Englewood Transmission Repair

Knowing that Key Transmission & Gears caters to all customers throughout Denver, Colorado and the surrounding metro area is great because that now includes Englewood, Colorado as well. It can be tricky to know the signs and symptoms of a faulty transmission and it can be an even bigger conundrum to know where to take your vehicle when in need of transmission repair. Key Transmission & Gears specifically specializes in transmission services and repair and we are readily available to our customers for Englewood transmission repair.
If your transmission “feels” faulty, it is best to take it the ASE certified auto mechanics who work for Key Transmission & Gears. Ignoring a faulty transmission can be a costly repair when you don’t recognize the signs or think that your vehicle can run further on a transmission that is broken or in need of any type of service or repair. Some of the causes proving that your vehicle could be in need of transmission repair and should be brought into our shop in Englewood are: worn or damaged parts internally within the transmission, external controls for transmission that may need replacement or adjustment, electrical controls or components that may need replacement or adjustment, and transmission fluid levels that are low or consist of insufficient pressure. For transmission repair in Englewood, bring your vehicle into Key Transmission & Gears.

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5 Signs You Need a Transmission Flush

5 Signs You Need a Transmission FlushYou don’t need to be a professional like the Key Transmission and Gears team, but having a handle on tips like these 5 signs you need a transmission flush will come in handy for keeping your car running optimally and knowing when something isn’t quite right. Most importantly, you’ll know a bit more about how your vehicle works and when an issue needs help from our experts.

On average, you can expect that you should have a transmission flush performed around every 30,000 miles. For the average vehicle, that should be about 2 years. On occasion, however, things don’t go quite so perfectly and knowing the warning signs can help prevent a bigger issue from developing.

  1. Transmission begins to grind or make other strange noises

This usually happens because the transmission fluid is low or filled with grime or other sludge. If you notice odd sounds emanating from your transmission, you can check your transmission fluid with the vehicle running. Clean fluid will be bright red whereas dirty fluid will be brown or even black. If the level is good, that’s an indication that it needs a flush.

  1. Difficulty shifting gears

This applies whether your vehicle is manual or automatic. In an automatic, you may notice sluggish gear change performance, while in a manual it may become tough even to change gears. This is usually due to too much sludge, or grime, built up in the transmission fluid and is blocking proper flow.

  1. Gears are slipping

Another sign that your transmission fluid is too dirty and is not properly flowing is losing hydraulic power. Again, this can also be caused by too little fluid, but a simple check will tell you whether you have adequate fluid. If your level is right, you probably need a flush.

  1. Vehicle surging ahead

That inconsistent flow of dirty transmission fluid can also cause your car to surge ahead or fall back for unexplained reasons. If your car starts behaving erratically, the transmission fluid is a likely culprit.

  1. Sluggish vehicle response

The final sign that you may need a transmission flush is if your car is slow to respond when switching gears. It might even stall a little for a couple of seconds before catching and beginning to move after having switched gears.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of this article, you don’t have to be an expert on cars to be a good driver. However, if you do notice one of these 5 signs you need a transmission flush it would be a great idea to turn it over to the professionals here at Key Transmission and Gears to find the problem and get it taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our 20 years of experience working in the Denver metro area has given us a wealth of knowledge when it comes to common vehicle problems, and we can get your vehicle up and running, back on the road in no time. Call or contact us today for an appointment.

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Get to Know Your Car’s Suspension System

get to know your car’s suspension systemWith this helpful article from Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado, you can get to know your car’s suspension system. You don’t have to be an expert but it is interesting to at least learn a little bit about how the different systems in your vehicle function. Have you ever stopped to think about what the suspension system does, or why it is important? Well, you’re about to find out.

There is no doubt that the various engine systems are invaluable and, of course, your car wouldn’t function well or at all without them. But the suspension system plays a critical role as well, and you wouldn’t be able to drive your car without it safely.

The purpose of a vehicle’s suspension system is to increase the friction between the tires of your car and the road. In so doing, the tires better grip the road, lessening the chance of your tires slipping and providing safer handling and significantly improved stability.

