Going on four decades of leading domestic transmission repair in Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, and Wheat Ridge, Advanced Transmission Center is your vehicle’s one-stop-shop for all drive-train issues. Our Lakewood and Arvada/Wheat Ridge shops have specialized in repairs for domestic vehicle brands including Ford, GMC, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, etc.
For decades each domestic automobile manufacturers made their own transmissions. For example, every Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac or GMC had a transmission made by Hydramatic installed. That history remains constant with some changes. Hydramatic remains a division of General Motors and continues to make transmissions but its collaboration with other manufacturers has increased. Ford vehicles have transmissions made by Ford. Similarly, Dodge and Chrysler’s vehicles normally have transmissions made by Chrysler Corporation.
The 4L60E (92-09) unit has been the standard of rear-wheel and 4WD drive vehicles. Overall this is a productive unit however it has a common failure in its 3-4th gear clutch pack. On front-wheel drive vehicles common units include 4T65E, 440T4 and 4T45E.
The 4R70W (95-08) unit was commonly used in Ford medium duty trucks including the F150. Common failures include drum breakage, 3-4 clutch burn out, and gear train damage. On lighter vehicles, variations of the 5R55 unit was used. These units often require re-boring the case because of the design of the servo board.
The heavy-duty unit common across the Dodge family of vehicles and trucks during the 1990s was the 518/618. The lighter duty unit common during this error was the 42/44RE. In the last decade, common units include 45RFE and 68RFE. There are known issues with these vehicles at high mileage that our technicians have addressed countless times.
The ownership of this brand has transitioned from domestic to international back to domestic. This is apparent with the diversity of transmissions found in Jeeps. Vehicles can be found with international transmissions from manufacturers such as ZF, Aisin Warner or Mercedes. More recently it is common to find a Dodge transmission such as the 45RFE in a Jeep yet its ownership history is apparent in some current models that come with ZF and Mercedes units.
If you are interested in the history and evolution of transmissions in trucks across domestic manufacturers, you can read more on our Transmission Blog
While some domestic cars and trucks still have transmissions made by their parent company it has become a world market. Today domestic automobile manufactures buy transmissions from around the world including Europe (e.g. ZF) and Asia (e.g. Aisin Warner). For this reason, it is extremely important to pick a transmission repair shop with experience across all international and domestic makes.
The most valuable step in vehicle repair is the upfront inspection. Experience and patience are critical ingredients in accurately diagnosing the issue. Our free TrueTest Inspection contains specific procedures developed from servicing and repairing thousands of domestic vehicles over the last 4 decades. We can complete repairs quickly, but it is never because we rush the inspection. Our seasoned team of technicians are transmission experts – we do NOT offer “Total Car Care” because we’re busy being the best transmission specialists in Denver metro.
Delaying a needing repair on your transmission only increases the cost of repair in the future. Call now to schedule an appointment for your domestic car or truck. Our motto is and always will be, “Geared for Customer Satisfaction!”