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    Are You Overdue for a Transmission Service?

    Just like your engine and all major vehicle systems need maintenance, so too does your transmission. It is a good idea to address any transmission issues your vehicle might have and to take care of standard preventative maintenance in order to keep it running right and lasting longer. How Often Do I…Read More

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    Spring Transmission Maintenance Tips

    Can you believe spring is just around the corner? Winter has gone by fast and warmer weather is ahead in Modesto. With that in mind, it's a good time to think about your transmission. There are some things you can do to keep your transmission healthier heading into the spring and summer months. Here…Read More

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    8 Common Sources of Transmission Problems

    We've posted numerous articles throughout the years about common transmission problems that drivers experience. Strange noises, weak acceleration, slipping gears, grinding gears, transmission fluid leaks and other symptoms are all signs that there may be a transmission issue in your vehicle. If you…Read More

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    5 Long-Term Benefits of a Transmission Rebuild

    As we've discussed a lot on the Ralph's Transmission Blog, there are many reasons why you might consider getting your damaged transmission rebuilt rather than replacing it or making smaller repairs. There are long-term benefits to a professionally done transmission rebuild. Here are a few to conside…Read More

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    5 Signs of a Clogged Transmission Filter

    A clogged transmission filter is a fairly common transmission problem that we see at Ralph's Transmission. The problem is that many drivers tend to ignore the warning signs and keep driving until it leads to much more significant (and expensive) transmission damage. At the first sign of any transmis…Read More

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    The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Transmission

    It's a fairly common recommendation by general auto repair shops to install a used transmission. Your current transmission may be damaged beyond repair—or at least beyond what they are able to repair at their shop. Naturally, you will be faced with a multitude of important decisions to make as a v…Read More

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    Why You Should Take a Transmission Fluid Leak Very Seriously

    If you ever look under your vehicle and see a transmission fluid leak—or any fluid leak for that matter—you will not want to wait to get your vehicle looked at immediately by a transmission expert. Transmission fluids can vary in color, but most are bright red and easy to identify. You can usual…Read More

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    8 Signs of a Bad Clutch

    The clutch is a key part of a manual transmission that enables you to shift between gears. If it is not working correctly or any part of the clutch system is damaged, you will experience problems and it could lead to even more significant transmission issues. There are signs to let you know when you…Read More

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    Replace or Rebuild Your Transmission: Which is the Best Option?

    When your vehicle's transmission has significant internal damage, you have choices to make. Some transmission problems go beyond simply getting the transmission fluid and filter replaced (i.e., a "standard transmission service") or just replacing one failing component. Don't Let Transmission Problem…Read More

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    6 Signs of a Failing Torque Converter

    Automatic vehicles feature a torque converter as part of the transmission. It's one of the key components that allows the car or truck to shift automatically between gears. It converts power from the engine into hydraulic pressure that ultimately controls the shifting. A failing torque converter is …Read More