How Do You Diagnose Transmission Problems?

By Mister Transmission

Diagnose Transmission Problems

Diagnostics is the process by which you determine the cause of (diagnose) a transmission’s problem. Diagnostics is obviously a very important practice because without it, fixing any transmission problem would be complete guess work. You can have the most talented technicians in world trying to fix a problem, but if they don’t know what the problem is, they are not going to be able to fix your transmission. So how do technicians diagnose transmission problems?

Transmission problems

Transmission problems can arise from a plethora of causes. Sometimes it is simple enough to determine the problem. If you’re seeing transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after every time you park, you likely have a leak. But some problems, especially computer problems with computerized transmissions, can be especially tricky. That’s why you need professional and well-trained transmission technicians working on your transmission to diagnose the problem.

Technological diagnostics

At the best equipped and modern transmission service centres (such as Mister Transmission) you will find cutting-edge diagnostic equipment. This equipment is crucial because it allows technicians to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings with regards to just what is going on inside your vehicle’s transmission. Like all technology, transmissions have changed a lot in recent years. Today’s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. And modern diagnostic technology can communicate with your automobile’s computer systems to determine your specific transmission problems.

The first step

The first step in determining your transmission problems consists of the technician connecting the diagnostic equipment to your vehicle’s on-board computer. This will produce a code stating where the problem lies. Following this, the vehicle should be taken for a test drive so that the technicians can monitor the transmission’s behaviour in real-time. While more comprehensive and hands-on evaluations might still be necessary, today’s technology is an integral tool in determining the best starting point for further investigations.

Mister Transmission’s diagnosis of transmission problems

When a Mister Transmission technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s computer system, within seconds, he may read a diagnostic trouble code like “P0732,” which refers to an incorrect gear-two ratio. What on earth does this mean? Put simply, this means the transmission didn’t shift into second gear properly.

After retrieving this information, the technician will conduct a short test drive and monitor all of the input and output speed sensors data, as well as the car’s engine control unit. This is the  unit which is responsible for sending and receiving that data. Upon completion, our certified experts can determine the exact cause of the vehicle’s problems, and then figure out if the problem is the transmission or a digital malfunction between the car’s computer and the transmission.

Complex transmissions = complex problems

The transmission is a very complicated and sophisticated piece of equipment. And this is even truer of the transmissions found in newer vehicles. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to transmission problems, and anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a charlatan. To ensure your vehicle’s well-being –and yours– you should only trust certified experts to diagnose your transmission problems.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the transmission diagnostic process or would like to know more about transmission problems in general, please get in touch with us today. We will do our best to have your transmission up and running perfectly in no time.

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After a catastrophic failure of...
David Thompson
After a catastrophic failure of the CVT in my 2013 Subaru Outback I was glad to find such Professionals. Chris, Janna and the Technicians went above and beyond to get my vehicle back in service. Due to Covid-19 restrictions I had to send the Outback to Moncton on a flat deck. All the time it was there I was kept up to date on their every move and diagnoses. From the first Phone Call until I picked it up there was no doubt "This was the right place". Thanks again Mister Transmission !!!
Date: April 19, 2021
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Very profesional and effortable pricing
Sheri Clifford
Very profesional and effortable pricing
Date: April 19, 2021
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Andrew was fantastic and provided...
Henry Martin
Andrew was fantastic and provided great insight on the actual issues with my vehicle. He was very informative and educated on what needs to be done on my vehicle. I highly recommend Andrew and Mister Transmission!!
Date: April 19, 2021
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Stafford was very polite and...
Marco Allen
Stafford was very polite and professional through our exchange, the service we received was outstanding, the car has never run better.10/10
Date: April 19, 2021
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Stafford and Crew were completely...
Richard Kelly
Stafford and Crew were completely professional during my repair. Calling regularly with updates. Work completed on time and at the initial quoted rate.Strongly recommend Mr. Transmission.
Date: April 18, 2021
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These days, among all the...
Tony D
These days, among all the horror stories you hear about auto shops who either don't know what they're doing or flat out make things worse (and charge mightily either way), it's easy to overlook the real gems who deliver over and above. This shop came highly recommended to me by my son's auto shop class teacher - this on top of the numerous and overall excellent Google reviews. I had transmission shifting problems with an old Dodge pickup truck with which they were initially unfamiliar, and not only did they take on the challenge, research possible causes, and effect what appeared to be logical repairs (at a *very* reasonable price, I might add), when those repairs turned out not to be the root cause of the problem they took it upon themselves to further track down and fix the problem without additional charge (drawing upon their networks of other contacts in the industry to do so). All in a timely manner, keeping well-appraised of their progress every step of the way. As a small business owner myself, I can say that you simply can not expect better service than this. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Although this is my first experience with them, I will not go anywhere else in the future for transmission work on any vehicle I own.
Date: April 17, 2021
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They brought our Honda back...
Daniel Connolly
They brought our Honda back to life within hours for the best price in town! Awesome service, excellent staff!
Date: April 17, 2021
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Mister Transmission saved us! We...
Natasha Mohammed
Mister Transmission saved us! We had a sudden car issue and were taken care of by Raman. He quickly let us know how to get our vehicle to the shop and was very transparent about the process. He was up front with all costs beforehand and was very responsive, putting us immediately at ease. The fix was completed quickly and even before the estimated time given! We were super pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and workmanship. Car issues suck, but this was an excellent, pain free, no hassle, process. Highly recommend!Thank you Raman & Mister Transmission team!
Date: April 16, 2021
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The owner went above and...
Lillian Mason
The owner went above and beyond to fix my car. So much so he called one of his employees back after they were closed to check another issue for me that was unrelated to my original issue. Amazing is all I can say
Date: April 16, 2021
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Paul was the gentleman who...
Michael James
Paul was the gentleman who was taking care of my appointment. He was very informative with the issues I was having with my transmission. He was honest in giving his opinion on what course of repair I should use to fix my issue. His customer service and personability were exemplar. The repair was done in a timely manner and he even did some cleaning of the engine bay of my car without mentioning it. For any transmission or drive system repairs I wouldn't recommend any shop other than this one.
Date: April 15, 2021
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