Transmission Service & Repairs

Get a great quality gearbox or automatic transmission service at affordable costs

Don’t wait for something to go wrong with your automatic transmission, gearbox or differential when a transmission service by Mobile Car Care is so convenient, quick and affordable. A transmission repair can cost a fortune, not to mention the inconvenience, yet automatic transmissions, manual gearboxes and differentials are components often overlooked until they actually develop a problem.

At Mobile Car Care, we help you avoid a high cost transmission repair with our automatic transmission service and manual gearbox servicing.

Transmission Service

Transmission Service Components

Servicing an automatic transmission involves:

  • Draining transmission of fluid & contaminants
  • Removal of transmission pan
  • Clean non sealed units
  • Check for excessive contaminants
  • Check for signs of overheating
  • Clean/Replace filter as required
  • Adjust & inspect bands &/or controls
  • Refit pan with new gasket non sealed units
  • Refill with specified transmission fluid
  • Check for transmission oil leaks

Automatic transmission services and gearbox servicing

We understand that, just like the rest of the car, transmissions should receive regular servicing to maintain good performance and as such we aim to make the process simple and affordable for our customers.

Mobile Car Care, performs transmission/gearbox services as well as major & minor repairs on transmissions on site or in our workshop as required.

Repair Prices

Minimum Service Fee
30 minutes $120.00

Subsequent 30 minutes Labour
$55.00

Low Cost Low Cost Transmission Repairs

Minor to medium transmission repairs can be performed on site relatively quickly. Pending the facilities on hand even some transmission replacements can be performed at your premises, although most transmission replacements would be performed in the workshop. Even though we may remove and re-install some transmissions on site, all transmission internal repairs or overhauls are performed in a workshop environment by specialised transmission reconditioners.

Our reconditioned automatic transmissions carry a minimum 12 month/20,000 Km Warranty.

Mechanical Repair Prices

Minimum Service Fee
30 minutes $99.00

Subsequent 30 minutes Labour
$49.00

Manual Gearboxes

Most manual gearbox and clutch repairs can be performed on site. We stock a good range of reconditioned change over gearboxes for reliable and speedy change over service.

Common symptoms requiring expert attention may be:

  • Hard to select gears
  • Crunchy noises when changing gears
  • Stuck in gear
  • Unable to select any or all gears

Warranties for manual gearbox repairs vary pending the type of repair performed. All change over reconditioned gearboxes for domestic passenger vehicles have a 12month/20,000 km warranty.

Repair Prices

Minimum Service Fee
30 minutes $99.00

Subsequent 30 minutes Labour
$49.00

DifferenTials

Automatic transmissions, manual gearboxes and differentials are components often overlooked until they actually develop a problem but, just like the rest of the car, should receive regular servicing to maintain good performance.

Mobile AUTO Care, performs transmission/gearbox services as well as major & minor repairs on site or in our workshop as required.

Warranties for manual gearbox repairs vary pending the type of repair performed. All change over reconditioned gearboxes for domestic passenger vehicles have a 12month/20,000 km warranty.

Service or Repair Prices

Minimum Service Fee
30 minutes $99.00

Subsequent 30 minutes Labour
$49.00

Handy Hints *

Maintenance

Regularly check your fluid levels and top-up to specified levels. Low levels can cause accelerated wear to your transmission. It is important that these levels are correct to avoid the transmission to overheat and wear prematurely.

Servicing

Service your transmission regularly (we recommend annually or every 20,000 Kms). Over time, transmission fluid will deteriorate and harmful contaminants build up. Regular service and fluid and filter changes will keep your transmission healthier longer.

KEEPING YOUR TRANSMISSION HEALTHY

  • Regularly check for fluid leaks & rectify small problems before they become big ones.
  • Avoid hard acceleration which increases friction & heat causing premature wear.
  • Excessive heat is the most common cause of transmission failure. A cars cooling system not only keeps the engine from overheating, it also cools the transmission, so keeping the cooling system in good order is essential.
  • Consider installing an external transmission cooler, especially if you tow or regularly drive in hilly terrain.
  • Avoid push starting or towing (other than on the back of a tow truck). Major transmission damage can occur if towed incorrectly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a transmission?

A transmission is the link between the engine and differential. Its purpose is to transmit engine torque to the driving wheels. Transmission performance is heavily dependant on engine performance. If the engine is not supplying enough power to the transmission, transmission performance may be compromised.

What are common symptoms of transmission problems which indicate it should be inspected by a professional?

