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What Is A Transmission Service?

What is a Transmission Service?

What is a transmission service? What does it entail? When does your transmission need a service? How often? What are the benefits of transmission service? What will it cost you? This article will answer all these questions and more about transmission service.

How Much Does It Cost For A Transmission Service?

Many people are concerned with money first and foremost, so let’s not beat around the bush here. How much does transmission service cost? The answer to that is . . . I don’t know. It depends on the type of transmission you have, how old it is, how damaged it is, if there’s a problem with the transmission, if that problem can easily be identified, and, of course, to which transmission shop you go for your transmission service. If all you need is your fluid changed, maybe you can get your transmission serviced for under a hundred dollars. If your transmission needs to be inspected for a suspected problem, this will cost extra.

When Should A Transmission Be Serviced?

A transmission should be serviced whenever you notice a problem with your transmission. Is your transmission slipping out of gear and into neutral? Is your transmission grinding when you change gears? Are you hearing funny whirring or humming sounds? Are you seeing patches of transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after you have parked? All of these are signs that your transmission needs to be serviced.

But transmission service is not just about transmission repair. It’s also about transmission maintenance. It’s about taking preventive measures. As such, transmissions should be serviced regularly. To find out how regularly you should check the manufacturer’s manual for your specific vehicle and/or ask a transmission expert at Mister Transmission. Speaking generally, if you’ve driven over 100000 kilometers since you’ve last had your transmission serviced, you should bring it into a Mister Transmission shop.

Is Transmission Service Necessary?

Yes, absolutely. It may not be necessary right now for your transmission, but it will be eventually. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, so why procrastinate? Transmissions need regular service and maintenance if they are to have a long life. They are simply too important and too intricate –there is so much that can go wrong with all of the different components within a transmission– that you can’t just leave transmissions alone and hope for the best.

How Do You Service Your Transmission?

There are certain things you can do at home to service your transmission. The most obvious is checking your transmission fluid. But now more and more vehicles do not have a dipstick, check it every month if you can and if your levels are low, top them up. If you find yourself topping up your fluid something is wrong. Bring it in for service. Also, look at the fluid and give it a whiff. Transmission fluid should be translucent with a reddish hue and a neutral smell.

But there are limits to what you can do, especially in this age of computerized vehicles. For example, there’s no way you could do something like Mister Transmission’s free Multi-Check Inspection yourself.

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How Do You Stop A Transmission From Slipping?

How Do You Stop A Transmission From Slipping?

Slipping is one of the most common symptoms of a failing and damaged transmission. Unfortunately, it’s also very annoying. And, what’s more, it can be quite dangerous. So, what are conscientious drivers supposed to do? What can one do? How do you stop a transmission from slipping?

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Slipping Transmission?

You stop a transmission from slipping by bringing your vehicle into a Mister Transmission repair shop. There are just far too many possible causes of a slipping transmission that trying to diagnose the problem and fix it yourself would be almost impossible. And just letting it continue to slip is not an option. So, you have to get it fixed. But what will that cost you?

That question, as you might guess, is impossible to answer without knowing the specifics of your case. Broadly speaking, there are a few universal truths. Slipping, like all transmission problems, doesn’t get better over time, it gets worse. That means the cost of fixing any problem can only increase over time. Even if you’re not sure if your transmission is slipping, you should bring it in. What would you rather do? Bring it in now for a free Multi-Check inspection to diagnose a problem and pay for a minor repair or pay for a transmission overhaul?

Is It Cheaper To Rebuild Or Replace A Transmission?

If left to progress of its own accord, whatever is causing your transmission to slip can do serious damage to your transmission. If this happens, or if the cause of your slipping transmission cannot be identified, your transmission might need to be rebuilt or replaced. A transmission rebuild, which is also known as a transmission overhaul, consists of the removal of the transmission from the chassis and its dissection, piece by piece. Every piece is inspected and then either cleaned or replaced. A transmission replacement is the complete replacement of a transmission with another, usually refurbished transmission.

Which is better? A transmission rebuild or replacement? Which costs more? Again, individual cases will vary, but generally a transmission rebuild is cheaper. Depending on which parts need to be replaced, a transmission rebuild might cost you a couple thousand dollars. A replacement could cost as much as $8000. And we at Mister Transmission usually caution our customers against choosing a transmission replacement. Replacement transmissions have unknown provenances and this can cause more problems and more transmission slipping in the future.

