Transmission Shops in Dallas, TX
If you are having trouble with your car not going into gear properly or not shifting properly, then you likely need a transmission repair. Driver’s Edge offers transmission repair services by ASE-certified mechanics in the Dallas and Irving, TX, area. Our transmission shops’ services include:
- A transmission fluid check and fluid exchange, if needed
- A complete inspection of your transmission
- Transmission pan service
- Manual and automatic transmission repair or replacement
Some of the issues that can signal that you need to have your transmission repaired include:
- Your vehicle will start, but it will not move.
- Your car struggles to shift gears or will not shift gears.
- You have visual evidence that the transmission is leaking fluid (color typically looks different than an oil leak).
- The transmission is slipping.
- Your clutch is slipping or not catching properly.
- The transmission is making noises that do not sound normal when shifting into gear or between gears.
- The engine revs too much between gears.
If your vehicle is experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a transmission problem, or it could be as simple as needing new transmission fluid or fluids topped off.
Your car’s transmission is a very complex and essential part of your vehicle and should be cared for as such.
Schedule an appointment at one of our transmission shops today if you suspect you have a transmission problem. Don’t trust just any transmission shop with your car; trust your neighborhood auto mechanic and our Fix It Right Guarantee.
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Frequently Asked Questions
As with most auto repair work done on cars, a major cause is driver neglect. If the fluid in your car’s transmission is low or dirty, or the filter is clogged, the system can’t work. All of those things can be corrected with a visit to Driver’s Edge. Our service staff will set up a regular appointment schedule to keep your transmission working properly. Don’t let your car’s transmission be a victim of driver neglect!
Low or degraded transmission fluid is the number one issue. The good thing is that it can be easily corrected with a fluid change or transmission flush as well as regularly scheduled system inspections. Be aware, also, that the fluid needs to be checked more frequently if the vehicle is used for towing or if you drive in hilly areas.
Drivers are often told to listen for “strange noises,” but what exactly does that mean? Let’s be more specific:
- Mechanical-sounding thunks when shifting
- Thumping sound when in neutral
Don’t wait to have the transmission checked if you hear these noises. It might only be low fluid or the wrong kind of fluid, but it could also be bearings or gear teeth that need to be replaced. Whatever it is, the transmission needs attention and will get worse if you don’t have it checked for transmission repair.
Major transmission repairs:
Minor transmission repairs:
- Replacing defective solenoids
- Re-sealing for leaks
- Replacing parts
- Throttle cable adjustment
Keep in mind that any work done on a vehicle’s transmission is more complex than most other systems. A transmission is made up of many parts, with many that interact with other systems’ parts. Transmission repairs are expensive and time-consuming, so maintain your schedule of regular car maintenance appointments to prevent as many repairs as possible.
If your car is a manual transmission, it is best to bring it in and let the professionals at Driver’s Edge check it for you. The car has to be on a hoist in order for the mechanic to reach the plug that gives access to the transmission fluid. Don’t put yourself in danger!
For an automatic transmission, the process is just like checking the engine oil:
- Find the dipstick for the transmission fluid. You will see it located toward the rear of the engine, coming up from the transmission or the transaxle.
- Make sure the engine is running in park or neutral and pull out the dipstick. The fluid should be a pinkish color, and nearly clear.
- Wipe the dipstick clean with a lint-free cloth and put it back into the reservoir.
- Pull it back out. Check the level of oil on the stick in relation to the “Full” line on the dipstick.
- If the transmission fluid is clear and has no debris in it, new fluid can be added to reach the “Full” line on the dipstick. Use a funnel to reach the line to control the flow of the transmission fluid into the dipstick tube.
If you notice a burning smell or the fluid is dark with debris in it, bring your car to us for an inspection. The transmission may need to be flushed and refilled, which is much less expensive than a later repair or transmission replacement. The price tag for transmission repair is one of the highest for your vehicle, so check the fluid or bring it to us and we will take care of it for you. Save yourself a great deal of time and money later.
Yes, and the consequences aren’t good. Your car may begin shifting erratically, or the oil in the car may not reach the engine as it should. The end result can be damage to the entire transmission, so it’s best to leave filling or flushing the transmission fluid to the experts at Driver’s Edge.
One special note of caution: If you see fluid underneath your car, don’t assume you have a leak and simply add more fluid! Make an appointment at our transmission shop and let us pinpoint the exact reason for the fluid you are seeing under the car.
The transmission control module (TCM) is the computer that monitors the transmission. It can go bad, but in reality, it seldom does. Its job is to send signals to the transmission to alert you that there may be a problem. It does this by changing how the car feels when shifting. If you experience this, take the car in for a transmission check. The mechanic will check the TCM, too, just in case it is malfunctioning.
Not so much in today’s newer models. In the past, it was generally believed that a manual transmission got better gas mileage, but fuel efficiency today is equal to either automatic or manual.
Any kind of solenoid converts electrical energy into mechanical work. It is one of the many parts that help the gears shift in an automatic transmission. Your regular service appointments will check this part to make sure it isn’t sticking, which would affect how your car is shifting.
A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also called a single-speed, shiftless, and stepless transmission. This transmission changes through an infinite range of gears while you drive. Other kinds of transmissions have a fixed number of gears.
CVTs deliver better gas mileage; there is no hard shifting between gears, and they give you better control on hilly terrain. The disadvantages are the higher price, noise generated by the shifting, shorter life spans, and more costly repairs.
It transmits power to the transmission through fluid. When the car is shifting, the torque converter prevents the engine from stalling. When it malfunctions, the transmission overheats—and that turns into a failure to shift into higher gears.
Transmission problems, in general, are hard to diagnose, so leave this to the professional ASE-certified mechanics at Driver’s Edge. A torque converter repair is expensive, but the problem may not even be the converter.
The transmission has to work harder, which may lead to overheating. If you do heavy hauling on a regular basis, you might consider getting an auxiliary transmission fluid cooler in order to protect the vehicle. This gives the heated transmission oil an extra cooler to travel through before going back into the transmission. Be aware, though, that the cooler doesn’t increase the capacity you can tow. It simply takes care of the fluid in the system to prevent overheating.