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Used Engine Sales: What to Expect

When your engine goes out in your car, there’s isn’t much you can do. You can always buy a new car, which is expensive, buy a new engine, which is still expensive, or buy a used engine. Used engine sales can be daunting to even the most experienced car buff, though.  Here at Thunderbolt, we want you to be sure of your new-to-you used engine.  Check Engine Compatability This may seem like a no brainer when looking for a used engine, but it is an important step. Not only does the engine need to be able to fit into the engine bay, it also needs to couple properly with your car’s transmission. Make sure that any engine you’re considering is the right size for your car. Start the Engine This may seem like another given, when deal with used engine sales, but it’s an important step! Always ask to start the engine before purchase. It may take some extra work, but insist on it. Just because the engine looks good, doesn’t mean that it’s going to run the way you want it to. Test the Engine It’s always best to check and test your engine before purchasing it. After starting the engine, listen for grinding or whining noises; it’s usually a sign that the flywheel has worn-out teeth. If the pitch of the engine rises and falls while it’s idiling, it probably means that the cylinders have been worn down. Always remeber to try and remove the spark plugs! If they’re covered in oil, or have a white residue build up, it could mean that the engine has an oil...

Transmission Problems

Think You Are Experiencing Transmission Problems? It’s never a fun day when your vehicle starts under performing or making noises that you don’t understand. There’s a good chance that if you aren’t getting the responsiveness or power you used to than your car is having transmission problems. Here are a few key symptoms to look for if you think this may be the case. Grinding or Shaking While Accelerating Dragging Clutch Noises While in Neutral Clunking or Grinding Noises Car Refuses to Go Into Gear Fluid Leaking from Underbody Unresponsive Accelerator Check Engine Light On What can I do? It’s very difficult to diagnose a transmission problem yourself, especially without professional training and experience. The best course of action is to seek out a reliable transmission repair shop near you and have the vehicle diagnosed. Thunderbolt Engines has over 84 years of experience in this line of work and has repaired every make and model of transmission you can imagine. We serve the greater Houston area in all aspects of transmission and engine repair. If you think anything may be wrong with your vehicle’s transmission, bring it in to Tbolt today. Our team can quickly analyze and assess what the problem is and just how to go about fixing it. Just ask anyone around Houston about the quality work that Tbolt can do for you. We keep a large stock of transmission in inventory to ensure that your transmission repairs can go as quickly as possible. Even if we don’t have your exact component, we can remanufacture a transmission for your vehicle in about 36 hours. Where else can you get...
Transmission Repair Houston

Transmission Repair Houston

The Champions of Transmission Repair Houston TX We’re Thunderbolt For A Reason Thunderbolt has been serving the hard working people of the greater Houston area for over 85 years. Therefore we conquer with transmission repairs and remanufacturing. We have professional experience with nearly every type of engine. Most of all from any make or model you can imagine. That includes all domestic and foreign engines. The transmission is right on the heart of your vehicle. As a result it’s something that deserves only the best maintenance and care. Trust the professionals at Tbolt to get your transmission repairs done right. We pride ourselves in doing honest quality work that will last you for years on end. Having issues with your transmission? Keep an eye, or an ear, out for the warning signs of transmission problems. Most of the time you can identify trouble before it strikes. Watch out for a burning smell coming from the engine, stutters when in idle or while accelerating, odd noises coming from the engine, or especially if you notice fluid leaking from the vehicle. These are common signs that something could be wrong with the vehicle, and many could mean you need transmission repair Houston TX. Here is a little more information on Transmission Problems You Can’t Ignore. Before you risk having your vehicle breakdown, let our team at Tbolt fully optimize your transmission to keep you on the road and moving forward. All of our repairs are performed by our professional team of mechanics and technicians to guarantee that you’re getting your transmission back in perfect optimized condition. We only work on hardest on transmission repair Houston. After...

Transmission Repair Beaumont TX

Transmission Repair Beaumont TX Thunderbolt Engines & Transmissions can help you with your transmission repair Beaumont TX area residents. Thunderbolt offers repairs and rebuilds for engines and transmissions of all shapes and sizes. Whatever your engine needs, we have years of experience in remodeling and rebuilding any type of engine you need. Anything from classic cars to new performance engines, we’re ready to work for you. Thunderbolt Engines & Transmissions has over 85 years of experience working with all types of engines, and we want to help you get the power you’re looking for. Can you replace my transmission? From classic cars and more, we likely have the fit for what your looking for. We provide in-house repair solutions, rebuild kits, and shipping nationwide as well. It all costs less than any others. You won’t find a better option anywhere in the Houston area if you want the best in rebuilt engines, engine repair, transmission work, and transmission repair. Where can I get the best transmission repair? Are you in the market for a top notch transmission repair Beaumont TX?  Give us a call at Thunderbolt today, we’ve been doing business with Texans just like you for over 85 years and we’d love the opportunity to do business with you. Our shop is located just a short distance down the road to Houston. It’s a drive that more than pays off for the best transmission repair company around. Don’t hesitate another second to get more quality. You deserve the best in transmission repair. We’ve got you covered Beaumont Texas. Call Thunderbolt Engines and Transmissions...

Thunderbolt Heritage

Our Heritage Our company was started before World War II by a hard working Chrysler mechanic named Harry Hartley. He had run away from home at 15 and took up the trade of auto mechanics. He learned the basics of automobile repair from his mother. Harry worked as a mechanic in a Chrysler dealership in downtown Houston but yearned to open his own business. He started a small repair shop out of an old Cities Service gas station. Just as business was starting to take off he was drafted. After the war, he opened his first true engine exchange. This was because the factories had all been converted to war production and no one could buy a new car. Because of this, Harry found himself very busy. Everyone had cars with worn-out engines that needed to be rebuilt. He built his small company into a vast empire. He bought and helped design machinery that could assist in re-manufacturing over 200 engines a day! At one time he owned engine re-manufacturing plants in 4 states. Harry sold his re-manufactured engines to Sears and Montgomery Wards, and had a rebuilding contract with the Chrysler Corporation. Not bad for a man with a third grade education. Moving Upward Eventually this became too much. In 1970, he closed all the plants and opened a small engine plant on the southeast side of Houston. We are still located there today. Harry died in 1997. In early 1997, his son, Skip, took the reigns. Skip has moved the company in new directions, while never forgetting the principals his father taught him. At Thunderbolt Products, we believe in...