How to Damage a Transmission

transmission Key Transmission & Gear DenverYou’ve probably never wondered how to damage a transmission. So, Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado has the information you need to prevent inadvertently running up costly repairs. All you have to do is avoid making a few of these common driving mistakes to keep your transmission in great shape. It will save you from headaches and expenses that are entirely avoidable.

Take a look below to see how to damage a transmission so you can do the exact opposite and give your vehicle the proper care it needs.

Let Your Transmission Overheat

A great way to damage this vital component is to let your transmission overheat. Better yet, do it a few times. Transmissions are designed to withstand up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Excessive heat does so much damage to a transmission that for every 20 degrees over 200 your transmission goes up, it can cut its life expectancy by a factor of 2.

Don’t Maintain or Top Off Transmission Fluid

A big part of the transmission fluid’s job is to keep your transmission cool and lubricated. Without sufficient fluid, the components inside the transmission begin to grind against each other. This can cause both damage and overheating. If you want your transmission to die quick, let the fluid run low.

Your transmission also needs clean fluid. Dirty transmission fluid can eventually cause failure at the seals and gaskets. Using the wrong fluid can cause just as many problems.

Gun Your Engine When Starting Out

Abrupt starts cause your engine to work extra hard, and therefore produce a lot of excess heat. This is going to cause your transmission to overheat quicker.

Use Your Shift Lever Incorrectly

To put some excess strain on your transmission, use your shift lever for actions it is not designed for. For example, braking or stopping the transmission.

You can also use the parking designation on the shift lever to keep your vehicle stopped and not engage the parking brake. That way if something bumps your car (even gently) you can break the parking pawl in the transmission.

You’re supposed to stop your car before changing directions. But using the shift lever to switch from drive to reverse is a great way to damage the internal workings of the transmission.

Tow Your Car with Drive Wheels on the Ground

If you ever need to tow your car, you have an excellent opportunity to damage the transmission, clutch, and bands. Simply tow it with the drive wheels on the ground. For example, if your car is front wheel drive, put the front wheels on the ground. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, do the opposite. If your car is all wheel drive, it doesn’t matter. Put some or all of the wheels on the ground, and you’re sure to do some damage.

We hope you have enjoyed our take on how to damage a transmission. Many of these habits are easy to avoid, as long as you know what to avoid. With good driving habits, you can help your transmission work properly for many, many miles. If you have damaged your transmission, we won’t judge. Just bring your car to Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood, Colorado for honest, expert repairs.

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Comparing Front and Rear Wheel Drive, AWD & 4WDTo help our customers understand the differences Key Transmission and Gears in Englewood offers this helpful guide, Comparing Front and Rear Wheel Drive, AWD & 4WD, Part 1. There are a number of things the average driver probably doesn’t know, so for this 2-part series, we start with an explanation of how each of the drive types functions. We hope this will be helpful in choosing the right drive type for your needs the next time you buy a new car.

Before we begin discussing the drive types, it will be helpful for you to understand the function of a car part called the differential. Think about two wheels on an axle. Every time those two wheels are not going in a straight line, one must travel a longer distance than the other. Thus the one that has to go farther has to rotate faster than the other. That is where the differential comes into play. It is a device with gears that allows for one wheel to go quicker than the other and keep the car moving evenly.

Rear Wheel Drive

Rear wheel drive has been the drive type of choice for many years. This kind of drive is simple, easy to manufacture and provides a robust and reliable function. The setup is comprised of an engine in the front of the car with the transmission and a drive shaft transferring power to the rear wheel axle and thus the rear wheels. Though the power comes from the back, the front wheels handle the steering, effectively dividing the labor.

The advantages of rear wheel drive are, it is strong and durable, and therefore this drive type is used in almost all trucks (with the exception of some light-duty models) and also luxury and racing car models. As a car accelerates, weight transfers to the rear wheels as a natural byproduct of acceleration. Driving from the heavier-weighted rear wheels offers better and faster acceleration. Hence, all true sports cars and racing models come with rear wheel drive.

Front Wheel Drive

Front wheel drive, logically enough, keeps everything at the front of the car. The engine, transmission, drive gears, and differential are all there together at the front of the car. This type is popular in modern sedans in the middle to lower price ranges for two fundamental reasons, fuel economy and space efficiency.

Front wheel drive cars can be made lighter and afford more room inside the car without the addition of the drive shaft and other parts needed for rear wheel drive. All minivans are front wheel drive for this reason. Though front wheel drive can never compete with the performance capabilities of rear wheel drive, it does do a better job in slippery conditions, making it a popular choice for drivers that live in snowy areas like Colorado.

From all of us here at Key Transmission and Gears, we hope this guide, Comparing Front and Rear Wheel Drive, AWD & 4WD, Part 1, has helped you understand some key differences. Watch for our next article to find out the advantages and disadvantages of AWD and 4WD. And as always feel free to bring your car to our experts here in Englewood if you need help with any drive type.

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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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To replace a transmission in Denver, come to Key Transmissions & Gears. We are located in Denver Colorado and ready to serve you with our specialty transmission repair and replacement in Denver. We make it easy to get a new transmission on your vehicle if needed whenever you need it most. If you are unsure or unaware of what constitutes a transmission issue, we offer helpful services performed by ASE certified auto technicians diagnosing, repairing and replacing the transmission on your vehicle for you.
 
 With our website, we define that an automobile transmission is designed to hold each gear without effort at predetermined speeds. While driving your vehicle and shifting gears, you may suspect a noticeable gear “slip” between gear changes. If this happens, you are in need of transmission repair or transmission replacement services. This can be found without much effort at Key Transmissions!

At Key Transmissions & Gears, we work on all vehicle makes and models, cars, trucks, and SUVs, domestics, and imports. We take great pride in our customer services providing convenience and the best auto repairs and service. Once your transmission has been replaced, check out our warranties offered for further information at Key Transmission and Gears. Feel free to leave our ASE certified auto technicians a message on our website or call today!
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