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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“Transmission Problems Caused by Battery Terminal Corrosion”
Every so often you notice it: The transmission shifts a little late, or maybe it seems to miss a gear entirely. Then it’s okay again… for a little while. Worst of all, there’s no rhyme or reason behind the condition. One minute it’s fine, the next it’s not.
So you pop the hood to check the transmission fluid level. Then you notice it: A big mountain of corrosion on the battery terminals. You’ll have to take care of that, but it can’t have anything to do with the transmission, right?
Wrong. In fact, there’s a good chance you just found your transmission problem. That’s because nearly every shift on today’s transmissions is operated electrically through a computer system. And that computer system gets its power from — you guessed it! — the battery.
So an intermittent voltage drop from the battery can cause all sorts of interesting problems with transmission operation. But wait; if the battery connections are bad, why does the engine start okay when you turn the key? Starting the engine should require a lot more current than the transmission, right?
That’s an interesting thing about electricity. Sometimes bad connections make contact okay when you apply a big load to the circuit; the extra current seems to push its way through the resistance, just like extra pressure might push through a kink in a garden hose. But the small amount of current required for the transmission solenoids isn’t enough to push through, so the transmission won’t operate properly.
The good news is the fix for this is easy… and relatively cheap. A good battery service, including cleaning the terminal ends, will usually be all that’s necessary to correct the problem permanently. If the connections are too bad, you may need to have the terminals or cables replaced. But either way, once it’s done, you’re back in business.
Don’t Try This at Home! Cleaning the battery terminals is easy; you can do it yourself, right? Careful, now. You could be opening a can of worms.
First off, those computer systems have memories. Disconnecting the battery could wipe those memories, causing you all sorts of driveability problems while the systems relearn their behaviors.
And on some cars, the radio could have a theft deterrent system. Disconnecting the battery could disable the radio until you enter the theft code. If you don’t know the code, the radio will have to go back to the manufacturer to be reset. That’s why most shops use a memory saver when disconnecting the battery. The memory saver applies a low voltage to the system to keep the memories alive while you have the battery disconnected. If you aren’t equipped to save the memories, your best bet is to leave servicing the battery to the professionals.
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.