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Converter flush.... is it a waste?

Recently had 2 teeth break off the planetary gear set in my glide. Not much carnage didn't even find metal in my pan. Broken teeth were still wedged in the ring gear. I did see a small amount of shine in the oil I drained from the converter.

I've never had a trans blow like this so I've never had to take it in to be flushed. Do they just run it through a parts washer? Can I just flush it out at home? What process do they go through to flush them?

Found a trans shop locally that says they will flush it for 25 bucks. Does this sound standard?

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Hi,
The only way to clean a converter is to have it taken apart & cleaned, flushing can loosen crap wedged by the fins then after it's put back into the car & run the loosened junk can come off & then it goes back through the trans causing damage, also flushing is just a diluting of the trans fluid, that is, say the trans & converter hold 12qts so you start the flushing with say 18qts by the time the 18th qt is finished going in the fluid looks like new, but that doesn't mean the converter is clean.
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Waste of money. These trans shops also sell transmission flushes....what a load of garbage that it.

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Agree. the only way the converter can be cleaned is to cut it open. It is extremely unlikely in your case(busted planetary) that metal made it all the way back to the front of the trans, and any fluid going into the converter comes straight from the pump, which comes straight from the filter in the pan.
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I'm not talking about having the transmission flushed. Just the converter. I agree with it probably being fine. Only reason I'm a little nervous is the oil I dumped out of the converter had a tiny metallic sheen to it. I'll probably just end up flushing it out as best I can at the house.

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