5 Easy Ways to Damage Your Transmission

5 Easy Ways to Damage Your Transmission Key Transmission & Gear DenverToday, Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado offers these 5 easy ways to damage your transmission. It may surprise you to know this, but the life of a transmission is far more dependent on the care and maintenance it receives then how it was manufactured. The good thing about this is that by simply avoiding the few mistakes we’ve listed below, you can help your transmission perform its best and last longer.

  1. Not servicing your transmission

The fluid running through your transmission is constantly cleaning the system. That means that eventually, the fluid will accumulate a buildup of dirt and other contaminants. Having your transmission serviced is both easy and important. If it isn’t cleaned out in a timely manner, the transmission will begin to run sluggish and eventually fail altogether.

To avoid transmission failure, simply change the fluid or flush the system at the appropriate interval. Transmissions should be serviced once every 30,000-60,000 miles. Depending on use and driving conditions, this translates to approximately every 2-5 years for most vehicles.

  1. Not using the correct fluid

Transmission fluid is available in different viscosities and with various additives. Ensure that you put the right kind in your transmission or it will not function properly. Check the manual to find out which kind of transmission fluid your transmission requires.

  1. Not keeping the fluid level up

Transmission fluid has several important functions, lubricating the moving parts, providing hydraulic pressure and keeping the system cool. If you don’t have a high enough level of fluid, there won’t be enough to perform all its functions successfully. Run it long enough like this and you’ll make the list of 5 easy ways to damage your transmission.

  1. Not fixing problems

Sometimes people think if they just ignore problems with their engines, those problems will go away. That is generally not the case. If you’re having trouble changing gears, the gears are slipping or grinding, or you see dark red stains on your driveway–don’t ignore these signs. Sure, it’s an inconvenience to get your transmission fixed but if you keep driving your vehicle in that state, more issues can occur, costing you more time and money in the long run.

  1. Not keeping it cool

About 90% of all transmission failures are caused by the transmission overheating. On average a 20-degree increase in fluid temperature can reduce the lifespan of your transmission by up to half. Therefore, if you keep the transmission fluid temperature down you’ll be adding years to the life of your transmission.

We hope that you’ll take our advice and avoid these 5 easy ways to damage your transmission! As always if you have any questions or doubts, you can speak to one of the knowledgeable experts here at Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado. Also, if you’re noticing one of the problems mentioned here, we recommend bringing your vehicle in immediately before anything worse happens. We’ll be happy to take a look and get you back driving again as quickly as possible!

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5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission, Part 1

5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission, Part 1What do you need to know about your transmission to keep it in good working order and ensure a long life? Our experts here at Key Transmission and Gears in Denver, Colorado know the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission. In this blog post, we’ll cover the first two mistakes, then get to the last three reasons in a subsequent article, so watch out for that post coming soon.

A lot of people don’t know what a transmission does, so let’s start there. Basically, the transmission sends power from the engine to the wheels and makes them turn. How much power is adjusted by shifting gears? An automatic vehicle will shift gears for you, while a manual relies on the driver to choose the right gear. As you can see, it has a pretty important job.

Now, just like any machine, transmissions work their best when they are well-cared for. That’s why it’s essential to keep up on regular maintenance and have it checked out immediately if you notice any sign of problems, such as clunking or grinding noises, leaks (transmission fluid is red or pink), or if your car isn’t accelerating correctly. There are many symptoms, so be vigilant.

Even if you’re not too excited about spending the money to have it serviced, just think about how much it will cost to have it fixed if you end up with transmission failure. Our ASE certified mechanics at Key Transmission and Gears will tell you that a new transmission is a very expensive part to replace. So, let’s get to the first two of the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission.

  1. Not servicing the transmission – An automatic transmission is built to last for a long time, but it is not invincible. Just like anything else, it benefits greatly from periodic tune-ups. Dirt and other contaminants get into the system and build up significantly over time. If they are never cleaned out, your transmission will begin to run sluggishly. Ultimately, this will result in failure. 

The official recommendation is to have your transmission serviced and the fluid either flushed or changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. For most people, that equates to about every 2 to 5 years depending on the use of the vehicle. Make a schedule for servicing your transmission and be sure to stick to it! Don’t forget or let the unpleasant idea of spending the money keep you from having this important work done. Remember that transmission failure is a much more expensive undertaking than merely having it serviced every few years.

