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Transmission Service 101

Transmission Service 101

Transmission service. What is transmission service? How often do transmissions need servicing? Can you service your own transmission? Why do transmissions need servicing? Is transmission service a big deal or a small deal? Seriously, what is transmission service?

Most of us who drive an automobile have a vague understanding of how it works. And that’s alright. Do you understand the inner workings of your computer? Your smart phone? Your television? Do you even really know how indoor plumbing and heating work? Unless you’re a specialist in any of these fields, the answer is probably no. And that’s OK, because if and when something goes wrong with any of these things, there are experts you can see to fix them for you. The same is true for transmissions. But it doesn’t hurt to know the basics. This is transmission service 101.

How Transmissions Work

The transmission is a fairly important component of your vehicle. Important in the sense that without it, your vehicle won’t work. At all. So, you need a transmission. And you need it in good working order. Your engine is what generates the power. Your axle turns the wheels and the tires roll along the ground, propelling you vehicle. But how does the power of the engine get into the wheels? The answer: the transmission.

The transmission transfers power from the engine to the wheels. The transmission is what allows you to shift gears: drive, reverse, neutral, etc. But not only is the transmission integral to your vehicle, it is also arguably the most complex and intricate component of your vehicle. Because it is not just one component but a multitude of components and parts that must all work together properly to allow you to seamlessly shift gears. And if just one part is not operating properly, you could have a big problem on your hands. And how do you diagnose such problems? How do you prevent such problems? With transmission service.

Transmission Service

Transmission service is the best way to stay on top of the complicated, interconnected system of parts that is your transmission. Often when a problem is pronounced enough for you to notice, it’s been brewing for a while. By bringing your transmission in for regular service and maintenance, you can avoid incurring transmission problems at really inconvenient times. You might also save money and avoid dangerous situations.

You should always bring your vehicle in for transmission service as soon as you can after you notice a problem such as a transmission fluid leak, grinding when shifting gears, or your transmission slipping out of gear. Even when everything seems fine, it could be a good idea to get your transmission serviced just to make sure everything is all right. For a very general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to have your transmission serviced every 15 months or every 25,000 kms.

How Transmission Service Works

At Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our Multi-Check Inspection. Our free Multi-Check Inspection is the best transmission service you can get.

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What Goes into Transmission Service?

What Goes into Transmission Service?

Complicated systems require regular maintenance and service to perform optimally. That’s why you go to see a doctor at least once a year for a checkup, even if you don’t feel anything is wrong. (Or, at least, you should.). It’s why apps and operating systems require periodic updates. And it’s why your vehicle’s transmission needs regular transmission service to keep working properly.

The Transmission

The transmission is a collection of parts that work together to transfer power from the engine to your tires. Because it is a collection of parts, it is quite complex and intricate. If there is something wrong with just one part, that can render the whole transmission ineffective. What’s more, problems have a tendency to spread within transmissions. A problem with one component can affect another which affects another and on and on. This is why it’s always best to nip problems in the bud as much as possible. It never pays off to procrastinate and to keep driving with a transmission problem. And that’s why transmission service is very important.

Transmission Service

Regular transmission service ensures that any transmission problems that are hiding or bubbling under the service can be corrected before they become full-blown catastrophes. Regular transmission service will save you a lot of time and money in the long run as it can extend the lifespan of your vehicle and can prevent big transmission problems occuring at highly inopportune times.

What goes into Transmission Service?

But what actually goes into transmission service? Just what are those technicians doing when they are servicing transmissions. Every transmission shop will have a slightly different way of doing things. However, we at Mister Transmission are confident that we have devised the most exhaustive and effective transmission service available. The backbone of our transmission service is our Multi-Check Inspection.

Mister Transmission’s Multi-Check Inspection

The multi-check inspection includes the following:

  • Transmission Fluid Check

The fluid check indicates the first sign of possible wear and tear. A transmission in good condition will have clear red fluid. Discoloured fluid with an unpleasant odour indicates internal wear and damage which occurs as you drive your vehicle.

  • Road Test

The road test consists of two segments: a stationary test and a driving test. Every position of the transmission will be thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, as well as late or early shift patterns.

  • Lift Inspection

During the lift inspection/diagnosis our technician will check the following:
Neutral Switch
Engine RPM
Throttle Linkage
Modulators
Transmission Mounts
U-Joints
Fluid Retention
Electronic Controls
This will determine if a minor adjustment will correct the problem of your transmission.

  • Pan Examination

The pan examination is the most important part of the Mister Transmission Multi-Check. It offers a partial look inside your transmission. In all pans, we expect to find at least some metal particles and friction material. However, an excessive amount indicates internal wear and tear. 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.

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If you suspect that there might be something wrong with your transmission and that it needs servicing, or if you have simply gone too long without transmission service, then please contact us today.

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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

To learn more about Mister Transmission’s multi-check inspection, please click here. 

  • 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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If you would like to learn more about the services you can receive at a Mister Transmission shop, please contact us today.

