FAQs

  • Does your car have a standard transmission?

    If it shudders when you shift, if you've really gotta work to change gears, or if you hear noise, it's time to visit us. Every new clutch we install comes with a full two-year 40,000 Kilometre warranty. That's a lot of protection...

  • Is your standard transmission getting cranky and hard to shift? Does it shudder with anticipation when you change gears?

    Our new clutches come with a full two-year 40,000 kilometer warranty. So bring your hard-to-get-along-with transmission to Wilson Transmission. We'll tame it in no time, guaranteed.

  • Look under your car. If you've got a pink or reddish puddle, you could have leaking transmission fluid, and that's a problem.

    You'd better see us in a hurry.

  • What's your car's transmission fluid supposed to look like?

    Most people don't have a clue. It should be red. If it's burned looking, it's time to see us.

  • Did you know there are two dipsticks under your car's hood?

    One for your oil, one for your transmission fluid. And since your transmission's a sealed unit, if the fluid level drops it's time for our transmission maintenance service.

  • Why do they call it transmission fluid and not oil?

    Basically the automatic transmission found today in most cars are hydraulic devices that utilize directed fluid pressure to create certain gear change applications. Automatic transmissions, therefore, are sealed units that do not use or lose fluid like some engines might.

  • What are the two most common types of automatic transmissions?

    The front wheel drive as commonly found on most import or domestic cars, and rear wheel drive is typically found on most trucks, 4 x 4's, performance vehicles, such as Camaro, Firebirds or Mustangs and almost all European full size sedans. Almost 80% of cars today are front wheel drive.

  • So if automatic transmissions are basically sealed hydraulic units, why service them at all?

    The transmission fluid in your automatic transmission contains many special additives that enhance the performance of the transmission, products such as friction modifiers, detergents, anti-foaming agents are all part of new automatic transmission fluid. As a result of mileage and mostly over-heating, some of the special additives can burn off or become dormant. Changing the fluid regularly helps maintain these important additives and adds to the life of the transmission.

  • What is basic transmission service?

    The basic transmission service consists of removing the transmission pan, draining out the fluid, cleaning the pan area, installing a new filter and pan gasket and refilling the transmission fluid to appropriate levels, using only manufacturer's approved transmission fluid.

  • What should you look out for?

    The colour and smell of transmission fluid provide valuable clues in assessing the condition of the transmission.

  • What colour is normal automatic transmission fluid?

    Normal automatic transmission fluid is a bright cherry red. Actually the hydraulic fluid used for automatic transmission fluid is clear, a red dye is added to assist in identifying any leaks and differentiate it from engine oil. The smell of transmission fluid provides valuable clues to this condition of the transmission; a burnt smell or discoloured fluid is a sign of overheating and may mean a further inspection of the transmission and cooling system are needed. Also be aware of water or antifreeze in the transmission fluid, this will appear as a pink fluid, almost like a strawberry milkshake. If the fluid has gone pink the transmission will have to be removed and disassembled for further inspection.

  • How do I determine internal wear?

    Inspect the pan for any excessive amounts of friction materials or metal particles. This may indicate internal wear and require a more extensive inspection.

  • When should the filter be changed?

    The filter which is located inside the pan area should be replaced every time a service is done, but before you throw out the old filter, open it up and check for signs of wear such as brass bushings or metal particles. Make sure when installing a new filter that it fits properly and is secure. If the filter comes loose for any reason you may experience a poor or no shift conditions.

  • What is the importance of automatic transmission fluid?

    Automatic transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. Fill the fluid to the correct level and make sure the fluid you are using is recommended for use in your vehicle. Some fluids will not work correctly in some vehicles and may cause poor performance.

  • When should I change the transmission fluid?

    Change the transmission fluid according to your owner's manual. Only have a transmission specialist change your fluid to be certain you're getting the quality fluid and parts you need. Check your fluid regularly, keep an eye open for discoloured or burnt fluid and remember, the transmission is a sealed hydraulic unit, it does not use or lose fluid like some engines do. Therefore if you find yourself adding fluid to your transmission, it must be leaking somewhere and should be inspected by a professional.