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Transmission Filter and Fluid Change Cost

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Transmission Filter and Fluid Change
The average cost for a transmission filter and fluid change is between $324 and $366. Labor costs are estimated between $140 and $177 while parts are priced between $184 and $189. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

How do the transmission fluid and filter work?

An automatic transmission uses sets of clutches or bands to determine the car's gear ratio. Different clutches or bands being engaged or released will change the gear ratio. Automatic transmission fluid lubricates these clutches and bands, while still giving them gripping force. Through normal operation, the fluid will begin to carry small particles from wearing internal components. The automatic transmission filter will remove the particles to prevent them from causing damage to the transmission.

What are the symptoms of the automatic transmission fluid or filter going bad?

When the transmission filter becomes clogged with debris, you may notice the engine revving when you're not accelerating the vehicle — this is called transmission slipping. When the filter is so clogged that transmission fluid can't be pumped through it, the transmission won't be able to produce the hydraulic pressure it needs to move its internal components. If the car is low on transmission fluid, the same symptoms will occur. Driving after the transmission begins slipping will damage its bands and clutches, as well as the transmission front pump.

Can I drive with a transmission fluid or filter problem?

Driving a vehicle that has passed the manufacturer specified service interval is not generally recommended. The vehicle can be safely driven, but skipping maintenance may cost you far more in the long run. If you're past the scheduled maintenance mileage, you should take your car in as soon as you can to get it done.

If the vehicle has any transmission issues that are causing you drivability concerns, or any of the symptoms noted here, the vehicle should be towed to a repair facility for diagnostics.

How often do I need to replace the automatic transmission fluid and filter?

Changing the transmission fluid and filter is a scheduled maintenance item for most vehicles. Still, automatic transmission issues can happen any time. It is more common to see high-mileage vehicles in poor condition because of neglected maintenance. Performing factory maintenance on schedule is the best way to help prevent transmission failure and keep the transmission shifting smoothly.

Manufacturers set different service intervals, so be sure to check your maintenance schedule here or in your owner's manual.

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