How to Avoid Transmission Problems

June 14, 2019 | By Mister Transmission

How to Avoid Transmission Problems

At Mister Transmission, we have a way to fix any transmission problem that our customers present us with. Sometimes it’s a relatively easy fix. Sometimes it’s a very involved fix, such as taking apart and inspecting an entire transmission, piece by piece. Some transmission fixes take longer than others and some are more expensive than others. But no matter what the job, we perform all of our transmission fixes fully, professionally, honestly, and as quick as possible.

Having said all that, even with our commitment to great service, we know none of our customers want to see us for a transmission fix. There is no convenient time for a transmission problem and anytime you have a transmission problem, and nobody wants to spend money to fix transmission problems, even the inexpensive ones. Having said all that, we at Mister Transmission do have some suggestions of things you can do to avoid coming to see us any more than you have to. Here are some tips to help you avoid transmission problems.

Check your transmission fluid

Let’s start with the basics: your transmission fluid. We can’t count how many transmission problems we’ve seen that ultimately come down to a lack of transmission fluid. If you don’t have enough transmission fluid, you’re going to put a real strain on your transmission, and this will inevitably cause problems. This is why you should check your transmission fluid regularly –every month, even– to make sure you’re up to the right level. If not, you have to top it up. And if you see patches of reddish liquid underneath your automobile when you’re parked, then you have a transmission leak. You must bring your vehicle into a Mister Transmission as soon as possible to fix a leak before it causes a major transmission problem.

But it’s not just about quantity with transmission fluid. The quality of your transmission fluid is also important. Automatic transmission fluid is mostly clear with a reddish hue and is largely odorless. If your transmission fluid is dark and opaque, or if it has a foul smell to it, then this is an indicator of damage inside your transmission. In such a case, your transmission fluid should be flushed out and your transmission inspected by a technician for any problems. If you drive a manual transmission that does not use automatic transmission fluid, much of the above still applies to how you should treat your transmission oil.

Use the right transmission fluid

There are different types of transmission fluids that are better suited to certain makes of transmission. Using the right type of transmission fluid for your transmission is key. Check your auto manufacturer’s booklet to see which transmission fluid they recommend or bring your vehicle in and we can tell you. Newer vehicles generally do better with synthetic transmission fluids.

Avoid excess heat and strain

In terms of using your transmission, there are a few things you can do. Transmissions don’t like to get to hot so try to stay cool. Some transmissions can benefit from the installation of an auxiliary cooler. If you use your vehicle for towing, do not do so in overdrive.

Contact us

To learn more about avoiding transmission problems, please contact us.

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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.
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