Driving with Transmission Issues

Driving with Transmission Issues Key Transmission & Gear DenverHow much do you know about driving with transmission issues? Our staff here at Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado have put together a bit of information for you.

How do you know that something might be wrong with your transmission? Is it safe to keep driving your car if you feel the automatic transmission slipping? Let’s take a look at a few signs that your transmission is not in great shape and what could be happening with this crucial component.

It Changes Gears When It Shouldn’t

When an automatic transmission changes gears, you can usually hear a noise or change in pitch. If you start hearing that noise when your transmission shouldn’t be changing gears, such as driving on a flat road at a steady speed, that’s an indication that you’re driving with transmission issues.

Rough Gear Changes

While it is normal to hear a change in pitch when an automatic transmission switches gears, clunking or thudding is not. Also, notice if you feel unusual or more pronounced vibrations. These are indications that the gears are not changing smoothly. You also may find that the vehicle doesn’t accelerate well due to difficulty with the gear changes. These should be fluid, and the vehicle shouldn’t jerk or shake.

Vehicle is Less Responsive

When you shift from park to drive, a car should respond and begin moving right away. If you experience a significant delay, that’s an indication your transmission isn’t functioning correctly. Your engine may rev up and sound like it’s doing something, but your car won’t go anywhere for a time. This is unacceptable.

Low Fluid Level

The first thing to do if you notice that the transmission is slipping is to check your transmission fluid. Put the vehicle in park and leave it idling while checking the fluid level. The transmission has a dipstick to see the fluid level. If you find that it is low, give us a call immediately to service the transmission fluid.

Fluid Leak

Sometimes the fluid level is just low. But sometimes there is a reason, such as a leak. You can often tell if you have a leak by simply checking your garage floor. Transmission fluid is red, and a significant leak will leave marks under where your car is usually parked. If you notice these spots and transmission slipping symptoms, you can be very sure there is a leak. In that case, have an expert take a look.

So, should you continue driving with any of these transmission issues? It’s not recommended. If it’s bad enough, your vehicle could be quite unsafe. You don’t want your vehicle unexpectedly changing gears at random moments. It’s dangerous and could end up causing extensive damage to your engine.

Be sure to have your transmission checked out by the experts. We here at Key Transmission and Gears have over 20 years of experience working on transmissions. We have the knowledge necessary to get you safely back on the road again. Give us a call today and don’t risk driving with transmission issues.

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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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Adding Transmission Gears is Adding Fuel Economy

Adding Transmission Gears is Adding Fuel EconomyWith gas prices constantly on the rise, fuel economy is a big deal to buyers as they consider what type of car they want. Logically, to get better fuel economy, you have to sacrifice size, and we have seen smaller and smaller cars becoming more and more popular. But car manufacturers have found another trick to add to their bag. They have found that adding transmission gears is adding fuel economy.

Here at Key Transmission and Gears in Colorado, we like to keep up with the current trends and know what’s happening in the car world. We think our customers should be aware too, so here is the latest news about new engine models that are being developed with far more than the traditional 5 or 6 gears. 

The 10-speed 2018 Ford Mustang

It’s all still in the rumor stage, but the Internet has been alive with speculation about Ford’s new Mustang for 2018. The word is that they will be releasing their newest Mustang complete with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is not unprecedented as Ford and Chevy worked together to develop the popular 10-speed Camaro ZL1. It makes perfect sense that Ford would be turning out one of their own in the near future. 

The 11-speed, 3-clutch Honda

Last year Ford put in a patent on an 11-speed transmission. However, Honda is in the running with their 11-speed, 3-clutch design. It’s unclear as of yet, which one will release an 11-speed model first. This is great news for those of you that don’t like pouring money into your gas tank. Small cars will start getting insanely good gas mileage plus people won’t have to buy the smallest car available just to save on fuel. Larger vehicles could suddenly become much more efficient! 

The 8-speed Chevy Colorado

The mid-size Chevy Colorado is already a pretty popular choice as it strikes a delicate balance between a big get ‘er-done vehicle and fuel economy. The 2017 model with its 8-speed transmission and V6 engine just made a good thing even better. The idea is that this new model will come with better gas mileage, improved capabilities for gear shifting and improved towing capabilities.

Exciting new things are happening in the auto industry right now, and you want to be sure that you don’t get left behind. Not everybody wants to be a car expert so a great substitute is to find a reputable mechanic whose word you can trust when it comes to car questions. It’s also important that they are not stuck in a rut and are advancing and learning about each new technology as it comes out.

Here at Key Transmission and Gears, we have over 20 years of experience servicing cars in the metro Denver area. We move forward by building on our knowledge and learning new things every day. We’re excited about this concept that adding transmission gears is adding fuel economy and will ensure that our technicians know how to handle these new transmissions as they start arriving in our shop. Rest assured that you can trust us with your car repair needs.

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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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