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TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT IN HOUSTON, KATY & KINGWOOD TEXAS

When a transmission malfunctions, the repair technician will diagnose the problem and determine if it can be repaired or if it should be replaced. A repair involves replacement of only the parts needed to make the transmission operational. Depending on the cost of the repair and the extent of the damage, the repair shop may recommend replacement. In some cases, the failure may be catastrophic and impossible to repair. The only option available under these circumstances is to replace the transmission. If a transmission has a lot of miles on it, other parts may be worn and subject to fail in a short time. Many times the repair shop will advise replacing high mileage transmissions to prevent ongoing repairs.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPLACE A TRANSMISSION?

The amount of time required to replace a transmission often depends on the type of transmission and the vehicle. It usually only takes a day or two to replace a transmission in most rear wheel vehicles. However, some late model, front wheel drive vehicles can be quite labor intensive and take three to four days.

TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT COSTS

The cost to replace a transmission will depend on the type of transmission and whether it is replaced with a used, rebuilt or remanufactured transmission. A used transmission usually costs between $200 and $600, but prices may vary dramatically. Factors such as availability, the age, make and model of the vehicle the transmission was in and warranty terms can have a significant impact on the price. A rebuilt or remanufactured transmission can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. Prices will depend on whether it is a manual or automatic transmission, warranty and the type of vehicle. The average cost to replace a transmission based on the type of vehicle is:

• $2,324 for passenger cars with a price range of $1,200 to $4,179
• $2,792 for pickup trucks with a price range of $1,600 to $4,500
• $3,090 for SUVs and minivans with a price range of $1,700-$6,000

USED VERSUS REBUILT VERSUS REMANUFACTURED TRANSMISSIONS

A used transmission can be obtained from the salvage yard. The advantage offered in purchasing a used transmission is that they are much less expensive. The disadvantage is that you don’t know how well the transmission has been maintained or if there are any existing problems. However, nearly all salvage yards offer an exchange for defective parts. Most offer warranties that range anywhere from 30 days to 3 years, depending on their policy.

The terms rebuilt and remanufactured are often used interchangeably; however, they are not the same. A rebuilt transmission is also referred to as overhauled and usually involves replacing worn and defective parts. The transmission is disassembled and all parts are cleaned. Solenoids are tested and either cleaned or replaced. Other replacement parts are usually purchased in a kit. A transmission rebuild kit typically includes: bands, seals, clutches, gaskets, O-rings, modulator, filter, bushings, and washers. However, there are different types of kits, and the types and quality of the parts they contain can vary. A rebuilt transmission often retains many marginal parts. The warranty period can be anywhere from 30 days to a year.

A remanufactured transmission usually costs more than a rebuilt transmission but has greater longevity. In addition to cleaning and replacing parts, the remanufacturing process re-machines marginal parts or replaces them completely. Another advantage found in using a remanufactured transmission is that design changes and updates that can improve quality and durability are implemented during reprocessing. Once the transmission has been completely rebuilt, it is dyno tested to ensure it operates properly. This eliminates the possibility of replacing a defective transmission with another defective transmission. Remanufactured transmissions usually come with a two to three year or 100,000 mile warranty.

CONTACT US TODAY ABOUT REPLACING YOUR TRANSMISSION

Call today to schedule a free transmission replacement estimate in Houston, Katy, or Kingwood, Texas. We have friendly, knowledgeable staff at every location that can find you the perfect transmission for your vehicle and budget.

Manual Transmission Repair: Houston, Katy, & Kingwood, Texas

Manual Transmission Service & Repairs: Fast, Dependable & Honest

Looking for a manual transmission repair shop in Houston, Kingwood or Katy, Texas? With over 30 years of experience servicing and repairing automotive transmissions all over the Gulf Coast, you can trust us to do the job right the first time. We proud to be part of the local community and have worked hard to earn and maintain our reputation for excellence among manual transmission repair shops. Call today to schedule a free estimate to repair your manual transmission!

WHAT IS A MANUAL TRANSMISSION?

