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Transmission FAQ

We've created a great list of frequently asked questions (and answers) for any car owner about their transmission.

How often should I have my transmission fluid changed?

It is recommended that you change your fluid every 30,000 to 40,000 kilometres.

How do I know if I have a transmission problem?

The following symptoms may indicate that your vehicle's transmission requires service:

Check engine light is on
Low or leaking transmission fluid
Noise coming from the transmission
Transmission is slipping
Transmission failure
The vehicle does not move

How often should I have my transmission checked?

For preventative maintenance it is recommended that you visit your local Mister Transmission annually for a FREE Multi-Check Inspection.

What's being done to my vehicle?

At Mister Transmission we specialize in transmissions, service all automatics, standards/manuals, clutches and differentials for all vehicles including; domestic, imports, 4x4's and front wheel drive. Our list of services includes:

1. Diagnostic service - check the level and condition of your transmission fluid.

2. Road test - consists of two segments, a stationary test and driving test which together test for slipping noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting as well as late or early shift problems.

3. Lift Inspection - to check your neutral switch, engine rpm, throttle linkage, manual linkage, modulator vacuum, modulator, transmission mounts, U-Joints, fluid retention and electronic controls.

4. Pan Examination - allows our specialists and you to look inside your transmission to determine if there is evidence of internal damage.

What does it cost to have my transmission checked?

At Mister Transmission both the Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection are absolutely free.

How long will it take to fix my vehicle?

That depends on what is involved in the repair. For routine check ups and minor repairs you may have your vehicle the same day. If your transmission needs to be rebuilt you may have to leave it. Most transmission repairs if caught early are minor so bring your car in for a free Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection.

What do I do if my vehicle is broken down and I can't drive it?

Mister Transmission offers a towing service for our customers. Please contact one of our many locations across Canada.

What kind of warranty will I get with my repair?

Mister Transmission's National Warranty Program was developed to provide our customers with worry-free driving anywhere in North America. (Some restrictions apply.)

Warranties Available:

6 month warranty/6,000 km

12 month warranty/20,000 km

36 month warranty/60,000 km

60 Months/100,000 km - Extended Nation Wide

2 year/40,000 km clutch warranty

Lifetime Warranty

My car shudders when I shift and I really have to work to change gears.

Visit your nearest Mister Transmission for a FREE Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection.

What if there is a pink or reddish puddle under my car?

You may have leaking transmission fluid. It is important to contact a repair technician to determine if the vehicle should be driven or towed in for service.

What's my car's transmission fluid supposed to look like?

It should be a bright cherry red. Anything other than this may indicate a transmission problem.

Can I drive with a transmission leak?

No. A transmission is a sealed hydraulic unit. Loss of any fluid will affect the performance of the transmission. Please see a Mister Transmission dealer immediately for you FREE Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection.

How can driving conditions affect my vehicle's transmission?

Extreme hot or cold weather and poor driving conditions may affect the life expectancy of your transmission. Vehicles that are rarely driven or driven mostly short distances are in many cases subjected to unusual wear and strain. For example, cars that are driven short distances consistently never have the opportunity for the engine to warm up to the normal heat range. This can cause excessive engine wear.

What does "scanning" a transmission do?

This procedure involves attaching a diagnostic computer to a terminal in your vehicle. This device is used to communicate with your computer to determine if any trouble codes are present and to "read" the output from numerous electrical sensors that feed information to the computer. All of this information is useful in determining the integrity of the electrical control system for the transmission. Scanners have become very important in the diagnostic process.

Should I drive in overdrive or normal drive?

Your transmission is controlled electronically by the onboard computer and is intended to be driven in overdrive unless conditions indicate otherwise.

My older vehicle's transmission shifts into reverse OK, but has a delay going into drive when cold.

Our recommendation is a Mister Transmission free Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection.

What does the term "slipping" really mean?

Simply put, it means that as the vehicle attempts to move from a stop, the engine revs and the vehicle barely moves or doesn't move at all.

I have been told by my service technician that I should have my transmission fluid flushed. What does this mean?

Mister Transmission does not recommend transmission flushes since they don't allow for replacement of the transmission filter which is vital. Bring your vehicle into a Mister Transmission dealer for a transmission service.

What does a transmission cooler do and do I need one?

If you tow a trailer or overload your vehicle, you may require cooler. See a Mister Transmission dealer for installation.