Average Cost to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid

Last Updated on January 14, 2021

If you are driving a car with an automatic transmission, then you will need to change the automatic transmission fluid about every 50,000 miles. You will also need to change the filter as well.

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The average cost at an independent repair shop for a job like this can run anywhere between $150 and $250. These costs just cover the fluid change itself. Labor costs will typically run between $80 and $110. Expect to pay more at a dealership.

The parts to do the job can cost you on average around $100 but can vary greatly depending on how many quarts of fluid and the type of fluid. In addition, you’ll need a new transmission filter and possibly a new pan gasket. But these are all just estimates.

In order to know what your particular costs will be, you will have to take your car down to your local mechanic or dealership and have them evaluate your car. Usually, the type of car you have will play the biggest factor in the estimated quote they will present you with.

Depending on the area, there will be taxes and fees added on to the shop’s total costs.

The average car manufacturer recommends that a vehicle should get new automatic transmission fluid every 100,000 miles. However, most mechanics and automotive repair shops will tell you that you need to get it done every 50,000 miles because 100,000 miles is way too long to wait.

Over time, automatic transmission fluid deteriorates just like any other automotive fluid. The longer you wait, the worse it will be for your car. This is especially true if you normally drive under severe conditions that put more stress on the transmission such as snowy weather and stop-and-go traffic.

But don’t worry because if you regularly take your car to a shop or dealership for oil changes and system inspections then they will be able to tell you the right time to get the automatic transmission fluid change.

There are some warning signs that you can pay attention to that will let you know when it is time to get a fluid change for your automatic transmission.

For example, if you have trouble changing gears in your automatic shift then it is a sign that your transmission fluid is dirty. You may also notice your vehicle surging forward or backward as a result of the dirty transmission fluid not being able to flow correctly.

Any kind of unexpected issues like this is an immediate sign to get your fluid changed right away.


3 thoughts on “Average Cost to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid”

  1. I had my transmission replaced and right after it was replaced it started leaking. I took it back 3 times to be fixed. It still leaked . I took it somewhere else to have tranny fluid changed and that person noticed a bolt was stripped. Now the place that replaced Tranny said it could have been caused by a part that was changed on front end. He thinks there maybe a crack. Can the crack happen when the bolt was stripped.

  2. “…you will need to change the automatic transmission fluid every 20,000-30,000 miles. You will also need to change the filter as well. The average cost at an automotive shop for a job like this can run anywhere between $150 and $210. These costs just cover the fluid change itself…”
    The writer is contradicting himself. First he says that the cost to change the fluid and filter might cost between $150 and $210. Then he says that that cost is just to change the fluid itself. So which is it? Is his estimate for the fluid alone, or for the fluid and the filter?

    • Every vehicle is a bit different, but many automatic transmissions also require a filter replacement when the transmission fluid is flushed. Opting to replace the filter, clean the pan, and replace the gasket will add to the parts/labor costs.


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