We all know that we should see our doctor for a general physical check-up, probably once a year, assuming we don’t notice anything wrong. We know that we should see a dentist or dental hygienist regularly. We know that we should see an optometrist regularly. We don’t always see these health care professionals as often as we ought to, but we understand why we’re supposed to see them regularly. It’s important to get routine check-ups to make sure everything is working correctly and to nip any possible problems in the bud.
The same is true of your vehicle. It needs proper care to run properly. That means rotating your tires, putting on winter tires if you live in a cold climate, topping up your windshield wiper fluid, ensuring your brakes are taut and firm, checking your engine oil, and more. This means bringing your vehicle into an auto shop whenever necessary. But a transmission shop? Why do you need a transmission shop?
The transmission needs a special shop because it is a special component of your vehicle. The transmission is as complicated as it is integral to your vehicle. Indeed, only the engine rivals the transmission in complexity. This is because transmissions contain dozens of other parts and components that all must work together in order for your transmission to function. All it takes is just one component of many to be failing and the transmission’s efficacy can be greatly reduced, or it might not even work at all. And if you’re transmission isn’t working, you’re not going anywhere.
This is why transmission shops are necessary. You wouldn’t see a dentist to examine your eyes and you wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your furnace. Specialized parts require specialized knowledge. And you don’t want to risk your transmission’s health, so this is why it is best to bring your vehicle in to see technicians who are specially trained and experienced in servicing transmissions. And where can you find said technicians? At a transmission shop.
Our technicians are highly skilled and complete extensive training on transmission rebuilding and repairs. This means that they can identify the parts that are worn, failed or damaged, and only these parts are replaced in transmission rebuilds, which can often save you money compared to a transmission replacement.
What Transmission Shops Can Do For You
In some respects, knowing how to tune up your own vehicle is a lost art. It would be great if we all knew how to perform basic repairs and routine maintenance on our vehicles. But apart from a few things here and there, that’s not practical any more. Vehicles have become more complex and sophisticated over the years, so there’s only so much you can do. And this is especially true for the transmission.
When it comes to transmissions, you can top up your own transmission fluid. What else can you do? That might be it, frankly. Can you figure out why your transmission is slipping out of gear on its own? Why it’s clunking and grinding when you shift gears? Do you know how to properly reseal a transmission to prevent those leaks you’ve been seeing? Do you have a special computer that can interface with your vehicle’s onboard computer in order to detect problems with your transmission?
With over 350 different types of transmissions, you need someone who specializes in transmission servicing and repair. At Mister Transmission, we have over 55 years of experience in the transmission industry to service your vehicle to the highest standards possible.
To learn more about what a Mister transmission shop can do for you, please contact us today.
A big part of transmission repair is replacement. It is actually, literally, the biggest. Depending upon the problem your transmission is experiencing, there are a number of parts that could be replaced. And sometimes it’s not a “part” at all but rather the transmission fluid that requires replacing. However, sometimes the solution calls for the replacement of the entire transmission. But how do you know when that is the correct call? When is it necessary to replace an entire transmission?
There are a lot of various factors that go into transmission repair and it’s not always the replacement of a part that is called for. However, replacement is often involved. As mentioned in the introduction, replacing your transmission fluid can help to solve a number of transmission problems, but certainly not all of them.
Often there is a part or parts that require replacement. For example, if there is a fluid leak, the transmission seals might have to be replaced. And there are a number of parts in your transmission that are accessible and can therefore be replaced without completely removing the transmission from the body of the vehicle. However, not all parts are accessible.
If the technicians working on your transmission determine that the part that is causing trouble is inaccessible while the transmission is within the body of your vehicle or if they cannot ascertain the cause of the problem while the transmission is within the body of the vehicle, then the transmission must be completely removed.
At this point, we’re talking a bigger deal of a repair. We’re talking about a possible transmission overhaul or replacement. A transmission overhaul is essentially a rebuilding of your transmission piece by piece, part by part. A replacement involves a wholesale change of transmissions. And a word to the wise: it is generally favorable to replace your transmission with a new one. Old transmissions have questionable histories and could be more bother than they’re worth.
When is it necessary?
Sometimes a problem has gone on for so long or has struck so severely that multiple parts of a transmission must be replaced. Or, determining the cause of the problem has become too difficult to pin down, and so the whole transmission needs to be replaced. As said earlier, this is not the most common type of repair, but it does happen. So how often is it necessary to replace a transmission?
The answer is, of course, “It depends”. With minimal care, you should reasonably expect your transmission to last around 160 000 kilometres. But that might not be as long as you think. Some estimates give the average driver about 24 000 kilometres a year, which means in less than seven years, the average driver will hit that 160 000 kilometre mark.
That’s why it is very important to take proper care of your transmission. Change the fluid regularly and bring it in for maintenance or repair as soon as you notice problems with your transmission to prevent them from worsening.
If you have any questions about transmission replacement or would like to bring your vehicle in for a transmission repair, please contact us today and we’d be happy to help you out.
Many transmission problems can be fixed with relatively minor repairs. Highly skilled technicians are trained to spot problems by surveying a transmission and figuring out where the trouble is. Many of the common problem spots in transmissions are accessible without having to remove the transmission from the vehicle. Unfortunately, not all transmission repairs are so simple. In more serious situations, transmissions might need to be removed from the vehicle in order to repair it properly. In such cases of major transmission repair, we are often dealing with the replacement and overhaul of a transmission.
As a point of order, it is important to note the significance of transmission maintenance. Basic and routine transmission maintenance is your best tool to avoid major transmission repairs such as replacements and overhauls. But it can be hard to stay on top of transmission maintenance, and we all make mistakes. And sometimes you can do everything right and your transmission will still require a major repair.
