Transmissions are expensive. And they can be expensive to fix. That’s why any visit to a transmission shop is bound to hurt your wallet, right? No. A transmission shop can actually save you money.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular transmission maintenance can save you hundreds, perhaps even thousands of dollars. A complete transmission overhaul is a significant undertaking and it’s not a cheap service. You want to avoid your transmission getting to the point where it requires a full rebuild if possible. And the best way to ensure your transmission won’t need big repairs in the future is to give it regular maintenance now.
Transmission shops perform routine maintenance that can prevent the development of transmission problems later. It’s the same reason you go for yearly checkups to your doctor or dentist: you want to catch any potential problems early before they become big problems. Some of this routine transmission maintenance you can do on your own. You can (and should) check your transmission fluid regularly, even monthly. Make sure that the level is high enough and, if not, top it up. Make sure it doesn’t smell bad or doesn’t look opaque, as those could be symptoms of problems.
For more complicated transmission maintenance, you need to visit a transmission shop. At Mister Transmission, we offer a range of transmission maintenance services to our clients. A linchpin of our transmission maintenance is our multi-check inspection. The multi-check inspection consists of four main parts:
The visual inspection is just what it sounds like: looking at your transmission. The fluid check is something we’ve already discussed, but what about the road test? The road test is comprised of a stationary test and driving test. Every position of your transmission will be thoroughly tested for slipping, odd noises, early or late shift patterns, and harsh, soft, or erratic shifting. To complete the on-board diagnostics, we use special software to interface with your vehicle’s onboard computer.
To get a better look at your transmission and look for any potential problems for which a minor adjustment might help, the technicians at Mister Transmission might conduct a lift inspection. During the lift inspection our technician will check the following: