“What Transmission Do I Have?”

October 5, 2020 | By Mister Transmission

"What Transmission Do I Have?"

On this site you will see terms like “transmission overhaul”, “solenoid pack”, “throttle linkage”, and more. If you have no idea what any of those terms mean, that’s OK. We’re here to help with more basic question too, such as…

What Transmission Do I Have?

Let’s start at the beginning. A lot of new drivers, and even some experienced ones, don’t actually know what kind of transmission they drive. If you’re one of these people, that’s OK. We all must start somewhere. But you really should know so you can take care of it better. So, let’s figure it out. What transmission do you have?

First, Let’s Describe What A Transmission Is.

The engine powers your vehicle. The wheels spin, propelling your vehicle forward. But how does that power get from the engine to the axles that then spin the wheels? That’s what the transmission does. The engine operates at a different RPM (revolutions per minute) than the wheels actually turn, so we need something to make the two compatible. The transmission is part of the drivetrain that delivers power from the engine to the wheels. But sometimes you want your wheels to turn forward, other times you want them to turn backwards, and other times you want them to turn from momentum, not via power from the engine. By changing gears, the transmission allows for all three and more. And this is where we get into the different types of transmissions.

Do I Have An Automatic Transmission?

If you own a vehicle sold in Canada, you probably have an automatic transmission. An automatic transmission automatically changes the gear ratio as the vehicle moves so that the driver does not have to shift the gears manually. Automatic transmission vehicles don’t have a clutch pedal, reducing the amount of work the driver has to do. This is an advantage for many, because an automatic transmission requires less work than a manual one.

Do I Have A Manual Transmission?

If you have to use a clutch pedal, then your vehicle has a manual transmission. Manual transmissions are generally more fuel efficient than automatic transmissions. They also allow the driver to have more control over how the vehicle operates. Manual transmission vehicles are more popular in Europe than North America, though both kinds are plentiful on both continents.

Do I have A CVT?

CVT stands for continuously variable transmission. The CVT is a type of automatic transmission that changes seamlessly through a continuous range of gear ratios. CVTs are flexible and allow the engine to operate at a constant RPM while moving at different speeds.

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Tony D
These days, among all the horror stories you hear about auto shops who either don't know what they're doing or flat out make things worse (and charge mightily either way), it's easy to overlook the real gems who deliver over and above. This shop came highly recommended to me by my son's auto shop class teacher - this on top of the numerous and overall excellent Google reviews. I had transmission shifting problems with an old Dodge pickup truck with which they were initially unfamiliar, and not only did they take on the challenge, research possible causes, and effect what appeared to be logical repairs (at a *very* reasonable price, I might add), when those repairs turned out not to be the root cause of the problem they took it upon themselves to further track down and fix the problem without additional charge (drawing upon their networks of other contacts in the industry to do so). All in a timely manner, keeping well-appraised of their progress every step of the way. As a small business owner myself, I can say that you simply can not expect better service than this. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Although this is my first experience with them, I will not go anywhere else in the future for transmission work on any vehicle I own.
Date: April 17, 2021
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Natasha Mohammed
Mister Transmission saved us! We had a sudden car issue and were taken care of by Raman. He quickly let us know how to get our vehicle to the shop and was very transparent about the process. He was up front with all costs beforehand and was very responsive, putting us immediately at ease. The fix was completed quickly and even before the estimated time given! We were super pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and workmanship. Car issues suck, but this was an excellent, pain free, no hassle, process. Highly recommend!Thank you Raman & Mister Transmission team!
Date: April 16, 2021
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The owner went above and...
Lillian Mason
The owner went above and beyond to fix my car. So much so he called one of his employees back after they were closed to check another issue for me that was unrelated to my original issue. Amazing is all I can say
Date: April 16, 2021
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Paul was the gentleman who...
Michael James
Paul was the gentleman who was taking care of my appointment. He was very informative with the issues I was having with my transmission. He was honest in giving his opinion on what course of repair I should use to fix my issue. His customer service and personability were exemplar. The repair was done in a timely manner and he even did some cleaning of the engine bay of my car without mentioning it. For any transmission or drive system repairs I wouldn't recommend any shop other than this one.
Date: April 15, 2021
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Green Rhino
Staff are super knowledgeable and prices are fair with great explainations. Will definitely be back! Thanks Peter.
Date: April 14, 2021
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Jess O
Been here a couple times with a couple different vehicles. Fair price for the work needed, and the work is completed quickly. Knowledgeable and professional staff. Very honest about the severity and urgency of the issue, didn't try to make it seem like a bigger deal than it was.Very refreshing for this industry! Overall excellent experience and I highly recommend the Mister Transmission in Whitby!
Date: April 11, 2021
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Nice people great service
Rob A
Nice people great service
Date: April 10, 2021
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Chris has gone above and...
Kathy Kaun
Chris has gone above and beyond over and over for my vehicle and he stands behind his work. I can not recommend this place enough. I’d give them 100*
Date: April 9, 2021
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Derek Gibson
Do not hesitate to get Mr. Transmission to take a look at your vehicle. They will properly diagnose and fix your issues, with no hidden nonsense. Very straight shooters. Cam was great to deal with. They completely rebuilt my transmission, and I ran into a small issue later on. They took care of my issue under warranty, and it didn’t cost me a penny. Fantastic mechanics and customer service! We will be returning for any vehicle needs in the future.
Date: April 9, 2021
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Great customer service. Fast, Professional and most importantly they guide you in the right direction. Very knowledgeable staff.
Date: April 9, 2021
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