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Chester Kniss is a lifetime veteran of the automotive industry and owner of Delta Transmission, a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (925) 709-4984 or by email.

Chester Kniss

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Chester Kniss: A Mechanical Mind

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — When asked how he got involved in the auto repair field, Chester Kniss simply replies that he’s always been mechanically minded. “I’ve been interested in cars since I was a little boy, so I picked things up pretty naturally,” he says. “At 10 years old, I was able to accurately diagnose car problems, and by age 15, I’d built my first transmission.” After high school, Chester went directly into the automotive industry, where he started out working on diesel trucks. In 1994, he was hired at Delta Transmission, and 12 years later, he purchased the business from the owner.

Today, Chester says he still finds satisfaction in pursuing his lifelong livelihood. “I just enjoy working on cars. At this point, almost every aspect of my life involves cars, so I guess it’s become a part of who I am.”

A lifetime resident of the East Bay, Chester resides in Oakley with his wife, Beverly, and their two children. Outside of work, he engages in a variety of automotive-centered activities. “I’ve been dirt track racing competitively since 1994 and continue to do that today,” he says. “My wife grew up around racing, so we both love it, and now our son races as well.” When asked what he does to relax in between races, his response is hardly surprising: “Work on cars.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Chester espouses the importance of honesty. “Besides understanding how to do the job itself, the most important part of running a business is being honest with your customers,” he affirms. “When you’re honest and fair, customers will return, which is the lifeblood of any business—especially one like ours, where all the advertising is word-of-mouth.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Chester says he’d head back to the track. “I’d probably go racing. Right now, all the top-notch guys in my racing class are at the Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa, so I’d head up and watch that. Other than racing, I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to Hawaii.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What was your first car?
A: A 1972 Dodge Charger.

Q: What’s your dream car?
A: Pretty much any ’60s Ford or Dodge.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Cars and car parts.

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: I like “The Fast and the Furious” series.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Both. I’m up early and I go to bed late.

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Transmissions: To Flush or Not to Flush?


ANTIOCH — Much like a “quick stop” oil change, a transmission flush provides a fast and affordable means of maintaining a vital vehicle component. However, upon closer inspection, this convenient service may not be as good an idea as it appears.… Read more

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Video: Rethinking Transmission Flushes

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ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: A transmission flush is a popular service, but according to some automotive professionals, it may not be such a good idea. Today… Read more

Alex Nunez is a veteran of the auto repair industry and manager of B & J Transmissions, a Diamond Certified company since 2003. He can be reached at (408) 782-4909 or by email.

Alex Nunez

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Alex Nunez: A Family Transmission

By James Florence, Senior Writer

SAN JOSE — A third-generation auto repair professional, Alex Nunez says there was never any question of where his career path would lead. “Basically, automotive work is all I’ve ever known and the only vocation I’ve ever considered pursuing,” he affirms. “Starting with my great uncle, all of my family has worked in the automotive field, including my uncles and my brother. I started working at B & J Transmissions for my uncle when I was 18, and more than 20 years later, I’m still here.”
Today, as manager of B & J Transmissions, Alex says he enjoys the perpetual sense of novelty his job brings. “When you work on transmissions, there’s something new every day. Since there are so many different kinds of transmissions, you never really finish learning, and there are always new challenges and problems to solve, which keeps things interesting.”
Originally from Los Angeles, Alex moved to San Jose at age 19, where he continues to live with his wife, Jeanette, and their daughter. “Despite being a large city, San Jose is smaller and more slow-paced than L.A.,” he says. “To me, it feels more like a community. I really like the people here.”
Outside of work, Alex’s favorite activity is spending time at the beach with his family. “We love going to the beach and being in the water,” he affirms. “We’ve actually traveled to different beaches around Mexico and the United States. I enjoy just about any kind of water-related activity, whether swimming, boating or jet skiing.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Alex believes in the importance of customer education. “A lot of shops take advantage of people who don’t know anything about cars, which is why I make it a point to educate my customers,” he says. “I explain what a transmission does, how it works, and what parts and maintenance services are needed to keep it running optimally. I find that explaining things to customers helps develop a sense of trust, which is a very valuable asset for any business.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Alex says he’d take a vacation. “I’m too young to retire, so I haven’t given it much thought. I suppose I’d like to do some more traveling. Maybe I’d check out some famous beaches around the world.”
Ask Me Anything!

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee.

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Los Angeles Lakers.

Q: Where would you rather live: the city or the country?
A: The city. I like the country, too, but I like the convenience of the city—everything is close and there’s a lot to do.

Q: What was your first car?
A: A red Mustang.

Q: What’s your dream car?
A: A ’68 Camaro Super Sport.

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How to Check Your Transmission Fluid


SAN JOSE — Most drivers know to keep an eye on their engine oil, but not everyone is so diligent about checking their transmission fluid. However, due to the important role a transmission plays in vehicle operation (as well as… Read more

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Video: Checking Your Transmission Fluid

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Most car owners know to keep an eye on their engine oil, but few realize the importance of checking their transmission… Read more