Hauling, Transmission Damage and More

Hauling, Transmission Damage and MoreToday, Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood offers a few quick pointers on hauling, transmission damage and more. If you operate a tow vehicle on a regular basis, whether for work or for fun, you want it to last. Keep these pointers in mind as you hit the road, and you’ll have a pleasant journey. 

Overworked Engine

This is the number one mistake made by people towing. Pay close attention during hot weather, to all of your pressure gauges, temperate gauges, and exhaust gas temperature gauges. If temperatures reach a critical point, it will cause a meltdown of the engine system, and that can only spell trouble.

Take it easy to prevent transmission damage. Arriving at your destination a bit later will spare you from a blown transmission and big repair bill to get you back on the road.

Loading

For safety reasons and transmission longevity reasons, be sure to load your trailer correctly. This is going to make a bigger difference than you realize. You want the majority of the cargo weight in front, near the tongue. Then disperse weight all the way to the back.

Need for Speed

This seems like an obvious one, but accidents caused by racing down the highway while pulling a trailer happen daily. Of course, you want to get to your destination, but at what cost? Take it slow and steady like the turtle and get there safely.

Tire Pressure

This is a pretty basic yet often overlooked safety measure while towing a trailer. Make sure that your tire pressure is correct. Not only will the trailer or camper roll more efficiently, but this will reduce the risk of a blowout and make your driving experience smoother.

Ball Mounts

Each of the three ball mount sizes is rated for various weights, so be sure to use the correct size for your towing job. If you plan to make several tow trips with different tow loads, go ahead and change out the ball mounts for the specific job.

Brakes

The brakes on your towing vehicle are critical and need regular servicing. Don’t neglect to maintain the brakes on your vehicle and trailer or you can guarantee some issues out on the road.

Lube Components

Axles, pivot joints, and tongue jack all need lubrication to work smoothly. Anywhere that steel meets steel or rubber requires some lubrication. Making sure the components are greased is going to go a long way in contributing to a safe towing journey.

Distribution Bars

The distribution bar is going to help you have a better connection between truck and trailer eliminating a lot of the bouncing that may usually go along with towing. Keep as much steering control as possible ensuring the distribution bar is parallel to the trailer frame.

Now that you have more information on hauling, transmission damage and more, you will be able to keep things operating effectively for longer. And if your transmission needs thorough, high-quality repair work or maintenance services, come on by and see us at Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood.

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When you’re seeking a competent, reputable, and dependable auto repair facility in Denver, Colorado to assist you in any and all transmission repairs, look no further than Key Transmission & Gears. We are the exact place you need to be when you find yourself in need of a transmission rebuild. It makes no difference to our professional staff of ASE certified auto mechanics whether you own a car, truck, or SUV, stand or automatic, foreign or domestic, of any make or model, we are here to help you. Our mission is to always properly diagnose each vehicle to provide you with the most proficient repairs and transmission rebuilds.

When you invest in a transmission rebuild, it can be extremely costly. This is why our company always takes the time to properly diagnose each automobile before any repair is executed. We also provide each customer with a written estimate before we start on your transmission rebuild in Denver to ensure that you feel you are getting the best possible rates. When you visit our website via Key Transmission & Gears, you can easily create an appointment online today or take the opportunity to leave a personalized message for a member of our staff regarding your transmission rebuild. 

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Comparing Front and Rear Wheel Drive, AWD & 4WD, Part 2

Comparing Front and Rear Wheel Drive, AWD & 4WD, Part 2In today’s article from Key Transmission and Gears, we’re comparing front and rear wheel drive, AWD & 4WD, Part 2. Last time we talked about front wheel and rear wheel drive to help our customers understand the differences between these two types. This article will now explain the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

From just the names of these two types of drives, you may be wondering what the difference is. Logically, since most vehicles consist of four wheels, all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive kind of sound like the same thing. However, they do function differently, and each serves a slightly different purpose.

Four Wheel Drive

In the last article, we explained the purpose of a differential. If you didn’t catch it, here’s what you need to know. Any time that your wheels are not going in a totally straight line (a turn) one wheel must travel farther than the other. Therefore, the wheels should have the ability to turn at a different speed from each other. The same is also true when all 4 wheels are providing driving force. Front and back, as well as side to side, needs the capability to turn at just the right speed to move the vehicle without breaking anything on the drivetrain.

So, now that we’ve got that explanation out of the way, let’s talk about the typical four-wheel drive system. Most of the time the vehicle operates in two-wheel drive (usually the rear wheels) and the front wheels are only engaged when the four-wheel drive system is locked in.

Four-wheel drive systems are designed for use on low-traction surfaces (snow, ice, loose rock, etc.). The slippage provided by these surfaces allow for the wheels to rotate at the right speeds without breaking anything on the drivetrain. This means that if you try to use four-wheel drive on a good surface, you could possibly damage or break something on either the tires or the drive train and have to bring it to our shop for immediate car repairs. 

All Wheel Drive

And that’s where all wheel drive comes in. There are a variety of all-wheel drive systems available, but the basic premise of each is to allow power to be sent to all four wheels and give each wheel the ability to rotate at the exact speed necessary to provide the driving force to the wheel without harming the tire or the drivetrain.

The benefit of these types of systems is that it is on all the time and the driver doesn’t have to worry about locking anything in to be in four-wheel drive. However, if your purpose is for heavy duty off-roading and you need rugged four-wheel drive, you should opt for an actual four-wheel drive system.

We hope this article comparing front and rear wheel drive, AWD & 4WD, part 2 has been helpful to you. For the front and rear wheel comparison, be sure to check out the first article we posted. We here at Key Transmission and Gears, simply want for our customers to have the best driving experience possible and sometimes a little extra car knowledge comes in handy.

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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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