Manual transmissions often have a driver-operated clutch and a movable gear stick. Most vehicles’ manual transmissions allow the driver to select any gear any time, but some, such as those mounted on motorcycles and some racing cars, only allow the driver to select the next-higher or next-lower gear. This transmission is often called a sequential manual transmission.

The flywheel of a manual transmission is attached to the engine and the clutch disk is in between the pressure plate and flywheel. When running, the clutch disk spins with the flywheel. As the clutch pedal is depressed, the throw out bearing is pushed in, making the pressure plate stop applying pressure to the clutch disk. This makes it stop receiving engine power so the gear can be shifted without damaging the transmission. When the clutch pedal is released, the clutch disk is allowed to receive power from the engine.

Manual transmissions are characterized by gear ratios, selectable by locking selected gear pairs to the output shaft inside the transmission. Conversely, most automatic transmissions have epicyclic (planetary) gearing controlled by brake bands and/or clutch packs to select gear ratio. Automatic transmissions allowing the driver to manually select the current gear are called Manumatics. A manual-style transmission operated by computer is called an automated transmission rather than an automatic.

Contemporary automobile manual transmissions typically use four to six forward gears and one reverse gear, although automobile manual transmissions have been built with as few as two and as many as eight gears. Heavy trucks and other heavy equipment usually have at least 9 gears so the transmission can offer both a wide range of gears and close gear ratios to keep the engine running in the power band. Heavy vehicle transmissions have dozens of gears, but many are duplicates, introduced as an accident of combining gear sets, or introduced to simplify shifting. Some are referred to by the number of forward gears they offer (e.g., 5-speed) distinguishing them between automatic or other available manual transmissions. Similarly, a 5-speed automatic transmission is referred to as a “5-speed automatic.”

DOES MY MANUAL TRANSMISSION NEED TO BE REPLACED?

Should there be a noise, don’t assume it’s the transmission. It may be worn CV joints, loose or broken motor mounts, flywheel or clutch repair problems. Technicians will conduct a test drive to verify and diagnose the cause of the noise. Diagnosis is always free of charge to our customers. Call My Transmission Experts for a manual or standard transmission repair appointment. If you already checked the error code your vehicle is giving, check out the most common transmission error codes here.

In manual transmissions the fluid is often neglected. It is imperative to change the gear oil on a regular basis to maintain your manual transmission. The manufacturer sets out its importance. Call now for an appointment and feel confident the prices are reasonable. Do not ignore oil leaks. Replacing a leaky seal can protect your transmission from failing due to loss of lubricant and the replacement of a leaky input shaft seal may prevent oil from contaminating the clutch, creating additional problems.

My Transmission Experts stock parts and materials needed for transmission service on both foreign and domestic manual transmissions allowing us to complete the repairs in a timely manner. Written estimates are provided as well as numerous types of warranties. When you need a manual transmission repair shop in Houston or Katy, we’ve got you covered. We’ll even come pick you up and tow your car back to the shop if you’re stranded. A few of the other transmission services we provide include:

  • Diagnosing problems with your manual transmission
  • Front and rear wheel drive vehicles
  • Fixing broken clutch
  • Diagnose clutch pedal, clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder problems
  • Inspect your throw-out bearing and pilot bearing
  • Restore your clutch operation back to like when it was new
  • Diagnose your hydraulic clutch problems
  • All manual transmission work done in-house

We have multiple transmission warranty options available to fit every budget.

CALL US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A FREE ESTIMATE

Should you need a rebuilt manual transmission, My Transmission Experts will inspect and replace any worn components needed to get you back on the road. Because the clutch assembly is such a vital component of you manual transmission, the clutch disc, pressure plate, and throw out bearing will be replaced and the flywheel resurfaced. Call us today to schedule a free manual transmission service estimate!

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Change Transmission Fluid & Flush: Houston, Katy & Kingwood, Texas

CHANGE TRANSMISSION FLUID REGULARLY & DON’T FORGET TO FLUSH

Like most people, we worry a lot about our car’s engine oil. The importance of proper transmission fluid lubrication cannot be understated because the oil bathes and lubricants are an essential need for all vehicles. However, the transmission’s job is to provide engine power to the wheels. This means that transmission fluid maintenance — the magenta-colored lifeblood that coats gears and torque converters inside the transmission— warrants just as much attention as an engine’s oil. Sadly transmission fluid replacement is neglected by many, resulting in severe transmission problems and costly repairs.

