Transmission Repair & Service Kingston, Ontario

Pinpointing the exact cause of any transmission problem takes skill, knowledge, and investigation

The evolution of transmissions has made these machines and systems increasingly complex. When transmission repairs are required, determining the cause and cure for what ails can be tricky. Why? Because transmissions have become remarkably complex and computerized and that presents both advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, transmission performance has become noticeably better in all vehicle makes and models. On the other, the increased complexity and digitization of transmission systems has made repair work a highly technical and complicated affair.


As you can imagine, there are different types of transmission repair jobs and options you can choose from depending on the nature of your vehicle’s breakdown. Understanding what those options are can help you make informed decisions when faced with a choice of transmission repairs to weigh.

A Repair for Every Type of Transmission Malfunction

Some transmission repair work is straightforward and mechanical in nature. Other times, it’s a combination of mechanical and electronic engineering that’s required to get your car back on the road. The most common types of repair work include:

  • Adjustments and in-car repairs. Most minor repairs are simple matters that are done without removing the transmission from the vehicle. If yours is a computer-controlled transmission that is not shifting properly, it is often the result of a computer sending incorrect signals due to a faulty sensor, or the transmission is not reacting to the command because of a bad connection or defective solenoid pack. If a non-computer controlled transmission is shifting too early or too late, it may require an adjustment to the throttle cable. If the vehicle has a vacuum modulator instead of a throttle cable, there is an adjustment that can be made using an adjustment screw in some designs. In vehicles with modulators, however, it is important to ensure there are no vacuum leaks and that the engine is running at peak efficiency.
  • Reseal jobs. A transmission is re-sealed to repair external transmission fluid leaks. If you see spots of red oil on the ground under the car, your transmission may need a re-seal job. To check a transmission for leaks, a technician will put the vehicle on a lift and examine the unit for signs of oil leaks. If a leak is spotted at any of the external seals or gaskets and the transmission otherwise performs well, the technician will most likely recommend that the transmission be re-sealed. Most of the external seals can be replaced while the transmission is still in the car but, if the front seal must be replaced, the transmission must first be removed from the vehicle to gain access to it.
  • Replacing accessible parts. There are a number of parts that are accessible without requiring the removal of the complete transmission. The parts that are accessible, however, vary from transmission to transmission and most transmission repair facilities would hesitate to provide meaningful warranties on external repairs for the simple reason that they cannot see if there are any additional internal problems in the components that are only accessible by transmission removal.
  • Complete overhauls. Also known as “rebuilding a transmission”, a complete overhaul involves the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. Every part is inspected for wear and damage, then cleaned in a special cleaning solution, or replaced with another part depending on its condition. Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches are replaced as are all seals and gaskets. The torque converter is also replaced, usually with a remanufactured one. Technical service bulletins are checked to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design defects that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers often make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design defects.

Replacing or Overhauling a Transmission

When a transmission requires an overhaul, there are two options that you may have. The first is to remove your existing transmission and overhaul it, then put the rebuilt unit back in your car. The second option is to replace your existing unit with another unit that has already been rebuilt or remanufactured.

A word to the wise: replacing your transmission with a used one may not be your best option. Used transmissions often have questionable histories that could create a whole new set of challenges. New transmissions, meanwhile, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts.

The cost of the repair is always top-of-mind and understandably so. Transmission repairs are usually unexpected (and unwelcome). The cost varies depending on the outcome of our diagnostic testing, and we will help you to understand the various factors that come into play. We also offer our customers flexible payment options.

Whichever route you choose, you can trust our transmission experts to get you and your car back on the road.

Visit Mister Transmission for an assessment on what transmission repairs you may need. Contact the Mister Transmission service centre nearest to you.

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Transmission Repair

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Customer Reviews
Lots of knowledge and gave...
Tejbir Cheema
Lots of knowledge and gave me enough advice to not waste money on an older car
Date: April 5, 2024
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Always a pleasure visiting Matt....
Paul Sitarski
Always a pleasure visiting Matt. Great service and price 👍
Date: February 27, 2024
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After getting incompetent / wrong...
Jay Thornton
After getting incompetent / wrong diagnostics from our dealer, I brought my car here. Matt and his team took a bit of time, completely assessed the problem, gave me a couple of options, and fixed it in 48 hours. Our car runs great and we saved $1700. wish I could give 10 stars.
Date: December 11, 2023
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Exceptional service would highly recommend....
Zack Goodfellow
Exceptional service would highly recommend. Very trustworthy, knowledgeable and fair pricing! Please go here with any of your transmission services you will be glad you did.
Date: December 7, 2023
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I brought in my work...
Mike Kennedy
I brought in my work truck for a suspected rear differential issue. It turned out to be nothing serious at all which saved me several thousand dollars. An unexpected upside to my week. These guys are very trustworthy. I'll definitely be coming back here if my transmission eventually fails.
Date: October 26, 2023
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Issue resolved quickly…
Barry Blaskie
Issue resolved quickly…
Date: August 10, 2023
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Timely, courteous and no surprises....
Jeff Brady
Timely, courteous and no surprises. Also showed me the problem and provided a quote thst was adhered to.
Date: August 10, 2023
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Had them look at my...
LT Turcotte
Had them look at my suv for what I thought was a transmission problem.They test drove it and scanned it and found nothing related to the transmission.I really appreciate the honesty and upstanding customer service.They could have told me I needed a new transmission.Cudos to Matt and his team
Date: August 3, 2023
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Matt and his team are...
Crystal Moodie
Matt and his team are thorough in ensuring quality care while respecting each vehicle and customer according to their specific need.
Date: July 7, 2023
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I can’t begin to say...
Matt Nichols
I can’t begin to say how wonderful the guys at Mister Transmission are. Got told by a dealership we needed a new clutch and slave cylinder. The car felt totally fine so went to the guys at Mister Transmission for a second opinion and they confirmed the car was totally fine. Instructed us on things to look for then they didn’t even want to bill us for all this. I made sure to leave a tip for them to get coffee because they saved me $2000 or more. I would send everyone I know with transmission issues here to get straightened out. You can’t beat a dedicated transmission specialist.
Date: May 17, 2023
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