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), utilizes transmission software to 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!