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Advanced Auto has been taking care of customers in Santa Cruz for the last 18 years; we have seen it all at our auto repair shop. Even those people who are not the most mechanically inclined or car savvy probably still know that transmission issues can be serious and are among the most expensive repairs required for your vehicle. This is because your transmission is an intricate system of gears that transfer mechanical power from your engine to your wheels, ultimately controlling the rate of speed you travel. Transmissions convert this power from the engine so that it can provide high torque at low speeds, also aiding in selecting appropriate gears based on varied driving conditions. These days more vehicle models are automatics than have a “stick shift” or clutch to engage the transmission manually. Automatic transmissions vehicles use a torque converter (between the engine and transmission) to manage the number of gears when driving. Supplying the power to regulate gear action is a challenging task, which is why it’s important for you to contact us, your transmission service experts whenever you are experiencing any issues.

Here are some of the most important preventative maintenance tasks Advanced Auto Santa Cruz Services:

  • We can drain the transmission and torque converter

  • We can refill Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF) with new fluids

Transmission issues usually come about when regular service or maintenance is deferred or ignored. Issues most often arise when fluids aren’t changed correctly, or when heat caused from car mileage friction results in rough shifting, accelerated wear or even complete failure. That’s why we suggest that you bring in your vehicle to make sure that your transmission is lubricated and cooled by the finest quality transmission fluids, installed by our service professionals.

Once you are a customer of ours and entered in our computer system we will make it simple for you to keep up with transmission and other repairs by sending an email reminder when the time has come for your next preventative maintenance procedure such as oil changes or transmission fluid refills.

Transmission Maintenance Services in Santa Cruz


Your transmission may well be one of the most important and complex components of your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to trust your maintenance and repair to an ASE certified auto repair shop in Santa Cruz. Our master technicians are qualified and have many decades of combined experience. Advanced Auto uses the most up to date tools and the latest diagnostic equipment so your transmission is diagnosed and fixed properly. There are many issues that can be resolved with a simple adjustment while others may require a full transmission overhaul. Our skilled mechanics have the training and expertise to properly diagnose and fix any transmission problem.

When Advanced Auto works on a transmission we take out the transmission oil pan, replace the fluid, filter and/or clean the screen. We also change the pan gasket and tighten bands when accessible. We will inspect and contact you about any engine issues we may find. If your fluid is dirty, we may recommend you to have your transmission flushed. If there are sediments in the pan, this can be a telltale sign of transmission wear. If we find burnt fluid, clutch material or little bits of metal in the pan it could indicate a number of causes such as a small piece breaking apart inside the transmission or torque converter and could lead to serious problems. Keeping your transmission serviced yearly could save you thousands in the long run. If you have a blown transmission and it needs a major rebuilding or overhaul, we can provide a new rebuilt transmission that comes with a 3 year, 100K mile warranty.

Advanced Auto Transmission Services offered: 

  • Computer Diagnosis

  • External Diagnosis

  • Automatic and Manual Vehicles

  • Transmission Fluid Levels and Fluid Flushing

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Fluid & Filter Replacements

  • Clutch Hydraulics

  • Gear Replacement

  • Pressure Plate

  • Drive Shaft Repair

  • Axle Repair

  • Pilot Bearings

  • Throw Out bearings