Northwest Metro Denver

3686 W. 72nd Ave
Westminster, CO 80030
8AM – 5:30PM Mon-Fri

(303) 421-4140

(303) 421-4140

Southwest Metro Denver

SE Corner Mississippi & Pierce
1194 S. Pierce
Lakewood CO 80232
8AM – 5:30PM Mon-Fri

(303) 922-4102

(303) 922-4102

Lakewood 303-922-4102

Westminster 303-422-4140

What to Do When Your Transmission Overheats

What to Do When Your Transmission Overheats

Something’s wrong with your car. It won’t move. Even you, a car-repair novice, knows this isn’t going to be good. When your mechanic says you’ll need to have it towed to a transmission shop, your heart sinks.

The key to keeping your transmission from overheating or even failing is putting a good maintenance routine in place and visiting a transmission shop long before it’s a crisis. Who wouldn’t prefer a bit of maintenance instead of spending significantly more on a rebuild or replacement?

#1 Cause of Failure

It is estimated that close to 90 percent of automatic transmission failures are caused by overheating, and the main reason they overheat is because of overworked transmission fluid.

The optimal temperature range for transmission fluid is 175 to 220 degrees. Above that, for every 20 degrees, bad things happen, starting with the formation of varnish at 240 degrees, followed by seals hardening, plates slipping, seals and clutches burning out, carbon being formed, and, ultimately, failure.


If you’re feeling lucky because this hasn’t happened to you—yet—take steps now to make sure your luck holds.

The best way to prevent overheating of the transmission is actually quite simple—monitor the transmission fluid temperature. There are several different gauges that can be purchased and installed.

The top-ranked was Auto Meter 4357 Ultra-Lite Electric Transmission Temperature Gauge. Installation might seem complicated, but Brian Schreurs breaks it down well in his post on “Installing a Transmission Temperature Gauge.”

If you aren’t the type to install such a gauge, no problem. Visit your local Advanced Transmission Center repair shop and ask them to check it out and see if there is a need to be concerned about the transmission overheating.

While you are there, be sure to let them know if there have been any odd noises or clunks and any unusual behavior that could be transmission-related.

What to Do Now

If your luck doesn’t hold until you can install a gauge and your transmission has major issues, don’t wait until it fails. Bring it in immediately, explain what is happening, and ask what the problem is and for an estimate.

Other things that are a concern, besides the obvious clunking, shuddering, slipping, and not moving, include any dark red or brown fluid staining your driveway. Often, brown fluid is thought to be motor oil, and most of the time, it is, but sometimes it can be burnt transmission fluid, so you’ll want to get that checked out right away.

Servicing your transmission can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration. On those days when you need expert help for an emergency, you will already have a relationship built, and you won’t have to scramble to decide where to go.

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If you’re in the Denver area, your choice is easy with Advanced Transmission. Not only are we the premier company for repairs, but we also offer quality in-house transmission rebuilding services.  We pride ourselves on providing the best transmission repair experience in Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Littleton, and the entire Denver metro area.

With our free TrueTest™ Inspection process, you can be confident that we have pinpointed your vehicle’s specific issues and that we are only quoting you for the transmission repairs that you need. We use sophisticated computer scanning equipment as well as multiple hands-on tests to provide a cost-effective and accurate repair estimate.

Southwest Metro Denver (Lakewood/Littleton): Call (303) 922-4102
Northwest Metro Denver (Westminster): Call (303) 421-4140

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Advanced Transmission Center is a Colorado-owned and operated auto repair shop with locations in Denver / Lakewood and Westminster. ATC specializes in driveline issues such as automatic transmission repair, four wheel drive repair, clutch replacement, differentials, manual transmissions and CVT. As Colorado's first AAA approved shop our goal is to provide accurate, timely service with exceptional customer satisfaction. All of our technicians are certified in the latest makes and models and we are one of the few transmission repair shops with a nationwide warranty.

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Free towing is just one of the ways we strive to save you money on a major in-house repair such as a transmission rebuild. With our thorough TrueTest™ Inspection process, you will fully understand what is wrong with your car and only pay for the repairs you need.
Every transmission repair should start with a thorough and accurate diagnosis of the problem. Our multi-step TrueTest inspection procedures have been designed over decades to identify whether a minor repair can fix your issue or if a major repair is required.
We can turn around a transmission repair in as little as 2 days with our fast services! Our in-house rebuild department, expert technicians and strong vendor relationships help us get vehicles fixed ASAP. It also helps to have two local repair shops with identical operating procedures and quality standards.
After a major repair, you can take a breath and know Advanced Transmission Center has your back! We offer various warranty options (1-year, 2-year, 3-year, local or nationwide) and make sure any warranty claim is hassle-free for our customers.

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