TRANSMISSION OIL CHANGE SERVICES WE PROVIDE

  • Change Transmission Fluid
  • Flush Transmission Fluid
  • Replace Transmission Fluid
  • Change Transmission Oil
  • Change Automatic Transmission Fluid & Oil
  • Change Manual Transmission Fluid

WHY DOES MY TRANSMISSION FLUID NEED TO BE CHANGED?

In the modern day US, most people prefer automatic transmissions that run on automatic transmission fluid, or ATF for short. Pressure changes within the ATF cause the transmission to switch gears. This is the same for manual transmissions too. And, on a relatively simple drive from your house to the office, the transmission and the fluid do quite a bit of work. Fluid temperatures soar to 175 degrees Fahrenheit (79 degrees Celsius), which is perfectly normal for ATF. Should the fluid temperatures remain at 175 degrees Fahrenheit, ATF would mimic the Energizer Bunny and keep going and going for 100,000 miles or so.

Unfortunately, that temperature rarely stays in the optimal range. Numerous driving conditions — stop-and-go driving, hauling a heavy load, driving long distances or up and down mountains — can heat transmission fluid beyond acceptable limits. Therefore, the higher temperatures, ATF begins to break down, and your transmission begins to shift gears roughly, slowly or both.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY TRANSMISSION FLUID?

This is why most manufacturers recommend that you flush your transmission fluid and change the filter every 20,000 to 25,000 miles. My Transmission Experts can do this for you. However, it’s not impossible to do it yourself as long as you have a the knowledge and a few simple tools.

CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE A FREE TRANSMISSION SERVICE ESTIMATE IN HOUSTON, KATY OR KINGWOOD TEXAS

Call us today in Katy at (281)-392-5060 or at our main Houston location at (281) 293-7090 for for a Transmission Fluid Change or Flush for your vehicle. We have five locations around the Houston and Kingwood area to serve you better. Call for a free estimate today!!

U-Joint Replacement: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

DO MY U-JOINTS NEED TO BE REPLACED?

Rust, the caps coming out of the yoke or the joint becoming loose are all causes for u-joint replacement. The u-joint may be at either end of a drive shaft. It consists of a pair of hinges connected by a cross shaft. Basically, it allows engine power and torque to transfer from the transmission to the wheels, no matter what the driving conditions may be. If a U-joint has become loose or damaged, anything from vibrations to a broken drive shaft could occur so it’s important to keep it up to par and replace it if needed.

If your vehicle is making noise from underneath, and it’s been determined your universal joint is worn, you can have your universal joint replaced. A clicking sound from under your car may indicate a worn universal joint at the drive shaft.

HOW TO REPLACE A U-JOINT

Accessing the U-Joint – Removing the Drive Shaft
The first step in replacing your u-joint is getting to it. It will be necessary to remove the drive shaft. On some vehicles you remove the drive shaft by removing the universal joint. If your drive shaft attaches with axle type bolts (a circle of bolts with either hex or allen heads), the end of the driveshaft will need to be removed. If your driveshaft does not have that type of end, it can be removed it by removing the two bolts that hold the two halves of the u-joint together. The drive shaft will drop easily once removed.

REMOVING CLIPS ON THE U-JOINT

There are two types of clips holding your universal joint together. Snap Rings are one, the other are standard C-clips and are remove easily. The steps are the same whichever clip your vehicle uses. To remove the snap rings, squeeze the ends together with pliers or a special removal tool. Should they have become corroded, it may be necessary to soak the u-joint with some penetrant.

REMOVING THE U-JOINT AND BEARINGS

With the drive shaft out of the vehicle, the next step is to remove the joint and its bearings. The end in a vice will need to be mounted, then the bearing tapped through far enough to get the joint to drop out. A spark plug socket may be the perfect tapping tool. It will take a firm tap on the top of the socket with a hammer to press far enough in to pop it out. With the joint tapped through, the bearing cup (it looks like a cup and is full of grease) will be removed. This enables us to fully remove the loose joint section.

