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How Long do Transmission Repairs Usually Take?

How Long do Transmission Repairs Usually Take

Many of us have a habit of putting off repairs or maintenance to our automobiles. And it’s a bad habit. But it is understandable; we lead busy lives, our cars are not usually at the forefront of our minds. Until something goes wrong with them. Then they can become the banes of our existence. We try to find workarounds or put things off. But we really shouldn’t. Driving with an improperly functioning vehicle can be downright dangerous. But it can be hard to find the time. And you don’t want to be left without a vehicle for a prolonged period. But what if something is amiss with your transmission? How long do transmission repairs usually take?

Transmissions

Transmissions are intricate and complex machines. Therefore, transmission repair can be quite tricky. With the relatively recent increased computerization of transmissions, transmission performance has improved across all makes and models. However, it comes with a down side. These new transmissions require highly technical work. You need skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable technicians to get your transmission repaired right. But it must take a long time, right?

Not As Long As You Might Think

Yes, it’s true, transmission repair has become a more complex and intricate affair in recent years, but as with everything else in life, we must adapt. The best technicians evolve with the machinery and so do have we at Mister Transmission. We know that having to have your transmission repaired can put your life on hold. A lot of people rely on their cars for work, family obligations, and everything else, so if you need your transmission repaired, we will do our best to get the job done right and as quickly as possible.

Most minor repairs are relatively simple. We can do them without having to remove the transmission from the vehicle. For computer controlled transmissions, the most common problems affecting shifting are due to the computer sending incorrect signals due to a faulty sensor. If a non-computer controlled transmission is shifting too early or too late, it may require an adjustment to the throttle cable. Overall, these types of repairs are generally not too involved and can be done without interrupting your day too much.

More Involved Transmission Repairs

There are other transmission repairs too that, like most shifting issues, can be remedied without too much of a headache. Reseal jobs are important if you notice blobs of red oil underneath your parked car. You want to keep your transmission sealed up properly, so a reseal might be required (Replacing accessible parts is also a common type of transmission repair that we can in relatively short order in most cases).

But there are, of course, instances, when transmission repair can take a great deal longer. For example, complete overhauls, also known as rebuilding transmissions. These jobs tend to take longer because they require that we remove the transmission from the vehicle and disassemble it. We will examine every part for wear and tear and replace those parts that need it, whether it be a torque converter or the bands and clutches.

Contact Us To Learn More

But ultimately, the length of a transmission repair will vary from case to case (as will the cost). If you’ll like to get a better idea of our process here at Mister Transmission or to book an appointment for your transmission repair, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Swinging Away At Breast Cancer With Mister Transmission

Recognized franchisor sinking putts to top 2016 cheque.


Richmond Hill, May 11, 2017: When the management and staff at the Mister Transmission Head Office made a decision to support the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation a few years ago, they decided to do so in a serious manner. In addition to staff member’s participation in the RUN FOR THE CURE, their annual Golf Tournament now has an additional reason for being, and that’s to raise as much money possible to assist in the Breast Cancer fight. Last year, Mister Transmission was the top corporate contributor in York region at $65,000, and the Golf Tournament is an important part of this contribution. This year on June 16th, at the King’s Riding Golf Club in Aurora, the Mister Transmission staff, their suppliers, media partners, franchisees, interested individuals and the community at large, are invited to join in and help this fight by participating, sponsoring, donating or helping out in any way. For more information, or to make a donation call: 1-800-373-8432.

 

Mister Transmission – Head Office
9555 Yonge Street, Suite 204
Richmond Hill, ON
L4C 9M5
905.884.1511

 

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The Transmission Specialists

At Mister Transmission, taking care of our customers and getting them safely on their way has been our top priority since day one. That’s something that will never change, even as cars become more complicated.

Specializing in transmission service

And speaking of complicated: that’s exactly what today’s transmissions are! It’s also why many general car repair facilities and car dealerships choose not to offer transmission service as part of a car’s preventative maintenance schedule.

Why not? It’s not because they don’t want to. After all, it’s an extra service that they could be selling. It’s because today’s transmissions are so complicated. Not so long ago, a 4-speed transmission was normal for most vehicles, and even then it required a carefully trained mechanic to skilfully handle the specifics of transmission service. These days, 6-speed transmissions are normal, with 7, 8 and even 9-speed transmissions are on the way. There are also many new models with Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs), which represent a whole new level of transmission sophistication.