Can Old Transmission Fluid Cause Slipping?

Yes, it can. Old or damaged transmission can do your transmission more harm than good. More than old transmission fluid, though, a lot of transmission slipping is caused by low levels of fluid. Make sure to check your fluid levels regularly and top it off when necessary.

Can You Drive A Car With A Slipping Transmission?

You can, but if you’re driving anywhere but to a transmission repair shop, you’re being foolish. Transmission slips are not just annoying and not just a sign of damage to your transmission, they are dangerous. Transmission slipping can cause your vehicle to crash and could end up killing you, or somebody else. Why take that chance?

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What is the Torque Converter and Why is It Causing Me So Many Problems?

What is the Torque Converter and Why is It Causing Me So Many Problems?

If you’ve done any cursory research on transmissions and how they work you may have come across the torque converter. Indeed, if you’ve ever looked up common transmission problems, you will no doubt have seen the torque converter mentioned. What is this mystery component of the transmission? And why is it causing you so many gosh darn problems?

The Torque Converter

The torque converter is a type of fluid coupling. What is a fluid coupling? A fluid coupling, also known as a hydraulic coupling, is a device used to transmit rotating mechanical power. It is an alternative to a mechanical clutch. So, the torque converter is one of these and it transfers rotating power generated by the engine to a rotating driven load. In an automatic transmission vehicle, the torque converter connects the power source to the load. The torque converter is typically located between the engine’s flexplate and the transmission. For a manual transmission vehicle, the equivalent component would be the mechanical clutch.

The main characteristic of a torque converter is its ability to multiply torque. This is key. Simple fluid coupling can match rotational speed but cannot multiply torque. As a result, using a torque converter allows for more power. Some torque converters are also equipped with a “lockup” mechanism. A lockup rigidly binds the engine to the transmission when their speeds are nearly equal in order to avoid slippage and a resulting loss of efficiency.

Torque Converter Problems

The torque converter can be involved in a lot of transmission problems. It’s not that these devices are poorly designed, they’re just so integral to the function of the transmission that if something goes wrong, it is probably affected. As an illustration of this, it is standard procedure to replace the torque converter in transmission overhauls. Transmission overhauls, which are also known as transmission rebuilds, involve removing the transmission from the chassis, taking it apart piece by piece, inspecting every piece, cleaning the ones that are still good and replacing the damaged ones. But good technicians don’t take chances on torque converters, they just replace them.

Symptoms Of Torque Converter Problems

Torque converters aren’t always the cause of your transmission problems. In fact, they’re rarely the cause. But they are almost always affected by any problem that your transmission does have. The takeaway from all this: torque converter problems rarely occur in isolation. If you have a problem with your torque converter, you probably have a problem with your transmission more broadly, and should bring your vehicle into a transmission shop for inspection. But how can you know if you have an issue with your torque converter? Well, some of the symptoms of torque converter problems are:

  • Overheating
  • Slipping
  • Shuddering
  • Dirty transmission fluid
  • High stall speeds
  • Strange noises, such as humming, whirring, or clunking

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At Mister Transmission we have replaced hundreds, if not thousands, of torque converters and we can replace yours too, if necessary. Not sure if your torque converter is the problem? Don’t worry, our Mister Transmission Multi-Check Inspection is bound to find out if there is a problem with your torque converter or any other part of your transmission. To learn more about torque converters or our services, please contact us.

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5 Ways to Extend the Life of your Transmission

5 Ways to Extend the Life of your Transmission

Vehicles are expensive. If you own one, you want to take care of it as best you can. Apart from the cost of having to have your vehicle repaired or having components replaced when things go wrong, there’s the cost of time, as well. Car troubles never seem to come at a good time and many of us rely on our vehicles to get through our daily lives. All of this is to say, you want to avoid car problems as much as possible.

This is doubly true of your transmission. Transmissions are big, complicated, and integral to your vehicle’s operation. As such, transmissions are expensive. You need a transmission to make your car go and yet there is so much that can go wrong with a transmission due to its complicated nature. Anything you can do to keep your transmission working properly and working for longer will save you money and headaches. Here are five ways to extend the life of your transmission.

1. Drive Easy

The first thing you can do to extend the life of your transmission is to take it easy. There’s no need to shift gears hard. Come to a complete stop before shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa. On cold days it can take about five kilometers for your transmission to properly warm up. Drive easy at first.