Remove the old joint center and put in the new piece. There’s a chance that the new center will assemble a little differently than your old one. Most replacement joints tend to look a different. Before we reinstall, we lubricate every part we can reach with grease. It should not be overpacked which could cause parts failure. It’s then time to reinstall the bearing cups if your new part comes apart.

Once the assembly is almost back together, the snap rings or c-clips your universal joint uses can be reinstalled.

Call Today to Schedule a U-Joint Replacement

That’s it! Of course, we do prefer that you call a professional if you don’t have any experience. Need a u-joint replaced in Houston, Kingwood or Katy, Texas and prefer a professional handles it? Call My Transmission Experts today to schedule a free estimate. We’ll give you an honest and fair diagnosis and cost estimate for your u-joint issue and check out the rest of your transmission for any other service needs. Call now!

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Transmission Rebuild: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

REBUILDING TRANSMISSIONS FOR OVER 20 YEARS

The transmission of a vehicle consists of many different parts including gears, hydraulics, computer sensors, controls and more. It’s not a single mechanism. To rebuild a transmission requires disassembly of all the transmission’s components, figuring out exactly which parts are causing the trouble, repairing or replacing the bad parts, and putting everything back together again. You need to understand the function of different transmission parts before you take the transmission out of the vehicle and attack it.

Without a properly functioning transmission, your car will not leave your garage. You would be unable to switch gears, apply the brakes, or put your car in reverse. If your transmission goes out, it must be rebuilt or replaced in order to operate properly.

There are many who try to avoid rebuilding their transmission in order to save the expense. However, a Band-Aid fix will only delay the inevitable, an overhaul. It is economically wise to rebuild the transmission early on, rather than continue to repair. Driving across Houston freeways with a temporary patch on such an important part of your vehicle is dangerous and could leave you stranded.

Rebuilding a transmission is not easy. Your options are to 1) call a mechanic 2) visit a credible auto shop or 3) attempt to do it yourself with a couple of knowledgeable friends using a transmission rebuild kit.

USING TRANSMISSION KITS

You can rebuild your transmission using one of many rebuilding kits. Each are created specifically for a layman’s use and include instruction manuals as well as the tools necessary.

Please do keep in mind, however, that even though a transmission rebuild kit has an instruction manual, understanding the manual and performing the rebuild are extremely difficult without prior knowledge of a transmission and the tools needed to work on it. It is important that you are cautious when rebuilding your car’s transmission. In other words, you should be careful when buying the kit as well as using the kit.

There are a number of transmission system kits available and some claim to have the necessary tools needed. However, there are those that don’t have the right parts or don’t have an appropriate instruction manual to guide you through the rebuilding process. Therefore, you must look for three things: 1) the kit should be compatible with your car’s transmission system. You can easily check the transmission system in your in order to purchase the appropriate transmission kit. The kit should include an instruction manual that describes each step of rebuilding a transmission in detail using common words in order to avoid difficulties. And, the manufacturer should have a good reputation with a satisfied clientele.

Safety has to be a priority while rebuilding transmissions due to the many components. Transmissions use special fluid to lubricate their components and this fluid must be drained and replaced during both the disassembly and assembly. It’s imperative you know the proper way to dispose of this fluid, and wear goggles and gloves. Do not attempt to lift the transmission alone. Have someone assist you in lifting the transmission in and out and be careful of parts that appear corroded by rust or other substances.

FINDING A GOOD REPAIR SHOP

If you are skeptical about doing it yourself, you will need to find a reputable auto shop with properly skilled mechanics to rebuild your transmission. Due to the complexity of the rebuild, you need to select your auto shop carefully.

Ask friends, family and colleagues who they would recommend for transmission rebuilds in Houston, Kingwood or Katy, Texas. You should also search online to verify the workshop’s reliability and standing with the BBB. Credibility, honesty, and quality of service are the key ingredients to a quality rebuilt transmission. Call My Transmission Experts today to schedule a free estimate to replace or rebuild your transmission.