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Why You Definitely Shouldn’t Overlook Transmission Service

Why You Definitely Shouldn't Overlook Transmission Service

Many of us lead busy lives. We all have a lot on our plates: work obligations, family responsibilities, social commitments, household chores and errands seem to take up all of our waking hours. How lucky we are if we are able to take the occasional holiday! Therefore, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we tend to neglect certain things.

Maybe we eat out more often than we should just because grocery shopping and meal preparation is time consuming. Or maybe we’ve been postponing that visit to the dentist or optometrist for a few months now. We don’t intend to procrastinate on matters such as these, we just get busy and overlook them. Of course we shouldn’t ignore any of those, but this article is here to convince you that there is definitely one thing in your life that you should not overlook: getting your vehicle’s transmission serviced.

Preventing Problems

Most of us rely on our vehicles: to get us to and from work, to get our kids to and from school, to do all of our necessary shopping. And not to mention the odd road trip here and there. When our vehicles break down, it can be a real nuisance. It can throw our whole week into chaos, perhaps even more than a week! That’s why it’s so important to keep our vehicles in good working order. Have you ever heard the old phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, it’s true and most definitely applies to you vehicle’s longevity.

The Transmission

Your transmission is one of the most important components of your automobile – your vehicle won’t move without it! However, the transmission is hardly a simple mechanism. It is a complex piece of machinery that is made up of a series of smaller components working together that allows you to change gears and deliver the power generated by your engine to your wheels. Given all that, the transmission is not something to be neglected or overlooked.

Transmission Service

Like many things within your vehicle and, indeed, in life, if you are starting to notice problems with your transmission, bring it in for inspection immediately. It won’t just magically get better and it is likely that any problem it does have will only get worse with time. So please get it checked out before you are at a time when being without a vehicle can cause a major change in your plans.

Having said that, there’s no reason to wait for problems to develop. One way you can service your transmission yourself is by topping up the transmission fluid whenever necessary. Check your vehicle’s manual to see how often it suggests that you change out your transmission fluid. Some manuals will claim that the fluid should never need to be changed. Others will suggest changing it every 30,000, 50,000, 100,000, or 160,000 kilometres. If you’re unsure, it’s never a bad idea to ask the technicians at a reputable transmission service centre, such as a Mister Transmission. Mister Transmission offers a complete free multi-check inspection. As part of this inspection we will perform the following four tests:  A fluid check, a road test, a lift inspection/diagnosis, and a pan examination. These four tests will reveal what, if any, problems your transmission has. Regular transmission service can mean the difference between having to buy a new vehicle every 15 years instead of every five.

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If you would like to learn more about transmission service, or if you would like to bring your vehicle in for some transmission service, please get in touch with us today.

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What Does a Transmission Service Entail?

What Does a Transmission Service Entail?

You have probably heard once or twice, maybe from a friend, a coworker, or a neighbor, that they had to bring their vehicle into the shop to have their transmission serviced. And you probably said something to the effect of, “Oh yeah? I hope they get it sorted out”, and left it at that. You yourself may have even brought your vehicle in for a transmission service. But do you know what a transmission service actually entails? Do you know what those technicians are actually doing to your transmission?

Transmission Service

If you answered “no” to the above questions, don’t worry. Not only are you in the right place to get answers, you are in good company. Many people don’t really understand the inner workings of the transmission, nor do they understand how one services a transmission. Even folks who generally have a good idea of how automobiles work and are quite handy are still relatively in the dark about transmissions.

And that makes sense. Transmissions are quite complex. They are an intricate and elaborate collection of parts all working in unison together to help you shift gears and adapt power from your engine to your wheels. And the ways in which transmissions operate are not as easy to understand as some other parts of your vehicle, such as your brakes. That’s why transmission service is a serious business and requires expertise to ensure it is done properly.

Transmission Service at Mister Transmission

The transmission needs regular service and maintenance to ensure a long life free of transmission problems. At Mister Transmission, our transmission service consists of a complete diagnosis of your transmission’s performance and general operation. We pride ourselves on our Multi-Check Inspection to provide you with a proper and complete diagnosis, which includes:

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

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 an unpleasant odour, this may be an indication of internal wear and damage. An unpleasant odour and discolouration, in combination with other symptoms, may require an internal inspection of your transmission.

Road Test

The road test consists of two parts: a stationary test and driving test. Every position of the transmission will be thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, as well as late or early shift patterns.

Lift Inspection

During the lift inspection/diagnosis our technician will check the following:

  • Neutral Switch
  • Engine RPM
  • Throttle Linkage
  • Modulators
  • Transmission Mounts
  • U-Joints
  • Fluid Retention
  • Electronic Controls

This will determine if a minor adjustment will correct the problem of your transmission.

 Pan Examination

The pan examination grants us a partial look inside the transmission. In every pan, there is bound to be a few metal particles and friction materials present. However, an excessive amount might indicate 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.

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If you are unsure if your transmission is getting the service it needs, or would like to learn more about Mister Transmission’s service options, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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