Is your vehicle not running like it used to? Maybe you've noticed odd noises when your vehicle shifts gears, a puddle under your car, or a faint burning smell when driving. These issues and more might be caused by issues with your vehicle's transmission, and driving around HOUSTON for too long without addressing these problems could result in costly repairs and an unsafe drive. Visit the team at AutoNation Chevrolet Gulf Freeway today. Our Certified Service experts can quickly diagnose a transmission problem and have you back on the road as soon as possible, and can help prevent more significant repairs in the future. If you're ready to schedule your service appointment, click the button below to schedule an appointment online, or give us a call at (281) 914-4750. The team at AutoNation Chevrolet Gulf Freeway is ready to show you why we're the most respected auto transmission repair shop in the HOUSTON and Pasadena area.
The transmission in your vehicle is used to make sure the right amount of power and torque is supplied to the wheels at a given speed. It works similarly to a multi-speed bicycle; when starting from a stop, you want to start with a low gear, and if you're starting from a high gear it will be difficult to get the vehicle moving. The transmission reduces the higher engine speed to a slower wheel speed and increasing torque in the process. Simply put, the transmission helps make sure that the power coming from your engine is the right amount for your vehicle at any given speed.
When Should You Get Chevrolet Transmission Repair?
There are many signs the transmission in your Chevrolet needs to be repaired. If there are minor or major issues with your transmission, the safety and quality of your drive could be compromised, so taking care of any transmission issue quickly is essential. However, it isn't always easy to tell when you're in need of transmission repair. Here are some signs that your transmission might need to be serviced or repaired immediately:
Struggling to stay in or change gear: This could mean low transmission fluid because of a leak, the shifter, cable or a foreign object in the valve body of the automatic transmission.
Delayed or missed gears: Another sign of low transmission fluid or the wrong kind of fluid is in your transmission.
Transmission slipping or high engine revs: This could also mean low transmission fluid, but other factors could also attribute to transmission slipping. The high engine revs could mean the clutch is worn or other parts of the transmission are failing.
Leaking transmission fluid: Just like the above reasons, low transmission fluid can cause a number of issues. If you see a reddish fluid underneath your vehicle, this is generally a sign that you have a transmission fluid leak that should be repaired.
Burning smell: If your transmission fluid is low, it can cause the clutch to burn and emit a burning smell.
Odd noises when changing gears: If you hear odd noises when the transmission is changing gears, this can be a symptom of a bad bearing or damaged gears.
No power: If the engine is running fine but the vehicle has little or no power, this could indicate an internal problem with the transmission. The computer could be limiting power to prevent further damage to the engine from the transmission.
Gears grinding (Manual transmission): If you have a manual transmission, this typically happens when the clutch is not releasing, shift synchronizer rings are worn or broken, or the shifter has wear and adjustment problems. Low transmission fluid can also be a cause of gears grinding
Clutch pedal grabs very low or high (Manual transmission): This is usually a problem with the linkage or hydraulic system that operates the clutch. The clutch disc and pressure plate might be failing and need to be replaced.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms of a flawed transmission, bring your vehicle in to our HOUSTON transmission shop right away for a repair that could improve the quality and safety of your drive while extending your vehicle's lifespan.
Types of Transmissions
No matter what type of vehicle you have, our team can help. Learn more about your specific transmission below.
A manual tranimssion is very similar to a bicycle's gear shifter. When changing gears, the engine and the transmission temporarily disconnect just like the chains on the bicycle. This is done by pushing the clutch pedal down. When you have shifted to the desired gear, you release or disengage the clutch and your car will begin moving in the new gear.
An automatic transmission is essentially an automatic shifter. It changes gears for you automatically rather than having the driver manually shift the gears and pushing on the clutch. Just like manual transmission, you want to shift to higher gears as you climb in speed. A vehicle in low gear will struggle to bring itself to higher speed otherwise. The automatic transmission utilizes the torque converter which senses these changes when you accelerate, and shifts to a higher gear for you. The same process works for slowing down.
A dual-clutch transmission combines the advantages of both automatic and manual transmission by using different clutches for odd and even gears. When the vehicle is changing gear, the torque is transferred from one gear to the other continuously to provide a gentle smooth gear change without losing power or causing the vehicle to jerk. The driver also has the option to change gear manually using paddles on their steering wheel or let the vehicle handle it automatically.
Continuously Variable Transmission
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic transmission that senses the accelerator input with the engine load and shifts to the desired speed or torque gear ratio automatically. This provides continuous uninterrupted power within a specified range of speed and torque ratios. The CVT allows the driver or a computer to select the relationship between the speed of the engine and the speed of the wheels within a continuous range. This can provide even better fuel economy if the engine constantly runs at a single speed.
No type of transmission is immune to issues or break downs. Regardless of your type of transmission, our team can help. Reach out today at (281) 914-4750 and let our team know what kind of transmission your vehicle uses, and what you're experiencing. Our team of transmission repair experts in HOUSTON can help.
At AutoNation Chevrolet Gulf Freeway, we're honored to be your trusted Chevrolet repair center in the HOUSTON area. If you think your Chevrolet transmission is failing and needs to be serviced or repaired, give us a call at (281) 914-4750 to speak with one of our certified transmission repair experts. Not sure what the issue is, or you're ready to come in? Schedule an appointment online at our HOUSTON service center. If your transmission needs to be repaired, it may also be a good time for an oil change or to have your engine belts checked out as well. Schedule your appointment today!