Auto Repair

Clutch

Clutches for both cars and trucks

Over time, your vehicle’s clutch can naturally degrade. As your car accumulates miles, the clutch disc will wear down if you do a lot of city driving requiring lots of stop-and-go and significant shifting. Aggressive driving and towing trailers can also cause clutch wear. If you are a casual driver, it will need to be serviced at some point.

Signs that your clutch may need service:

  • Clutch pedal is releasing higher than usual;
  • ’Slipping’ sensation when accelerating after a stop;
  • Grinding sound in between shifts to different gears;
  • Feeling a ‘soft’ clutch pedal;
  • Loss of clutch hydraulic fluid.

We provide the following services:

  • Pressure plate replacement;
  • Clutch disk replacement;
  • Throwout bearing replacement;
  • Replacement or resurfacing of the flywheel;
  • Replacement of any hydraulic parts that are worn out.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Drive Shafts, U-Joints, Struts, and CV Axles

For the best performance and drivability of your vehicle, it is of utmost importance to have your drive shaft, axles, and CV joints regularly maintained. These parts are all integral for a properly running vehicle. The drive shaft is made of aluminum or steel and connects the transmission through the CV joints, which then transfer torque from the transmission to the wheels at a constant speed. Over time, your vehicle’s drive shafts, CV joints, and axles will need some maintenance and possible replacing. Signs to look out for that your drive shaft, axles, or joints need to be serviced are clicking or clunking noises, vibrations during accelerating, and turning or steering issues.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Brakes ( Pads, Shoes, Rotors, Drums, Calipers, etc. )

One of the most important things about maintaining your vehicle is having your brakes respond the second you put your foot on it. If it feels like it may be beginning to lag and you are not stopping when you want to, it may be time to get them replaced. There are many components to your brake system and it is good to have them all checked and maintained regularly.

These components include:

  • Brake pads and shoes;
  • Rotors and master cylinders;
  • Drums and calipers;
  • Shocks and struts;
  • ABS Systems.

At Jack Smith’s Transmission, we will service all of these parts and repair them when needed.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Free Test Drives (for diagnostics)

As North Carolina residents know, the weather can be very unpredictable and can cause some significant damage to your vehicle without your knowledge. During the changing seasons, it is important to have your vehicle serviced to check for any possible issues as a result of weather changes. While conducting a diagnostics test for your vehicle, our technician may ask about the nature of any problems your vehicle is experiencing, they will thoroughly inspect your vehicle, perform a computer diagnostics scan, and test drive your vehicle completely free of charge. This test drive is done only for the purpose of us figuring out any possible problems that we cannot physically see.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Steering Systems (Rack & Pinion, Idler Arms, etc.)

The main function of your car's steering system is to allow the wheels to move independently, while keeping the car stable and suspended. If there is any damage or wear done to these systems will result in deterioration of the handling of your vehicle and can cause tire wear. Keeping your vehicle in correct alignment is correlated to the condition of the steering system.

A conventional steering system is made up of a steering gear box, center link, idler arm and pitman arm, and tie rods. A rack and pinion system involves a rack and pinion assembly, bellows boots, and tie rods.

We will service and repair any of these parts that are in need to provide you with a safely running vehicle.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Suspension (shocks, struts, springs, rear air ride systems )

A vehicle’s suspension is made up of shocks and struts, and is often overlooked. However, after a significant amount of time the shocks will become worn out due to supporting so much weight in metal and will most likely need repairing. Many people believe that suspension only provides your car with a smooth ride, but it affects many other parts of your car such as the brakes and the steering system.

Things to look out for:

  • Rough or bumpy car rides;
  • Pulling/drifting around turns;
  • Dips when stopping;
  • Uneven tire tread;
  • Oily or damaged shocks.

Air ride suspension is typically used in place of the conventional shock system and is found more in semi-trucks and buses. These systems are based on an electronically controlled system that features raising and lowering functions, as well as self-leveling.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Ball Joints

Ball joints are important for your suspension system as it serves as the pivot point between the wheels and the rest of your suspension system. They are made up of ball-and-socket joints in between the steering knuckle and the control arm. They are designed to provide movement while giving ease of rotations in two different planes. These joints let the suspension system move up and down while the wheels are turning in either direction. Some ball joints are designed differently and wear down faster. At Jack Smith’s Transmission, we can check and maintain these parts for you and repair them when necessary.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Engine Cooling Systems (water pumps, thermostats, Radiators )

The cooling system of your vehicle is made up of a cooling fan, water pump, radiator, thermostat, and several other parts that work in unison to remove heat from the engine. This system is important in reducing high temperature inside the engine and to prevent possible overheating. When the engine has reached its maximum capacity of heat, the cooling system allows the thermostat to open up and release antifreeze into the radiator that turns into a circulatory flow and cools the engine by absorbing excess heat. If you are having any issues with your engine overheating, Jack Smith’s Transmission can make any repairs or replacements your engine might require to return to normal functioning.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Sensors ( Oxygen sensors, TPS, Speed, ABS, and Mass Air Flow etc)

