Transmission Repair & Service Hamilton, 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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I highly recommend this place....
Jasmin Cher
I highly recommend this place. Thank you Dan and staff for the excellent service. My van is running great. I am grateful for you and appreciate your friendliness and accommodations of getting me a rental vehicle while waiting for my van. You made the whole process very smooth and stressless for me being a mom of 5 lol. All the best to you and God bless.
Date: February 13, 2024
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Mario Lukaszyk
Dan Burgess's mister transmission, is fantastic. The prices are great the work quality is second to none . I bought a used truck and didn’t know much about the maintenance history, Dan took good care of me , serviced my truck like it was his own and took the time to explain and educate me about proper maintenance practices to minimize failure in the future. These guys are great. Thank you Dan , and your stuff.
Date: February 1, 2024
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These guys are great. Great...
Kay Miller-Zane
These guys are great. Great staff
Date: December 10, 2023
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Dan Is it an upstanding...
Jemis Rahana
Dan Is it an upstanding guy He is honest down to earth straightforward I brought in my Porsche Panamera he was so honest that he told me that they don’t have the software to do it, but he could fix it, but there was no software for that vehicle at that location so he recommended me another spot. Thank god because everything worked out perfectly. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to go. He guided me he was such a humanitarian person. I leave honest reviews you could even check my other reviews I leave bad reviews, good reviews, great reviews and this one deserves a five star clean location, friendly staff overall if you have cars that need to be worked on this is the first place you should take it if you live in Hamilton he scan my car he told me what was wrong with it so nobody else could play with me. I am just so glad I discovered this location. I am going to recommend it to my mother and my father and family friends
Date: December 7, 2023
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Kevin Vose
I don't ever write long reviews about places unless they truly have earned it and this place has. On October 20th my car broke down and I was stranded in Hamilton with my 5 month old and partner over the weekend in Ancaster staying with family. No shops were open over the weekend and the dealership only had an opening 3 weeks later. On Monday morning I called different shops for quotes and openings to get it fixed asap as we had to drive back home to Peterborough for me to return to work. I received very high quotes or a long wait time if they could even squeeze me in as it was a very busy time. It was all bad news until I called Mister Transmission at 265 Centennial Parkway North and spoke with Dan Burgess. I explained to him the situation and that we need to get back home as soon as we could. He spoke with me over the phone to let me know the break down of the possible repair costs, gave me options to choose from so it could fit within my budget and never tried to upsell anything or force any unnecessary work. He's truly a honest and genuine person and I'm happy he was my first point of contact. He wanted to check the car first before ordering anything to ensure the problem was fixed the first time. He was kind enough to help in calling a tow truck to get my car to the shop and told me to not worry about it and he'll get it done. He kept me updated throughout the process and even let me know what part had broken (i.e the pressure plate caved in and warped the clutch disc). My car was dropped off by Monday around noon and I was back on the road with it the next day almost 24 hours later. He let me see the broken part and explained what went wrong and how it could have happened. This is the type of business experience I look forward, having someone turn a stressful situation into a very smooth and happy ending. I would highly recommend anyone to bring your car here and to talk to Dan. My car is running like new and it's been many weeks since then and no issues at all. Thank you again Dan and to your team!
Date: November 7, 2023
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I highly recommend this location!...
Blessed
I highly recommend this location! Dan is a professional and will do right by you! Their prices are low and affordable! I called Sampson transmission initially, they wanted to charge me $400 before tax, for a transmission fluid change, I paid $240 before taxes at Mr Transmission!
Date: November 4, 2023
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I highly recommend this location!...
Blessed
I highly recommend this location! Dan is a professional and will do right by you! Their prices are low and affordable! I called Sampson transmission initially, they wanted to charge me $400 before tax, for a transmission fluid change, I paid $240 before taxes at Mr Transmission!
Date: November 4, 2023
Website: Google
I highly recommend this location!...
Blessed
I highly recommend this location! Dan is a professional and will do right by you! Their prices are low and affordable! I called Sampson transmission initially, they wanted to charge me $400 before tax, for a transmission fluid change, I paid $240 before taxes at Mr Transmission!
Date: November 4, 2023
Website: Google
I highly recommend this location!...
Blessed
I highly recommend this location! Dan is a professional and will do right by you! Their prices are low and affordable! I called Sampson transmission initially, they wanted to charge me $400 before tax, for a transmission fluid change, I paid $240 before taxes at Mr Transmission!
Date: November 4, 2023
Website: Google
They are very good technicians....
Christophe De
They are very good technicians. Fixed my rear transmission, brakes and a rod on my direction !. Always listening, reliable... I have really appreciated the service they provide.
Date: October 19, 2023
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