Suspension systems would be unnecessary if the roads here in Englewood and Sheridan were perfectly flat, but we all know that is not true. Even freshly laid asphalt has a certain amount of irregularity to it.

To get to know your car’s suspension system, let’s think back to high school science for a moment. Newton’s laws of motion state that all forces have magnitude and direction. This means that when your tires hit a bump in the road the force created has a magnitude (higher magnitudes at greater speeds or for bigger bumps and lower for the opposite) and a direction (perpendicular to the road).

If the magnitude is sufficient, the tire could even leave the road and come slamming back down onto the pavement, uncomfortable, jostling the occupants of your vehicle. Therefore, your car needs some system that allows the wheels to bounce and absorb the shock and while still creating a smooth ride for the vehicle’s occupants. That’s your suspension system.

The vehicle is also subject to forward and backward forces during acceleration and deceleration and side-to-side forces when taking turns. The suspension system is responsible for redistributing the weight so that the vehicle better handles those forces.

For example, when accelerating, the weight of the vehicle will naturally squat back putting more weight on the back tires and leaving the front tires lighter and with worse contact to the road. The suspension system actively works to pull the weight of the car forward and minimize the weight transfer during acceleration as much as possible. The same applies to stopping and side-to-side forces in turning.

All of this is referred to as the car’s handling. The better a car handles, the safer it is to drive, the more stable it is at higher speeds (i.e. the car is less likely to flip over during turns) and the smoother ride the occupants of the vehicle will enjoy. Nobody is going to complain about that!

There is a whole lot more to explain if you want to get to know your car’s suspension system, but this overview from our experts at Key Transmission and Gears will at least help you understand the basics.

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5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission PART 2

5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission PART 2 Last time at Key Transmissions and Gears, we talked about 2 of the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission. This time we’ll finish up the other 3. Armed with knowing what NOT to do, you will be adequately equipped to ensure that your transmission lives a long and productive life.

As you may recall, the first two mistakes were not servicing the transmission and not refilling the transmission fluid. 

  1. Using the wrong type of transmission fluid

Just as bad as not putting in the fluid at all, is putting in the wrong type of fluid. Transmission fluids vary drastically from one to the other in viscosity and additives and using the wrong type will quickly degrade or even destroy your transmission. So be sure to check with the ASE certified team at Key Transmission for good advice.

  1. Pretending a problem will go away

Virtually all car owners seem to suffer from the same delusion that if they ignore a warning sign long enough it will go away. The truth is that they are often right, the warning signs do go away, but after something disastrous has happened.

So if you notice strange noises when changing gears, find dark red fluid stains on your driveway or have trouble with shaking, slipping, grinding of the gears or even straight up stalling, you should bring your vehicle in. You might worry about the cost of repairs, but you will inevitably end up paying a lot more by continuing to drive and severely damaging the transmission.

  1. Letting your transmission get too hot

Transmissions are not designed to take a lot of heat. Overheating causes about 90% of transmission failures. Roughly speaking, for about every 20 degrees that your transmission goes over the recommended temperature and is allowed to continue running, its life gets cut in half.

There are various reasons that your transmission could be running hot. Sometimes it’s a simple fix like cleaning out the transmission fluid and replacing it, although it could also be slippage or a defective solenoid. Regardless of what is causing the excessive heat, it will be less expensive to fix whatever minor issue is causing it, than waiting for the transmission to fail altogether and paying for a replacement.

Here at Key Transmission and Gears in Sheridan, Colorado we want our customers to know how best to take care of their vehicles, in particular, their car’s transmission. One of the most efficient ways to keep our customers happy is to maintain their vehicles in good working order. The absolute best way of accomplishing that is to properly educate the vehicle owner on a few simple steps that will go a very long way towards the health of the transmission.

We hope our 5 Most Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Transmission has been helpful to you, and we recommend following it to get the longest life out of your transmission. Of course, if you have any questions or begin to experience issues, call or contact the friendly professionals at Key Transmission.