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.
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.
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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.
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.
Have you noticed patches of reddish clear fluid on your driveway after you pull out in the morning? Have you felt odd clicking or grinding sensations coming from your vehicle when you change gears? Have you heard weird whirring noises when you change gears? Or does your vehicle just decide to change gears on its own and you slip out of gear? If so, then it is likely that you have a transmission-related problem with your vehicle. But before you get too worked up, let’s try to figure out just how bad your transmission problem is.
The first thing you should do if you think you have a transmission problem is check your transmission fluid, as insufficient levels or poor quality of transmission fluid can cause more damage to your vehicle and transmission. Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission. It keeps everything well lubricated and running smoothly – it is so important to have this checked if you are sensing you have transmission related issue.
Checking your transmission fluid is easily done. You can bring it in to Mister Transmission and we’ll do it for you quick, or you can do it yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. You want to check both the level of fluid and its quality. The fluid should be transparent with a reddish tint to it. If it is opaque or smells unpleasant, the fluid is degraded and should be flushed out and replaced.
Topping up or replacing your transmission fluid could be all the fix you need for your transmission problem. However, problems with the fluid are often a symptom of a larger problem. For example, let’s say you top up your fluid but then two weeks later, your transmission problems reemerge. You check your fluid levels once again and are aghast to discover the fluid level has dropped once again.
In such a case, you have a fluid leak. With leaks, you will probably notice patches of transmission fluid on the pavement under where you parked your car. Leaks can be a minor transmission problem…or a big one. It depends on the size of the leak. A total reseal is obviously a much bigger job than a smaller, isolated area that needs resealing. But as far as transmission problems go, it could always be worse.
Wear and Tear
If your transmission fluid is foul smelling and opaque, your transmission problem might be caused by normal wear and tear. This would require an inspection to diagnose. Sometimes it’s as simple as replacing one or two accessible parts that have worn down and impacted the transmission fluid. Sometimes, it’s a bigger problem, and a more extensive repair job is required. To be sure, please bring your vehicle to your nearest Mister Transmission and we will be happy to complete a free multi-check to properly diagnose your vehicle.
Nowadays, many transmission problems are, effectively, computer problems. If your vehicle has a computer-controlled transmission that is not shifting properly, it is often the result of the onboard computer sending incorrect signals due to a faulty sensor, or the transmission is not reacting to the command because of a bad connection or defective solenoid pack. These are not necessarily big transmission problems, but it will require a visit to a transmission shop that has the special equipment required to interface with your vehicle’s computer.
If your vehicle is experiencing what you think might be a transmission problem, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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