How can you tell if your transmission is working properly? Usually, you can do so by the absence of observable problems. The truth is that it’s much easier to tell if your transmission is not working properly. This article will go over some of the telltale signs that you have a transmission problem as well as some of the things you can do if you have a nagging feeling that something is amiss, but you’re not sure what.
Symptoms of Transmission Problems
The easiest way to figure out if there’s something wrong with your transmission is if there’s an obvious problem. Granted, you don’t want to ever have any transmission problems if you can help it. But if you know what the signs are and able to identify them, then at least you can take the proper steps to get them fixed right away.
Grinding, clunking, or resistance when shifting gears
A smell of burning
Whirring, thumping, or other odd sounds coming from your transmission
Patches of reddish liquid on the pavement under your vehicle (sign of a transmission fluid leak)
Transmission fluid has a foul odour or is discoloured/opaque (sign of damaged or burned transmission fluid)
The Multi-Check Inspection
If you have observed any of the above symptoms from your transmission you should bring it into a reputable transmission shop to get the problem fixed. And you should do it sooner rather than later; it doesn’t pay to procrastinate. However, these symptoms generally present only when a problem has become severe enough to be noticed. Is there anyway to identify a problem sooner? Well, yes, there is.
Mister Transmission offers a four-part multi-check inspection as part of our transmission services. The multi-check inspection is almost certain to be able to find any problems or inefficiencies with your transmission. The multi-check inspection includes:
A Fluid Check
A Road Test
A Lift Inspection (if required)
A Pan Examination (if required)
The Fluid Check
–The fluid check examines your transmission fluid. If the fluid is damaged or depleted, this could be the cause of or a symptom of a problem.
The Road Test
-Sometimes the best way to examine a transmission is to get the vehicle out on the road to see how it handles. Our technicians will take careful notice of how the transmission responds to commands and everything it does. Or doesn’t do, as the case may be.
The Lift Inspection
-During the lift inspection a Mister Transmission technician will examine the following:
The Pan Examination
-The pan examination is the most important part of the Mister Transmission multi-check inspection. In all pans, you can expect to see some metal particles and friction material. However, an excess of this material indicates internal wear and damage. If that is the case, and it is determined that a minor adjustment will not correct the problem, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.
If you would like to learn more about the Mister Transmission multi-check inspection or about how to properly evaluate your transmission’s health, please reach out and get in touch with us today.
You can probably surmise that a transmission shop focusses its energies on repairing and maintaining transmissions. But what does that really mean? What does transmission service entail? Just what services do transmission shops provide?
You may well be wondering why the owner of a vehicle would require a transmission shop at all. Why not just a general auto shop? A shop that can (or so it claims) repair or service any and all components of a vehicle. Well, the reason for that has to do with the transmission itself.
The transmission is one of the most complex and intricate components of your vehicle. For starters, it is not merely one part. The transmission consists of many different parts that all must work in tandem to ensure that your transmission –and your vehicle– works properly. Without a transmission, you can’t shift gears, and if you can’t shift gears, you can’t really go anywhere. So the transmission is as important as it is complex.
This is not the type of sophisticated machinery that you want to trust to somebody who is mostly adept at changing tires or repairing mufflers. You want a technician who has studied the transmission specifically and focusses their expertise on that. Furthermore, you want a shop with all the special equipment needed to assess, maintain, and repair transmissions. Many general auto body shops do not have this specialty equipment.
A good transmission shop will be able to both maintain working transmissions and repair malfunctioning ones. As we all know, prevention is better than a cure. So you need to bring your vehicle into the transmission shop regularly for routine maintenance. Otherwise, you’re tempting fate.
The most frequently required maintenance service for a transmission has to do with the topping up and changing of transmission fluid. Without a sufficient amount or a sufficient quality of transmission fluid, your transmission will not operate properly and can start to degrade. A transmission shop can easily check your vehicle’s fluid levels and then top it up if necessary. Transmission shops can also flush the fluid out of your transmission if they have cause to believe it is too used or damaged. They will then replace the fluid.
The first step in transmission repair is also part of routine maintenance. A diagnostic check Before any part of your transmission can be repaired, the technicians need to know what (if anything) is not working properly. The diagnostic check does this.
At Mister Transmission, we perform a multi check inspection. If multi check inspection reveals that any part of your transmission is not functioning properly, we can then go ahead and replace the damaged or problematic part. Many parts of the transmission are accessible while the transmission is still in the car. However, some parts are inaccessible. If one of these parts is suspected as being the problem, or the problem still is not clear, we will have to remove the transmission from the chassis. This is the kind of involved, big job for which you want a transmission shop, not just any auto shop.
In sports, it is often said that the best defence is a good offence. If we extrapolate from this aphorism and translate the meaning to the context of vehicle care, it is best to remain ever vigilant with regards to transmission problems. The best way to avoid major problems with your transmission is to anticipate them and head them off at the proverbial pass. If you notice a small problem, get it fixed by a professional Transmission Shop before it becomes a big problem. And do whatever you can to avoid the development of problems in the first place. It may take some time and effort, but if you can anticipate transmission problems before they occur, you will save yourself a lot more time and effort in the long run, as well as money.
Automatic transmission problems
But just how do you anticipate problems with your automatic transmission? How can you know if things are about to go pear shaped? Well, the first thing you need to do is arm yourself with knowledge. You need to know what some common automatic transmission problems are before you can anticipate them. So let’s first go over some of the most common symptoms of problems with automatic transmissions:
Slipping – transmission slipping from one gear into another
Rough shifts – hearing or experiencing bumps or jolts when you shift gears
Delayed shifts – when your transmission lags behind you when you shift gears
Leaks – when you see transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after you’ve parked, you have a transmission fluid leak
Warning light – an obvious one, but still far too often ignored; a warning light (such as “Check Engine”) could indicate a problem with your transmission.
