Transmission Repair & Service Waterloo, Ontario

Pinpointing the exact cause of any transmission problem takes skill, knowledge, and investigation

The evolution of transmissions has made these machines and systems increasingly complex. When transmission repairs are required, determining the cause and cure for what ails can be tricky. Why? Because transmissions have become remarkably complex and computerized and that presents both advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, transmission performance has become noticeably better in all vehicle makes and models. On the other, the increased complexity and digitization of transmission systems has made repair work a highly technical and complicated affair.


As you can imagine, there are different types of transmission repair jobs and options you can choose from depending on the nature of your vehicle’s breakdown. Understanding what those options are can help you make informed decisions when faced with a choice of transmission repairs to weigh.

A Repair for Every Type of Transmission Malfunction

Some transmission repair work is straightforward and mechanical in nature. Other times, it’s a combination of mechanical and electronic engineering that’s required to get your car back on the road. The most common types of repair work include:

  • Adjustments and in-car repairs. Most minor repairs are simple matters that are done without removing the transmission from the vehicle. If yours is a computer-controlled transmission that is not shifting properly, it is often the result of a 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. If a non-computer controlled transmission is shifting too early or too late, it may require an adjustment to the throttle cable. If the vehicle has a vacuum modulator instead of a throttle cable, there is an adjustment that can be made using an adjustment screw in some designs. In vehicles with modulators, however, it is important to ensure there are no vacuum leaks and that the engine is running at peak efficiency.
  • Reseal jobs. A transmission is re-sealed to repair external transmission fluid leaks. If you see spots of red oil on the ground under the car, your transmission may need a re-seal job. To check a transmission for leaks, a technician will put the vehicle on a lift and examine the unit for signs of oil leaks. If a leak is spotted at any of the external seals or gaskets and the transmission otherwise performs well, the technician will most likely recommend that the transmission be re-sealed. Most of the external seals can be replaced while the transmission is still in the car but, if the front seal must be replaced, the transmission must first be removed from the vehicle to gain access to it.
  • Replacing accessible parts. There are a number of parts that are accessible without requiring the removal of the complete transmission. The parts that are accessible, however, vary from transmission to transmission and most transmission repair facilities would hesitate to provide meaningful warranties on external repairs for the simple reason that they cannot see if there are any additional internal problems in the components that are only accessible by transmission removal.
  • Complete overhauls. Also known as “rebuilding a transmission”, a complete overhaul involves the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. Every part is inspected for wear and damage, then cleaned in a special cleaning solution, or replaced with another part depending on its condition. Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches are replaced as are all seals and gaskets. The torque converter is also replaced, usually with a remanufactured one. Technical service bulletins are checked to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design defects that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers often make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design defects.

Replacing or Overhauling a Transmission

When a transmission requires an overhaul, there are two options that you may have. 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 remanufactured.

A word to the wise: replacing your transmission with a used one may not be your best option. Used transmissions often have questionable histories that could create a whole new set of challenges. New transmissions, meanwhile, are mostly aftermarket transmissions billed as new but are in fact rebuilt transmissions with new parts.

The cost of the repair is always top-of-mind and understandably so. Transmission repairs are usually unexpected (and unwelcome). The cost varies depending on the outcome of our diagnostic testing, and we will help you to understand the various factors that come into play. We also offer our customers flexible payment options.

Whichever route you choose, you can trust our transmission experts to get you and your car back on the road.

Visit Mister Transmission for an assessment on what transmission repairs you may need. Contact the Mister Transmission service centre nearest to you.

 

Visit your nearest Mister Transmission location today!

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  • 15903 Stony Plain Rd. NW
  • Edmonton, AB
  • T5P 3Z7
  • 587-786-6465
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Transmission Repair

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Customer Reviews
I don't go often to...
Y S
I don't go often to check out my transmission, but thank you so much for putting my mind at ease! Amazing business and service!
Date: July 31, 2020
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I experienced issues with auto...
Dan Cizmarov
I experienced issues with auto trams...got great advice.
Date: March 18, 2020
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Always skeptical of going to...
Ben Stoddart
Always skeptical of going to new mechanics but had a great experience with Scott and his team. They fixed my car fast and seemed to really care about making my bill as low as they could.
Date: January 8, 2020
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Awesome, honest guys. They don't...
András Mikó
Awesome, honest guys. They don't want your money, they want the best for customers. Highly recommended.
Date: December 20, 2019
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Great shop, awesome team, honest...
Graham Campbell
Great shop, awesome team, honest place - always get great advice from these guys!
Date: December 6, 2019
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What a fantastic experience working...
Bkinahan100
What a fantastic experience working with Scott and his team. I had a major transmission issue and he battled to get the cost down as much as he could for me. Very professional and trustworthy. I would highly recommend you go see Scott for any of your car repair needs.
Date: December 4, 2019
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Kendra Fountain
I've never written a Google review before, but these guys are so awesome I have to praise them. I'm a university student from outside of the KW region, and I stopped in for a service with Chris in October. They told me to stop by if I needed anything in the future (another service, referral to another auto-shop for other issues, general questions) and so I stopped by today looking for a referral to someone that could fix my windshield wiper. Scott fixed it with no charge and put the problem into simple terms so I could understand the issue and know what to look out for in the future. When I was leaving, Scott said "You're a customer! We take care of you." I always leave this location with a smile, thank you!
Date: November 29, 2019
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I have been trying to...
Martin Okum
I have been trying to get them to give me an estimate for over 6 weeks on my 2009 matrix Toyota knows this problem with the transmission in 2009 but won't admit it or. Recall them either I am revising my opinion.... Overworked Brian CAME THROUGH. FIXED MY TRANSMISSION--- my car hasn't run this well in 2 years. MANY THANKS Brian
Date: August 15, 2019
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I must say I was...
RickyRoc
I must say I was very pleased with the service I received on my car from Brian and I think Chris was the name of the tech who worked on my car. Very nice people to talk with and Brian explains everything that I needed to know. Thanks alot for a job well done.
Date: July 29, 2019
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Hands down best mechanic shop...
Justin B
Hands down best mechanic shop I have ever dealt with! Extremely patient and works with the customer. Always find myself coming out on top when I send my vehicle here. Everyone is very courteous and polite and very professional. Would rate 100 stars if possible!
Date: July 26, 2019
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