  • There is evidence of transmission fluid leaks
  • The car feels like it is labouring too much
  • Engine revs excessively for the speed the car is moving
  • Strange noises or shudders, like a clunking or grating from underneath
  • If the car falls back in gears when it shouldn’t
  • If it appears to skip gears
  • If the transmission “does not quite feel right”
  • Slipping between gears
  • Strange shudders and vibrations
  • High engine revs between gears
  • Does not go into top gear
  • Lost reverse
  • Lost all drive gears

What should I look for when checking the fluid level?

There’s a lot you can learn about the condition of your transmission just by examining the fluid. New transmission fluid is usually transparent, and relatively odorless. Most transmission fluids are red, but manufacturers have in recent time started to introduce alternative colours. Virtually in every case, clean fluid will look and smell clean, indicating that your transmission appears to be in good shape.

If your transmission fluid is starting to look slightly brownish and has a slightly burnt odour, the fluid’s beginning to burn, and a service should be considered sooner rather than later. Brown or black transmission fluid with a distinctively burnt odour would indicate that fluid is burnt. At this stage there’s little doubt that the transmission is already or beginning to wear and you may already be experiencing unusual transmission behaviour and/or problems. A transmission service at this stage may buy you some time but more likely than not you will be facing major transmission repairs sooner rather than later.

Why do transmission overhauls cost so much?

The Transmission is a vehicle’s most complicated and commonly least understood major component. Transmissions are made up of thousands of internal parts, classified as soft & hard parts. In later model cars, it is a combination of soft, hard & sophisticated hydraulics and computer & solenoid controlled components. Front wheel drive vehicles also incorporate the differential into the transmission housing itself. When the transmission or differential fails, it is generally more expensive to repair than in rear wheel drives due to this incorporation.

During a major repair both for front and rear wheel drive cars, these internal parts are removed, cleaned, and inspected to exacting tolerances. Any worn or damaged parts are repaired or replaced before being put together into one of many subassemblies, which again must be adjusted and tested for proper operation. These subassemblies must then be assembled into the transmission case, where the adjustment and testing procedure begins all over again. Finally, once the transmission is completely assembled, it has to be reinstalled.

Why can't we give you a fixed price over the phone?

To provide you with an accurate cost estimate, various tests need to be performed to accurately assess your transmission’s condition. Once the type of transmission has been identified, the specific problem is diagnosed by testing & and isolating each specific component. Finally, a determination of the likely causes for the problem, based on this logical diagnostic process is made. Once all the information is on hand an accurate estimate of the costs can be provided.

What will happen if your transmission needs major work or overhaul?

Some transmissions can be removed and refitted to the vehicle on-site. If this cannot be achieved we take the vehicle, rather than just the transmission, to our workshop. All transmission internal repairs or overhauls are performed in a workshop environment by specialised transmission reconditioners.

What is an automatic transmission made of and which components commonly fail?

Automotive transmissions are made up of thousands of individual components, catagorised as soft, hard and electronic parts. Commonly, transmission problems start when soft parts or friction materials bonded to metal plates (referred to as clutches, bands, rubber or neoprene seals) and bushings wear out from normal usage. When seals lose their flexibility and the friction materials and bushings become worn, slippage and other malfunctions occur. If these problems are not attended to reasonably promptly, more serious and costly wear occurs to the hard parts (metal drums, gears and pumps) of the transmission.

What is the correct procedure for checking transmission fluid levels and condition?

Checking the transmission fluid level requires working under the hood of your car with the engine running. This can be very dangerous if you are not sure what you are doing. 1- Make sure your car is on level ground. 2- Start the engine. 3- Bring the engine and transmission to normal operating temperature. The easiest way to do this is to check the fluid level right after driving the car for a while. 4- Hold your foot on the brake, and work the shifter slowly through the gears. Give the transmission a second or two in each gear range. 5- Put the shifter all the way back into park. 6- Set the parking brake. 7- Open the hood. 8- Find the transmission dipstick (your owners manual should show you where to look for the transmission dipstick): 9- Remove the dipstick, and wipe it off with a clean rag or paper towel. 10- Slide the dipstick all the way back down into the transmission fill tube. 11- Pull the dipstick back out, and check the fluid level against the markings on the end of the dipstick

NOTE:

If your transmission does not have a dip stick but is a sealed unit, special equipment is needed to check fluid level & condition. You will need a professional to check it for you.

Do you service all makes and models?

We service most makes and models including: Audi, BMW, Daewoo, Daihatsu, Ford, Holden, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Saab, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen/VW and Land Rover/Range Rover.