2. Check Your Transmission Fluid

Without transmission fluid your transmission won’t work. Furthermore, if something is wrong with your transmission, you will almost certainly see evidence of it in your transmission fluid. Make sure your fluid is up to the correct level; insufficient fluid can cause your transmission to overheat. Also, give it a sniff and an inspection. Damaged transmission fluid smells bad and has an opaque colour as opposed to the desirable reddish, translucent hue. You should check your transmission fluid every month.

3. Get Your Transmission Serviced Regularly

Regular service of your transmission is also key to extending its life. You should get your transmission serviced about every 50,000 kms or every two years, whichever comes first. What goes into transmission service? Typically, transmission service consists of draining old transmission fluid, replacing the filter, cleaning the transmission pan, and putting in new fluid. Some people are comfortable doing this themselves while others prefer to avoid the hassle by letting a transmission repair shop take care of it. Some models of transmission are easier to service than others. If you have any doubts, you should leave it to the professionals.

4. Use Synthetic Transmission Fluid

Synthetic transmission fluid is often superior to the traditional variety. Every transmission is different, though. However, many transmissions benefit from synthetic fluid. Ask your local Mister Transmission experts if synthetic fluid is right for your type of transmission.

5. Stay Cool

Transmissions like to be cool. But they often get hot. What can you do to keep yours cool? First, basic cooling maintenance. About every other year you should ask your transmission technicians to replace the antifreeze, check for leaks and damage, change the hoses, and perform a radiator cap pressure test. You may also want to add an external cooler to help keep your transmission cool if you are towing anything as well.

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For more tips on how to extend the life of your transmission, please contact us.

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Are Automatic Transmission Repairs Complicated?

Are Automatic Transmission Repairs Complicated?

One of the selling points of the automatic transmission is that it is easier to drive. For the driver, an automatic transmission is simpler to handle than a manual transmission. In order to facilitate this ease of use, there is more work to be done internally within the transmission, in as certain processes are automated (hence the term “automatic”). But does this mean it’s harder to repair an automatic transmission as opposed to a manual transmission? Are automatic transmission repairs complicated?

The Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle is in motion. This frees up the driver from having to shift gears manually, as one would when operating a manual transmission. The transmission allows the engine to provide a range of speed and torque outputs necessary for vehicular travel. By far the most common type of automatic transmission is the hydraulic automatic transmission. Hydraulic automatic transmissions utilize fluid coupling and accomplish gear changes by hydraulically locking and unlocking a series of planetary gears. Manual transmissions use a friction clutch.

History Of The Automatic Transmission

Did you know that the automatic transmission was actually invented by a Canadian? It’s true. Alfred Munro first patented an automatic transmission way back in 1921. However, Munro’s design used compressed air and was not strong enough to ever achieve commercial application. It was not until 1940 when General Motors introduced its “Hydra-Matic” transmission in its Oldsmobile that automatic transmissions first became widely available to the public.

Signs Your Automatic Transmission Needs Repair

Your automatic transmission might require a repair if you notice it doing any of the following:

  • Overheating
  • Changing gears at high RPMS
  • Slipping, grinding, or jumping when you’re accelerating and shifting gears
  • Contaminated transmission fluid during a pan examination and/or if you have a fluid leak
  • Your “Check Engine” light is on (seriously, don’t ignore this)

Automatic Transmission Repair

So now we know the basics of the automatic transmission, a little automatic transmission history, and some of the key signs that an automatic transmission is in need of repair, but what should we know about transmission repair? Are transmission repairs complicated? The answer is . . . it depends. Automatic transmission repairs are generally more complicated than manual transmission repairs; it all depends on what and where the problem is.

There is one important factor to this, though. Newer automatic transmission often requires a repair process that is quite complicated given that it needs specialized technology. Specifically, a computer. Most new automatic transmissions are heavily computerized such that a technician’s first step when repairing an automatic transmission is to use diagnostic technology to interface with a vehicle’s on-board computer. This process produces a code that indicates where the problem is. As part of any automatic transmission repair, the vehicle will then be taken for a road test so that the technician can monitor its behavior. After this, the required automatic transmission repair is often minor; it’s the diagnostic process that is key.

Get In Touch

If you suspect your automatic transmission is in need of repair, please don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Please contact us at Mister Transmission and we can have a look at it and give you advice on how best to care for your automatic transmission going forward.

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