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What to Consider When Buying a Transmission

Sticky Situation - Buying A Transmission

If you are asking yourself, “Should I buy a used transmission?” then you’re probably in one of the stickiest situations in which you can be with regards to your transmission. If you are considering buying a used transmission then it follows that there is something significantly wrong with your current transmission. You don’t replace a perfectly good transmission, afterall. Replacing a transmission is a major task. It takes a significant amount of time and money; often more than other types of transmission repairs. And of course, such transmission problems rarely come at convenient times What should you do if you find yourself in such a situation? Should you buy a used transmission?

The Transmission

Much like we see a vehicle and refer to it as “the car”, when we refer to “the transmission”, we’re also referring to a piece of machinery that is comprised of many smaller parts and components. A lot of transmission repair has to do with these parts. There are a number of parts that are accessible while the transmission remains within the body of the vehicle. These are called “accessible parts” and if the problem with your transmission is found to be with one of these parts, then the transmission repair will be a relatively simple matter.

Transmission Overhauls

Other times, you may not be so lucky. There are many parts of transmission that are inaccessible. They require that the transmission be removed from the chassis in order to access them. If the problem is suspected to be with one of these parts, or otherwise if the problem remains unknown, then the transmission will have to come out. This is a bigger procedure. If you are unluckier still, the problem with your transmission might remain a mystery. Now we’re talking about a transmission overhaul.

A Transmission overhaul, which is also called “rebuilding a transmission”, involves the disassembly of the transmission piece by piece. Every part is inspected for wear and damage, then it is cleaned in a special solution, or replaced with another part. Parts with friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, are replaced as are all seals and gaskets. The torque converter is also replaced, typically with a remanufactured one. The rebuilt unit is then put back into your vehicle.

Used Transmissions

Above is one option you have when your current transmission is completely damaged or the problem part(s) cannot quite be located. The other option is to simply buy a used transmission and swap it in for your damaged one. These used transmissions are usually rebuilt transmissions themselves. This might seem like the simpler, perhaps faster, and therefore the better option. But this is not necessarily so.

At Mister Transmission, we often caution our clients against opting to buy a used transmission. Used transmissions frequently have questionable histories and can create a whole new set of problems. “New transmissions”, on the other hand, are typically aftermarket transmissions billed as new, but which are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts. Obviously, every vehicle, every person, and every situation are different, so what might be the best choice for others may not be the best choice for you. But you should at least be wary of used transmissions.

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How Much do Transmission Repairs Cost?

How Much do Transmission Repairs Cost?

Transmission repairs are a bummer. We know it. Transmission repairs are typically unexpected and don’t they always seem to come at the worst possible time? The truth is, there is no convenient time for transmission problems. This is why keeping up with proper transmission maintenance and service is extremely important. But sometimes you can do everything right and still incur transmission problems. And then you might need a transmission repair. How much will that cost you?

The Transmission

The automobile is a marvelous piece of machinery that is made up of a many different components. If you have owned and driven your vehicle for a number of years, you might have had to replace your tires, your taillight, your windshield wipers, your muffler, and any number of other components. The same is true of your transmission. Not so much that you may have had to replace your transmission, but the transmission itself is made up of parts that may need to be replaced.

A lot of transmission repair has to do with replacing parts. And herein lies the key to the question of, “How much does transmission repair cost?”. It all depends on the part that needs to be replaced (assuming, for now, that replacing a part is the required transmission repair). If it is a small, accessible part, then the transmission repair should be relatively inexpensive. If the part is inaccessible, that will cost more.

Accessible vs. Inaccessible

When discussing accessible and inaccessible parts, we are referencing the location of the part in question within the transmission. Some parts can be accessed while the transmission remains within the body of the vehicle. Some parts can only be accessed when the transmission is removed from the chassis. As you can imagine, the accessible parts are easier to repair or replace. Unfortunately, not all transmissions are the same, so what might be an accessible part in one make of transmission, is inaccessible in another.

Expensive vs. Inexpensive Transmission Repairs

Replacing or repairing inaccessible parts tends to cost a bit more. But there are more expensive transmission repairs. A transmission overhaul, also known as rebuilding a transmission, requires the removal of the transmission from the vehicle and then the disassembly of the transmission. Every part is examined and, depending upon its condition, cleaned in a special solution and put back or replaced. Transmission overhauls are required in cases when the transmission is severely damaged or when the cause of the problem cannot be identified by other means.

Clearly, a transmission overhaul is a very involved process and as such, it costs quite a bit. But not all transmission repairs are as expensive. Some transmission repairs only require changing the transmission fluid and filter. Transmission fluid is integral to the transmission and it can become burnt or damaged. Servicing damaged transmission fluid for new fluid with a filter can sometimes solve all your problems. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive transmission repair.

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Sadly, dear reader, I cannot tell you how much transmission repairs cost without knowing what the required transmission repair is. If you suspect you may your transmission is not working properly, bring your vehicle in to your local Mister Transmission for a FREE Multi-Check and Road Test to start your diagnosis. And remember: routine transmission maintenance reduces the need for transmission repair. To learn more about transmission repair, please contact us.

