How Can I Tell if my Transmission Needs Repairing?

By Mister Transmission

Transmission Repair

Unlike a cracked windshield or a flat tire, it’s not always readily obvious when a transmission needs repairing. The transmission is buried under the hood with the engine. This is where many of us fear to tread. Even those of us who remember what we learned in our high school auto garage class, and even those of us who enjoy learning about and repairing our vehicles, the transmission can be exceptionally complicated. How can we know when we need a transmission repair?

Transmission service

The first thing to point out is that with regular transmission service and maintenance, wondering whether or not your transmission requires a repair will not plague your existence. It won’t be much of an issue at all. Bringing in your transmission for regular service will spot any wear and tear or any other signs of potential problems before they manifest in functioning of your vehicle.

At Mister Transmission, we run a multi-check inspection as part of our basic transmission service. The multi-check inspection consists of: a fluid check, a road test, a lift inspection/diagnosis, and a pan examination. By running these tests, technicians can ascertain whether or not your transmission needs repairing and can also determine if the conditions are right for transmission problems to develop, ie: there is an unreasonable amount of wear and tear on one or more components of your transmission.

Transmission problems

An easy way of knowing whether or not your transmission needs a repair is if you’re experiencing problems. If you have transmission problems you probably need a transmission repair. How can you tell if you’re having transmission problems? Well that depends on the problem.

If you see patches or streaks of clear, reddish liquid underneath your vehicle, it would seem that you have a leak. If you’re leaking transmission fluid, a reseal job is the repair you need. This can be a quick and painless procedure, but it can also be tricky, depending on the size and location of the leak. Obviously, a total reseal job is a bigger repair.

Another common transmission problem is gears sticking or, conversely, slipping out of gear. If your car slips out of gear while you’re driving, or if you feel resistance or “sticking” when you’re trying to shift gears, you almost certainly have a transmission problem that needs repairing. Just what form this transmission repair will take depends on what exactly is causing the problem, which could be a number of things. If yours is a computerized transmission, then technicians can run a computerized diagnostic program in which they can communicate with your vehicle’s onboard computer in order to discover the location and nature of the problem.

Transmission repair

Let’s face it, if you’re wondering if your transmission needs to be repaired, then it probably does. There’s no sense in waiting and letting any potential problems grow and grow. Bring it in today and the technicians at Mister Transmission will check it out for you and tell you what, if anything, needs to be repaired. 

Get in touch

If you are wondering if your transmission might need a repair, it would be best to contact us today. We’d be happy to hear from you and figure out what’s going on with your transmission.

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Customer Reviews
We own a Fusion 2010...
Bob Wong
We own a Fusion 2010 V6 AWD. Recently, the TPU sprung a leak and instead of having to purchase a new one as TPU can be an expensive item, Wes recommended to re-seal it. He and team rebuilt the TPU with a seal kit, and did a great job! Unfortunately, upon getting our vehicle back, we also noticed a big puddle on the floor when the car parked overnight in the garage. So back to the shop we went. Wes informed us that we had a different leak on the left-hand axle seal. Wes was honest to show me the bushing/seal in that the leak came from a different part, not from the TPU so we know we were not scammed. They fixed the problem within a day!!!. The staff was very kind and even gave us a small discount to cover the multiple taxis rides and a limited edition Mister Transmission lanyard for the key!. In the post-covid environment, we seldom encounter such a positive customer experience (including brushing off the overnight snow with a smile; which was so impressive!). Wes, his partner, and the crew are professional mechanics and deserved the praises. We recommend the business to the family and friends, you can trust this shop to take care of the repair without having to second guess their professional opinion - Jim L.
Date: November 16, 2022
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After wasting a month at...
Mario Freitas
After wasting a month at Jim Pattison Hyundai to finally get quoted option A (5k$ for a refurbed transmission) or option B (8k $ for a new transmission), I opted for C take it to a known and trusted expert Mr. Transmission in Whalley. I dropped my vehicle off in the morning and had the transfer case replaced and vehicle ready for pick up by 3:30. A mildly used transfer case was installed and tested and let's just say the cost was no where near the options I was quoted at JPH. I highly encourage anyone with transmission or drivetrain issues to come talk to Mr. Transmission. These guys are pros.
Date: November 16, 2022
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I came by yesterday, November...
Rafee Syed
I came by yesterday, November 14th with my 2017 Chevrolet Suburban which gave me issues that day and the day prior with regards to a slipping gear. I was unsure whether to goto GM again as they had just worked on it in June and I had trust issues regarding some other issues in my truck. Seeing the great reviews I decided to come here and was greeted by Jennifer, who was very nice and took all the requisite info. I ultimately did not get my servicing done here (I had a warranty with GM on the work done in June) but I will give 5 stars due to the honesty of this business. Jennifer called me after the free diagnosis and told me before they do anything, I should inquire regarding a warranty on the job done as it did not exceed 20,000km since the work was completed in June. She advised to go speak to GM and if there isn’t a warranty they will happily look at the truck. I had discussed earlier with my friend who had an issue with his vehicle that we have a hard time trusting most mechanics due to the many vultures we have come across. In my situation it would be easy for any mechanic to go ahead and make the buck off me, however Jennifer and their team are a gem in this industry and looked out for my best interest. I highly recommend them alone for their honesty and will recommend them to anyone of my friends who ever have an issue with their car. If I don’t have a warranty covering my truck I will for sure be back to Mister Transmission if there is a problem. Thank you Jennifer and the team!
Date: November 16, 2022
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The gentleman at the desk...
Julianne Spence
The gentleman at the desk was so extremely helpful! We had an issue and he was so helpful !! We are so grateful for this wonderful customer service!!
Date: November 15, 2022
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I thought I was having...
Brendan Hellrung
I thought I was having transmission issues but they were able to quickly diagnose the actual issue. Phil was quick and communicative and able to get my vehicle back on the road by the next day. Overall great service!
Date: November 15, 2022
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The guys were very knowledgeable...
Lenore Snell
The guys were very knowledgeable about the repair of my differential on my truck. It was done in a very professional and timely manner. Much appreciated. I would highly recommend this shop to anyone in need of repairs to their vehicle. Bob Snell
Date: November 13, 2022
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This shop is the best!...
Michaela Kargus
This shop is the best! They were helpful, they squeezed me in and even helped run down a part. Definitely went the extra mile!
Date: November 13, 2022
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Great and honest people, just...
Jessi Roblox
Great and honest people, just got my transmission work done and brake change, felt good with all the great help from Staff but specially the sunny who tried to give me the best prices he could, he worked hard figuring out the best way to do it , kept me up to date all the time and advised me the best way to go. Got my vehicle back and it is running better than ever! I Would definitely recommend this shop to everyone! Thanks guys, awesome experience
Date: November 12, 2022
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I wish to compliment the...
ROSS GILROY
I wish to compliment the staff at Mister Transmission at Jane and Lawrence for their excellent service in repairing the transmission of my vehicle. Other places that I contacted indicated a waiting period of two to three weeks before they would even look at my vehicle. Mister Transmission saw me within 20 MINUTES of my calling them and said it would take 3 to 5 days to repair. They had my vehicle's transmission repaired and back in my possession in 4 days.
Date: November 12, 2022
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Wes helped me out in...
Ashaf Khan
Wes helped me out in a timely manner. I was sold a car that's clutch was gone in less than a week. Wes and the staff took my car in, had it assessed the next day and repairs started the day after.. I've been driving it for 2 weeks now since then and the car is doing great. Definitely recommend !
Date: November 11, 2022
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