As mentioned in the introduction, many transmission repairs do not require replacement and overhaul. Transmission repair is often a relatively quick process. Sometimes it requires the repair of a straightforward mechanical problem. Other times, there is a computer issue, which can be more difficult, but does not necessarily equal the seriousness of a task such as replacement and overhaul.
But not even well-trained and highly skilled technicians can repair every transmission problem without the transmission needing to be removed from the body of the vehicle. If you drive your vehicle for long enough, it will become likely that an overhaul becomes necessary at some point. While replacement and overhaul is a more involved process than many transmission repairs, it is not an automatic catastrophe by any means.
Overhaul And Replacement
When the time comes that your transmission needs an overhaul, you have two options from which to choose. 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 re-manufactured.
In many, indeed, probably the majority of situations, replacing your transmission with a used one is unlikely to be your best option. Used transmissions often have questionable histories that could present a whole new set of problems and issues. New transmissions, on the other hand, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts. Given this, you should err on the side of overhaul. Unless your technician presents you with a cogent and comprehensive reason as to why you should replace your transmission, you should probably opt to overhaul it.
The most commonly asked question of transmission repair is, “how much will it cost?”. Of course this is the most natural question. But there’s no one answer. Every transmission repair is different and we cannot estimate a cost without first running a diagnostic test. However, at Mister Transmission, we are always up front about our costs and will explain to you why any transmission repair will cost what it costs.
Whether you need a transmission replacement, overhaul, or any kind of transmission repair, please get in touch with us today. We will do our best to have your transmission up and running perfectly in no time.
Everyone wants to save money, especially on the cost of automotive repairs. Need a cost-effective transmission replacement option? Let our experts help you
When it comes to getting an affordable price for replacing your vehicle’s transmission, there is the upfront, out of pocket amount, and then there is the cost regarding vehicle performance. Replacing a transmission is tricky, difficult work. Determining what the long-term implications are on your vehicle after replacing the transmission is of equal concern, and it leads to questions about affordability and value for money.
The good news is by choosing the trained, certified, and experienced technicians at Mister Transmission to service your vehicle, you’ll be presented with a wide range of transmission repair options. Replacing your transmission – if warranted – is but one of them.
Before any technician can recommend a transmission replacement, they will have to go through a series of steps to remove and thoroughly inspect your malfunctioning transmission before making a diagnosis. If it comes to pass that a transmission replacement is recommended, you will need to decide on the type of transmission you want: a used transmission, a new, factory-built transmission, or a rebuilt transmission.
Making a Smart Repair Decision
Opting for a new transmission to replace a failing one may seem like the wisest choice, but it depends entirely on a myriad of factors including the age, make, and model of your vehicle, and whether or not a so-called “new” transmission is, in fact, new. More often than not, what many auto manufacturers classify as a new transmission is actually a rebuilt transmission. There are exceptions, but even if your new transmission is truly new, there’s no guarantee it’ll contain all the necessary updated parts.
By comparison, a rebuilt transmission can last as long as a new one, and it can be a cost-effective option. Concerning vehicle performance, as a rebuilt transmission will feature new gaskets, seals, and potentially other elements, its core components will remain in place. Thus, in all likelihood, it is the ideal transmission for your vehicle.
Used transmissions are unpredictable both in terms of longevity and how they will impact your vehicle’s performance. As a short-term solution, assuming you can locate the right transmission for your car, it is an economical option. However, whether or not it’s the best one comes down to deciding if you want to replace your used transmission with another used transmission.
Make Preventative Maintenance a Priority
While no mechanical or electronic device will last for all time, preventative maintenance and care are critical to extending the life and performance of almost anything, including your car’s transmission.
That includes having a certified technician perform an inspection of your transmission at regular intervals, and getting a transmission flush and filter change as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Domestic and foreign cars and trucks have many similarities and differences. Knowing them is the key to choosing the right transmission replacement parts for your vehicle
Mulling over what transmission replacement parts to purchase for your vehicle? It can be a tough decision. Especially if you’re weighing whether or not you need to invest in a new transmission or a transmission rebuild.
There’s a myriad of transmission replacement parts available on the aftermarket. But on the subject of domestic or foreign vehicles, do different cars need different types of replacement parts for transmission repairs?
The make, model, and age of the vehicle you drive will determine what transmission replacement parts you may need, and there are few major differences as it pertains to domestic or foreign vehicles’ transmissions. Where the big difference is between the two vehicle types is in the automobile’s computer software and the on-board computer in your car. In that respect, what may be problematic in one type of vehicle, is perfectly normal in another’s performance. The only way to find out what high-tech troubles may be impacting your car is a high-tech diagnosis.
The Power of Preventative Maintenance
Unless you typically drive in extreme conditions or are hauling heavy loads, the best way to keep your vehicle’s transmission in good shape is to have it inspected at recommended intervals, and the fluid and filter changed as per directions in your owner’s manual. Simply put, preventative maintenance is a smart way to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
That’s easy advice to take when your car, light-duty truck, or SUV is performing as it should. But if you find your engine is revving while shifting gears, or if you’re experiencing any one of the half-dozen warning signs that your transmission is faulty, it’s wise to have a certified, experienced technician examine it versus risking a full-on mechanical breakdown.
Which Transmission Repair Option Should You Pick?
Once a professional transmission technician has investigated what the root of your transmission’s problem is, you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. That makes the prospect of selecting the correct transmission repair option, be it a new, rebuilt, remanufactured, or a repaired transmission an easier proposition.
Don’t leave it to guesswork, get the insights and advice of an experienced technician on what replacement parts they recommend for your vehicle.
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