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How much does it cost to replace the clutch fluid?

Replacing your clutch fluid costs an average of $118—parts cost around $27, while mechanic labor costs around $90. Remember, this is an estimate. The exact price of your clutch fluid replacement will depend on your vehicle’s make and model and where you have the brake fluid replacement done.
How long does it take to replace the clutch fluid? A certified mechanic can replace your clutch fluid in about 0.8 hours hours. It’s a quick process that involves inspecting the clutch fluid and hydraulic clutch system and replacing the fluid if needed.
Here’s an overview of the clutch fluid replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 26, 2024
Land Rover Discovery
$101
$26
$75
0.6 Hours
May 19, 2024
Mazda CX-5
$94
$26
$68
0.6 Hours
May 14, 2024
Buick Rendezvous
$97
$26
$71
0.6 Hours
May 12, 2024
Mitsubishi Outlander
$106
$26
$80
0.6 Hours
May 12, 2024
GMC Yukon
$95
$26
$69
0.6 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my clutch fluid replacement and how much do those parts cost?

When it’s time to replace your clutch fluid, the fluid itself is generally the only part you’ll need to buy—and it’s relatively inexpensive. The average cost for clutch fluid is between $10 and $15, but if you’re having it replaced at an auto repair shop then you’ll pay quite a bit more for labor.
In addition to a new bottle of fluid, you’ll need to gather a few other pieces of equipment and tools:  
  • Wrench
  • Container or bottle for old fluid
  • Clear, plastic tubing approximately 1-foot long (¼” internal dimension)
You can purchase clutch fluid for your common car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. Three recommended brands for clutch fluid are Prestone, Valvoline, and Castrol. However, the best clutch fluid for your vehicle will vary based on its year, make, and model.
In most cases,  you’ll only need to change your car’s clutch fluid if there’s a problem with the clutch system. That said, if you want to keep your vehicle in excellent condition, changing the clutch fluid every couple of years is recommended. 
When your car is serviced for an
oil change
, have the mechanic check the car’s brake fluid since dirt can find its way into the clutch system. 
Auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts will sell a variety of brands of clutch fluid for an affordable price. You may also find it on sites like Amazon and stores selling automotive parts. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual before buying fluid to ensure it’s compatible with your car’s make and model.

Where can I get my clutch fluid replaced?

Changing the clutch fluid on your car is a relatively simple DIY job, but not everyone is comfortable being their own mechanic. For the non-car-savvy people who’d prefer a mechanic do the job, finding a reputable and trusted auto repair shop can be tricky—especially if you don’t have a go-to mechanic in your area. 
Enter Jerry's
GarageGuard™
. You can compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto shops nationwide in seconds. You’ll see shop diagnostic fees and actual hourly labor rates, and you can read reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair costs in your area.
118 Reviews
101 Auto Care
address
11945 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL
Clutch Fluid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$173
(Parts - $13, Labor - $160)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
address
415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Clutch Fluid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$174
(Parts - $13, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
137 Reviews
Bobby Likis Auto Service
address
5675 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL
Clutch Fluid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$148
(Parts - $13, Labor - $135)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$149
121 Reviews
RepairSmith - Fresno

Clutch Fluid Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$108
(Parts - $13, Labor - $95)
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my clutch cable?

Replacing the clutch fluid is a simple process. Here are the steps a mechanic will take during a clutch fluid change:
  • Inspect the condition of the fluid
  • Inspect the clutch’s hydraulic system for leakage
  • Bleed out the old fluid while filling the system with clean fluid
  • Fill the clutch master cylinder with fresh brake fluid

What happens if I don’t replace my clutch cable?

If your brake fluid is leaking and levels are low, you won’t be able to change gears. The pressure of the fluid is what helps move the clutch. Without the extra pressure, the clutch becomes too heavy to move on its own.

What is a clutch fluid replacement service?

Technically, clutch fluid does not exist—it’s actually brake fluid. Stored in the clutch master cylinder, the fluid’s pressure helps you change gears in cars with a manual transmission. 
When you press the clutch pedal, the fluid moves from the master cylinder into the slave cylinder, allowing you to engage the clutch. If the fluid starts to leak or becomes contaminated, you might find yourself unable to shift gears and your vehicle can suffer severe damage. If this is the case, you may need a clutch fluid flush before replacing it with new fluid.

How do I know if my clutch fluid needs replacing?

You should have your entire clutch system checked whenever you bring your car for servicing. Regularly inspecting your clutch fluid can catch any major issues before they spiral out of control. 
The two main signs that you might need to replace your clutch fluid include: 
  • Leaking clutch fluid
  • Contaminated clutch fluid
Other signs you need to replace your clutch fluid include strange clutch performance—like a stiff or spongy pedal—and trouble shifting gears.

How often should you replace the clutch fluid?

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual usually provides intervals for replacing fluids. You’ll typically only need to replace your clutch fluid if there’s an issue with the system. That said, most car experts recommend changing the fluid every two years or 30,000 miles to ensure your car and brake system run optimally.

Can I replace the clutch fluid myself?

If you want to
save money on car expenses
and you’re comfortable with a DIY project, changing your clutch fluid is simple. It involves finding your clutch fluid reservoir, checking the fluid level and inspecting the color and clarity, draining the reservoir if needed, and replacing it with new fluid. 
If you don’t have much automotive experience or feel unsure about performing this service yourself, call your local auto repair shop and leave it to a professional mechanic.

FAQs

Insufficient clutch fluid levels won’t allow the clutch to release properly, leading to a loud grinding noise when you attempt to shift gears. Topping off the clutch fluid might seem like a good idea, but if there’s a leak in the system, it won’t fix the problem.
Clutch fluid doesn’t exist—it’s brake fluid that’s used in a different system. In the brake system, clutch fluid is kept in the clutch master cylinder. When you press the clutch pedal, the fluid flows from the clutch master cylinder into the clutch slave cylinder.
If you’re getting your car serviced, your entire clutch system should be inspected by a mechanic. If not, be sure to ask. Your brake system should be inspected regularly and fluid levels should be checked to avoid leaks or contamination.

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