Drive Shaft Repair: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

DEPENDABLE DRIVE SHAFT REPAIR SERVICES

Most vehicles use a straight-line or rigid drive shaft to turn the wheels. Gearing is needed to change the direction of power (or torque) from a straight-line to a rotary line of power distribution. In front-engine, rear-drive vehicles, a longer drive shaft will be needed in order to send power the length of the vehicle. The reverse applies to front-wheel-driven vehicles. Either way, most drive shafts use a U-joint to allow it to flex with road imperfections, such as bumps and potholes, to maintain the stability of the tires and vehicle. If any of these elements are faulty or break down, a drive shaft repair is necessary. We have over 30 years of experience repairing drive shafts in Houston and Katy, Texas.

DRIVE SHAFT AND CHASSIS WORK TOGETHER

The chassis and drive shaft are used to provide stability while operating a vehicle. Should these parts fail, it can render any vehicle motionless necessitating immediate drive shaft repair to operate or drive the vehicle. A faulty drive shaft can be dangerous, because if you suddenly lose the ability to control your car’s speed or direction you could be involved in a collision.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRIVE SHAFTS

Although they perform essentially the same function, different drive shafts are used by different vehicles. There is typically one type of drive shaft for rear-wheel-driven vehicles, another for front-wheel-driven vehicles and another for all-wheel-driven vehicles. There is also Quadratrac, one of the latest innovations of the car industry. It’s basically an all-wheel-drive vehicle that requires a drive shaft that powers all the wheels simultaneously. It also requires other parts such as differentials, to allow for differences in turning radius between the outer and inner wheels.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF A DRIVE SHAFT?

In order to move a vehicle, gas is fed into the piston chambers of the engine and ignited, creating compression and pressure that starts the process that will eventually cause the car to move. Pistons move up and down through the engine and transmission gearing to rotate the drive shaft. This motion feeds into rotary motion and causes the wheels to turn.

Engines whether diesel or combustion, require multiple parts working without fail to provide continuous horsepower and torque during operation. The power the drive shafts offer provide the velocity needed for both on-road and off-road applications. Dysfunction of these parts can happen due to age or natural deterioration.

The exchange of force from the engine and transmission to the drive shaft creates a tension. As if opening a jar of pickles you have to exert the same force from when you start to open the jar until you actually open the jar. Torque is constant on a drive shaft. What occurs is the exchange of vertical energy to rotary energy.

The drive shaft provides the power from transmission to the axle or wheel. It is a component that transmits torque, the force generated by an internal-combustion engine, to turn a vehicle’s drive shaft. Vehicles with a clutch or gearbox are mounted on the engine with a drive shaft. They are essential and must be serviced regularly to withstand constant use. A central Tran’s axle from the gear box and two drive shafts, one from each side extending out to the wheels is found in a front-wheel drive. My Transmission Experts provides drive shaft repair and replacement services for most makes of cars. Don’t hesitate to contact our local drive shaft shop to get a free estimate.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A BAD DRIVE SHAFT?

If you suspect there is something wrong with your drive shaft we encourage you to call us or another reputable transmission repair shop in Houston, Kingwood or Katy immediately. Driving a car with a bad drive shaft or one that is starting to go out is a big safety risk. If you already used a diagnostic testing tool to get the transmission error code but don’t know what it means, check out this list of the most common errors.

One sign that your drive shaft is going bad is a loud thumping sound when shifting into reverse. Another indication that you need a drive shaft repaired is a loud vibrating sound coming from beneath your vehicle. Usually the vibration will be on the left or right side, because the chances of them going out on both sides at the same time is nearly impossible. Drive shafts do not have any moving parts, so they do not go bad very often. However, they can wear out or be faulty from the beginning.

Call Today to Schedule a Drive Shaft Repair in Katy or Houston, Texas

Do you suspect that your drive shaft is going out? Or has your car stopped working entirely and you think it is due to a transmission problem like the u-joint or drive shaft? If so, give us call today to schedule a free drive shaft repair estimate. We have over 30 years of experience serving the local community and we’d be honored for you to call us your local transmission shop.

