Transmission Repair in Rockwall, TX

Whether you drive a Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or any other car, it is important to have a transmission that functions properly. Your car’s transmission is responsible for making sure the right amount of power goes to your wheels to drive at a given speed. Similar to gears on a bicycle, an automatic transmission will shift you to a higher gear when you accelerate and will shift to a lower gear when you slow down. A transmission has its own designated fluid that makes sure all the gears are spinning smoothly. It is important to get this fluid checked regularly to ensure your transmission is functioning properly.

How does a transmission work?

The power generated by your vehicle’s engine first flows through the transmission before it reaches your wheels. The transmission controls the torque available to the drive wheels for different driving conditions. This is why you might change gears when you are driving uphill; you will need more torque in order for your vehicle to go up the hill efficiently. From there, the differential gives that power to your vehicle’s wheels on the same axle at the appropriate ratio. Four-wheel drive cars also have a transfer case, which transfers power to two differentials on different axles rather than to two wheels on the same axle. 

While both automatic and manual vehicles have a transmission, we will focusing on manual transmissions here. Manual transmissions comprise of an input and output shaft, that are connected by a counter shaft. A three-speed mechanism will have three gears; two of these gears will be active at any given time depending on the gear your vehicle is in. This system gets more complex with the more gear options your vehicle has. If you are in or nearby Heath, Royse City, Rockwall, Fate, or Sunnyvale, you can bring your car to [shop name] for a transmission repair today.

 

What are the different types of transmission services?

Depending on the type of transmission your vehicle has and the extent to which your transmission needs to be serviced, we at Horizon Auto Center will perform the appropriate transmission service on your vehicle. Here are the different types of transmission services:

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange: When you bring your car in for maintenance, we will replace your transmission fluid before it breaks down too much and causes damage to your car.
  • Automatic Transmission Filter and Fluid Replacement: Over time, your transmission filter will become dirty which will decrease the performance of your vehicle. To combat this, we will replace the filter with a new one that meets manufacturer specifications, reinstall the transmission pan, and replace your transmission fluid.
  • Manual Transmission Service: If you have a manual transmission in your vehicle, we will evacuate the system completely before replacing the transmission fluid.
  • Complete Transmission Service: This is the most comprehensive transmission service offered, and is a good idea if your vehicle has not been brought in for preventative maintenance in a while. We will not only replace your transmission fluid and transmission filter during the complete transmission service, we will also examine the other components of the transmission to ensure they’re working properly. We will examine the transmission sump and pan, and will clean the transmission pan and replace its gasket material. When the pan is removed, we will look inside your transmission to check for friction damage as well as for metal particles.

 

How do I know if my vehicle needs a transmission repair?

We at Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall recommend changing your vehicle’s transmission fluid every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, whether it is an SMG transmission, a CVT transmission, or something else. Some signs that something is wrong with your transmission include:

  • There is a grinding or shaking sensation in gear.

If your car grinds or shakes when you change gear, there is an issue with your transmission. This problem usually gets worse with time, so it is best practice to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop as soon as you notice this problem.

  • Your vehicle makes whining or clunking noises.

These noises usually mean your transmission fluid is breaking down or is there an internal problem with your transmission.

  • Your vehicle won’t engage when in gear.

If there is a delay in your car responding when you change gears, your transmission fluid could be breaking down or there may be a problem with your vehicle’s computer system. However, if neither of these things are the problem, there is an issue with your transmission.

  • You notice a burning smell coming from your vehicle.

This burning smell that likely your transmission fluid overheating, which can happen when there is not enough transmission fluid in your vehicle (which could indicate a leak) or the wrong type of transmission fluid is in your vehicle. 

  • Your “Check Engine” light is on.

While this could mean a number of things, turning your “Check Engine” is your vehicle’s computer’s way of telling you there is a problem, which could be with your transmission.

  • Your transmission fluid is leaking.

Transmission fluids are typically red. If you notice a red fluid leaking underneath your vehicle, you need to get your transmission repaired as soon as possible.

Your transmission is integral to a safe driving experience, so when the time comes to get it repaired, serviced or replaced, you can bring your vehicle to Horizon Auto Center. We will perform a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle to determine if any other services are required, such as engine repair, or maintenance. Serving residents of Rockwall County and beyond, we prioritize customer satisfaction over all else. We can also perform a transmission fluid exchange or a marine transmission repair. Our number one goal is to provide high-quality customer service and repair services to every customer, every day.

Your Trusted Shop for Transmission Repair

If you are having an issue with your transmission, Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall is your place to go. Founded in 2001, our team of reliable technicians have decades of combined experience and are experts in all things auto repair. We specialize in transmission repair, engine repair as well as wheel alignment. Here are some reasons to choose us as your local auto repair shop:

  • Our waiting area has free coffee, water, and WiFi for you to enjoy.
  • Our shop has been recognized by The Dallas Morning News and RepairPal and our loyal customers have voted us Living Magazine’s “Best Auto Repair Shop” in the area for the last seven years.
  • We have a courtesy local shuttle service to continue your day while we service your vehicle or ask about our loaner car service.
  • We offer a courtesy vehicle wash with all our services.
  • We sell truck accessories, including lift kits, bed covers, front and rear replacement bumpers, side steps, and LED lights.
  • Our staff is certified female-friendly by AskPatty.com. 

If you are in the 75032 area or nearby, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Horizon Auto Center, either online on our website or via phone at 469-430-0549.

Transmission Repair in Rockwall, TX

For honest and efficient Transmission Repair in Rockwall, TX, turn to the capable team at Horizon Auto Center. “Life’s too short to drive boring cars.”

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