The transmission system of your auto or truck is one of the most critical components that must be properly maintained. After all, without a properly operating transmission, your vehicle is dead in the water! You must change transmission fluid at periodic intervals as specified in your owner’s manual. The oil change frequency can vary, depending on driving conditions. On average, you can expect a transmission oil change anywhere between 30,000-60,000 miles. If you use your vehicle for heavy work, such as towing heavy loads, the oil change frequency may be every 15,000 miles.
Transmission oil change cost can vary from shop to shop. Some of the oil change service may depend on how many different points of service are performed by the mechanic. Some shops may check and fill; power steering fluid, battery level, transmission axle, differentials, transfer case, coolant level, windshield washer level, and even tire pressure. The transmission oil change price can also be affected by a check and inspection of; belts and hoses, brake fluid, air filter, crankcase breather or PCV valve, exterior lights, and windshield wipers.
Transmission fluid change cost at a Shell station could run up to $100. They do offer coupons for oil change of 24% off, or $8.00 discount. The number of quarts of ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) can vary from auto to auto. Usually most shops will include up to 18 quarts of ATF in their transmission oil change service The type of ATF also can affect cost. For example, there is a “Special” ATF that can add $10 to the overall cost. If you opt for the synthetic ATF, a hefty extra $50 can be added to the transmission fluid change cost.
Don’t forget that whenever you change transmission fluid, you also have to have the transmission filter replaced as well. That means the transmission pan has to be dropped, and the existing old transmission pan seal MUST be replaced. Be aware that these prices apply primarily to automatic transmission oil change prices. A manual transmission oil change cost may be substantially lower. Each shop may call it something different, but it is generally referred to as “gear box service”. The gear box is the total manual transmission system of differential (back and front if applicable), transfer case or manual transmission. The transmission fluid change cost with manual transmission may only be $40. If you have limited slip/traction lock differential, then there is $10.00 extra added on. If you prefer synthetic gear oils, expect to add another $20.00
It is absolutely essential that the vehicle owner always check and maintain their transmission fluid level at the specified level (usually indicated on the dipstick). Failure to do so could result in damage to the transmission and costly repairs. Clean the transmission oil dipstick on a clean piece of white paper towel. All transmission fluids are a reddish color.
If your transmission fluid is very dark in color, or even black, have it taken to a repair shop immediately! If you smell any burned smell, the same applies. Any noticeable slippage in transmission gears also indicates immediate inspection. Sometimes all that is required is topping off the fluid level, but have a professional look at the potential problem.
Transmission fluid change cost can be reduced by asking for any oil change coupons available at the auto shop. Some shops may offer a percentage off the cost of oil change service; others may simply offer $10-$20 off overall price. Firestone oil change coupons may vary from state to state, so be sure to shop around. Also look in your daily or weekly newspapers for good transmission oil change prices, deals, and coupons. You could save a lot of money!