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Old 04-20-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Flush or Change?

So to change the transmission fluid in at 95 dodge 2500 what would be the cost? I can not remember when it was changed last, plus the rad fluid.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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Transmission DY around Cad 65.00 and Garage around Cad 200.00 to 300.00
Rad flush DY around Cad 35.00 and Garage around Cad 140.00 to 225.00
If you are a DYer and have ramps that's the way to go. I always done my own jobs as a mechanic.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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Call several service centers and ask them. They may ask a few questions before venturing an estimate (such as gas or diesel).
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So to change the transmission fluid........ snip
Just a heads up, there is a difference between a transmission fluid "change" and transmission fluid "flush"....., notable difference in cost.

A "change" simply drains the transmission fluid using natural gravity. Not all the fluid in the system is drained and it does not flush out contaminants.

A "flush" uses a machine to completely flush all the transmission fluid from your vehicle and to remove some grime and contaminants. This process usually includes replacing the internal filter.

I would assume with the older '95' TV a flush may be the way to go....., just had my TV transmission "flushed" (w/filter) a week ago for $250.

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I just paid 120 for a full fluid change new filter and gssket. As well as a detailed inspection of my Chevy transmission. Found no wear or needed repairs. This was done by a transmission shop not a General garage. Trannys is all he does. Btw my tranny and gas engine have 252k miles on them. Take care of them they will last. Seems to be a personal preference but I would avoid a transmission flush. Results seem to be a mixed bag. Personal opinion is Drop the pan and look in it. Most flushes generally do not open the system and do not change the interior filter or clean and inspect the magnet. Also on some models the additive they use to clean it are actually harmful and caustic to some seals and such inside.
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snip..... Most flushes generally do not open the system and do not change the interior filter or clean and inspect the magnet...snip
In my case the $250 covered the flush, removing/cleaning the lower transmission pan & magnet, transmission inspection, and R&R pancake filter. I did have the opportunity to view the pan/magnet and exposed internal transmission last week...., all looked great (clean).

I agree that taking care of the tranny is a must, especially a TV. My local GM dealership preformed my recent flush (and it's first flush a few years ago). Since 80% of my TV's usage is towing my 8,500lb TT, I target every 40K miles for a flush (80K miles thus far).

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You had the complete service then. Most "Jiffy lube" type places and quite a few full service garages only hook up hoses for the flush, And don't go inside or any further. Be sure what you get when talking to the service manager. My particular guy refuses to do flushes because of potential seal problems after repeated flushes. But I've also heard exactly what you said about the contaminants. Like I said results are a mixed bag. But by all means Drop that pan even if you elect to do the flush. Visual inspections can go a long ways to preventing problems at an inconvenient time.
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In my case the $250 covered the flush, removing/cleaning the lower transmission pan & magnet, transmission inspection, and R&R pancake filter. I did have the opportunity to view the pan/magnet and exposed internal transmission last week...., all looked great (clean).

I agree that taking care of the tranny is a must, especially a TV. My local GM dealership preformed my recent flush (and it's first flush a few years ago). Since 80% of my TV's usage is towing my 8,500lb TT, I target every 40K miles for a flush (80K miles thus far).

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I thought that price sounded high hut with the flush and the chemical they use that would explain it. Flush in my area runs from 80 to a little over 100.
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Thanks for the information, I will look into the local transmission shop.to see what will it cost. I have a diesel. I do have some oil filters for it. and fuel filters
I will look at the old receipts for repairs to see when the transmission was last done.
Goes back on the road next week.
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I see you are driving an older Dodge Cummins. My Dad has a 96 model 3500 that he pulls his 5th wheel with. Great engines and before all the electronic conversions. Shade tree guys can actually work on those. Ain't nothing wrong with a Cummins. Short of a rod going thru the block, you can always fix or rebuild them. I've tried to buy my dad's but he wont give her up.
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