1. A technician explores the underbelly of a vehicle.

    What You Need to Know About Transmission Inspections

    At Ralph's Transmission, we will gladly provide you with a free initial transmission inspection. You can call ahead to make an appointment, stop by our downtown Modesto shop or contact us to arrange a tow. We also offer free towing within a 30-mile radius of our location. So, what exactly is include…Read More

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    Low Gear Shifting: One of the Most Common Transmission Problems

    People come into the Ralph's Transmission shop every day with a variety of different transmission problems. There are many common signs of transmission damage, including transmission fluid leaks, slipping gears, grinding gears and overheating transmission systems. One of the most common problems we …Read More

  3. An outside look at a car part outside of the vehicle.

    5 Ways to Avoid an Overheating Transmission

    Just like your engine, the transmission can overheat and cause serious problems within your vehicle. In fact, overheating is one of the most common sources of transmission failure. It generally happens because of transmission fluid issues. Either you are too low on transmission fluid, or the fluid i…Read More

  4. A red GMC truck in a clearing, surrounded by pine trees.

    What Causes a Truck Transmission to Fail?

    Today's truck transmissions are more similar to standard car transmissions than ever. A vast majority of vehicles on the road these days have automatic transmission systems. Manual transmissions are less common than they used to be in pickup trucks and large SUVs. That's because older manual transmi…Read More

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    Transmission Rebuilds—A Step-By-Step Guide

    Not every transmission shop or general automotive shop is capable of performing full custom transmission rebuilds in-house. At Ralph's Transmission, this service is one of our specialties. A rebuilt transmission can offer better long-term performance if the work is done right. It can be less expensi…Read More

  6. The interior workings of a car.

    What Grinds Your Gears?

    Grinding gears is a common sign that you might have a transmission problems. You can hear—and usually feel—the gears grinding awkwardly when the vehicle shifts from one gear to another. It may be more apparent in certain gears or it may be a constant issue. It can happen in both manual and autom…Read More

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    Why You Need a Transmission Repair Specialist

    Not all automotive repair shops are the same. Many offer general repair services and can handle quite a lot of vehicle problems. Then, there are specialists who focus on very specific maintenance services and repairs. That's exactly what we are at Ralph's Transmission. We are one of the leading tran…Read More

  8. The interior workings of a car.

    Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Shifting Between Gears?

    This is one of the most common signs of transmission trouble. Shifting problems can take many forms, and will usually be noticeable whether you are driving with an automatic transmission or manual transmission. Here are a few examples of what you might experience when driving: Trouble Shifting into …Read More

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    Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Transmission Fluid Leak

    Transmission fluid leaks are the most common causes for major internal transmission damage. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) provides very important lubricating, hydraulic and cooling properties within the transmission system. Without the proper amount of clean fluid running through the transmissi…Read More

  10. A man works on the components of a car with it raised over his head.

    The Importance of Transmission Maintenance

    Most people are pretty good about getting their oil changed and tires rotated. Those are fairly easy services to remember every 5,000-6,000 miles, depending on the vehicle. A majority of new cars have maintenance reminders to let you know when service is required. One maintenance service that can be…Read More