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Why You Need to Visit a Transmission Shop

Why You Need to Visit a Transmission Shop

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

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.

Transmission Shops

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.

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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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How do I know If I Have a Transmission Problem?

How do I know If I Have a Transmission Problem?

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.

Transmission Fluid

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.

Transmission Leaks

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.

Computer Problems

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.

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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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How Does a Shop Rebuild a Transmission?

Rebuild a Transmission

A “transmission rebuild” might sound like a generic term to the uninitiated; something that could cover just about any kind of transmission repair. But this isn’t so. To a transmission shop, a transmission rebuild connotes a specific type of job. The rebuilding of a transmission is not a small job. It’s not the inspection or replacement of one or two parts. A transmission rebuild is also known as a “complete overhaul”, which might give you an idea of the scope of work involved. But just how does a transmission shop rebuild a transmission?

Transmission repair shops

Any credible transmission shop will go through a series of processes before deciding that a transmission rebuild is the best option. At Mister Transmission, we have our Multi-Check inspection, in which we put your transmission through the paces of four different tests in the hopes of determining what (if any) issues your transmission is experiencing. In doing this, we might determine that the fix for your transmission is a relatively easy and non-invasive one.

If however, the Multi-check Inspection either does not clearly reveal the problem, or it indicates that the problem is with a part that within your transmission that is inaccessible, we will have to remove the transmission from the body of the vehicle. This is where things get more involved.

Transmission rebuilds

If your transmission is experiencing a problem that cannot be solved with a minor adjustment, a re-seal, or the replacing of an accessible part, then it will have to come out. We can remove the transmission from your vehicle to get a better look at it and see what is amiss. The transmission rebuild, or complete overhaul, consists of the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. We will inspect every part for wear and damage, then clean each part in a special cleaning solution, or replace it with another part depending upon its condition.

Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, will be replaced, as well as all seals and gaskets. We will also replace the torque converter, most often with a re-manufactured one. We will check the technical service bulletins to see if the auto manufacturer of your transmission recommends any modifications to correct design defects and flaws that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers frequently make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design flaws.

The goal

The goal is to get your transmission working, good as new. Indeed, depending on how much wear and damage we find, your transmission could easily be more new than old, if the majority of pieces are new. Whether or not you consider it to be a new transmission or your old one is really a philosophical question. But we’re not here to debate the problem of the Ship of Theseus; we’re here to fix your transmission! And the transmission rebuild is the most complete, and exhaustive type of transmission repair we can offer. This is because, with the disassembly, inspection, replacements, and reassembly, there is nowhere for problems to hide within the transmission; we’re bound to root out any issues.

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If you think your transmission might require a rebuild, or if you have any other issues, please bring your vehicle into the shop or contact our transmission shop today.

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