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As far as mechanical components go, today’s transmissions are incredibly complicated. Transmission fluid exchange changes out virtually all of the fluid in your vehicle and is done through the cooler lines. Note that there are many different types of transmission fluids available; we use a synthetic fluid that meets or exceeds most manufacturer specifications. For the few that require a different type of fluid, we use Original Equipment type fluid.
Some of these fluids cost upwards of $15 per quart so we do have to charge more to service those vehicles. A transmission pan service only changes about 30% of the fluid in your transmission but allows access to change the filter and gasket. A pan service or a full fluid exchange can be done either separately or in conjunction with each other, these are two separate services.