What Does a Transmission Service Entail?

July 30, 2018 | By Mister Transmission

What Does a Transmission Service Entail?

You have probably heard once or twice, maybe from a friend, a coworker, or a neighbor, that they had to bring their vehicle into the shop to have their transmission serviced. And you probably said something to the effect of, “Oh yeah? I hope they get it sorted out”, and left it at that. You yourself may have even brought your vehicle in for a transmission service. But do you know what a transmission service actually entails? Do you know what those technicians are actually doing to your transmission?

Transmission Service

If you answered “no” to the above questions, don’t worry. Not only are you in the right place to get answers, you are in good company. Many people don’t really understand the inner workings of the transmission, nor do they understand how one services a transmission. Even folks who generally have a good idea of how automobiles work and are quite handy are still relatively in the dark about transmissions.

And that makes sense. Transmissions are quite complex. They are an intricate and elaborate collection of parts all working in unison together to help you shift gears and adapt power from your engine to your wheels. And the ways in which transmissions operate are not as easy to understand as some other parts of your vehicle, such as your brakes. That’s why transmission service is a serious business and requires expertise to ensure it is done properly.

Transmission Service at Mister Transmission

The transmission needs regular service and maintenance to ensure a long life free of transmission problems. At Mister Transmission, our transmission service consists of a complete diagnosis of your transmission’s performance and general operation. We pride ourselves on our Multi-Check Inspection to provide you with a proper and complete diagnosis, which includes:

  • Fluid Check
  • Road Test
  • Lift Inspection/Diagnosis
  • Pan Examination

Transmission Fluid Check

The fluid check indicates the first sign of possible wear and damage. A transmission in good condition will have a clear red fluid. If your fluid is discoloured or has an unpleasant odour, this may be an indication of internal wear and damage. An unpleasant odour and discolouration, in combination with other symptoms, may require an internal inspection of your transmission.

Road Test

The road test consists of two parts: a stationary test and driving test. Every position of the transmission will be thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, as well as late or early shift patterns.

Lift Inspection

During the lift inspection/diagnosis our technician will check the following:

  • Neutral Switch
  • Engine RPM
  • Throttle Linkage
  • Modulators
  • Transmission Mounts
  • U-Joints
  • Fluid Retention
  • Electronic Controls

This will determine if a minor adjustment will correct the problem of your transmission.

 Pan Examination

The pan examination grants us a partial look inside the transmission. In every pan, there is bound to be a few metal particles and friction materials present. However, an excessive amount might indicate internal wear and damage. If that is the case, and it is determined that a minor adjustment will not correct the problem, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.

Contact us

If you are unsure if your transmission is getting the service it needs, or would like to learn more about Mister Transmission’s service options, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Albert Wilton
Good and friendly and reliable people and they work hard to get your vehicle doneService: Transmission
Date: July 25, 2021
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Thank you, Mister Transmission! After...
Christy McMurray
Thank you, Mister Transmission! After taking my vehicle to the dealership where I bought it, and paying $150 for them to tell me what I already told them was wrong, the Dealer gave me a quote of $6,500 to replace my 9 year old transmission with a factory rebuilt one, because it couldn't be fixed or rebuilt by them. Thankfully I called Mister Transmission and Chris knew exactly what the issue was, how to fix it, and it only cost me $385 for everything and it was fixed in a day. I am so grateful that Chris and Dawn run an honest operation and provide genuinely great service. Thanks again!
Date: July 25, 2021
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Sarah MacArthur
Cambridge Mister Transmission was awesome. We ended up having a small issue but they still took the time to show me where on my vehicle the problems were and fully explain the possible issues. They were prompt in getting back to me the following day and I had my vehicle back in no time. Chris and Nick were amazing and the office is so clean and pleasant. Great customer service!
Date: July 24, 2021
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John Neven
Great service , friendly and very knowledgeable.Excellent work
Date: July 23, 2021
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Chris Elmquist
Mazda 3 AT light came on one with some bad noises and clunking. Dealer said need a new transmission for only $4400. Took it to this and a quick check they determined it needed new TCM which is very common on the mazdas. They took care of it and even did a bunch of extra work fixing a wiring harness all for the cost of the TCM . cannot say enough about how we were treated by Chris and Dawn. Would recommend them. FIRST CLASS!!!!!
Date: July 23, 2021
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Workers are very nice and...
Ely Bolivar
Workers are very nice and explain thing clearly. Also they have an option to finance your repairs.
Date: July 22, 2021
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They assessed the problem quickly,...
Colleen H
They assessed the problem quickly, quoted a good price, provided fast service, in a no-pressure, friendly manner. I've been telling everybodyService: Transmission
Date: July 20, 2021
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I took my differentials down...
Kieran Massicotte
I took my differentials down to get rebuilt and Steve was very professional and the total was 200 bucks cheaper than the quoted price and there was a few things during the whole process that didn’t go as planned as I had brought all the bearings parts and some bearings were the wrong ones and I had brought 4.88s to put in end they would not work and before continuing with anything Steve would call and double check to let you know what needs to be done and get the ok from me first before they would continue overall amazing place Steve and the guys were awesome and the work was done perfect and the diffs have never been more smooth highly recommend.
Date: July 20, 2021
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Excellent customer service.Service: Transmission
Eduardo Vieira
Excellent customer service.Service: Transmission
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Roman Danko
Thank you Kyle and the Mr. Transmission team for very professional and friendly customer service and repair. I definitelly recommend their services.Service: Transmission
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