4 Things to Know About Transmission Maintenance

September 10, 2018 | By Mister Transmission

4 Things to Know About Transmission Maintenance

Your transmission is one of the most important components of your vehicle. It’s so important that if your transmission is not working, your vehicle simply won’t move. The transmission itself, however, is anything but simple. Manual or automatic, a transmission is an intricate collection of parts and equipment that must work in harmony with one another to allow the energy generated by your engine to get to your wheels. Because the transmission is so important and so complex, we thought it would be helpful to explain some of the basics about how to care and maintain your transmission. Here are four things you should know about transmission maintenance.

  • Transmission fluid levels

Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. Without transmission fluid, your transmission (and therefore, your vehicle) won’t work. And there is no transmission problem that cannot be caused or worsened by a lack of transmission fluid. That’s why it’s important to keep an adequate level of transmission fluid in your vehicle. You should check your fluid level with a dipstick at least once a year, especially if you suspect your transmission is having problems. Topping up your fluid is easy enough to do. You can do it yourself or bring it into your local Mister Transmission and we can do it for you.

  • Changing transmission fluid

It’s not just the quantity of transmission fluid that is important; the quality of the fluid is also key. Sometimes transmission maintenance means changing or flushing your transmission fluid. Fluid can become burned or degraded and this can cause your transmission to have problems. Normally, transmission fluid is clear with a reddish hue. However, damaged transmission fluid is often discoloured and can have an unpleasant odour. If this is the case for you, you may need to flush your transmission fluid. This can be done at home with certain transmissions, but it can be quite difficult. It might be best to bring it in and have a technician do it for you.

  • Listen to your transmission

A big part of transmission maintenance is just paying attention and being aware of your vehicle’s performance. A troubled transmission will often tell you it’s having a problem; you just have to listen to it. Is your transmission making odd whirring or loud clunking noises? Is it noisy even when it’s in neutral? This could indicate a transmission problem, and you should bring it in to one of our shops for a free multi-check and diagnosis.

  • Transmission inspection

There are some aspects of transmission maintenance that even the most accomplished auto enthusiasts can’t do at home. A big part of transmission maintenance is giving the transmission a thorough inspection from time to time. For this, you need the expertise and the equipment of professional technicians.

Mister Transmission offers a complete multi-check inspection. As part of this inspection we will perform the following four tests:  A fluid check, a road test, a lift inspection/diagnosis, and a pan examination. These four tests will reveal what, if any, problems your transmission has. At the first sign of trouble, it’s never a bad idea to bring your vehicle in for regular transmission maintenance or get a free inspection. You don’t have to wait for something to go wrong.

Get in touch

If you would like to learn more about transmission maintenance, or if you would like to bring your vehicle in for transmission maintenance, please get in touch with us today.

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My car had been sitting outside all winter and when I tried to get it going in April I found the manual transmission had seized and I could only engage 1st & 2nd gears, no reverse 3, 4 or 5!! My dealer recommended a new transmission for $9K?!?! They couldn't even tell me when it would be in??!? (supply chain you know).   Mr Transmission looked at it and said "I think we can fix it" and they did. They took it apart and fixed it good as new for $1K.  $1K instead of $9K - for a savings of $8K for me!!!!  THANK YOU MR T!!!
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We recently took our 2018 Lincoln in for a transmission check. They did a transmission diagnostic as well as an engine diagnostic and found no issues. They had the vehicle for a couple of hours, test drive and and all of that was “no charge”. We couldn’t believe it! The staff is so courteous and accommodating. We would drive the hour again to use this location!Services: Auto engine diagnostic, Transmission
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They did a good job, pretty fast so far so good. Shifts good.They did break an exhaust sensor, did not mention it to me after l showed the warning light to em. Cost me anouther $200 at Midas while getti g an oil change.
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We dealt with Mark at Mister Transmission St Thomas for a transmission rebuild on a 16 Dodge Journey. The repairs went smoothly and in a timely manner. The client was very happy they were able to get their vehicle back the same week before the long weekend. Thank you for everything. Tim Ford, Claims Manager, Nationwide Auto Warranty.
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My go to shop for transmission work, excellent and honest workmanship, as well as pricing. This is the only place where you get all three: 1. Best quality 2. Fast service 3. Unbeatable price. Highly recommend!!
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Very nice staff and service with enough satisfaction to your questions and concerns.
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Great people and service!!Service: Transmission
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I have used this location (Centennial Pkwy.) for transmission repair and preventative maintenance work on several occasions, with more than one vehicle over the years. Owner Steve is both courteous and knowledgeable. The work done here is honest and reliable. They are not in the business of overcharging for work that isn't required! I would highly recommend this location to anyone in need of transmission repair or service.Service: Transmission
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