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4X4 SERVICES

The technicians at Atherton Automotive Service Center have years of experience working on standard 4-wheel drive (4x4) vehicles as well as all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. AWD is a full-time 4-wheel-drive system (all four wheels receive torque from the engine simultaneously) that employs a center differential that allows each tire to rotate at different speeds.

We understand the special needs of these vehicles. These are some of the services we offer.


Transmissions
Transmission repair is not something to take lightly. The transmission is connected to key parts of your vehicle and needs to be working properly for your safety. Transmission services include replacing filters and draining fluids to prevent transmission damage. Typical transmission issues that may lead to repair may include shifting issues, slipping, stalling, fluid leaking, and the service light turning on. If you are concerned that you may need transmission repair, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment at Atherton Automotive Service Center today.

Transfer Cases
A transfer case is a part of a four wheel drive system found in four wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles. The transfer case receives power from the transmission and sends it to both the front and rear axles. This can be done with a set of gears, but the majority of transfer cases manufactured today are chain driven. The transfer case is connected to the transmission and also to the front and rear axles by means of drive shafts. Trust the automotive experts at Atherton Automotive Service Center for all your transmission repairs.

Differentials
The differential transfers the engine power to the wheels. One important function of the differential is to pass on power to the wheels while allowing them to rotate at different speeds - thus the name differential. When turning, the outer wheels travel a larger distance than the inner wheels do (also the front wheels travel a longer distance than the rear wheels). This means that all four wheels travel at different speeds during a turn and this is where the differential comes in to help. To make sure your vehicle's differentials are working properly, have them checked regularly. Contact Atherton Automotive Service Center today for differentials examination and servicing.

Driveline
A driveline is a part of your motor vehicle that connects the engine and the transmission to the wheel axles. The driveline consists of the parts of the powertrain less the engine and transmission. Failure of the driveline means that the car would not move since energy cannot be transmitted from the engine to the wheel axles. Therefore, make sure that your car's driveline is regularly inspected and serviced. And, at Atherton Automotive Service Center, you can have the driveline serviced by experts.

Alignment
Wheel alignment (or simply alignment) is standard car maintenance that involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the manufacturer's specifications. The main purpose is to let the suspension and the steering systems operate at their desired angles - this reduces tire wear. Alignment is a complicated process and not all mechanics get it right. To have experts handle your car's alignment, visit Atherton Automotive Service Center.

Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings are found inside of wheels, allowing the wheels to spin freely, and are connected to the brake system. They can become worn over time, causing a vibrating suspension and noisy rubbing as the car is driven. If they break completely, the vehicle will become very difficult to control and unsafe to drive. Replacement interval for wheel bearings varies greatly, but they should be checked for leaks and wear periodically. Atherton Automotive Service Center can make sure that your bearings are in good shape and let you know if they need replacement.

Hubs, Seals, Studs, & Nuts
A wheel hub motor, also referred to as a wheel motor, is an electric motor incorporated into the wheel hub and drives it directly. You can have a safer and smoother ride today by replacing your warped and worn out wheel hubs. Let Atherton Automotive Service Center replace your worn out hubs today.

Properly working seals provide oil and grease sealing - offering enhanced performance in a wide range of temperatures and environments. Worn out or warped seals allow external contaminants to enter the bearing unit or let lubricant escape from the unit. This ultimately leads to premature failure of the bearing unit. To keep out contamination and retain lubricant in the bearings, have the seals replaced with new ones. To have the seals replaced by experts, contact or visit Atherton Automotive Service Center today.

Studs are the threaded fasteners that hold on the wheels of your truck. The wheel studs are permanently mounted on the wheel hub through the brake disk or brake drum. To secure the wheel, nuts (lug nuts) are fastened over the stud. Stripped wheel studs can be quite dangerous. Damaged wheel studs should be replaced with new ones immediately. To have your truck's wheel studs replaced with high quality ones, call 712-322-2900 & 712-322-0691 or visit Atherton Automotive Service Center today.

A wheel nut or lug nut is a fastener for securing a wheel on the hub. A set of lug nuts are used to secure a wheel to the threaded wheel studs (which are fixed to a wheel hub). Worn out nuts means one thing - the wheel is not fixed securely on the vehicle which puts the vehicle at the risk of rolling over. To have your truck's wheels securely fastened to the hub, contact or visit Atherton Automotive Service Center in Council Bluffs, IA 51501 today.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ACDelco
  • NAPA AutoCare Center
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Matt Jr. went above and beyond. He found out what problems we had, took care of them in a timely matter and explained in writing what was done, why it was done, and had us on our way. Matt, Jr.. Thank you so much for being honest and dependable.
    -Tere B.

