Can I Service my Transmission Myself?

By Mister Transmission

Transmission Services

When we were younger, perhaps teenagers after we had just got our license, our parents, or maybe our auto shop teacher, told us the importance of being able to service, maintain, and repair our vehicles ourselves. Whether it was just the rather basic procedures of changing a flat tire or jump starting a battery, or something more involved, the importance of being able to take care of our vehicles ourselves was impressed upon us.

And to this day, many of us would like to be the kind of person who can tune up his or her own car. The kind of person who can get down and greasy on a Saturday afternoon and leave everything running smoothly by Saturday evening. We’d like to be this kind of person, even though man of us aren’t. But is this even a reasonable goal? Is it possible to service all components of our vehicles ourselves?

Automobile Maintenance

The truth is that maintaining and servicing your vehicle means something totally different depending on what part of your vehicle we’re talking about. It would be great if everybody could do the basic things themselves: change a flat tire, jumpstart a battery, and replace windshield wiper fluid, etc. Even better if you read some books, looked up some YouTube tutorials, and maybe even took a class or two at an adult learning annex. Then you might know your way around a muffler or a fan belt. But what about your transmission?

Transmission service

The truth is that with most of today’s transmissions, there’s no amount of YouTube tutorials in the world that you could watch and be able to properly service it yourself. And this is not a knock on you or your handiness or your ability to learn how to do things. It’s more a matter of equipment.

You see, over the decades, transmissions, like pretty much everything else,  have become increasingly computerized. This has lead to many advantages, but also a few drawbacks. Transmissions are now more complex and intricate, making transmission service and repair more complex and intricate. In a way, it has actually helped, in that you can hook up a computerized diagnostics program to a vehicle’s onboard computer to interface with the transmission and determine if there is a problem, and where it is. And I’m just going to go out on a limb here and guess that you don’t have this technology sitting around in your garage.

The Multi-Check Inspection

There’s also a whole load of other things that go into transmission service. While there are many little things you should do regularly to maintain your vehicle’s efficiency and prolong its lifespan, the truth is you just can’t do everything skilled and experienced technicians working in a fully equipped garage can do. At Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our multi-check inspection, which is the basis and the backbone of our transmission service. It consists of a fluid check, a road test, a lift inspection, and pan examination. To learn more about our transmission service and the multi-check inspection, click here. 

Get in touch

Just what is involved in transmission service can vary greatly depending on your type of transmission and how it’s running. If you have any questions about transmission service, please contact us today.

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Customer Reviews
Dave and his team went...
David Lowe
Dave and his team went way above the call of duty and helped us solve a complex problem in an old Volvo. They have been beyond fair, open and honest and competent. Amazing team.
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Chantelle Kaiser
I'd recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality service, through evaluating, and timely responses! Upon calling for an concern reguarding my 2006 Yaris. Janice was exceptionally kind and informative, allowing my car to be taken in within a time frame that was excellent. She informed me about what their technicians would be doing upon given a diagnosis. Whilst having their technicians test drive my car and doing an inspection of my area of concern. As a first-time car owner, they reassured me throughout the entire process. Explaining everything along the way, I knew I could trust them given their transparency and willingness to answer questions. Upon picking my car up today, they allowed me to take a test drive with their technician Rob! He was amazing at answering many questions in a way that educated me ! Thank you Rob for giving that extra reassurance for my car! The owners Shawna and Dave are exceptionally personable and evidently passionate about their business. I'm exceptionally greatful for the time everyone took to help me in a stressful time. 100% recommended giving your business to this wonderful team!
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We had a true emergency...
Eli-Kristin Ward
We had a true emergency and this shop saved our home and livelihood, literally. The car is also in an excellent mood after the visit!
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Steve impressed me with his...
Patrick Murray
Steve impressed me with his honesty and I would definitely recommend him for transmission repairs.
Date: June 13, 2024
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Mr. Transmission is always quick...
Jill Silk
Mr. Transmission is always quick and responsive. They go the extra mile to help resolve what is happening with you vehicle and providing possible outcomes and costs.
Date: June 12, 2024
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Very happy with the work...
Amanda Cummings
Very happy with the work done by Kyle and his team. They took great care of my Dodge Journey - did a necessary overhaul of its transmission, stayed true to the quote provided, and had it ready when they said it would be. Glad to have it back again, and will highly recommend this business to others.
Date: June 12, 2024
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I’ve got my Honda Transmission...
Shamil Ranaweera
I’ve got my Honda Transmission serviced at Mister Transmission Waterloo. The team was professional, knowledgeable and efficient. Price was reasonable and highly recommend these guys for your transmission repairs.
Date: June 12, 2024
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Went there last Friday with...
KING
Went there last Friday with my wife's Saturn Outlook. Brian was the technician that I spoke to. Brian was very honest and told me that I don't need to spend money for a transmission, he has made a few suggestions to me on the issue. Just want to say thank you Brian and the rest of your team for being honest tradesmen. Keep up the good work.
Date: June 11, 2024
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Went there last Friday with...
KING
Went there last Friday with my wife's Saturn Outlook. Brian was the technician that I spoke to. Brian was very honest and told me that I don't need to spend money for a transmission, he has made a few suggestions to me on the issue. Just want to say thank you Brian and the rest of your team for being honest tradesmen. Keep up the good work.
Date: June 11, 2024
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Great customer service and technicians…...
Catherine Evagelacopoulos
Great customer service and technicians… glad that I decided to bring my truck to them
Date: June 11, 2024
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