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Engine & Transmission - Avondale

Serving West Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Logan Square & Chicago, IL.

Transmission & Engine Services -- Chicago

For transmission & engine repair & replacement, take your vehicle to VMB Auto Clinic . Our expert services are ideal whether you have a late model import or newer domestic vehicle. Because we guarantee the work we perform, you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality engine overhaul and replacement services in Chicago, IL.

Timing Belt

A timing belt is a part of your car’s internal combustion engine. The belt synchronizes the camshaft and the crankshaft rotation so that the engine valves open and close at the correct timings. The timing belt prevents the piston from striking the valves in an interference engine. Most cars we drive now have timing belts instead of timing chains and gears. Although different manufacturers have their recommended mileage, you need to have your car’s timing belt checked regularly.

Cylinder Block

A cylinder block is the powerhouse for the motor vehicle. The solid cast car part houses the cylinders and their components (gaskets, valves, and seals) inside a lubricated and cooled crankcase. Since it is one of the most important parts of your car, the block is designed to be extremely strong and sturdy. Although strong and sturdy, the block is susceptible to failure resulting in a vehicle that won’t start. Cracked blocks, porous blocks or freeze plug failure are some of the problems facing cylinder blocks.

Cylinder Head

A cylinder head is the closed end of a cylinder and is located in a car’s engine block. It sits above the cylinder block, closing the top of the cylinder and forming the combustion chamber. The cylinder head coordinates airflow in and out of the engine. Since the cylinder head’s chief function is to seal the cylinders properly, insufficient compression results in the car being difficult to drive. To have your cylinder head checked and repaired, then call VMB Auto Clinic today.

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions shift between gears automatically to optimize driving, and changes gears based on the driver’s throttle pedal, vehicle speed, engine speed, and vehicle load. Typical automatic transmissions have 4-5 forward gear ratios, a reverse, park, and neutral gear. Shifting gears occur automatically once the car is in drive and there is no need for a clutch pedal or gear shift like there is in a manual transmission. Automatic transmission repair is complicated based on all the components.

Manual Transmission

Driving a vehicle with a Manual transmission requires using the clutch pedal and gear shift to manually shift gears based on the speed of the vehicle. Manual transmissions have been built with anywhere from 2 to 8 gears. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are the two main configurations for manual transmissions. In most cases, manual transmissions require less maintenance then automatic transmissions. At VMB Auto Clinic, our team of experts can diagnose your vehicle and then recommend the transmission repair or transmission service you need to ensure safety and improve the lifetime of your vehicle.


There are clutches in both automatic and manual transmission cars, and different types of clutches. When shifting gears, the clutch engages and disengages from the flywheel and transfers the torque through the transmission. Clutches should help your vehicle start and shift gears smoothly. The clutch in your car receives a lot of wear and can eventually wear out. If your clutch begins slipping irregularly or is making noises that are raising suspicion, then contact VMB Auto Clinic to see if a clutch replacement is needed.

Four-Wheel Drive Transmission

A four-wheel (4×4) drive vehicle has differential gears, both front and rear axles, and a transfer case attached to the transmission. Four-wheel drive vehicles demand maintenance on the transfer case, front differentials, rear differentials, and transmission fluids. For service on your four-wheel drive transmission services, contact VMB Auto Clinic in Avondale today.

Rebuilt Transmission Service

When VMB Auto Clinic rebuilds your transmission, there is no fear of a defective replacement unit. We will completely disassemble your transmission, rebuild it with quality parts, thoroughly clean and inspect your transmission's internal and external components, reinstall your transmission, refill the fluid and make any external adjustments.  You get peace of mind that your transmission has been rebuilt to our quality standards and backed with a warranty.

Remanufacturing a Transmission

When searching online for a replacement transmission, most vehicle owners do not realize that there are many benefits to buying a remanufactured transmission. Remanufactured transmissions are nearly identical in performance to a new transmission. So no matter what you drive, VMB Auto Clinic can offer you a top quality remanufactured transmission at a great price.

Q: What does engine repair consist of?

A: An engine repair also includes rebuilding the head, replacing worn pistons, new timing components, decking the block, replacing the rod and main bearings, and replacing the freeze plugs.

Q: How to Extend Your Engine’s Life?

A: Adhering to a routine maintenance schedule is essential for prolonging the life of any machine, and your car's engine is no exception. Allowing dirt, old oil, and small incidents of damage to build up without proper care will likely cause your car's engine to die prematurely.

Q: How Much Is An Engine Repair?

A: A typical engine rebuild is between $3k & $5k in parts and labor costs. This type of engine repair might include simply replacing bearings and seals, and obviously taking the engine out and re-installing it. It could be much higher too.

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