“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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Charlie Stock
I am very pleased with the quality repair and customer service. Matt was very honest in the costs associated with rebuilding my transmission. In fact after experiencing a problem after the repair he was in fact very thoughtful in making things right even though the fault was not with Mr Transmission. I highly recommend Matt and Mr Transmission with any transmission problems you may have,
Date: October 22, 2020
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John Arnold
We bought a rebuilt 2014 Caravan and had driven it without issue for five years.A few weeks ago we noticed transmission fluid on the driveway and that in the morning it was taking about a minute to go in to drive.I phoned around to a few transmission shops, most of whom wanted a preliminary fee to scan and look at the issue which would come off the bill if I let them do the work,I then called Mr. Transmission on Centennial and talked to Steve. Steve told me that an inspection was free.I told Steve I knew little of how a transmission worked and did'nt know who to trust on this issue- he guarenteed me he was an honest trustworthy business man who would give me the straight run down on my car.As it turns out my transmission was in very poor condition and needed major work to correct.Steve gave me an approximate estimate and by no means is this work inexpensive, however his estimate was fair and thorough.As the work progressed, other issues came forward. Steve called me on these and explained the problems with no pressure for him to perform the extra work, but recommendations on why it should be done and the reason to have it done while the transmission was already pulled out of the vehicle.There were many things Steve looked after that saved me cost in this repair and he made me feel as though my satifaction to his repair was his top priority.The repair was completed and done properly. Steve's assurance of quality and cost was adhered to and done with courtesy and professionalism.I stronly advise anyone who needs transmission service done to call Steve first and save yourself future grief and cost from other repair shops- this is a major repair and you need someone you can trust to do the job- call Steve.John Arnold
Date: October 22, 2020
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Did my work with Georgio...
Cynric Barretto
Did my work with Georgio he was very honest and understanding, he replaced my clutch and rear main seal. Also he gave me the best bang for my buck, this shop for sure deserves a 5 star rating with the quality of work they do.
Date: October 22, 2020
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Mister Transmission were professional and...
Stasha Wdrts
Mister Transmission were professional and accurate to their estimates. They went the extra mile to work with me during the repairs. And when there was a setup, they arranged a rental for the weekend.Fantastic service! Great people! Trustworthy and caring.
Date: October 22, 2020
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Brought my truck in to...
C Pilsner
Brought my truck in to have the transmission looked at and Robin was very knowledgeable about the vehicle. Also very thorough about what work was performed and why. Solid service.
Date: October 22, 2020
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Fantastic, Professional and Honest Service,...
John Ferrara
Fantastic, Professional and Honest Service, you will find no better than Dan and Lorenzo. I highly recommend them for all your Transmission and Axle needs.
Date: October 21, 2020
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I received prompt and friendly...
Troy Russell
I received prompt and friendly service and my transmission was fixed at a fair price. Thank-you.
Date: October 21, 2020
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Denise and Shawn went above...
Richard Marcotte
Denise and Shawn went above and beyond to help us out. Our transmission died on the 401 and they had us repaired in a day.
Date: October 20, 2020
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Adam Jess
I baught a lemon and they helped me get back on the road as quick as possible without killing my wallet. Will be a repeat customer 👌
Date: October 19, 2020
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Avps Delivery
Excellent service. Dealt with Ray for a long time!Honest shop.
Date: October 19, 2020
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