Clutch Repair

Clutch Repair or Replacement: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

WE CAN REPAIR YOUR CLUTCH OR REPLACE IT FOR A REASONABLE PRICE

In addition to our automatic and manual transmission service, we provide clutch service and repair. The staff at My Transmission Experts is well equipped with knowledge and expertise to handle such clutch repairs and service.

When a manual transmission is being used, the clutch control is the process of controlling the vehicle’s speed using manual transmission. If your car has manual controls, it is wise for you to understand how the clutch works.

The clutch is made up of 2 plates – the pressure and friction plates. The friction plate is connected to the crank shaft and the pressure plate receives the force made by an actuator. The pressure plate is connected to the gear box through an axle.

HOW THE CLUTCH WORKS

To know how the clutch works will allow you to better use it in different situations. Once engaged, the actuator pushes the 2 plates together producing torque which transmits to your car’s engine. Once the car is moving and a certain amount of speed is reached, the plates equalize.

The clutch is controlled by the clutch foot pedal in a manual car. When the foot pedal is pressed down, less acceleration is formed. However, the opposite action will give you higher acceleration. To press the pedal completely down, the link between the driveshaft and the engine is absent. This causes the shaft to receive no power. If the clutch pedal is released, there is contact between the shaft and engine. You are sending power at that time to the shaft. Instances do occur, however, when you slip the clutch. The clutch is only partially engaged at that time, so only a small amount of power moves from the engine to the shaft.

WHEN TO USE THE CLUTCH

In a manual transmission, the clutch is extremely important because it tells what speed the vehicle should run. In addition, there are specific situations the clutch control should be used. The clutch is basically used in 4 ways – stopping, changing the gear, moving off and controlling the vehicle at slow speed.

CLUTCH CONTROL

Fairly often, the clutch control is used to manipulate the acceleration of the car when driving at a low gear or speed. It is also used to minimize acceleration when the car starts from a complete rest or slow start. This can be accomplished when the clutch slips wherein the friction caused by the clutch plate makes the shaft equalize as the car gains speed.

When driving a manual transmission, it is essential to use the clutch more slowly than usual, while at the same time revving up the engine higher. When there are extreme road conditions such as snow or rain, how to use the clutch is imperative. In a normal situation, you need to slow the engagement of the clutch as the gear increases, which, in turn, will prevent the engine from stalling. This, in turn can cause the wheels and car to spin.

There will be problems with clutches whether in an automatic transmission or manual. One of the main problems may be a worn out clutch. Due to the constant friction applied to the plates, the friction material starts to wear off causing the clutch to slip.

If the clutch is not smoothly switching gears, odd sounds will occur when changing gears or the clutch pedaling translation will necessitate service and repair.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A FREE CLUTCH REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT ESTIMATE

We can diagnose the clutch related problems and provide the service and repair needed quickly and affordably. Simply call us in Katy at(281)392-5060, or our shop in Houston at (281) 293-7090.

Transfer Case Repair & Service: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

TRANSFER CASE SERVICE & REPAIR IN KATY, HOUSTON, & KINGWOOD TEXAS

You may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you’ve got one. Chances are you won’t think too much about it until you need transfer case repair or service. The transfer case allows you to have power available for both the front and rear axles.

If you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear wheels until you need 4-wheel drive. That’s when the transfer case transfers some of the power to the front wheels as well. You may use a shift lever to go into 4-wheel drive, it could be a button on the dash, or it may even go into 4-wheel drive automatically, depending on your vehicle.

TRANSFER CASES EXPLAINED

The transfer case receives power from the transmission and sends it to both the front and rear axles. Although this can be done with a set of gears, the majority of transfer cases today are chain driven. Some vehicles, such as four-wheel-drive trucks or vehicles intended for off-road use, are controlled by the driver. They can put the transfer case into either “two-wheel-drive” or “four-wheel-drive” mode. Sometimes accomplished by means of a shifter, it’s similar to that in a manual transmission.

On some vehicles this may be electronically operated by a switch. Some vehicles, such as all-wheel-drive sports cars, have transfer cases that are not selectable. Such a transfer case is permanently “locked” into all-wheel-drive mode.

