Top 10 Transmission Problems

Top 10 Transmission ProblemsTo help our customers get better acquainted with their vehicles, Key Transmission and Gears offers this list of the top 10 transmission problems. Of course, we’re always on hand to diagnose and address any issues you come across. But being aware of some of these transmission symptoms can help you avoid serious problems and more expensive repairs.

  1. Lack of Response

Cars with automatic transmissions should immediately engage when you shift into park or drive. A hesitation is an indication of something wrong. In manual transmissions, you may notice that the engine’s RPM’s rev up but the vehicle isn’t moving at the rate that the engine sounds like it’s going. Usually, this points to a clutch needing replacement.

  1. Unusual Noises

Sounds are difficult to diagnose, but if the transmission causes the noises, you will hear something you’ve never noticed before. A telltale indication that the sound is coming from or caused by the transmission is if it happens during shifting.

  1. Leaking or Low Fluid

If your transmission is low on fluid and you don’t do anything about it, there will most certainly be problems. If you notice red liquid pooling under your vehicle when parked, there is probably a leak.

  1. Grinding or Shaking

Gear changes should be smooth. If you notice that the gears in a manual transmission are grinding into place when you shift, or the gears in an automatic one are shaking into place, there is probably something amiss.

  1. Burning Smell

A burning smell coming from your engine is never a good sign. In some cases, it can be the transmission fluid burning off. If you let it go too long, the transmission can get seriously damaged.

  1. Won’t Go into Gear

Sometimes it won’t go into gear at all. This could be a lack of fluid, or the computer system is malfunctioning. Check the fluid level, and you can try resetting the computer system to see if that fixes the problem.

  1. Check Engine Light

While the check engine light comes on for many issues, it deserves a spot on our top 10 transmission problems list. Yes, that light can point to transmission troubles, so you should never ignore it.

  1. Noisy in Neutral

If you notice that your transmission is noisy in neutral, it could just be that it is low on fluid. If not, get it to a mechanic soon. 

  1. Slipping Gears

Gears should not ever slip out on their own. If that is happening, have your vehicle checked immediately as this is a severe safety issue.

  1. Clutch Drags

Sometimes in manual transmissions, the clutch is too loose, and the flywheel doesn’t disengage as it should when the clutch is pressed. You’ll notice this by grinding noises when you try to shift and in some cases, you may not be able to shift at all.

This is just a quick overview of the top 10 transmission problems that you can run into. If you notice any of these, or that something is out of whack with your vehicle, be sure to give us a call here at Key Transmission and Gears. Our experts can check it out and hopefully prevent a small problem from becoming a serious one.

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Driving A Car With A Transmission Problem

Driving A Car With A Transmission Problem  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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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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Manual Transmission Rebuild Shop

If you are in need of an automatic or manual transmission rebuild, look no further than the professionals at Key Transmission & Gears. Whether you simply need your transmission fluids flushed, or if you need a complete manual transmission replacement, we are here to serve you.

Key Transmission & Gears is happy to offer free electronic diagnostics for your vehicle. Let us pinpoint the issue and get to work with your manual transmission rebuild project. We have great prices on this typically expensive repair job. Contact us or sign on to our website to set an appointment with our wonderful and very talented team today. As a family owned and operated local Denver metro auto repair shop, you can trust us to provide you with top level service and care every time you trust us with your vehicle.

Choose us as your manual transmission rebuild shop in the metro Denver area. We have a great range of services available to help you ensure your car runs as well as possible. We can help you get your car’s suspension in line, we can shift your alignment, and we handle clutch repairs as well. Learn more about Key Transmission & Gears by getting in contact with us as soon as possible.

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