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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Customer Reviews
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Rob Dagenais
Great people -- great service!
Date: May 13, 2024
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Good people got my transmission repaired quickly. It was expensive tho.
Date: May 12, 2024
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Knowledgeable, professional and good service.
Date: May 12, 2024
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I had my 2007 Toyota...
Theresa F
I had my 2007 Toyota Rav 4 transmission rebuilt almost 2 years ago. Decided to bring it back for a transmission fluid change and for another check before the warranty expires. What I didn’t tell them is that there’s already a leak (my neighbour told me). I’m giving this business a 5 star review because they are honest. They told me it had a leak and they had to replace the seal, and it was still under warranty. Wow! Thank you!!!
Date: May 11, 2024
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I have a 2015 Mazda...
Jaimin Patel
I have a 2015 Mazda 3 with automatic transmission. It is having jerking issue at 2nd gear when the car is cold. One of my known mechanic suggested Ken for transmission issues. I went there and parked my car overnight to make sure it is cold. In morning, Ken drove it and figure out instantly it was a computer mechanism trying to save fuel by engaging clutch and gear differently, which is normal and I should not spend any money on it. I liked Ken's experience and knowledge and his guidance which saved me going broke.
Date: May 11, 2024
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Dey Muller
Great friendly, prompt and reasonably price service!
Date: May 10, 2024
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Phil Wall
Excellent experience. Jason is the frontman. Super professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Great service.
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Peter Cadieux
Peter and his team did a great job! Very fair pricing and quick turnaround!
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Had a leak from the...
Bobros1944 Roz
Had a leak from the pan and front seal on my transmission. Despite being busy these guys were able to seal up the pan within one day. No leaks from the pan. I decided to hold off on the main seal as it is a slow leak and I'll deal with it in the winter when the cars in storage. Thanks
Date: May 9, 2024
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Absolutely amazing service and help. Our shop was in a pickle with a customers vehicle. They got it remedied that day and gave us very valuable insight going forward. Thank you very much again! Greatly appreciated 🙏
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