Since 1907, Cheesborough’s Automatic Transmissions has offered top notch automotive repair services to Augusta Georgia residents. Our team of automotive technicians is highly qualified and prepared to offer top quality knowledge and expertise with every repair. We specialize in transmission repairs for all makes and models of cars and trucks.
Trusted in the Atlanta area for over 100 years
Lee started working at Cheesborough’s in 1956 when he was a junior in high school. That same year, his father bought his mother a 1955 Buick Roadmaster. This car was very powerful and Lee, being young and foolish, enjoyed racing his mother’s car when the opportunity arose. The transmission was a dynaflow which was made to take off in high gear. Being a bit of a rebel, Lee would take off in low gear and then would shift into high gear around 80 mph. This destroyed the transmission which infuriated his father. As punishment, Lee’s father made him rebuild the transmission. This was the first transmission he ever built which began Lee’s career in the transmission rebuilding field. Lee still rebuilds transmissions and specializes in rebuilding vintage transmissions that almost every transmission shop no longer rebuilds. He is also one of the only people in the area that still rebuilds driveshafts, rear ends, and transfer cases.
Julie graduated from Augusta University in 1988 with a Business Management degree and began working at Cheesborough’s that same year. She is the president of the local ASA Board and serves on the Georgia ASA board. (Automotive Service Association). She has lived in the CSRA area her entire life and she is proud to be the 4th generation of her family to work at Cheesborough’s.
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Tips from your friends at Cheesborough’s
Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
Change your oil – This is something you should be doing when needed, but in the winter months it’s especially important. You may need to change the type of oil you use altogether. Check your owners manual to find out what viscosity you should be using in freezing temperatures. Generally, you’ll need a thinner oil in the winter.
Check the ratio on your engine coolant (antifreeze) – In normal weather you typically wan a 50/50 ratio of coolant to water but in the winter it should be 60/40
Check your battery – Cold temperatures mean your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start so you want to make sure the battery is functioning properly. Start by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery. The most simple way to check is by turning on your headlights before you start your engine. Then turn your engine on – if the lights get brighter your battery may be dying. You can test the actual voltage at home with a voltmeter or have Cheesboroughs do a test for you. Some batteries also have a built-in hydrometer that measures the voltage. You’ll also want to check the cables for cracks and brakes.
Change your washer fluid and windsheld wipers – Buy a good washer fluid with an antifreeze solution – regular fluids just won’t cut it in freezing temperatures. You should replace your windshield wipers every 6-12 months depending on wear and tear. If they’re starting to look a little haggard be sure to put new ones on before the first big snow storm of the season hits. For especially harsh climates you may also want to pick up a set of winter wipers that protect the wipers’ mechanism.
Get a basic tune-up – You should get a tune-up roughly every 30,000 miles. If that tune-up is likely to happen in the winter you may want to go in a little early just to make sure everything is in good shape. Have Cheesborough’s check your belts and hoses, ignition, brakes, wiring, fan belts, spark plugs, air, fuel and emission filters and the PCV valve.
Check your defroster and heater – These types of repairs can be costly, but you really need your defroster and heater to function properly in order to drive safely in the winter. However, one tip that may save you money on a defroster repair, is to check for air leaks around doors and windows. Leaks can allow in extra moisture that will make it seem like you have a broken defroster.
Check your tires – This could mean a couple of different things – you may want to invest in snow tires or just make sure your current tires aren’t too worn out. If you frequently drive in tough conditions in the winter snow tires are a great choice. For particularly perilous conditions you can buy snow tires with studs. If you don’t buy snow tires, you’ll want to check the air pressure on your current tires. Refer to your owners manual to find out what the pressure should be in the winter. Check your tread for wear and tear as well. Also remember that if you do skid on an icy road don’t slam on your brakes! Take your foot off the gas and turn into the skid until you come to a complete stop.
Check your 4-wheel drive and know how to use it – This is pretty self explanatory. You’ll want to know how to use your 4-wheel drive before winter hits.
Keep your gas tank filled – You’ve probably hear that you shouldn’t let your gas tank get all the way to empty in the winter (or any other time for that matter) but never really knew why until today. Apparently the cold weather can cause condensation to form in an empty or near empty gas tank. That water can drip down into the gas and and sinks to the bottom where it can then travel into your fuel lines. In the winter it can freeze in your fuel lines and block the flow of gas to your engine . Not good! So keep your tank at least a 1/4-1/2 way full at all times.
Get your car detailed – This isn’t a completely necessary step but if you’re worried about your car’s paint job it’s a good idea. Don’t forget a car wax that coats the body panels. The wax will help protect the paint from snow and salt damage.
Have a de-icer handy at home or in your purse/briefcase – It’s not uncommon for car doors to freeze shut in the winter. You can use warm water if you have access to some or you can buy glycerin to have on hand in an emergency.
Beef up your car emergency kit – If you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car now is the time to get one! If you do have one you may want to add a few things for the winter. In the winter you’ll also want a soft-bristled snow brush, plastic scrapper, kitty litter or salt, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, flares, gloves, a coat, snow boots, a couple of blankets, and tire chains (if you’ll be driving in the mountains).
From our customers
I would like to thank Cheeseborough’s Transmission for all that you done fixing my husband’s 99 Tahoe that he love so much.. Also A very special Thank you to Mrs. Judy for telling a little white lie to my Husband just so my surprise can be extra special for Him..
I have known Lee Cheesborough for many years and recently needed work on my transmission. His staff was professional, knowledgeable and did an excellent job. I would recommend that anyone in the CSRA who wants good honest work, take their vehicle to Cheesborough Transmission.