Is changing transmission fluid easy?

Because many transmission pans don’t have drain plugs, changing the fluid can be a messy proposition –the entire pan must be removed. But even on vehicles that do have drain plugs, the pan still must be removed to change the filter. Changing transmission fluid is one of those messy jobs that someone has to do.

Can you just change transmission fluid?

As we stated at the beginning of this article, simply change the fluid frequently or as your owner’s manual recommends. This will ensure a healthy transmission for the life of your vehicle. Remember, dirty fluid is not an effective lubricant, so it won’t disperse well.

What happens if you don’t change your transmission fluid?

If you don’t change your transmission fluid frequently, the dirty fluid will not serve as an effective lubricant and it won’t disperse heat well. This will cause wear and tear on the clutches and other parts of your transmission.

How much does it cost to have your transmission fluid changed?

How Much Does a Transmission Fluid Change Cost? The cost to have your fluid changed by a dealer, service center or independent mechanic ranges from $80 to $250. The average cost is around $100 for both automatic and manual transmissions.

Why you shouldn’t change your transmission fluid?

How many quarts of transmission fluid do I need for a 700R4?

Transmission Fluid Capacity
Transmission (w/ Stock Pan) # of Quarts
GM 700R4/4L60E 6
GM 2004R 6
GM 4L80E 7.7

When to change or not to change transmission fluid?

When NOT to Change Transmission Fluid. In most cases, the internal temperatures within an automatic transmission are up to 150 degrees higher than engine temperatures. The transmission fluid contains grit and debris. Finding metal debris in the transmission fluid is a definite sign of the major component that’s on its way out.

How do you check the transmission fluid level?

Check the automatic transmission fluid level (with the engine off and the car on level ground) with the dipstick in the right end of the transmission housing. Remove the dipstick and wipe it off. Insert the dipstick, remove it again, and read the fluid level.

What to do when transmission oil drains into Pan?

While the transmission oil drains into the pan, examine the condition of the O-ring (replace if any damage is evident) and magnet on the end of the drain plug. Excessive metal debris adhered here is sign or a transmission problem you will want to follow up on with your dealer.

When was the last time you changed the transmission oil?

An oft neglected bit of your drivetrain is the transmission. Even those that religiously change their engine oil will offer a blank stare when asked when was the last time they changed the transmission oil.