Oxygen sensors measure how rich or lean the gases are that exit the combustion chamber. If the exhaust gas is high, or lean, in oxygen content or low, rich, in oxygen content, the amount of fuel that engine takes in is adjusted by the engine management computer to maintain the sufficient mixture that produces the lowest emission output possible from the catalytic convertor. The throttle position sensor (TPS) measures the changes in the throttle position and controls the RPMs of your engine. The ABS sensor is constantly monitoring and reporting the rotational speed of each tire, and is a safety system that prevents your car from skidding or sliding when you apply pressure on the brakes. The mass airflow sensor measures the amount of air that enters the engine. If this sensor fails, the engine will provide more or less oxygen to the fuel feeding into your engine resulting in poor gas mileage and power.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Tune Up's ( Spark Plugs, Wires, EGR valves, Fuel Filters, Air Filters )

Regular tune-ups are essential to a properly functioning vehicle. They help to prevent future problems, and can also allow technicians to identify and replace worn out parts. Tune-ups can help you vehicle last longer and get better performance. Your vehicle’s manual should list how often a tune-up is required.

A thorough tune-up involves:

  • Replacing the air filter and fuel filter;
  • Installing new spark plugs and replacing worn ones;/li>
  • Inspecting and installing new distributor cap and rotors;/li>
  • Inspecting the valve-cover gasket and adjusting valves when necessary;/li>
  • Checking and refilling all fluids;/li>
  • Checking the battery and cleaning its terminals;/li>
  • Checking and cleaning all wires and EGR valves./li>

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Oil Changes

At Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Service, we assure to provide you with the best quality oil change possible. It is pertinent to the performance of your vehicle that you have regular motor oil and lube changes done to prevent excess friction and wear on the moving parts of your engine. Oil works to cool down the engine, and combats corrosion and rust, as well as works with the oil filter to eliminate any contaminants within the engine. Oil also works to clean your engine as it is flowing through it. The oil in your engine breaks down from being heated so much, thus preventing it from moving well and doing its job.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Engine Oil Leaks ( Valve cover gaskets, Seals, Oil pressure sending units )

It is best to bring your car into the shop at the first sign of an oil leak. An oil change service will most likely be performed to assess the cause and damage and figure out the most efficient way to go about making repairs. There are several possible reasons why your vehicle’s engine is leaking oil.

Some reasons your engine leaks oil:

  • An oil drain plug gasket was not installed or sealed properly;
  • There may be worn out or damaged hoses, gaskets, pistons, or rings;
  • Severe corrosion on the oil cooler line;
  • An oil filter that was improperly attached;
  • Or there may be a missing gasket.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Fuel System ( Fuel Pumps, injectors )

The main objective of your fuel pump is to send fuel from its tank to the injectors, thus creating sufficient pressure to provide the precise amount of fuel to its desired location. You have a very high probability of disturbing the calibration of your fuel system with an ineffective fuel pump. A drained fuel pump could cause your engine to idle poorly, it could cause a hesitation during acceleration or loss of power, or just simply not provide enough fuel to your engine. A weak fuel pump could also create an increase in hydrocarbon emissions, and you may need to have an emissions test conducted.

The fuel injector converts liquid gas, fed by the fuel pumps into the engine, to a fine mist form that can be ignited and burned easily. How ever many cylinders your engine has is the amount of fuel injectors your vehicle has. The fuel injectors transfer the gas, in liquid form, to the engine’s cylinders. During the process, the fuel is converted into a mist form and sprayed onto the cylinders so it can burn quickly and efficiently.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Electrical System ( Starters, Alternators, Elec. Shorts, Lights )

The electrical system of a vehicle is compiled of several parts. The five main parts are the battery, starter, solenoid/relay, alternator, and fuse box. The battery works to store the power needed to start your vehicle, power the radio, clock, and car alarm when the engine is off. The alternator allows electrical devices like the ignition and engine controls to run. It is powered by a specific belt that is connected to the engine. The starter is the most important part of your car’s electrical system, which is required to power your entire vehicle. It utilizes the flywheel to turn the engine’s crankshaft and starts a combustion process in the engine. The solenoid/relay created compression in the cylinders by sending voltage from the battery to the starter. The fuse box connects every electrical component in your vehicle with wires or a wiring harness. It is designed to protect your car from short circuits or power overloads that could cause a fire. If a fuse is blown, it can be easily replaced.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Battery Testing and replacement

We know how important it is to provide your vehicle with a properly functioning battery. Our technicians are able to identify the appropriate size and type of battery for your specific vehicle, as well as any other battery services you need. If your battery light indicator comes on, bring your vehicle over to our location and we can assess whether it just needs a quick recharge or if it needs to be replaced. If you are interested in preparing your vehicle for a change of season, we can assist you in that area also.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

Power Windows, Door Locks, and other Electrical problems

We understand how irritating it can be if your vehicle experiences any electrical malfunctions such as failure of power windows or power door locks. There is usually a simple explanation for these power failures like a blown or burned out fuse. However, if the problem is more severe, we will find the solution. This could involve a replacement of all electrical components involved in these features. Things that may suggest your vehicle is experiencing power failures could be the windows are no longer rolling up or down, and this could just be one window or all windows, as well as there being a lack of sound when unlocking or locking your doors. If you suspect this could be an issue, we will assess the problem and find a solution.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at Jack Smith’s Transmission and Automotive Services at 828-252-4792 , or visit us at our location: 240 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801.

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