  1. Not refilling the transmission fluid – For an automatic transmission to function properly, it needs fluid. The fluid provides lubrication, hydraulic fluid pressure, and cools the transmission when it gets too hot. Your transmission may have fluid, but if it has too little the fluid, cannot perform its function well. Most commonly, that means that your transmission will run hot and a high temperature drastically reduces the lifespan of your transmission.

It’s important for our customers to understand how to take care of their transmissions correctly. While we’re experts at transmission repairs and replacements, we know it’s a big expense. And it can often be avoided when you know the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission. Now that you know the first two come back soon for the final three. And if you suspect a transmission issue, don’t forget to bring your car, truck or SUV to Key Transmission and Gears in Denver for diagnosis and repair!

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Differential Repair Denver

Key Transmission & Gears is a family owned and operated automotive company located in Denver, Colorado. We specialize in the repair, rebuild, replacement and other services pertaining to all things transmission; this includes differential repair in Denver. If you’re living in the Denver, Colorado area or even the surrounding metro areas, and are experiencing any transmission malfunction, our staff is composed of ASE certified auto technicians that are ready and willing to provide a wide selection of services to you. Our staff performs free, electronic diagnostics and road tests on all vehicles, whether they are foreign or domestic, no matter the make or model. Some of our services include replacement of clutches, drive shafts, transfers cases and differential repair in Denver.
For services such as differential repair in Denver, you may want to stop into Key Transmission & Gears or simply schedule an appointment, either via our website at Key Transmission & Gears or by dialing (303) 806-8200. When considering our company for your differential repair in Denver, be sure also to check out our other services as well as our warranties offered to all customers. Our warranties are set in place to ensure the money you spend during automobile repairs and to protect the standard of work that we provide.
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Different Types of Transmissions

Different Types of Transmissions Key Transmission & Gear DenverDid you know that there are 3 different types of transmissions? Today, our experts at Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado, will tell you all about them. Most people at least know that there are 2 basic types, manual and automatic. The third is called a continuously variable transmission or CVT. Let’s talk about what a transmission does, and then we’ll give a quick description of all three types.


A transmission is your car’s method of channeling power from the engine to the wheels. In other words, torque comes from the engine through an input shaft into the transmission. It passes through the gears of the transmission and is then transferred to the wheels by way of an output shaft.

Different gears control your car at different speeds. Each gear has its own specific ratio that turns your wheels at just the right speed, even in relation to each other. And as we said, there are 3 different types of transmissions.

Manual Transmissions

In a vehicle with a manual transmission, the driver is responsible for changing the gears. We disengage the gears by pressing the clutch pedal and then shift between them with a stick on the console. Back in the day, the stick was sometimes on the steering wheel but in modern cars, you’ll find it on the console.

Many people like the control that this gives them over a vehicle. They can control the exact point when their vehicle shifts gears. In most cases, this design offers better gas mileage which is another plus.

Automatic Transmissions

The automatic transmission does all the work for you. The transmission still has various gears, but you don’t have to switch between them. Multiple sensors in the vehicle monitor specific parameters and change gears accordingly.

Automatic transmissions tend to be more comfortable to drive, particularly if you spend a lot of time in stop and go traffic. They also usually require less maintenance than manuals which is a nice bonus.

Continuously Variable Transmissions

This transmission is steadily gaining popularity in the US, but you may not have run into it yet. Instead of gears, the CVT uses belts and pulleys that give the ability to have an infinite number of ratios.

In short, the transmission never has to shift. Some people find this disconcerting if they are familiar driving one of the other two types of transmissions. Always test drive a car before you buy. Some people just can’t get used to a CVT.

Needless to say, the ride is generally smoother, and the vehicle gets better gas mileage. This type of transmission is already commonly seen in scooters, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. Because of the smoothness, they’re also being seen more and more in hybrid cars.

Want upkeep or repair on any of the different types of transmissions? That’s what Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood is here for. With over 20 years of experience with all things transmissions, we’re certainly qualified to provide our expertise. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or stop by the shop.