  • I love working with Atherton and the service guys! This has been the only shop I use in town for the last few years. Junior always treats me fair and takes great care of my car. They always accommodate a loaner car if I need it. I would recommend them for your service needs!
    -Carrie L.

  • Matt Jr and his employees did a great job getting my car fixed and back on the road in a very short time, actual in shop time of about 4 hours; they even dropped me off and picked me back up at the motel I stayed at for the night, great bunch of guys.
    -David G.

  • Great service and friendly staff!!
    -Hayley M.

  • Great customer service, honest and dependable. I highly recommend Atherton Automotive to anyone needing any type of work done to their vehicle from standard maintenance to fixing major issues.
    -Sean C.

  • We have been doing business with Atherton's for over 40 years. Great bunch of people. They get the job done at a fair price. Thanks guys!
    -Jolan B.

  • My boyfriends car broke down on our 1000 mile trip to Colorado. We got stranded in Council Bluffs and were afraid we would not make it to Colorado in time. Athertons helped so immensely. They had the car fixed in one day at a decent price I am so grateful for there help!
    -Phoebe H.

  • My family and I have done business with Athertons for years and I would not go anywhere else. The "guys in the back" are all very professional and I question NOTHING they tell me. They know what they are doing and go above and beyond to take care of their customers!! Love them. Always will.
    -Karen C.

  • Great service, great people
    -Hannah F.

  • Very knowledgeable bunch of guys. Went beyond what the dealership offers as far as checking the vehicle over for any potential issues or safety concerns. Very honest and take good care of their customers.
    -Michelle F.

  • Reliable, Trustworthy, Excellent automotive care.
    -Jarin M.

  • I have known this family for over 30 years, and my husband has known them for over 50! Very trustworthy and hard workers. Easy to get your car in. Always fix what's wrong with it. Easy to work with! Smart and nice group of guys!! I'm so glad I cannot hear anymore squeaks from my car!!!!!!
    -Rita W.

  • I recently had my wife's SUV serviced at Atherton Automotive and was moved to post this review because of their excellent work. Atherton Automotive services all of my family's vehicles - a new truck to a well used SUV. They are professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. Their pricing is very reasonable. We highly recommend Atherton.
    -Robert L.

  • Atherton Automotive is the only place I will take my cars to get serviced. They have earned my trust with the honesty and quality work they provide. They are very personable and friendly and once you talk to them you know you can trust them. I own a small business and I know the importance of having great customer service and Atherton's is exactly that. Thanks you guys!
    -Wayne C.

  • Quality work, fair prices, and professional courtesy every time...highest recommendation for any automotive service needed.
    -Scotty S.

  • Atherton's has always been our place to go for service. A family owned business you can trust. Great service, great prices, very knowledgeable techs.
    -Jake D.

  • Great work and easy to get things done; also, they are always explaining options.
    -John P.

  • The crew at Atherton's did a great job on my 1997 F250 and it's nice to have someone who knows what there doing.
    -Ray P.

  • Very good service, friendly and helpful. Over the years, we have grown to depend on them for all our vehicles' needs. Matt always lets us know what's critical and what can wait. This is a well-run, family-owned business and I'm happy to support a local small business enterprise.
    -Kit C.

  • Atherton Automotive is the most thorough repair shop in the local area - they spell everything out in detail and let you make the decisions you want to. Solid advice and timely service. I've been taking vehicles to them for the past ten to fifteen years - they are also a certified AAA shop and provide the related discount.
    -Jeff G.

  • Atherton Automotive Service has great service, experienced techs, and reasonable prices. Their courtesy inspection was great and kept me informed of what needed to be done and gave me quotes before work was done. I definitely recommend Athertons.
    -Lynn S.

  • These guys are very professional and always fix my vehicle when I bring it in the first time! I never feel like they take advantage of me and the price is always fair.
    -M. Turpen

  • Anytime I have any questions, they are very good to explain things so I will understand the issue. They have always been really helpful and understanding when need some service done and have never tried to "sell" me on things that I don't need.
    -Karen J.

