Transmission Flush Cost

So as you know, a transmission flush is an effective service for your car as long as it’s part of routine maintenance. Whereas a fluid change only removes a portion of the old fluid, a transmission flush exchanges all of it for new fluid. It also removes contaminants in the cooler lines and the torque converter so no buildup can disturb the workings of your transmission.

But why do people prefer transmission flushes? Maybe because the leading cause of 90% of transmission failure is due to overheating, which can ultimately be traced back to inefficient transmission fluid. Although a fluid change is an effective service, a transmission flush is much more effective as all the added fluid is brand new!

That’s why getting a transmission flush can help to extend the lifespan of your transmission; even a 20 degree drop in fluid temperature can double the life of the transmission! If you’d like to learn more about transmission flushes, read our definitive guide. But how much does a transmission flush cost? We’ll explain the details here.

How Much Does a Transmission Flush Cost?

transmission flush costA transmission flush should not cost you an arm and a leg, but the exact transmission flush cost can vary depending on different factors. The make and model, repair shop, where you live, and extra services (e.g. cleaning the pan, replacing the filter, etc.) are just some of the factors that can change the price.

For a transmission flush, expect to pay anywhere in the range of $75 and $380. On average though, the typical driver will pay around $150-$200. However, this is assuming the vehicle is not a high end luxury car and that it isn’t serviced in an area with a high cost of living. Unless you meet those two conditions, expect to pay no more than $200 for the full service. At oil-and-lube or auto repair shops, the transmission flush cost ranges from $90 to $380, with an average cost of $160. At dealerships the transmission flush cost can range from $75-$300, with an average cost of $200. The different factors that affects the cost includes:

  • Type of flushing equipment (cooler line or pump inlet)
  • The amount of fluid used (average is around 12-22 quarts)
  • Type of transmission fluid (synthetic fluid costs more)
  • Type of shop and location (e.g. auto repair shop, oil-and-lube, dealership)
  • Make and model of the car/transmission (luxury cars cost more)

**When searching around for a transmission flush price, make sure that the service includes pan removal and filter change. This will cost extra but it’s highly recommended for optimum performance.**

Why Does a Transmission Flush Cost More?

In a past article, we explained that a regular transmission fluid change will cost around $60 to $100 on average in a repair shop or dealership. So why does a transmission flush cost more? Well for starters, a normal transmission fluid change only consists of draining the fluid, cleaning the pan, replacing the filter, and adding new fluid. The whole process uses about 5-7 quarts of fluid on average, while the average car holds about 12 quarts. Remember that for a transmission fluid change, a good amount of fluid can still remain in the cooler lines and the torque converter, which is why only around 5-7 quarts of fluid are needed. On the other hand, a transmission flush requires anywhere from 12-22 quarts in order to replace the old fluid completely. So a lot of the transmission flush cost is going into the extra fluid needed, not to mention the professional flush equipment that’s used.