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 Augusta 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
Best Cars for Snowy Conditions
When white stuff hits the ground, having four-wheel or all-wheel drive is an unmitigated blessing, right? Wrong.
When snowstorms hit, if you have an all-wheel drive vehicle, you may become overconfident. People drive faster than they otherwise would. Yet all-wheel drive doesn’t help you stop quicker. An all-wheel drive system is designed to keep you from getting stuck.
In addition to all-wheel or four-wheel drive, experts urge buyers to look for cars with these extras: electronic stability control (ESC), good ground clearance and a low center of gravity.
There is another way, say experts, to improve the traction, performance and safety of any vehicle traveling in snow: winter tires. The need for winter tires is greater than before because the tires commonly installed on new vehicles have been getting wider. The wider the tread, the more difficult it is to dig down through the snow.
Snow tires are especially important for anyone who lives in the Ohio, the snow belt, because they provide roughly one-third better traction than all-season tires. The best ones use a softer compound and a molded-in sipe–a strategically placed groove in addition to the normal tire tread to help carry the water out. Rubber actually sticks to ice if you can get rid of the water.
Vehicles that most need winter tires are those that come with low-profile performance tires or “all-season” tires that carry V or W speed ratings. Both sacrifice performance on slippery roads.
Top Shopping Tips
Make sure there are snow tires available for your vehicle before you buy it since there are a few high-performance sport sedans and sports cars for which no winter tires are made.
Shoppers should also check with their insurance agent prior to purchasing a particular vehicle, since cars with snow tires may be eligible for vehicle safety discounts, which in many cases are established on the basis of winter accident and claims rates.
You should also consider specifically how much driving you plan to do in deep snow before deciding whether you need all-wheel drive. If you’ll be frequently encountering 10 inches of snow and still need to get to work, then all-wheel drive is the way to go. For four inches or less, your best option is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with snow tires, which will offer better fuel economy on milder days.
And while some people believe a heavy vehicle is better for snowy or slippery roads, lighter definitely is better.
If you have more weight, you have a better contact patch to get moving, but then you have that much more weight to stop. It’s actually harder to regain control.
In other words, while a heavier vehicle can get a deeper grip, more mass is going to be more difficult to stop and to steer.
To help address such problems, 87% of all new SUVs now come standard with ESC systems. These can reduce rollover risk by 80% or more.
And when whiteout conditions make spotting other motorists a challenge, visibility–both seeing and being seen–is crucial. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 2.7% of all driver fatalities occur in situations where vision is obscured.
Winter drivers must remain relaxed but focused and alert. To that end, some new vehicles come with features that add comfort and relieve stress, including heated mirrors, heated steering wheels, headlight washers, heated washer nozzles and heated windshields. Most of these conveniences tend to help, especially the heated windshields, which speed up the defogging process and eliminate some of the need to scrape; the headlight washers, which help keep away grime and dirt for bright beams; and heated washer nozzles, to help keep the windshield clear.
If you need a vehicle for extensive driving in deep snow, the more car-like SUVs, called crossovers are recommended. Some of the crossovers have good ground clearance and also a low center of gravity, which makes them better choices than truck-based SUVs.
Overall, if driven responsibly, a vehicle with all-wheel drive, decent ground clearance and a relatively low center of mass is best.
Vigilance is the key word here. Staying out of trouble on winter roads is determined more by attitude and driving style than by the car you drive. Good, safe winter driving requires careful changes in direction and smooth braking, respecting and maintaining precious traction. Once you lose it, you may not get it back.
From our customers
Thomson customer very satisfied
I can honestly say CAT stands by their work. Very good people and very knowledgeable about the work they do. I would recommended them to anyone who need their services. Thank you guys for everything.
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I am so pleased with how well my car runs now that Cheesborough’s has made it like new again.
Everyone was so pleasant. It was also very affordable.
Thank you so much for taking such good care of my car.