The Basics and Significance of Routine Transmission Service

February 28, 2023 | By Mister Transmission

Vehicle maintenance is simply one of the many grownup responsibilities we all share. Automobile manufacturers today generally aim for greater fuel economy while designing new models. Its low maintenance needs are a welcome change from the automobiles used by our predecessors. Still, regular upkeep is something that must not be neglected. Let’s go into the nitty-gritty of transmission service, covering things like flushing the fluid, changing the filter, and replacing the pan gasket.

First of All, What Is a Transmission Service?

For optimal transmission efficiency and performance, it is recommended to have a transmission service performed regularly. It’s something you should do every time you maintain your car. More and more modern cars use sealed transmissions. In a sealed transmission, you cannot see the transmission fluid to verify its level or quality. If you don’t have a garage stocked with auto parts, you should probably take your vehicle to a reliable repair shop to get the transmission serviced.

That said, let’s examine the typical tasks that are carried out during a transmission service.

  • Fluid Change for a Pan-Drop Transmission

Depending on your vehicle, transmission fluid can be changed in a few different methods. While performing a pan-drop fluid change, the pan is detached from the transmission casing, and the old fluid is drained out by gravity. The technician drains between one-third and half of the transmission fluid using this procedure. They clean the pan of dirt or debris, but the transmission fluid remains the same.

The transmission pan gasket is inspected for damage, cleaned, and reinstalled before adding the new fluid. In order to get rid of all the old fluid and impurities, the technician may have to repeat this process multiple times.

  • Flushing the Transmission Fluid

A transmission fluid cleanse is the more thorough approach. A machine (or the pump in your car) will drain the old transmission fluid while fresh fluid is pumped in. All of the transmission fluid is changed at once during a fluid flush. If you’re not sure if your car needs a fluid change or a flush, consult the user’s manual.

  • Replacing the Transmission Filter

Your vehicle’s transmission filter plays a crucial role in preventing harmful debris from entering the transmission fluid. Transmission filters should be replaced every two years or 30,000 miles, as recommended by many car manufacturers (whichever comes first). While servicing the transmission, the technician will replace the transmission filter and pan gasket.

  • Checking the Pan Gasket

The Pan gasket is situated between the transmission housing and the pan. The gradual wear and cracking of this thin rubber seal might cause a transmission fluid leak. A technician can check the pan gasket for damage with little effort and replace it if necessary.

  • Cleaning the Transmission Components

The transmission components located in the undercarriage should be cleaned by a mechanic to remove grease, filth, and debris off the road. This improves the components’ performance and your service technician’s ability to detect leaks and other problems.

When Should You Get Your Transmission Serviced?

It is your duty as a car owner to ensure your vehicle is road-ready at all times by inspecting and fixing it as needed. Your vehicle’s owner manual details the recommended intervals and mileage between transmission services. The size and placement of these indicators might vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle. Plan on having transmission service performed every 30,000 to 150,000 miles. You can also check the manufacturer’s recommendations to see whether you need to change your fluids or flush your vehicle.

Sticking to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is the best method to keep your automobile performing at peak levels and maximize fuel efficiency.


Routine car transmission service is an important part of vehicle maintenance. Regularly servicing the transmission will help ensure it is running efficiently and can help prevent costly repairs down the road. A good transmission service should include checking the transmission fluid levels, inspecting the transmission for any signs of damage or wear, and replacing any worn or damaged parts.

Car owners should also have their transmissions serviced at least every 30,000 miles. By taking the time to perform routine maintenance on the transmission, car owners can be sure that their car will maintain its performance and reliability for many years to come.

If you are looking for a company that handles transmission problems, look no further than our services here at Mister Transmission. We are Canada’s most trusted and most recognized brand for transmission service and transmission repairs, and we constantly keep up with the latest technology in order to offer our customers the best service. Visit our nearest branch today and let us look into your transmission concerns in no time!

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