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How much does it cost to replace the transmission fluid?

The average transmission fluid change cost is $205—parts cost an average of $87, while services cost around $118. Remember, this is just an estimate—the total cost of servicing your transmission fluid will depend on your vehicle. 
How long does it take to replace the transmission fluid? A certified mechanic can service your transmission fluid in about 1.0 hours hours. It’s a quick service that’s relatively straightforward. They’ll drain your fluid and replace it with the proper quantity and type of transmission fluid/oil for your transmission.
Here’s an overview of the average costs for a transmission fluid service for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 7, 2024
Honda Civic
$151
$86
$65
0.5 Hours
June 5, 2024
Saab 45172
$138
$86
$52
0.5 Hours
June 1, 2024
Chevrolet Silverado
$167
$107
$60
0.5 Hours
May 31, 2024
Eagle Talon
$149
$86
$62
0.5 Hours
May 30, 2024
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
$161
$107
$54
0.5 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 to service my transmission fluid and how much do those parts cost?

When it comes time to change your transmission fluid, there’s not much you’ll need. For most vehicles, you’ll only need to purchase a new bottle of
transmission fluid
. However, you may also need to install a new transmission pan gasket and transmission filter (if replaceable) for automatic cars.
In addition to a new bottle of fluid, you’ll also need some tools:
  • Car jack
  • Wheel chocks
  • Wheel ramps
  • Transmission drain pan
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Socket wrench
  • Funnel
  • Crescent wrench
Luckily, buying a new bottle of transmission fluid is cheap, costing between $53.57 and $65.47. Labor costs tend to be higher for a transmission fluid service.
We recommend purchasing transmission fluid and all the parts you'll need at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend using reputable brands such as Valvoline, Castrol, and Mobil 1 for your transmission fluid. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When you have your transmission fluid flushed, the mechanic will remove the old transmission fluid via a flush machine and replace it with brand-new fluid. When your transmission fluid is changed, some old fluid may remain in the transmission, which allows contaminants into the new fluid and decreases performance.
You can buy transmission fluid online through automotive parts retailers like NAPA Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone or other sites like Amazon and RockAuto that sell automotive parts. Before buying new fluid, check your vehicle specifications to ensure compatibility.

Where can I get a transmission fluid service?

Changing your transmission fluid is a simple but messy job, and if you’re not car-savvy and don’t want to take on a DIY project, finding the right auto repair shop to do the job can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic in your area. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
makes things easy! It allows you to compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto shops nationwide in seconds.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from repair shops using their actual hourly labor rate. You can also find out if you need to leave room in the budget for diagnostic fees and read actual 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.
184 Reviews
Tunex Complete Car Care - West Valley/Hunter
address
2733, 3549 S 5600 W, Salt Lake City, UT
Transmission Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$175
(Parts - $60, Labor - $115)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
187 Reviews
106 St Tire & Wheel
address
106-01 Northern Blvd, Manhattan, NY
Transmission Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$181
(Parts - $60, Labor - $121)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$25
173 Reviews
Victory Auto Service & Glass - St. Petersburg
address
3001 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL
Transmission Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$222
(Parts - $60, Labor - $162)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$134.40
188 Reviews
Goodyear Auto Service - North Central San Antonio
address
14353 NW Military Hwy, Shavano Park, TX
Transmission Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$191
(Parts - $60, Labor - $131)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$140
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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 power steering fluid?

Your mechanic will typically check your transmission fluid levels and then complete the following steps when performing a transmission service:
  • Remove the drain plug and drain the old transmission fluid
  • For automatic transmission vehicles, install a new pan gasket and filter (if replaceable)
  • Add back the proper type and amount of fluid/oil for your transmission
  • Check the vehicle for leaks
  • Perform a test drive

What happens if I don’t change my transmission fluid?

Not changing your transmission fluid at the recommended service intervals can lead to transmission damage or significantly reduce its lifespan. Over time, the fluid becomes dirty, which reduces its efficacy as a lubricant. As a result, it can lead to increased friction, heat, and wear and tear on your transmission.

What is a transmission fluid service?

In this service, your mechanic will drain the transmission fluid and replace it with the correct type and quantity for your car.
  • Automatic transmission cars have an oil pan containing the transmission fluid and filter, which provides the power and force required to shift into different gears. You’ll need to buy automatic transmission fluid (ATF) for this service.
  • Manual transmission cars have a case that contains the transmission fluid. The fluid is not directly involved in shifting gears, but it can still experience wear and tear, eventually leading to a transmission failure.

How do I know if my transmission fluid needs servicing?

Getting your transmission fluid serviced between 30,000 and 60,000 miles is generally recommended, but check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations.
Here are some typical signs that your transmission fluid needs servicing:
  • Your car has a hard time running
  • Your car stalls when going down or up steep inclines
  • The check engine light is on
  • Your transmission is making noise

How often should you have a transmission fluid service?

If you drive a manual car, most manufacturers recommend servicing your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If you drive an automatic, you can extend that to between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. But whether you hit the recommended mileage or not, it doesn’t hurt to change your fluid early.
If following a regular car maintenance schedule, changing your transmission fluid should be included in one of your maintenance services. But if you notice signs of bad transmission fluid early, take your vehicle in to be serviced.

Can I replace the transmission fluid myself?

If you want to
save money on car expenses
and service your transmission fluid yourself, it is possible—but it’s a messy job, and you’ll need a few tools and items to change it. If you don’t have the proper tools and are not interested in getting a little messy, it’s probably best to leave the job to a professional.

FAQs

Your vehicle has many fluids important to its performance, but you’ll want to track when your transmission fluid was changed. Over time, transmission fluids can pick up metal shavings and gunk from your vehicle’s gears and other moving parts that can interfere with its performance. 
As a result, the transmission oil can lose some of its cooling capacity and lubrication properties, leading to transmission problems. To maintain good vehicle performance and avoid having a transmission repair, change your transmission fluid according to manufacturer specifications.
Having a transmission fluid flush replaced the existing fluid with brand-new, high-quality fluid. In doing so, your car’s transmission should run cooler and will receive maximum protection against wear and tear to clutches, gears, and bearings.
How often you need a transmission fluid service is open for debate, but most manufacturers recommend 30,000 to 60,000 miles for manual cars or 60,000 to 100,000 miles for automatic vehicles.

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