you change your transmission fluid?

Generally, it is recommended that you change this fluid every 30,000 miles or so.  If you do a significant amount of stop and go driving, you might want to consider getting it more often to avoid having your transmission slip or breakdown.