Transmission fluid is considered "burnt", does this require a full transmission flush?

Asked by Jul 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM about the 2006 Toyota Corolla LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently bought a used 2006 Toyota Corolla and I got it checked out by a mechanic before I bought it and they told me that the transmission fluid is 'burnt' and it will need a transmission flush before I start driving it. It has 106K miles on it. Is it typical for it to have burnt transmission fluid? And do I really need to have it flushed for hundreds of dollars? Or is there an additive I can add or just get it serviced? Any easier/cheaper fix?

3 Answers

18,765

I would recommend the full flush. Burnt fluid can cause damages to the trans if used for a long time. I would also make sure the trans cooler and cooler lines are good flowing, there is a reason the fluid is burnt. Once burnt it doesnt have the same properties it used to have. same way when you cook an egg it's still and egg but is nothing like it was before. "Miracle additives" are to be shunned for the most part.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
12,985

It is not typical for the tranny fluid to be burnt. Is there a hitch on this vehicle? I would not add any additives to the tranny if the fluid is burnt. A complete flush is in order. It should cost about 80-90 dollars with filter.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
60

Just be careful about what they are calling a "flush". Many places use machines that do "Power Flushes" which force fluid through at high pressure, and many also use solvents to try to clean out varnish and gunk. That's where the danger can come in. These type of "Power Flushes" with conditioners and solvents can do more harm to your transmission that good. If the current fluid really is burnt, then instead of a "flush" have a FLUID EXCHANGE done. A fluid exchange does not use high pressure, no solvents, no conditioners. It just replaces virtually ALL of the old fluid with new fluid WITHOUT using high pressure. Many of the better quality shops have low pressure fluid exchange machines.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Transmission fluid is considered "burnt", does this require a full transmission flush? 3 answers

    I recently bought a used 2006 Toyota Corolla and I got it checked out by a mechanic before I bought it and they told me that the transmission fluid is 'burnt' and it will need a transmission flush bef...

    2006 Toyota Corolla LE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Transmission Fluid 16 answers

    Hello I'm new to the CarGurus Forum. Could you give me your opinion? I have a 2012 Corolla 2012 LE with 39,000 miles. I noticed that the color of the automatic transmission fluid is medium brown. Is...

    2012 Toyota Corolla LE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Transmission fluid change 4 answers

    I have a 99 Corolla , I bought at the end of Aug. this year. I just recently changed the transmission fluid and the fluid was very black when it drained, but when noticing it closely it did have the r...

    1999 Toyota Corolla VE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2013 toyota corolla transmission fluid is dirty @ 30,000 miles 10 answers

    Just took my 2013 Toyota Corolla (30,000 miles) to dealer to check dirty tranny fluid. It isn't burned but it is dirty - not cherry soda color but more like light brown ... I value your opinion plea...

    2013 Toyota Corolla S

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2013 Corolla S with 25,000 mi has burnt tranny fluid - drain/flush? Causes? 3 answers

    I have a 2013 Toyota Corolla S with 25,000 miles The tranny fluid is deep brown. Dealer initially denied flushing tranny and wanted to charge me $350.00 if performed!! Another tech called out the warr...

    2013 Toyota Corolla S

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Corolla

Looking for a Used Corolla in your area?

CarGurus has 69,275 nationwide Corolla listings starting at $1,999.

ZIP:

Search Toyota Corolla Questions

Toyota Corolla Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,420
#2 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,840
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,710
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,197 Great Deals out of 84,710 listings starting at $750
Used Honda Civic
862 Great Deals out of 85,137 listings starting at $500
Used Honda Accord
1,034 Great Deals out of 68,902 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota RAV4
895 Great Deals out of 63,799 listings starting at $1,990
Used Nissan Altima
1,285 Great Deals out of 75,641 listings starting at $1,695
Used Hyundai Elantra
643 Great Deals out of 41,123 listings starting at $900
Used Nissan Sentra
576 Great Deals out of 52,080 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
516 Great Deals out of 42,738 listings starting at $1,995
Used Mazda MAZDA3
380 Great Deals out of 29,770 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda CR-V
981 Great Deals out of 57,146 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Prius
240 Great Deals out of 17,861 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota Yaris
83 Great Deals out of 3,804 listings starting at $2,500
Used Hyundai Sonata
852 Great Deals out of 47,640 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Focus
769 Great Deals out of 54,874 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 18,183 listings starting at $11,988
2016 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 2,984 listings starting at $9,895
2015 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,816 listings starting at $8,990
2014 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
86 Great Deals out of 1,788 listings starting at $6,500
2013 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 727 listings starting at $4,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.