What Does “Transmission Service” Actually Mean?

By Mister Transmission

Transmission Service

“Vehicle service” and “automobile maintenance” can be quite vague and nebulous terms. This can also be true of “transmission service”. Some guides and manuals, along with technicians, may not explain it properly. They may not want to. Sadly, sometimes less-than-honest technicians can use general terms like this to obfuscate what they’re really doing (or not doing).

Most of us are aware that our transmissions, like our vehicles as a whole, need regular service and maintenance. But we usually do not think about our transmissions unless there is a problem. And then, even when somebody does take the time to explain what transmission service entails, we may not be able to fully understand them. So, what does transmission service actually mean?

Transmission service

Transmission service is a term that can cover a number of different actions and checks. And these checks and actions are very important to ensure a long life for your transmission free of problems and incidents. A big part of transmission service is checking your transmission to make sure it’s running at optimal levels. If not, technicians can detect and repair minor problems before they become major ones.

Multi-check inspection

Any half decent garage will include an inspection as part of their regular transmission service. But at Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our multi-check inspection. We methodically check the different parts of your transmission to make sure everything is running at peak levels. Actually, we check it twice: once by a center manager and then again by a technician, thus ensuring that the results of the check are accurate.

But what does the multi-check inspection actually consist of? Well, there are four parts:

  • Transmission Fluid Check

The fluid check indicates the first sign of possible wear and tear. A clear red fluid shows that a transmission is in good working order. If the fluid is discolored or has unpleasant odour, this is usually an indication of internal wear and damage. If so, an internal inspection is required.

  • Road Test

The road test consists of two segments: a stationary test and a driving test. Every position of the transmission is thoroughly tested for slipping, noises, harsh, soft or erratic shifting, and 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 transmission problem.

  • Pan Examination

The pan examination gives us a partial look inside your transmission. Metal particles and friction material are expected to be in all pans. At least in small amounts. That said, a superfluous amount indicates internal wear and damage. In some cases with an excess amount of material in the pan, a minor adjustment will not be able to correct the problem. In such cases, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.

Please Don’t hesitate to get in touch

The multi-check inspection is the pillar of Mister Transmission’s transmission service, but we also offer transmission fluid changes and tips on transmission maintenance. If you wish to know more about transmission service and perhaps have your transmission repaired or serviced, please get in touch! We’d love to take a look at your vehicle’s transmission.

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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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Mazda 3 AT light came...
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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Thank you Kyle and the...
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
Date: July 19, 2021
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