  • Great guys that do quality work!
    -Yevett P.

  • Great fast, friendly service ! Done before they promised and works great.
    -Jim M.

  • I have taken my cars here for several years. They have always great! I can't recommend them enough. Jr, Nick and the guys do good work and stand behind it.
    -Byron T.

  • Great service!
    -Kristina C.

  • These guys are fantastic! They went above and beyond to help me out! They are super cooperative and friendly and will do anything to help you out. They don't try to sell you extra things, or rip you off in any way. They are just genuine and wonderful people to work with! It's good to know that I have a permanent mechanic I can trust since moving here!
    -Mikaelyn K.

  • We dropped our car off and they were fast and efficient and quick to get our car back to us. I would recommend anybody who has car troubles to take it into Atherton's.
    -Alyssa D.

  • My vehicle lost power about 30 miles outside of Council Bluffs while traveling across country. Had the van towed to Atherton Auto about 10:00am. I had an fair estimate (alternator) by 4:00pm the same day and approved the work. I was back on the road by 10:00am the following morning with the cost being below estimate. The breakdown could have cost me several days. Very pleased.
    -Scott M.

  • Very professional, honest and friendly. I would highly recommend Atherton Automotive to my family and friends.
    -Michelle T.

  • They provide quality service at a fair price and I highly recommend them for all your automotive repairs and service. Just got my 2006 F-150 back for the first go around of numerous repairs needed and I'm completely satisfied with what they've done so far.
    -Larry H.

  • I've been taking my vehicles here for at least 20 years. Matt and Junior have always been honest and helpful. They provide top quality service at a reasonable price. They tell me what repairs are needed and which can wait. I always get my vehicle back quickly. I highly recommend them!
    -Susan P.

  • Great place the guys there are honest and truly care about their customers. Took my old truck in for some repair and the work was done promptly and affordably. Definitely recommend bringing your vehicle here!
    -Jessica G.

  • I was VERY impressed with Jr's ability to allow me to feel comfortable to trust him. The quality and efficiency of service is BAR-NONE! Not only did he do what I came in for, he went above and beyond my expectations. From now forward, they will be the only ones who work on my car.
    -Lisa W.

  • I've never dealt with a better automotive repair center in my ENTIRE life. I was driving from San Diego to Connecticut, and I happened to break down there in Council Bluff, IA on the highway. I felt quite isolated and far from home. Right off the bat I could tell this company was a tight, clean, friendly operation. And then I learned they were a family run business - two sons, both ambitious and hard working. They got to my car quickly and had me back on the road that night. And the friendliness is was made this experience so pleasant. I met the whole family and each guy was just incredibly nice and thorough. When I made it back to Connecticut I called them back and they were giving me troubleshooting advice over the phone for unrelated problems. Just utterly top notch guys. A+++++
    -John V.

  • Excellent, timely service. I took in a used car that I was considering buying and they did a very thorough examination that turned up a number of issues. As a result I was able to make an informed decision about the purchase. I would definitely take future business there.
    -Kevin P.

  • So glad I found a 'neighborhood ' mechanic I can trust. Thorough, yet practical.
    -Kat D.

  • Perfect service. All three vehicles were serviced professionally, including some mechanical work on steering mechanism (Buick Riviera) and water pump (Chevy Silverado pick-up). Communications with Atherton Automotive are exceedingly articulate and clearly easy to understand. I heartily recommend Atherton Automotive for your auto maintenance and service needs.
    -Dr. J. Christensen

  • Great communication here at Atherton. Even though I know very little about cars Matt Jr. seemed to value my input about my truck's symptoms and took down a thorough history of my truck before actually working on it. I also liked how the shop explained WHY I needed things done, instead of just telling me "you need to do this." The quality of service was very good and I'll definitely be back in the future.
    -P. Schauwecker

  • Not only excellent technical work but a safe and friendly environment to visit while your car is being serviced for an oil change, etc.
    -J. Bixler

  • Gosh I miss this place! I basically grew up here, the Atherton family was like a family to me! Butch, Matt Sr., Linda and all the kids had such an influence on me growing up. Thank you for you kindness and I'm glad to see the place is still going stronger than ever ! Much love for you all from Florida!
    -C. Dennis

  • Really appreciate the great job you guys do for us when the van needs TLC. Trust you to do what is necessary to keep me and my family safe on the road. Thanks.
    -J. McQuinn Owen