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    How a Transmission Works

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Although the transmission is easily the most complex component beneath the hood of your car, the way in which a transmission supplies power to the wheels is quite simple. The transmission rotates a belt which provides speed and torque conversion to the final drive unit, which is then distributed equally among all four wheels. Watch this video to learn more about the workings of a transmission, including the components that make up a transmission.

    For all of your transmission maintenance and repair needs, visit Leon’s Transmission Services, Inc. With seven transmission repair facilities throughout Southern California, we are here to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Call us today at (818) 668-3020 for additional information about our transmission repair services, locations in southern California, and specials.

    Tips on Downshifting in a Standard Transmission

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Learning to drive a stick shift is an invaluable skill, as manual transmission vehicles are typically less expensive and achieve better gas mileage than cars with an automatic. An important part of driving a stick shift is downshifting. This video provides some tips on downshifting in a standard transmission.

    If you need to slow down or you see that traffic ahead is slowing down, down shift to slow down the engine speed. You should also downshift when you’re coming up to a sharp turn or approaching an exit from the highway.

    If your transmission is not as responsive as it used to be, visit Leon’s Transmission Services, Inc. Our expert transmission repair technicians can diagnose any transmission problem and get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible. Contact us online or call (818) 345-8101 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. 

    What Is Downshifting and When Should You Do It?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A car with a manual transmission offers you a precise level of engagement and control over your vehicle. If you drive a manual transmission, there are several advanced shifting maneuvers that you can use once you have mastered the basics of shifting. To highlight the ways in which you can use a manual transmission to control your vehicle, let’s take a look at the basics of downshifting.

    What Is Downshifting?

    The term downshifting describes any time that a driver shifts the transmission into a lower gear while the car is still in motion. When the vehicle is placed in a lower gear, it will naturally begin to slow down.

    When Should Downshifting Be Used?

    There are several driving scenarios when downshifting can be a useful technique. Some drivers use downshifting to slow their vehicles down when they are driving down a long or steep hill. Additionally, downshifting can be used to gradually reduce your speed when you are traveling on the highway. In any instance when you want to tap your brakes to reduce your speed, you may want to try downshifting instead.

    How Do You Safely Downshift?

    If a driver downshifts using improper technique, their manual transmission may receive excessive wear or become damaged. In order to downshift properly, it is essential to rev-match before placing the car into a lower gear. When rev-matching, you will accelerate slightly before placing the transmission into a lower gear. This will ensure that the engine is rotating with the same RPMs as the rear wheels, and will prevent your gears from grinding when you shift.

    If your manual transmission is suffering from excessive wear, the ASE-certified technicians at Leon’s Transmission Service will be there to help. We offer a full range of repairs for both manual and automatic transmissions, and we will ensure that you are back on the road in no time. Call us at (818) 345-8101 to make a transmission repair appointment at one of our seven locations in Southern California.

    3 Main Components of your Manual Transmission

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you drive a car with a manual transmission, you are probably familiar with the clutch and the stick shift. But are you aware of the other complex and sophisticated components inside your manual transmission? When you bring your transmission in to be serviced, your mechanic at Leon’s Transmission of southern California may need to tell you about specific parts of your manual transmission. To help you prepare for your next transmission service, here is a look at some of the main components of your manual transmission.


    In order to transfer power from your engine to your wheels, your manual transmission is equipped with a set of gears. Older transmission models contain sliding-gears, whereas newer manual transmissions are equipped with constant-mesh gears. When you select a lower gear, your vehicle will receive more power, and when you select a higher gear, your vehicle will achieve more speed.


    Your transmission’s gears rotate around three different shafts: the main shaft, input shaft, and counter shaft. When the driver engages the clutch pedal and moves the stick shift, the selected gear will slide along the main shaft. After the gear is in place, the driver can let out on the clutch pedal. The vehicle will now be in the selected gear.


    A manual transmission is designed to transition smoothly and seamlessly between gears. In order to ensure that your gears are properly aligned when you shift, your manual transmission is equipped with synchronizers. As you shift between gears, the synchronizer helps each set of gears mesh perfectly, creating a smooth transition.

    If you are interested in learning more about your manual transmission, come to Leon’s Transmission Service. Our highly knowledgeable, ASE-certified technicians will be happy to tell you more about how to properly maintain all of the components of your manual transmission. To learn more about the quality transmission services our seven Southern California locations have to offer you, call us at (818) 345-8101.

    How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Transmission fluid is one of the most important components of any automatic or manual transmission. Not only does transmission fluid cool and lubricate the moving parts of your transmission, but it also provides power. It is important to check the level of your transmission fluid on a regular basis. To check your transmission fluid, you should first locate your transmission fluid dipstick. Pull out the dipstick, and look to see if the fluid level hits the appropriate line. If your transmission fluid appears to be low, you should schedule a service appointment for your vehicle right away.

    At Leon’s Transmission Service, we can change your transmission fluid and also provide you with all of the routine maintenance your transmission requires to remain in great working order. With seven transmission repair locations throughout Southern California, we are conveniently located to serve all of your needs. Call us at (818) 345-8101 to make a maintenance appointment for your automatic or manual transmission, and visit us online for more information about our services.

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