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We service transmissions on nearly all makes and models from cars to trucks, both old and new.


Do you have a problem with your vehicle? Are you concerned that it may be your transmission, but you aren't really sure? Are you looking for answers but you're not sure what questions you should be asking? Let us HELP, Kern Transmission can get you the answers you need, AND help you get your vehicles problems solved. Our staff is committed to helping you. We will gladly take the time necessary to make sure all your questions are answered, and you feel comfortable making the decisions needed to get your vehicle back in good working order.




Kern Transmission has been family owned and operated since 1992.


Our goal is to provide the community of Bakersfield a Transmission and Auto repair shop where they can go to get professional and honest service at a fair price. We strive to give our customers the very best customer service possible. Over the years automobiles have change dramatically with the advent of computer controls and an ever-increasing number of gears and amenities available. BUT, one thing hasn't changed and that is our commitment to customer service and to maintain the highest repair standard for our customers vehicles at a fair price.


Kern transmissions staff will work diligently to help you get your transmission and automotive related issues solved. If you are experiencing issues with your vehicle, call us for help, we can get the issues resolved and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Abe Gonzales owner, transmission rebuilder and chief diagnostician started in the transmission and automotive business in 1995. Abe, his fellow technicians, and office staff continue their education in the field by attending technical seminars, in person and online classes on a regular basis.


All automatic transmissions consist of these basic components. A pump assembly which provides hydraulic pressure. Clutch drums, which are applied or released hydraulically. A planetary gear assembly which actually allows the different gear ratios to occur. A Valve Body Assembly which controls the shifting hydraulically. All this is housed in a case which is usually aluminum, and most likely is the only part of a transmission most people ever see.

Did you know that most major transmission problems can be avoided by preventative maintenance?


Remember, preventative maintenance works and can save you money and heartache.

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Abe Gonzales, Owner


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Here is a quick list of things to do before you decide your transmission is bad.


1. Check the transmission fluid level. The engine must be running to do this. Always check the fluid in park, except on Chrysler products, check them in neutral.


2. If the fluid level is low fill the transmission to the proper level and test drive the vehicle, if the transmission seems okay, your problem is most likely a leak. NOTE: most transmissions hold a minimum of 8 quarts of fluid, just because you don't see any fluid on the stick does not mean the transmission is totally empty. When an automatic transmission gets about 2 quarts low it will start to malfunction, at 3 quarts low, most automatics will no longer engage into gear.


3. If you determine that your problems are fluid level related, the next step is to fix the leaks.

Most transmissions have at least 10 seals or gaskets that could be leaking, a common misconception is that if it is leaking it must be the pan gasket (many models on the road today do not have a pan).


4. If you find that your fluid is full, some other problem exists. First check any cables or vacuum hoses that connect to the transmission, if problems are found they are usually simple to fix. (i.e. replace hoses or reconnect cables.)


5. If nothing is obviously out of place you need to seek the services of a professional. Before you do this, know the answers to these questions.

Did the problem show up immediately upon picking up your car from a repair facility?

Did they service your transmission?

Did they work on the carburetor or fuel injection?

Did they do electrical work on the car?


6. If you did not just pick up your car from a repair facility, know the answers to these questions.

Do the problems occur more or less when the vehicle is hot or cold?

Do the problems occur when accelerating, or stopping?

Do the problems occur when the transmission is trying to make a gear change? (as you are driving)

Do the problems occur when you first put the transmission in gear? (sitting still)

Is there a noise associated with the problem?

Will the vehicle make it to a repair facility, or will it need to be towed?

Abe Gonzales, Owner


1. TRANSMISSION: also commonly called, tranny, transaxle, gear box, trans, unit, or when broken, simply a core or piece of junk.


2. SLIPPING: this term describes a racing up of the motor when the transmission is in gear, without a coinciding acceleration of the vehicle. This can be very slight, or very pronounced.


3. ATF: abbreviation for automatic transmission fluid. Also commonly called simply oil. (if you are talking to a transmission repair person and they ask if you have checked the oil, they mean the ATF.)


4. LEAKING: describes fluid or oil coming out of the transmission.


5. SHIFT: this is what the transmission does as you drive under normal circumstances, this is not the act of moving the lever from park to reverse or drive.


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