What Causes Transmission Problems?

By Mister Transmission

What Causes Transmission Problems

Transmissions are tricky. They are incredibly intricate and complex. And this truer now than ever before. With the advent of computers and the increased digitization of automobiles, transmissions can be more confusing than ever. So when a transmission begins to act up, it can be a really tricky proposition to figure out just what the problem is.

Transmission Problems

Transmission problems come in all different sorts and varieties. Sometimes you know you have a transmission problem. Other times, you know there is a problem with your vehicle, but you can’t be sure it’s the transmission. And sometimes, there can be something wrong with your transmission but you have no idea that your vehicle is running at nonoptimal levels.

If you hear harsh noises when you shift gears, it’s a pretty clear sign that you have a transmission problem. Ditto for slipping, erratic shifting, and late or early shift patterns. This is often (but not always) caused by wear and tear on your transmission. But there are other transmission problems as well.

Wear And Tear

Wear and tear is a major cause of a variety of transmission problems. One of the best ways to see if you have a transmission problem is to check your transmission fluid. If it’s clear red, you should be OK. If, however, your transmission fluid is discoloured or has an unpleasant smell, your transmission is likely suffering from wear and tear. If discoloured fluid is coupled with other symptoms and problems, this might require an internal inspection of your transmission.

Computers And Sensors

As mentioned before, transmissions have become increasingly computerized in recent years. Overall, this is a good thing, but it does mean that transmission problems can be an even more complex and challenging conundrum. A major cause of transmission problems is when the computer system is sending incorrect signals due to a faulty sensor. Another common problem with computerized transmissions is when the transmission does not react to the command because of a bad connection or defective solenoid pack.

Technical Diagnostics

As mentioned earlier, many transmission problems are the result of old, dirty, or insufficient levels of transmission fluid. But because of the role of the computer, or just because transmissions are inherently complex machines, the cause of a transmission’s problems may not be easily assessed right off the bat. A comprehensive diagnostic process may be required.

At Mister Transmission we have access to state of the art diagnostic equipment, which allows us to offer the fastest and most accurate findings about what’s going on inside your vehicle’s transmission. Our technology can interface with a vehicle’s computer system to determine the specific transmission problem. The first step in assessing your transmission involves your technician connecting the diagnostic equipment to your vehicle’s on-board computer. This will produce a code stating where the problem lies. Next, we take the vehicle for a test drive so that we can evaluate its performance in real-time. While more comprehensive and hands-on evaluations may yet be required, our technology is an important tool in determining the right starting point for further investigations to figure out the cause of your transmission problems.

Contact Us

If you have any more questions about our transmission service and diagnostics, please do not hesitate to contact us.

image-reviews image-reviews
Customer Reviews
I recently went in to...
Kyle Andree
I recently went in to see dez for a transmission in a 90's silverado. After he rebuilt the transmission he called me toTell me i needed a new shifter cable.i told him I didn't care about the new cable but he threw the cable in for free. Definitely good service and the price was very good too
Date: May 15, 2022
Website: Google
I went in to set...
Blue
I went in to set up an appointment for them to see what exactly was wrong with my car, because they were busy and couldn’t see to my car they wanted to know what they were dealing with.When they saw my car Bob the chap I was dealing with advised me against driving it any further until repairs were done.I could have had a terrible accident and my car could have been totalled.If I need anything done to my car and they can do it , I’m going to them.
Date: May 14, 2022
Website: Google
I went in to set...
Blue
I went in to set up an appointment for them to see what exactly was wrong with my car, because they were busy and couldn’t see to my car they wanted to know what they were dealing with.When they saw my car Bob the chap I was dealing with advised me against driving it any further until repairs were done.I could have had a terrible accident and my car could have been totalled.If I need anything done to my car and they can do it , I’m going to them.
Date: May 14, 2022
Website: Google
The staff and franchise owner...
Marty Roberts
The staff and franchise owner are trustworthy and professional. Service is excellent, being in the automotive business I have used Mister Transmission in Peterborough more than once with positive results.
Date: May 13, 2022
Website: Google
Always A1 service
Pat Pickles
Always A1 service
Date: May 13, 2022
Website: Google
I've had a great experience...
Peter Prudencio
I've had a great experience with this local auto shop: Giorgio is a fantastic business owner, with an honest and reliable work ethic, favouring and fostering long-term relationships with his customers, and offering very fair prices compared to larger dealerships and other shops. Comes strongly recommended by my neighbours, and I would vouch for his excellent quality of service as another witness to his workmanship.
Date: May 13, 2022
Website: Google
Gus is very professional, honest...
Karen Dyer
Gus is very professional, honest and his customer service is amazing. He explained everything to me so I knew exactly what he had done. I would recommend him to anyone
Date: May 12, 2022
Website: Google
The gentleman at Mister Transmission...
Marcus W.
The gentleman at Mister Transmission was incredibly helpful and professional. He looked at my car and diagnosed that the problem wasn't the transmission itself, but likely the transmission computer.  He then helped me contact the dealer to confirm that the model had been having problems.  Rather than charging me for the repairs, he worked with me to get me the best deal.  He put the customer ahead of the bottom line, and I couldn't be more grateful for his work ethic.
Date: May 12, 2022
Website: Yelp
These guys are very helpful,...
M Rashid
These guys are very helpful, I did not have any work done here but he still helped me on phone and answer my questions about transmission in the car I was going to buy.
Date: May 11, 2022
Website: Google
Best transmission shop ever !...
Dan Holliday
Best transmission shop ever ! Honest and friendly service, definitely would recommend to anyone in need of transmission work !
Date: May 10, 2022
Website: Google
Featured Services
Transmission Repair

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.

Read More
Transmission Technology

At Mister Transmission we have access to leading-edge diagnostic equipment, enabling us to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings about what’s going on inside your vehicle’s transmission.

Read More
Transmission Maintenance & Service

Just as you have other parts of your car serviced, your transmission needs maintenance to ensure a long life and avoid transmission problems.

Read More
Recent Blogs
3 Common Transmission Repairs
Transmissions are complex pieces of machinery and there’s a lot that can go wrong
Read More
May 11, 2022
When Do You Need Transmission Service?
Transmissions need to be serviced, maintained, and repaired from time to time, but
Read More
May 4, 2022
How Is Transmission Repair Different Fro...
Mister Transmission specializes in servicing transmissions because they’re so
Read More
April 27, 2022
What Are Vehicle Diagnostics?
Discover what vehicle diagnostics are all about, how this practice helps transmission
Read More
April 7, 2022
What Are Some Common Automatic Transmiss...
If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, what are some common automatic
Read More
March 31, 2022
CVTs Vs. Automatic Transmissions
Looking at buying or leasing a vehicle and want to know if you should opt for one
Read More
March 28, 2022
What Is Transmission Oil And Do You Need...
You’ve probably heard of a transmission fluid change, and you’ve probably heard
Read More
March 24, 2022
What Causes Transmission Slipping?
Has your transmission been slipping? It’s important to get it looked at right away.
Read More
February 22, 2022
When Is A Transmission Rebuild Necessary...
If you can avoid ever having to rebuild your transmission, you’ll be better off for
Read More
February 15, 2022
Transmission Replacement Vs. Transmissio...
Many transmission repairs are minor, but some are not, and that’s when you might be
Read More
February 8, 2022