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
Good and friendly and reliable...
Albert Wilton
Good and friendly and reliable people and they work hard to get your vehicle doneService: Transmission
Date: July 25, 2021
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Thank you, Mister Transmission! After...
Christy McMurray
Thank you, Mister Transmission! After taking my vehicle to the dealership where I bought it, and paying $150 for them to tell me what I already told them was wrong, the Dealer gave me a quote of $6,500 to replace my 9 year old transmission with a factory rebuilt one, because it couldn't be fixed or rebuilt by them. Thankfully I called Mister Transmission and Chris knew exactly what the issue was, how to fix it, and it only cost me $385 for everything and it was fixed in a day. I am so grateful that Chris and Dawn run an honest operation and provide genuinely great service. Thanks again!
Date: July 25, 2021
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Cambridge Mister Transmission was awesome....
Sarah MacArthur
Cambridge Mister Transmission was awesome. We ended up having a small issue but they still took the time to show me where on my vehicle the problems were and fully explain the possible issues. They were prompt in getting back to me the following day and I had my vehicle back in no time. Chris and Nick were amazing and the office is so clean and pleasant. Great customer service!
Date: July 24, 2021
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Great service , friendly and...
John Neven
Great service , friendly and very knowledgeable.Excellent work
Date: July 23, 2021
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Mazda 3 AT light came...
Chris Elmquist
Mazda 3 AT light came on one with some bad noises and clunking. Dealer said need a new transmission for only $4400. Took it to this and a quick check they determined it needed new TCM which is very common on the mazdas. They took care of it and even did a bunch of extra work fixing a wiring harness all for the cost of the TCM . cannot say enough about how we were treated by Chris and Dawn. Would recommend them. FIRST CLASS!!!!!
Date: July 23, 2021
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Workers are very nice and...
Ely Bolivar
Workers are very nice and explain thing clearly. Also they have an option to finance your repairs.
Date: July 22, 2021
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They assessed the problem quickly,...
Colleen H
They assessed the problem quickly, quoted a good price, provided fast service, in a no-pressure, friendly manner. I've been telling everybodyService: Transmission
Date: July 20, 2021
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I took my differentials down...
Kieran Massicotte
I took my differentials down to get rebuilt and Steve was very professional and the total was 200 bucks cheaper than the quoted price and there was a few things during the whole process that didn’t go as planned as I had brought all the bearings parts and some bearings were the wrong ones and I had brought 4.88s to put in end they would not work and before continuing with anything Steve would call and double check to let you know what needs to be done and get the ok from me first before they would continue overall amazing place Steve and the guys were awesome and the work was done perfect and the diffs have never been more smooth highly recommend.
Date: July 20, 2021
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Excellent customer service.Service: Transmission
Eduardo Vieira
Excellent customer service.Service: Transmission
Date: July 20, 2021
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Thank you Kyle and the...
Roman Danko
Thank you Kyle and the Mr. Transmission team for very professional and friendly customer service and repair. I definitelly recommend their services.Service: Transmission
Date: July 19, 2021
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