Diagnosing high-tech transmission problems

However, all of this talk about complex and sophisticated transmissions doesn’t mean that there are more transmission problems. In fact, at Mister Transmission, the opposite is true. Why? Because, although many customers immediately think that a shifting problem must be the transmission, often the problem is something else. Vehicles today have complex on-board computer systems, so it may be that the sensors in the computer system are malfunctioning and sending the wrong messages to the transmission, leading to shifting problems. Examples of such issues can include faulty throttle positioning sensors or issues with wireless accelerated pedal positions.

At Mister Transmission, we specialize in transmission service and repair, so we are able to diagnose these problems quickly and accurately through computer diagnostics and road testing. More often than not, the result of this testing process is that our technicians can tell a much-relieved owner that the problem isn’t with their transmission at all, but with something else that’s simpler and less costly to repair.

Of course, if the problem is their transmission, our technicians will identify the root of the problem, and clearly explain options and solutions. They will educate customers to help them understand the issue and allow them to make informed decisions about their transmission repair.

Ultimately, while transmissions will indeed become more sophisticated and complicated as the future unfolds, one thing will never change: our commitment to being the honest and dependable transmission service experts that customers trust, year after year.

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Transmission Repair Options

Your car’s transmission has failed or is in need of repair. What do you do now?

Are you faced with a failed transmission and the dilemma of deciding which transmission repair option is best for your vehicle? It’s a tough spot to be in but here’s good news: you have options aplenty.

Depending on the age, make, and model of your car, light-duty truck, van, or SUV – and whether your vehicle features an automatic or a manual transmission – your decision will likely be determined by a multitude of factors including cost, quality, and when you need your wheels back.

In general, you have six options to choose from, including:

A New Transmission

Many people believe when they buy a new transmission to have installed in their vehicle, that they are getting a brand new factory-made one. That is usually not the case. Brand new transmissions are not available from the manufacturer, your automotive dealer, or any other source. New transmissions are only used in the production of new cars and trucks. Thus, when you purchase a “new” transmission, you are, in fact, getting one that has been remanufactured. Be advised the price tag affixed to a so-called new transmission and a remanufactured one may not be the same.

A Rebuilt Transmission

Whether you call it a rebuilt, refurbished, reconditioned, or overhauled transmission, the result is the same.  A rebuilt transmission is a transmission that has been disassembled and inspected, all the worn or damaged parts are replaced, and then the transmission is reassembled to factory specifications. Some components will be replaced as part of this process: new gaskets, steel clutch plates, seals, friction clutches, filter, and bands.

The term “rebuilt” is used in a shop setting where the customer’s transmission is removed from the car, rebuilt and then reinstalled. It is a custom process performed by an experienced, technology-savvy technician. One of the major benefits of having your transmission rebuilt is that often there are new updated components that can be installed. These updated components often address common weak points of the transmission; thus they are less likely to fail in the future.

A Remanufactured Transmission

A remanufactured transmission, aka a “reman”, is the same as a rebuilt transmission, except that the work is done in a factory instead of an auto repair shop.

There are two common practices employed in remanufacturing. One uses a team of workers skilled in a specific area of the repair. One technician does the teardown and inspection, one does the cleaning, and several others will assemble and restore certain components. Lastly, another more senior technician will reassemble the transmission. Alternatively, a single technician skilled and experienced at rebuilding a specific model of transmission or family of transmissions will do all of the work. For instance, there may be a Ford transmission specialist, a Chevy transmission specialist, a Nissan transmission specialist, and so on. In either instance, the transmission is tested on a dynamometer and then shipped to a retail outlet for sale (including new auto dealerships).

A Repaired Transmission

A repaired transmission is one where a specific component is replaced or fixed. For example, if an input shaft broke or a solenoid failed, those parts can be replaced without rebuilding the entire transmission. That includes instances where a transmission may have sprung a leak. In such a case, the external seals would be replaced to resolve the leaking problem.