If you experience any of the above problems, bring your vehicle in for inspection and repair immediately. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of the problem worsening, which could you leave you with a larger repair bill, stranded by the side of the highway, or worse still, in a collision.
Prevention is better than cure
Just like you should eat your daily serving of vegetables and avoid junk food in order to maintain good health for the future, so too should you take care of your vehicle to prevent future problems. Most any transmission problem can be caused or exacerbated by insufficient levels or poor quality of transmission fluid. This is why you should check your transmission fluid regularly. If your fluid is a reddish translucent colour, you should be OK. If your transmission fluid is dark and smells funny, you should change it. You can change your transmission fluid yourself, or bring it into the shop if you would rather not spend time on it yourself.
Also, just like with your body, you shouldn’t deprive your transmission of regular checkups. At Mister Transmission, we have our Multi-Check Inspection that methodically tests all aspects of your transmission and can find any problems with your car’s transmission, including problems you may not have even noticed yourself.
If you think your transmission is due for an inspection or you suspect you’re already experiencing automatic (or even manual) transmission problems, please bring your vehicle into the shop or contact our transmission shop today.
“Vehicle service” and “automobile maintenance” can be quite vague and nebulous terms. This can also be true of “transmission service”. Some guides and manuals, along with technicians, may not explain it properly. They may not want to. Sadly, sometimes less-than-honest technicians can use general terms like this to obfuscate what they’re really doing (or not doing).
Most of us are aware that our transmissions, like our vehicles as a whole, need regular service and maintenance. But we usually do not think about our transmissions unless there is a problem. And then, even when somebody does take the time to explain what transmission service entails, we may not be able to fully understand them. So, what does transmission service actually mean?
Transmission service is a term that can cover a number of different actions and checks. And these checks and actions are very important to ensure a long life for your transmission free of problems and incidents. A big part of transmission service is checking your transmission to make sure it’s running at optimal levels. If not, technicians can detect and repair minor problems before they become major ones.
Any half decent garage will include an inspection as part of their regular transmission service. But at Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our multi-check inspection. We methodically check the different parts of your transmission to make sure everything is running at peak levels. Actually, we check it twice: once by a center manager and then again by a technician, thus ensuring that the results of the check are accurate.
But what does the multi-check inspection actually consist of? Well, there are four parts:
Transmission Fluid Check
The fluid check indicates the first sign of possible wear and tear. A clear red fluid shows that a transmission is in good working order. If the fluid is discolored or has unpleasant odour, this is usually an indication of internal wear and damage. If so, an internal inspection is required.
The road test consists of two segments: a stationary test and a driving test. Every position of the transmission is thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, and late or early shift patterns.
During the lift inspection/diagnosis our technician will check the following:
The pan examination gives us a partial look inside your transmission. Metal particles and friction material are expected to be in all pans. At least in small amounts. That said, a superfluous amount indicates internal wear and damage. In some cases with an excess amount of material in the pan, a minor adjustment will not be able to correct the problem. In such cases, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.
Please Don’t hesitate to get in touch
The multi-check inspection is the pillar of Mister Transmission’s transmission service, but we also offer transmission fluid changes and tips on transmission maintenance. If you wish to know more about transmission service and perhaps have your transmission repaired or serviced, please get in touch! We’d love to take a look at your vehicle’s transmission.
Keep your car on the road with preventative transmission maintenance
Just as you have other parts of your car serviced, your transmission needs maintenance to ensure a long life and avoid transmission problems. Our transmission service consists of a complete multi-check inspection of your transmission’s performance and general operation. In some cases, additional diagnostic work (up to and including) removing, disassembling and inspecting the transmission will be required, which is over and above, our free multi check inspection. The centre manager will give you an estimate for any required work over and above the free multi check inspection.
Free Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection
The Mister Transmission Road Test and Multi-Check Inspection includes:
Fluid Check (on models with dipsticks)
On Board Diagnostics (OBD) Computer Scan – read codes
Learn more about the Multi-Check Inspection:
Transmission Fluid Check
The fluid check indicates the first sign of possible wear and damage. A transmission in good condition will have a clear red fluid. If your fluid is discoloured or has unpleasant odour, this may be an indication of internal wear and damage which is occurring as you drive your vehicle. An unpleasant odour and discoloration, in combination with other symptoms, may require an internal inspection of your transmission.
The road test consists of two segments: a stationary test and driving test, which together comprise the most detailed portion of the Multi-Check. Every position of your transmission will be thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, as well as late or early shift patterns.
What’s Next After Your Free Road Test and Multi Check?
*Additional Charges may apply*
During the lift inspection our technician will check the following:
This will determine if a minor adjustment will correct the problem of your transmission.
In all pans, there are some metal particles and friction material present. However, an excessive amount indicates internal wear and damage. If that is the case, and it is determined that a minor adjustment will not correct the problem, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.
Your transmission is one of the most complex systems in your vehicle, with hundreds of precision parts operating together. Determining the problem and providing a price sometimes requires removing and even dismantling your transmission. Not only will we be able to determine the problem, we’ll also be able to determine the cause to prevent any future problems. Some of these services will require additional charges, which we will request you authorization prior to the work being performed.
Transmission Fluid Change Service
We also offer a transmission fluid change service to help ensure your transmission continues to operate at its best for years to come.
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