Berkeley Transmission Service & Repair
Welcome to Oceanworks, Berkeley’s full service auto repair facility. We offer a wide range of transmission services and repairs including transmission replacement. Automotive transmission plays a key role in the transfer of power from the engine to the wheels – when transmission fails, the vehicle does not move. Fortunately, we can offer not just transmission repairs, but also transmission service which is designed to keep the transmission happy, and to keep your vehicle on the road.
One of the key services is transmission fluid exchange, sometimes called transmission fluid flush. Transmission fluid breaks down over time and loses its ability to properly clean and protect metal surfaces from wear, and to condition gaskets. Just as engine oil needs to be regularly replaced, so does transmission fluid. Along with the transmission fluid, we recommend replacing transmission fluid filter. Typically one would change transmission fluid and filter every 30,000 miles, though some manufacturers may recommend longer intervals. Regularly replacing transmission fluid is particularly important for manual transmissions, because they do not have transmission fluid filters, so the bits and pieces of grime and metal shavings that the fluid picks up do not get filtered out. Exchanging transmission fluids gets rid of these impurities and extends transmission life.
Another piece of good news - not all transmission problems mean that your vehicle has to undergo a transmission rebuild or transmission replacement (an expensive repair, to be sure). Modern cars are loaded with electronic sensors that monitor all kinds of conditions and transmit information to the on-board computer. If a sensor fails, it will send incorrect signals or no signal to the computer which in turn will shift incorrectly. And it’s not just a sensor failure – it could be bad electrical connection from the sensor to the computer, or a defective solenoid pack may result in incorrect shifting. These kinds of problems are a blessing in disguise – they do not require transmission disassembly, and the repair cost is much less than transmission replacement. These problems are usually repairable in a single day.
Here are a few signs that the transmission needs to be inspected by a professional:
- Transmission slips when shifting.
- Grinding or rumbling sounds when transmission shifting gears
- Transmission gets stuck in gear
- Transmission fluid leak – red fluid on the garage floor means that the transmission is leaking.
Above list is by no means comprehensive, but if you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to head to your trusted auto repair shop.
At Oceanworks in Berkeley we work with both manual and automatic transmissions. Our nationally ASE certified technicians have decades of experience diagnosing and repairing transmission problems. If you are at all concerned about transmission issues, bring your vehicle to our Berkeley auto repair shop and you will experience not only service with a smile, but also:
- Same day service completion, in most cases
- 24 months / 24,000 miles warranty
- Nationally ASE certified technicians
- Original Equipment manufacturer quality parts
Our technicians will inspect and diagnose any transmission problems your vehicle may exhibit. If it does turn out that we need to rebuild the transmission, or that your car requires transmission replacement, we will let you know the cost and we will match the timing of the repairs to your schedule.
We offer convenient appointments online, or call us if you prefer to speak to a human being – we love talking with our customers.