A Used Transmission

Another possibility today is to have a used transmission installed. Used transmissions have become a viable option because insurance companies will often write off the expense of a car simply because the airbags deployed during a relatively minor accident. The rest of the car may be in terrific condition, with very low mileage. A used transmission may cost hundreds less than a rebuilt model, but they come with a limited warranty. Moreover, whenever you buy a used transmission from a junkyard, you never truly know what you’re getting. You may save a few dollars in the short-term, but ask yourself, “what are the long-term implications of buying a used transmission?”

Are you experiencing transmission troubles or have questions about your vehicle’s transmission? Visit the Mister Transmission location nearest you and get the expert help you need.

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How Much Will It Cost to Fix My Transmission?

Transmission repairs can be costly. Determining what you can expect to pay to get your vehicle back on the road depends on these factors

Of all the components that comprise your vehicle’s engine, the transmission is quite possibly the most complex. All mechanical devices need to be serviced and repaired occasionally. If your transmission has failed and is in need of a repair, or if you’ve noticed warning signs that something’s amiss and suspect a repair is required, the first thing that’s likely to pop into your head is, “How much will it cost to fix my transmission?”

Fair question. But there is no single answer. It depends on many factors ranging from the type of transmission your vehicle has (manual or automatic, five-speed or six-speed), to how old or how many kilometres it has driven, to whether or not it is under warranty. It could be that your vehicle’s transmission fluid level is too low or that the fluid viscosity is the wrong type for your car. Or it’s possible your transmission has failed and it must be rebuilt or replaced.

Spotting Potential Problems Early is Key to Keeping the Cost Down

As transmission repairs can prove to be costly, it’s wise to be aware of what the warning signs are before a total breakdown occurs. If you recognize a potential problem before it unfolds, you can potentially save yourself a lot of money, and certainly a lot of stress.

If your car has an automatic transmission or gearbox, some of the most common symptoms to be mindful of include:

  • Delayed engagement. When shifting from “Park” to “Reverse” or “Drive”, there’s a delay before the gear shifts. Thus, even if you rev the engine, the vehicle doesn’t move right away.
  • Gear slippage. Also known as transmission slippage, when the gear changes for seemingly no reason while driving, and when it does, the sound of the engine will change.
  • A burning smell. If your car’s transmission fluid is well beyond its best before date, it won’t smell pleasant (think rotten eggs or rotting fish). Furthermore, if the fluid hasn’t been changed in a long while, is low, or if the transmission fluid is overheating it will begin to give off a noticeable burning smell.
  • Unusual noises. When your car is in park or idling in neutral, if you hear unusual noises like rattling, clanging, or grinding sounds, it’s possible you may need to have worn out parts replaced like the bearings or gear teeth.

If your car has a manual transmission, be wary of these common warning signs:

  • Leaking fluid. Transmission fluid is red in colour (or it should be). If you find a pool of red liquid beneath your car, chances are your transmission is bleeding its vital fluid. Without fluid, the transmission will overheat and eventually seize up.
  • Gear failure. If you notice your car isn’t changing gears smoothly, and the clutch feels wrong or different when you’re driving, the clutch may be dragging, the hydraulic system may be failing, or the clutch may be warped.
  • Inability to change gears. If you can’t change from one gear to another with ease or at all, that’s a clear sign something is very wrong with your transmission. It’s possible the synchronization may be off between the clutch and gearbox.
  • Faulty shift lever. If the shift lever becomes hard to move while switching gears, any number of issues could be behind this problem from having the wrong type of fluid in your transmission to damage done to internal components such as the shift rails or shifting forks.

One of the easiest signs to spot that something might be wrong beneath the hood regardless of the type of vehicle you drive or the transmission it has is on your dashboard: the engine warning indicator. If the engine warning light illuminates, it’s recommended you have a mechanic check to see what the cause is. It might not have anything to do with your transmission, but it’s better to be sure than to be sorry.

Last but not least, get the transmission fluid and filter changed as often as is recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. It is the best preventative maintenance you can have performed on your transmission. Doing so will help prevent full-on breakdowns and expensive repairs over time.

Are you experiencing transmission problems? Call the experts at a Mister Transmission near you to book a service appointment, and ask for your free 21-point multi-check inspection.

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