ON-ROAD TRANSFER CASES

An on-road transfer case synchronizes the difference between the rotation of the front and rear wheels, in much the same way the differential acts on a given axle. This is necessary because the front and rear tires never turn at the same speed when front and rear tire sizes differ. Off-road use transfer cases are designed to mechanically lock the front and rear axles when needed. This is the equivalent to the differential lock.

OFF-ROAD TRANSFER CASES

The transfer case of Off-road vehicles generally have one or more sets of low range gears. Low range gears are engaged with a shifter or electronic switch. On many transfer cases, this shifter is the same as the one that selects 2WD or 4WD operation. Low range gears slow down the vehicle and increase the torque available at the axles. Low-range gears are used during slow-speed or extreme off road maneuvers, such as rock crawling or when pulling a heavy load. This is often absent on all-wheel-drive cars. Very large vehicles, such as heavy equipment or military trucks, have more than one low-range gear.

CONTAMINATION

To service the transfer case, periodically the draining of its fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid is necessary. It is also necessary to check for leaks and damage. Transfer case fluid cools and lubricates the gears, chains, bearings, shafts and other parts. However, after a period of time the additives in the fluid wear out and it doesn’t protect as well.

Also, bits of metal and clutch material will wear off and contaminate the fluid. There isn’t a filter in the transfer case, so if the contamination is allowed to stay for too long, it’ll further create wear. A burning smell in a vehicle could also indicate the transfer case may be out of fluids.

Your owner’s manual may not have a recommended an interval for when it’s necessary to change your transfer case fluid – so ask My Transmission Experts. There are several things that affect how often the fluid needs to be changed, so tell us how much you use 4-wheel drive, if you drive in wet environments like crossing streams or through mud and snow. That kind of stuff really shortens the drain interval.

SCHEDULE A FREE TRANSFER CASE REPAIR ESTIMATE

Transfer case parts wear out just like other automobile parts and need replacement or service after a while. However, properly servicing your transfer case will keep that day as far in the future as possible. Call us or contact us online to schedule a transfer case repair estimate in Houston, Katy, or Kingwood today.

Differential Repair & Service: Houston, Katy & Kingwood Texas

DIFFERENTIAL REPAIR SERVICES IN HOUSTON, KATY & KINGWOOD

At My Transmission Experts, we specialize in comprehensive transmission services, including differential repairs. We have the diagnostic equipment and technical know-how to diagnose and carry out differential repairs the right way, the first time. Whether you are hearing humming noises or loud noises while driving, we can fix it. As always we provide free diagnosis for differential repairs or service. Before we indulge in discussion of differential repair or service, it is important to understand how differential works and how to take care of it.

HOW DIFFERENTIALS WORK

The differential has a few primary jobs:

  • To aim the engine power at the wheels
  • To act as the final gear reduction in the vehicle, slowing down the rotational speed of the transmission one more time before it hits the wheels
  • To transfers power evenly from the engine to all drive wheels and it varies the amount of torque.

WHAT IS A DIFFERENTIAL?

To divide the engine torque two ways, the differential is used allowing each wheel to spin at a different output speed.

The differential is found on most vehicles, including many all-wheel-drive (full-time four-wheel-drive) vehicles. The all-wheel-drive vehicles need a differential between each set of drive wheels, and between the front and the back wheels as well, due to the front wheels traveling at a different distance during a turn.

Part-time four-wheel-drive systems do not have a differential between the front and rear wheels. However, they are joined together so that the front and rear wheels turn at the same constant speed. It is for this reason these vehicles become difficult to turn and operate on concrete when the four-wheel-drive system is engaged.

DIFFERENTIAL SERVICE: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Regular differential service is extremely important. It is cost effective to follow the manufacturer recommendation for differential service. A unique gear box located between the drive wheels of your vehicle, the differential allows the drive wheels to turn at different speeds in order to turn a corner. With time, high operating temperatures can cause the transmission fluid in the differential to break down and develop a gunk like texture which fails to lubricate the gears. Again, regular service of the fluid can prevent premature wear on the gears and can help reduce wear on drive-wheel tires.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENTIAL SERVICE?

Old differential fluid is removed and replaced with new lubricating fluid based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SERVICE A TRANSFER CASE?

