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.
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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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.
For more tips on how to extend the life of your transmission, please contact us.
If you don’t know a lot about how vehicles work –which is OK, by the way; you don’t have to know all the inner workings of the automobile in order to drive one responsibly– you may find it odd that there are shops dedicated entirely to one component of the vehicle. Sure, there are other shops that specialize in specific, external parts of the vehicle, such as auto glass and tires. But this makes more sense intuitively because the technology and equipment required to service these parts are entirely different from other vehicular components. But you don’t, for example, have entire shops dedicated to servicing and repairing just the steering column or just the carburetor. So why a transmission? What does a transmission shop actually do?
We use the singular article “a” when talking about “a transmission” not because a transmission is a single part but because it is a collection of parts. And all of these parts have to work in harmony to make your vehicle go. The transmission transfers power generated by the engine to the axles, and then on to the wheels. Without a working transmission, your car won’t go. And without each of these parts of the transmission, your transmission won’t work properly, or maybe even at all.
All of this is to say that the transmission is incredibly intricate and complex. Knowing how to rotate tires or to gap a spark plug does not immediately qualify a technician to repair a transmission. Transmission service and repair requires a transmission expert. And where can you find a transmission expert? At a mister transmission shop.
In short, a full transmission and driveline repair shop services, maintains, repairs, and replaces transmissions. But how do they do all of these things? Well, for starters, mister transmission shops have trained and skilled expert transmission technicians. Mister transmission shops also have all the proper equipment, tools, and technology to service and repair transmissions. For transmission service, a mister transmission shop will have a rigorous testing procedure to discover and diagnose any problems your transmission might have. Mister Transmission, for example, has an exhaustive and thorough Multi-Check Inspection.
If a problem is discovered, then a transmission repair is in order. A transmission repair can be a very simple matter. Perhaps replacing a part that is easily accessible or perhaps even as straightforward as changing out the transmission fluid. Sometimes a repair involves using special technology only available at transmission shops that allow the technicians to interface with your vehicle’s onboard computer. And sometimes transmission repairs are very big ordeals that require the removal and disassembly of the transmission entirely or even replacing the transmission.
Transmission and Driveline Repair Shops
Transmission shops can also repair drivelines in addition to transmissions. The driveline is the part of the vehicle that takes the power created by the engine and transfers to the axles. The axles turn and therefore turn the wheels. Drivelines can become worn and damaged over time, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it. Regular inspection by a technician at a mister transmission shop can spot this wear and tear and prevent it from developing into a major problem.
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.
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