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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.



Engine and Drivetrain Problems

Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at Trans International Transmissions.



Vibration While Driving

This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.



Poor Braking Performance

Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at Trans International Transmissions.



There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Trans International Transmissions has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • By far the most genuine and best in the business. Jorge is probably the best mechanic in the Houston area. I had him fix a timing chain gear for me about a year ago. First and foremost he's a trans specialist and was very happy to get my car running for me. I would recommend him HIGHLY over anyone else. He's a very caring and knowledgeable man, and I won't let anyone else touch my car. Thanks Jorge sincerely!
    -Mark G.

  • I took my Lexus to George based on a recommendation from a friend. From the moment I met George, I could tell he is an honest person. He rebuilt my engine, gave me a fair price and always kept me informed of the status of my repair. I would highly recommend him.
    -Laurence T.

  • Very thorough and honest shop. Will definitely be back for the excellent service I witnessed earlier today.
    -Trey B.

  • I took my car to Trans International Transmission for a transmission problem last December. I always call them if I have a problem in my car, and they always tell me what is the best to do and if they can do it. They repaired a transmission leak in 3 hours without an appointment!
    -Stella S.L.

  • I send all my transmission work to Jorge. He's one of the few mechanics I trust and can rely on. Super knowledgeable and gives honest recommendations.
    -Nene J.

  • Recently took my truck (2002 F150) to a dealer for a new transmission. Called Jorge at Trans International instead, and was able to have the work done for a fraction of the cost. I called a few transmission shops in the area and Jorge offered the best deal, not to mention was very helpful. They do a complete rebuild including the torque converter rather than replacing only what needs to be done. Jorge called me to let me know when their tow driver got the vehicle, when it was in the shop, and when it was going to be ready. Only took two days. Give them a call.
    -Guy

  • Myself and my family have used this business for the past two years. Quality work every time, and the price for work done is outstanding. Great customer service. Ask for Jorge - he is honest and very knowledgeable.
    -Heather W.

  • This is the only transmission shop that didn't pressure me to rebuild my trans because of 122,000 miles on it. Jorge, that's the guy to talk to, was very imformative and helpful. He walked me through everything that had to be done and kept his word. He fixed my transmision slippage and old problems the last mechanic left behind. I know I got a very good deal with quality work done. Thanks. I highly recommend this trans shop to anyone.
    -Julian F.

  • Great Staff! Easy to talk to, explains problem and has a Solution. Thanks!
    -Fred B.