Transmission Filters

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

I usually have my oil changed at a drive through type place. They recently wanted to do a transmission flush. They claim that the flush cleans the filter well enough that changing it is not necessary. Is it really possible to clean up the paper filters in older vehicles?
Greg T.

Transmission filters are not usually paper. They are usually made out of metal. I still would be very leery that they are not getting all of the gunk out of the transmission. There is also a strip on the bottom of the pan that is slightly magnetic. This strip collects all of the metallic filings and such on the bottom so they are not circulated throughout the tranny. Unless the price is really cheap, most tranny shops charge around 19.95 for this service and they take the pan down and put in a new filter and clean and adjust everything that needs it.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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