The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: Transmissions

The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: TransmissionsAs a vehicle owner, it is a good idea to have at least an idea about the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions. Helping you with your preliminary diagnoses, determine whether or not you should bring your vehicle into a certified facility like Key Transmission and Gears to have it checked. Of course, if you are still in doubt it is a much better idea to bring it in and have it checked by professionals just in case there is a serious problem with your transmission that you are not aware of initially. A little bit of prevention can end up saving you a big chunk of money if there is something not going quite right inside your vehicle’s transmission. Another benefit of understanding the basics is that you have an idea if your technician knows what they are talking about because you know what the right steps are to diagnose a transmission, and you can see that the technician is following them.

So let’s take a look at the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions. Let’s say that you begin to notice a new noise in your engine, and you decide that you should take it in to have it checked out. The first thing the technician should do, obviously, listen to the motor and analyze the noise. If your technician is sufficiently knowledgeable, then they may be able to make a fairly accurate diagnosis from just hearing the noise. However, if the technician doesn’t know what might be causing the noise right off the bat, then the next step is to open the manufacturer’s service engine program and check out listings for “noise” under your vehicle’s specific model number and year. If there is a technical service bulletin or service news article out about this type of problem being common in that particular car, then you can be reasonably sure that the article details what is wrong with your vehicle and performing whatever fixes recommended in the article is all the help your car needs.

If, however, the technician cannot find any service information to work with then it is time for him to break out the stethoscope and put on his white coat as he steps into his new role as the amazing vehicle “doctor.” Using the stethoscope, a technician can easily listen to each part of the motor effectively isolated from one another to determine precisely which part of the engine one hears the noise. This will help him determine if the problem is something external–like a loose engine mount or something else. But if the technician follows these basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting for transmissions and decides that the problem must be internal then he’s got to start taking things apart to find out what specifically is causing the noise. Also keep in mind that is extremely important to choose a knowledgeable technician like those at Key Transmissions and Gears. One with more experience will be more likely to know what is causing that noise (or at least have better suspicions) than a technician that is just getting started.

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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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Ford Truck Transmission Rebuild Shop

Ford Truck Transmission Rebuild ShopWith more than twenty years of experience, you can trust the professionals at Key Transmission & Gears to give you a great price and excellent service no matter the service you use us for. It is hugely important to know that you can trust your mechanics when you bring your car to a shop for repairs, especially for something as potentially expensive as transmission repair. We are a Ford truck transmission rebuild shop that has been serving the metro Denver area proudly with our high commitment to customer service and good warranties on all of our high-quality work.

We are proud to work on both manual and automatic transmissions, and we can handle your Ford truck transmission rebuild needs as well. Whether you need a small part of your transmission replaced or the whole thing, the professionals at Key Transmission & Gears can assist you. We also handle clutch, suspension and alignment repairs. Call us for a complete list of services.

Trustworthy and hardworking, you can depend on Key Transmission & Gears to handle your Ford truck transmission rebuild for less cash than the other guys. Contact our friendly staff to get started with the process of setting up an appointment with our team today. We are here to serve you.

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Should I Repair Or Replace My Car Transmission

Should I Repair Or Replace My Car TransmissionA car owner’s nightmare comes to life when somebody says to them ‘it looks like you’re going to need a new transmission.’ Transmission repairs are time-consuming and very difficult, which translates to they are very labor intensive and of course extremely expensive. However, when you hear those dreaded words, you are left with a choice. Should you repair or replace your car transmission? There are pluses and minuses to both options, and you can get information from this article or talk to one of our knowledgeable employees at Key Transmission and Gears in Sheridan, Colorado.

First of all, let’s take a look at rebuilding, or repairing your transmission. Simply put, this means that your transmission will be removed from your vehicle and completely disassembled. Parts that are damaged or severely worn will be identified and replaced, and any known problems that have been addressed by the manufacturer will be updated and/or replaced. It is kind of like the patches and updates that computer manufacturers put out when they identify bugs and weak spots in their program design. Unfortunately, transmission manufacturers cannot just send out an electronic signal and fix everybody’s transmissions on the spot. But, parts of your transmission will have to be replaced if your transmission is torn apart awaiting a rebuild. Part replacement a huge plus to having your transmission rebuilt instead of replaced. Every bug or problem that is known to date will be addressed with your transmission before they put it back together and reinstall it in your vehicle. The major downside is that since transmissions are so incredibly complicated a specialist and a lot of time is required to perform the work.

So what about replacing your transmission instead? A new one must be the better option, right? Well, not exactly. Truly new transmissions are usually only used during the production of a new car. So when you buy a ‘new’ transmission for your car, you will most likely be receiving one that is rebuilt. The plus side to this is that it is much quicker because you do not have to wait for it to be taken apart, serviced and then put back together again. Plus, the work is done in a factory setting with highly trained specialists performing the task and each transmission is turned out according to the highest factory specifications. The downside is that these ‘updates’ are not up to the minute. You may be buying a transmission that was rebuilt a couple of years ago and it is possible that other problems have arisen in the meantime.

So should you repair or replace your car transmission? It’s really up to you! Rebuilding your transmission means you have to find a good specialist, wait a bit longer and probably spend a bit more money, but the trade-off is a transmission that is completely up to date and will probably last longer. Replacing your transmission means you’ll get one guaranteed to be up to factory specifications and you’ll get it much faster. Talk to a trusted company like Key Transmission and Gears in Sheridan, Colorado and they can give you advice on what is best in your particular situation.