C&A Transmission and Auto Repair

Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

C&A Transmission and Auto Repair - Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

Lease Or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Spring car financing. It’s always a tough question for Spring drivers. But here is some info that’ll help you make an informed decision.

If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.

Spring motorists who lease, finance the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. You’ll pay some money up front; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Houston area dealership. 

So how do Spring car owners decide?

First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down.

How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.

A lease needs requires better credit, so that’s a factor.

How long will you keep the car? Spring auto owners who keep their cars around for a while will pay less if they buy. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.896.1107

If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying’s better. The Spring auto leasing company will want their vehicle back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you’ll pay.

How many miles do you drive in and around the Hufsmith area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage TX auto owners should definitely buy.

Will the car be used in your Spring business? Check with your Spring accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.

Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper for Spring motorists. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing always costs more in TX.

Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes Spring leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.

Here is a tip: If the Spring salesman asks if you’ll be leasing or buying, say you’re not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at your Spring financing options.

Here’s another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you’ll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it’s less than the car’s fair Houston market value  – and that’s all your TX auto insurance company will pay. But ask your Spring agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.

Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all the auto manufacturer’s recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local tech at your Spring auto repair shop  or C&A Transmission & Auto Repair on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It’s well worth it.

Keep Your Spring Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter


Hey Spring motorists – this is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your family car burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very vital but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to expensive problems. Of course, your automobile manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car in TX affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around Houston or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service professional can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your family car needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better fuel efficiency and performance.

Dirtier filters don’t work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much, after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most cars. These high performance filters are a little more pricey in Spring, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel efficiency to boot.

So it’s vital for Spring drivers to have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn’t cost very much at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel economy before your next oil change.

Stop by C&A Transmission & Auto Repair at 20336 Holzwarth Road, Spring, TX 77388, and we’ll take a look at your air filter for you. Feel free to give us a call at 713.896.1107 to make an appointment.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.896.1107

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings vital for Spring auto owners? It’s simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today’s C&A Transmission & Auto Repair post, we’ll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very important job while you drive around Hufsmith, TX.

Come see us at: 20336 Holzwarth Road in Spring, TX 77388

Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They’re made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two vital jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds, each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds. That’s a lot of heavy lifting over many, many thousands of miles.

Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Spring drivers. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubricate and protect them. A seal keeps the grease in and water and dirt out. It’s when the seal starts to leak that problems begin. The grease can become contaminated; causing the wheel bearings to overheat and ultimately fail.

The first sign that your wheel bearings are in trouble is an unusual noise coming from a wheel. It could be a chirping, growling, rumbling or a cyclic sound. The noise could get louder or even disappear at certain speeds. Your service professional at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair can inspect for bearing wear by lifting the vehicle and checking for play in the wheel.

Now some wheel bearing assemblies are factory sealed. That means that they cannot be serviced – they can only be replaced. Those that aren’t sealed can be serviced on schedule at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. The bearings are removed, cleaned and inspected. If the bearings are still good, they’re re-installed – if not, they’re replaced. They are then packed in grease and a new seal is installed.

If your vehicle has a factory sealed wheel bearing assembly, the entire assembly needs to be replaced when trouble arises. Unfortunately, the parts are pretty expensive – but they usually last about 150,000 miles as long as the seals hold up.

Now, even a good seal cannot keep out water that’s exerting pressure on the seal. So if you’ve driven through hub deep water your bearings should be cleaned and repacked if they’re serviceable. If you have factory sealed bearings, you just need to watch for signs of premature failure. If your wheel bearings can be serviced, your auto maker’s owner’s manual will recommend an interval, usually around 30,000 miles.

If you have any sort of trailer, don’t forget its wheel bearings. They probably need to be serviced even more frequently. This is especially true for boat trailers that are used to launch the boat by backing it into the water. These should be serviced every year, usually at the end of the season so that the bearings don’t have the opportunity to rust all winter.

So what happens to Spring motorists if wheel bearings fail? Well, the wheel can literally fall off the vehicle. I don’t need to tell you how harmful that could be. So check with your technician at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair and see if your vehicle’s wheel bearings can be serviced and when it’s recommended. Listen for warning signs. If you’ve been fording streams or puddle surfing after rainstorms, be especially vigilant.

Visit the automotive professionals at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair for a wheel bearing inspection, or for shocks and struts. Call 713.896.1107 for an appointment.

Spring Alignment Service

Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

Driving for an extended time when you’re out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. This can be dangerous and expensive. You’ll have to replace your tires sooner, but even worse – you may cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive.

The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars. The adjustment can go three different ways. The first adjustment is called toe. The next adjustment is called camber. And finally, there is castor. The engineers who designed your vehicle determined the alignment settings that will give you the best handling and safety.

There are several things involved in an alignment check. First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension – it should be checked to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle’s center line. If the back wheels aren’t adjustable, a technician at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair can determine the direction they push and then aligns the front wheels to match.

C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.896.1107

Like most things, your manufacturer has suggested a mileage interval for having your alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that’s given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive. It’s better to have your alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear – by then, the damage is done.

Getting your alignment checked when needed is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety.

Engine Air Filter From C&A Transmission & Auto Repair


Many Spring motorists have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service advisor recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your C&A Transmission & Auto Repair tech for more information. It’s your bucks and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.

Let’s review: “What does an air filter do??”:

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in Spring right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in TX with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, the engine air filter’s vital job is to clean that air before it goes into your family car engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your family car engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your family car engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the family car engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced fuel efficiency.

That’s why your car maker has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the Spring conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in TX where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service advisor can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty family car air filter hurts your gas mileage, many Spring car owners find that a new air filter pays for itself in better gas mileage before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like Spring people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask your C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service professional.

20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388
713.896.1107