The transfer case is a unique gear box found in four-wheel and all-wheel-drive vehicles. It provides power from the engine to the front and rear drive axles. In all-wheel-drive vehicles, the transfer case helps to shift power from one drive axle to another, depending on traction conditions. When proper lubricant is in the transfer case it allows the gears to cool and turn smoothly. Servicing this fluid at the manufacturer’s specified intervals will help prevent damage caused by contaminated or broken-down lubricant.

WHAT DOES THE SERVICE INCLUDE?

In the transfer case a special fluid will lubricate, cool and clean the gears in the transfer case. The old fluid is removed and replaced with new fluid that adapts to vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. To avoid any major differential repair, differential needs to be service at proper intervals. My transmission Experts performs transmission services at a reasonable cost and offers service warranties. Call our experts  today to schedule a free differential repair estimate! We have several locations in and around the Houston, Katy, and Kingwood area to better serve you. Call now!

Automatic Transmission Repair

Automatic Transmission Repair: Houston, Katy & Kingwood, Texas

More Than 20 Years of Experience Repairing Automatic Transmissions

We have repair shops ready to repair your automatic transmission all over the Gulf Coast including: Houston, Katy, Kingwood, and the Energy Corridor. If you know something’s up with your transmission, we strongly recommend you get it checked out asap to avoid a dangerous situation.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NEEDS A REPAIR?

Listen to your vehicle. If something doesn’t feel right, like the gears are slipping or not shifting smoothly; or you small something burning while driving,stop and get your vehicle checked. If you have a diagnostic code reader to read a check engine light or service light, get the code checked. It’s best to bring the car in to a professional transmission repair shop, but if you want to see what the code means here is a list of the most common diagnostic error codes pertaining to transmissions.

HOW DOES AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WORK?

An automatic transmission (also known as an automatic gearbox), can automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle moves, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. A defined set of gear ranges in automatic transmission, often have a parking pawl feature that locks the output shaft of the transmission stroke face to keep the vehicle from rolling either forward or backward.

Similar but larger devices are also used for heavy-duty commercial and industrial vehicles and equipment. Some have limited speed ranges or fixed engine speeds, such as some forklifts and lawn mowers, using a torque converter to provide a variable gearing to the wheels of the engine.

OTHER TYPES OF TRANSMISSIONS

There are other types of transmissions besides automatic including: continuously variable transmission (CVT) and semi-automatic transmissions, that free the driver from having to shift gears manually, using the transmission’s computer change gear if, for example the driver were redlining the engine. Although there is a superficial similarity to other transmissions, automatic transmissions significantly differ in internal operation. A torque converter is conventionally used in automatic transmissions instead of a straight friction clutch to manage the connection between the transmission gearing and the engine. Like a manual transmission a semi-automatic retains a clutch like a manual transmission, but controls the clutch through electro hydraulic means.

A conventional manual transmission is often the base equipment in a vehicle, with the option being an automated transmission such as a conventional automatic, semi-automatic, or CVT. Its ability to shift gears manually, often by paddle shifters, can also be found on certain automated transmissions.

What to look for when comparing transmission shops:

    • Be mindful when shopping for an automatic transmission shop. If there is a BBB sign on the establishment or in the ad, you will be able to verify their history with past customers and the performance or lack thereof.
    • Note if they’re a member of Automatic Transmission Rebuilder Association (ATRA) or Automatic Service Association (ASA), or possibly a nationwide franchise with training programs for their technicians. If so, do they have continuing education?
    • Do also take into consideration whether the shop well-equipped with the proper diagnostic tools and the easily noticed hydraulic lifts needed to raise your car.
    • Is the shop well managed and maintained?

Automatic Transmission Warranties

The quality and dollar value of the warranty vary and are determined by the quality of the shop. There should be a standard written guarantee supporting all work when completed. Extensive warranties including parts and labor are provided by A-ONE transmission specialists and Nationwide warranties are available in all 50 states and Canada.

CONTACT AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SPECIALIST

Need an automatic transmission repair specialist? Call us today to schedule a free estimate. We have several shops around the Houston, Katy, and Kingwood area for your convenience. Don’t forget to check out our coupons for big discounts and specials!