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Car Culture-Muscle Bikes!

No, I’m not talking about fitness machines. When muscle cars and hot rods gained in popularity in the mid sixties, those of us kids that couldn’t drive were stuck watching these cool rides cruise down the streets, filled with envy. Well, it didn’t take long for the Schwinn bicycle company to cash in on our…

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Car Culture-Tip of the Month

Strange Daze! Some weird things start happening this time of year. Soon ghosts and goblins will be knocking on our doors exclaiming “Trick or Treat!” Strangely, some weird stuff shows up in the cars and trucks we are working on. Vehicle lights are one of the goblins I’m referring to. One little demon haunts Hyundai…

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Car Culture-Born of a Cartoon

A sidecar is a one-wheeled device attached to the side of a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, creating a three-wheel vehicle. A sidecar was first seen in a cartoon by George Moore in the January 7, 1903, issue of the British newspaper “Motor Cycling”. three weeks later, a provisional patent was granted in England. Graham Brothers…

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Spare Some Change? We Take Plastic!

Carl C. Magee of Oklahoma City, OK is credited with inventing the parking meter in May of 1935. Mr. Magee was with the traffic committee of the Oklahoma City “Chamber of Commerce”. It was his job to find a solution to downtown parking problems. Th e parking meter solved the problem of cars parked all…

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Stuck on you!

Probably one of the most recognizable logos is the STP insignia. Any kid who grew up in the late 60’s had a STP sticker stuck on their notebook or bicycle seat. Th e STP sticker was born out of a marketing phenomenon called “Contingency Sponsorship”. Common in all forms of automobile racing, this is a…

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Who’ll stop the rain?

With the heavy rains this season, some of you may have noticed a flood (no pun intended) of late 90’s, early 2000 Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, & Golf transmission problems. Be careful in your diagnosis! Many of these cars have problems beyond just the transmission. At Leon’s we have seen cars come in with the computers…

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So many codes…so little time!

1993-2005 Ford Taurus models with the AX4S & AX4N Transmissions, check engine lights are pretty common in these vehicles, but when you see these codes don’t freak out! P0743 TCC System Electrical Fault P0750 Shift Solenoid “A” Fault P0755 Shift Solenoid “B” Fault P0760 Shift Solenoid “C” Fault P1760 Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Short P1760…

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Car Culture – Out to Lunch

Think back! What was the best thing about starting the new school year? For many, it was getting a new lunch box! Each year kids put a lot of thought into what box they would get. Just as what car we drive defines us, a lunch box made the statement of what one was about.…

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Leon’s Transmissions Sponsors Cruisin’ for a Cure at the OC Fairground

As a family owned and operated business for close to 60 years, Leon’s Transmissions is committed to more than just excellent work on cars – we are also honored to be a trusted member of our supportive and passionate Southern California community. We actively support numerous nonprofit organizations with in-kind and monetary contributions, and we…

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Tip of the Month – May 2019

“Misdiagnosis of the year award!” Each year we see a few common mistakes repair facilities make in transmission repair. This year one in particular stands out over the others. The problem is with the Chrysler/Mercedes 722.6 transmission. Here is the scenario. The customer comes in complaining of a transmission leak. You raise the car and…

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