Transmission Repair & Service

TRANSMISSION FLUSH, TRANSMISSION LEAK REPAIR, TRANSMISSION SERVICE

A healthy transmission is essential to a healthy vehicle. Louetta Automotive serves drivers in the Atascocita, Cypress, Houston, Katy, League City, and Spring areas with complete transmission service, repair, and replacement to keep your car running smoothly.

Transmission Trouble Prevention

Does something feel ‘off’ when you’re driving? A transmission issue might just be the culprit. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your Louetta specialists:

  • Gear Delays
  • Strange Noises, Like Humming Or Grinding
  • Stubborn Or Improper Gear Shifts
  • A Burning Smell

Your transmission is constantly in action when you’re on the road, so it’s inevitable that it gets its fair share of wear and tear. With preventative action, you can avoid costly repairs and preserve the quality of your vehicle.

Expert Transmission Service

There are a few actions car owners can take to protect the quality and lifetime of their transmission. When you schedule an appointment with Louetta Automotive, our ASE Certified technicians will provide:

  • Transmission Flush
    Over time, debris can accumulate in your transmission fluid. We remove the old matter and replace it with fresh, new fluid.
  • Transmission Draining
    We inspect your transmission fluid and, if necessary, replace it to ensure that your system is functioning and well-lubricated.
  • Transmission Filter Replacement
    Clean filters prevent buildup from accumulating in your transmission fluid.
  • Transmission Overhaul
    If necessary, we deliver a transmission rebuild to replace parts and get your system back in prime condition.

With the expert care of your Louetta Automotive specialists, your transmission will be ready to function smoothly every time you put your key in the ignition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most important systems of your engine. It transfers the power from the engine to your wheels in the form of torque. Without a properly functioning transmission, your vehicle won’t move. 

The two main types of transmission systems are automatic, where the system will shift for you, and manual where you have to shift through the gears for the vehicle to move. There are also hybrid systems that combine aspects of both automatic and manual shifting. (Fun fact: Most electric vehicles don’t have a transmission system at all and simply have a single fixed gear ratio that transmits power to the wheels.)

The exact process of how the transmission works varies depending on the type of transmission. In general, the transmission ensures that the right amount of power goes to your wheels to move at any given speed. The process is very similar to shifting through the gears on a multi-speed bicycle.

When you stop the vehicle, the transmission actually disconnects the engine from the drive wheels, whether this is done automatically or manually by shifting into neutral. This allows the engine to keep idling when the wheels are not in motion. Your transmission system also enables the engine to run more slowly while driving at consistent speeds. This cuts down on wear and tear while driving.

The transmission fluid in your vehicle works as a lubricant for all of the delicate moving parts within the transmission system. It also works to absorb excess heat. Because the fluid provides such an important level of protection for your engine, you should be regularly checking the transmission fluid to ensure it’s not too dirty to do its job. 

Checking the transmission fluid regularly will also ensure the fluid is at the proper level and you aren’t running it too low. Ideally, you should check the fluid at least once a month or at any sign of unusual operation. For instance, if you hear any abnormal sounds or feel any hesitation when shifting.

The first place to look for instructions on checking your transmission fluid is your vehicle’s owner’s manual. In general, it is usually not very hard to check the fluid in an automatic transmission system. In manual transmissions, the process can be a little more difficult.

How to check the transmission fluid:

Automatic transmission: In a vehicle with an automatic transmission, most of the time it will have a transmission fluid dipstick for this purpose. Make sure you do not make the common mistake of confusing the transmission dipstick with the crankcase dipstick. (Reference your vehicle’s owner’s manual for exact dipstick location.)

The process of checking the automatic transmission fluid usually consists of parking the vehicle on an even surface and pulling the transmission dipstick out while the engine is warmed up, running, and with the transmission in park.

Manual transmission: In many cases, checking the transmission fluid in a manual transmission can be more complicated. In some newer vehicles with manual transmission systems, the manufacturers have started to include a dipstick. But this is still the exception rather than a rule. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, we recommend bringing it to your closest Louetta Automotive. In just a few minutes we can check the fluid level when your car is up on the lift.

If you are checking your vehicle’s transmission fluid, what you want is a translucent red fluid. If the fluid is low, top it off to help maintain the level of protection for your system. If the fluid is dark, has bits of dirt or metal in it, or smells burnt, then it needs to be changed at your local Louetta Automotive transmission shop location.

The precise recommended mileage for having a transmission flush done will vary by the type of vehicle/transmission and year. Again, reference your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations for transmission service intervals.

In general, you should have a transmission fluid change done at the recommended mileage regardless of whether you have an automatic or manual transmission. This ensures your transmission system is properly protected and running optimally.

Automatic: Service intervals to have a transmission flush done in an automatic system varies from every 30,000 miles to over 100,000 miles (or even never). Typically, in newer vehicles, the recommended service interval is between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.

Manual: Many manufacturers recommend that the transmission fluid in manual systems be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If your vehicle gets heavy-duty use, it is sometimes suggested to have the fluid changed every 15,000 miles.

Of course, if the fluid is dirty or “burnt,” we recommend having the transmission fluid replaced as soon as you can. 

If it’s time for a transmission flush in your vehicle, schedule your appointment online today!

If your vehicle starts to have transmission problems, it is important to catch them early and bring your car or truck in for service as soon as possible. This will help prevent a potentially minor issue from becoming a much more extensive and costly situation. 

There are some signs to be aware of that indicate that there might be an issue within your transmission system. These include:

  • Check engine light is illuminated: Though this light can mean a number of different things, it can be an indication of a transmission problem. If your check engine light is on, bring your vehicle to your closest Louetta Automotive location to pinpoint the issue.
  • Vehicle hesitation after shifting gears: This often presents itself as the vehicle pausing before moving forward when shifting from Park or into first gear. This can also happen when shifting beyond first gear. Sometimes, the vehicle will even have a delayed response when shifting from Park to Reverse.
  • Gears are slipping when shifting: One of the transmission system’s most important jobs is to keep track of gear shifts. When the system is failing, it can unintentionally shift into neutral and severely impede your ability to control the vehicle’s acceleration or deceleration.
  • Burning smell: Overheated, low, or dirty transmission fluid can cause a burning smell from your engine. When this happens, the fluid has lost its ability to properly lubricate the transmission components or prevent the system from overheating.

Clean transmission fluid will usually smell sweet or tart and appear red in color.

  • Noises from the engine when in neutral: A transmission problem may be present if you are hearing knocking, grinding, or other unusual sounds when the vehicle is in neutral or even accelerating.
  • Leaking transmission fluid: Fluid should not be actively and visibly leaking from your engine. If this is happening, you should bring your vehicle in for service before it leads to a need for more intensive transmission repair. Leaking transmission fluid will appear as red puddles under the middle of the car. 
  • Manual shifter is hard to move into gear: A clear sign of a transmission issue is if you are having trouble physically moving the shifter between gears or it won’t go into gear, this is a clear indication of a transmission issue that needs to be addressed.

If you notice any of these signs of trouble, come into Louetta Automotive for an inspection and transmission service as soon as possible.

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