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4 Repairs Your Transmission Will Likely Need at Some Point

4 Repairs Your Transmission Will Likely Need at Some Point

You may drive a vehicle with one of the best made transmissions in the world. You may take excellent care of your vehicle and your transmission. You may check your transmission fluid every other month. And you may never change from drive to reverse with your foot still on the accelerator. And yet still –still– your transmission will almost certainly need a repair over the course of its lifespan.

Part of the reason for this is merely the destructive nature of time. It wears down everything. But more specifically, transmissions are highly intricate and complex. Each transmission is a series of parts working in unison to make your vehicle go. If any one of those parts fails you, your transmission will need a repair. Here are four of the likeliest transmission repairs that your transmission will need some day.

  • A Transmission Fluid Change

While you may not consider it a “repair” per se, transmission fluid changes are required relatively frequently. And they are important. Some transmissions have (or claim to have) entirely closed systems such that the fluid never needs to be changed. If your auto manufacturer boasts this claim, you should discuss it with a technician to make sure it’s legitimate.

However, most auto manufacturers recommend changing the transmission fluid every 24,000-48,000 kms. And this holds true for both automatic and manual transmissions. Changing the transmission fluid requires that the old fluid be flushed out and new fluid poured in. It’s incredibly important to do, as well, because regular fluid changes reduce the likelihood of needing the other repairs on this list.

  • Reseal Jobs

Because transmission fluid is so important to the transmission, you want to make sure you have enough of it. Usually this means you just have to top it up every so often. But leaks are also a fairly common occurrence. Leaks can happen for any number of reasons, but they usually relate to stress, wear, and tear on the vehicle. Never ignore patches of reddish liquid lying under your vehicle after you pull away. You need to get these leaks resealed as soon as possible.

  • Sensor and Solenoid Pack Problems

A big part of the transmission is shifting from gear to gear. As such, many transmission problems pertain to shifting. Modern transmissions are computer controlled. When such a transmission is experiencing shifting problems, it is often the result of the onboard computer sending incorrect signals. This can be caused by a faulty sensor or possibly because the transmission is not reacting to the command because of a bad connection or defective solenoid pack.

  • Replacing Accessible Parts

The parts that are the most easily accessible (ie: can be serviced without removing the transmission from the body of the vehicle) are also the likeliest to need to be replaced because they are more exposed. They suffer more wear and tear. However, the parts that are accessible are different in every transmission, so the parts themselves vary.

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4 Services You Can Receive at a Transmission Shop

4 Services You Can Receive at a Transmission Shop

Regular visits to a transmission shop are crucial to the long term viability of your vehicle. At first glance, you might think it is odd that there are entire shops dedicated to only one component of a vehicle. But when you think about it – the transmission is the most complex part of your vehicle, especially with the evolution of transmission technology used in today’s vehicles.

Far from being just one component, the transmission is actually a collection of different parts working in unison to make your automobile go. Your transmission is what transfers power from your engine to your wheels. Without a working transmission, you’re not going anywhere. And because there are so many different parts within the transmission, it needs special attention. Transmission shops not only fix broken transmissions, but they can also service and maintain those transmissions, ensuring years of smooth sailing…well, actually driving, but you get the point. Here are four services you can receive at a transmission shop.

  • Transmission Maintenance and Service

Just as you see your doctor for regular check-ups, even when you don’t feel that anything is wrong, it’s important to bring your vehicle in regularly just to make sure everything is working right with your transmission. At Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our 21-point multi-check inspection, which is bound to determine if there is anything wrong with your transmission.

The Mister Transmission multi-check Inspection includes:

  • A Fluid Check
  • A Road Test
  • A Lift Inspection/Diagnosis
  • A Pan Examination

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  • Transmission Repair

Transmissions have changed a lot over the years. The technology and mechanics involved in a transmission has advanced a lot over the years and transmission shops have had to keep up with these advances. Repairing transmissions canbean incredibly technical process and it is best left to technicians who specialize in working with transmissions.

Sometimes all that is needed is a minor adjustment or an in-car repair. The repair could be a computerized one or something physical, like an adjustment to the throttle cable. For transmission fluid leaks, re-seal jobs are required. And sometimes parts will need to be replaced. If the part is accessible, it can be replaced with the vehicle intact. But sometimes the problem can be so hidden that the entire transmission needs to be disassembled and inspected. This is known as complete overhaul. 

  • High Performance Transmissions

Some specialty vehicles require high performance transmissions. Such vehicles include muscle cars, custom rods, sport tuners, and race vehicles. You cannot get these high performance transmissions worked on at any old auto body shop. You need a transmission shop. 

  • Technological Diagnostics

Good transmission shops will have access to cutting edge diagnostic equipment, allowing them to figure out just what’s going on inside your transmission. Today’s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. Transmission shops have technology that can interface with your automobile’s on-board computer systems to discover your specific transmission problems. By “talking” to your vehicle’s computer, the technician can access a code that indicates where the problem lies. After this, the vehicle is taken for a test drive to monitor the vehicle’s behaviour in real-time. 

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What Services do Transmission Shops Provide?

Transmission Shops

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?

Transmission shops

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.

Transmission services

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.

Transmission maintenance

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.

Transmission repair

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.

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