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

Can You Ignore Transmission Issues?

How long can you ignore transmission issues?

How long can you ignore transmission issues? In short, it depends. The length of time a driver can ignore transmission issues depends on the issue itself. Some minor transmission issues are virtually unnoticeable for a long period of time. In other instances, a transmission will completely fail if a symptom is not addressed immediately.

However, the length of time in which a driver can ignore their transmission issue is irrelevant. As transmission experts, we know from experience that ignoring transmission issues results in intensified transmission damage and higher repair costs.

The Benefit of OBD-II Connectors

Transmission repair should happen after a single problem is identified. If you own a vehicle purchased after 1996, recognizing a transmission issue is a bit easier. Vehicles manufactured after 1996 are legally required to have OBD-II (on-board diagnostics II) connectors. An OBD-II is essentially a computer connected to a vehicle’s Check Engine light; the computer monitors emissions, speed, mileage, and a variety of other data. A 16-pin port attached under the dashboard on the driver’s side allows mechanics to use a tool to read error codes. Thus, when the Check Engine light flares to life, it is easy to bring your vehicle to a specialty shop and determine the issue. Don’t ignore the issue until your vehicle fails. The OBD-II provides an easy way to identify potential transmission problems and get them rectified immediately.

Why Should You Take Your Transmission In Right Away?

Electrical Problems

Your undiagnosed issue may be an electrical problem. For example, a gear-ratio code normally indicates a problem with one gear.  However, multiple gear ratio codes could point to an electrical failure. If this is the case, the electrical issue can be quickly resolved. However, gear-ratio issues which start from electrical issues that go unchecked can turn into major parts failure. Even in an operational vehicle, a minor failure should be brought in for an inspection.

Soft Part Failure

If a soft part of a transmission fails, repair is relatively inexpensive and economical. Typically, the transmission is still operational. However, if the soft part failure is ignored, the damage will eventually extend to hard parts – or even the entire transmission. For example, if a seal (soft part) fails, transmission fluid is released, lowering the fluid levels and potentially resulting in expensive damage.

Burnt Transmission Fluid

We often observe burnt transmission fluid in higher mileage vehicles. This is because transmission fluid gradually grows older and, if it isn’t consistently changed, burns. Burnt fluid implies an internal parts failure is present. The transmission may be functional but it’s hanging on to its last threads. As time goes on, more parts will fail. The fluid is filled with debris and can no longer manager temperature fluctuations.

How Can You Extend the Life of Your Transmission?

Get Service Done Immediately

It is possible to avoid burning your transmission fluid and, as a result, extending the life of your transmission! How? Get service done on your new vehicle. Even if your vehicle has 10,000 miles, changing your transmission fluid regularly will greatly extend the longevity of your transmission. This summer, our experts at Advanced Transmission Center replaced a transmission with only had 38,000 miles on their vehicle. Waiting to reach 100,000 or 150,000 miles before getting transmission fluid flush is an unnecessary risk. In fact, credible transmission repair shops will not service transmissions beyond 100,000 miles. Why? Because putting new fluid into a transmission’s system at 100,000 is aggressive, often causing additional problems unless it is part of a regularly scheduled maintenance schedule.

OEM Standards

OEM standards are good practice at sea level (i.e. in some regions), but we do not all operate in Houston. OEM standards are insufficient for proper vehicle maintenance in the Denver area. Colorado driving conditions demand heightened vehicle care. We hope Advanced Transmission will be on your list as a trustworthy, reputable transmission shop, dedicated to your best interest. Don’t wait until it’s too late to give us a visit.

Additional Considerations

Can ignoring transmission issues cause long-term damage to my vehicle?
Ignoring transmission issues can lead to severe damage over time, making the vehicle unsafe to drive. Early symptoms, if overlooked, can escalate into major problems requiring costly repairs or even complete transmission replacement. Regular check-ups and addressing issues as they arise can significantly prolong your vehicle’s life and performance.

What are the signs of transmission problems I should not ignore?
Signs of transmission problems include unusual noises, difficulty shifting gears, slipping gears, and fluid leaks. These symptoms indicate underlying issues that could worsen without prompt attention. Early diagnosis and repair can prevent more extensive damage to your vehicle’s transmission system.

How can I prevent transmission issues from worsening?
Regular maintenance, including timely transmission fluid changes, is crucial in preventing issues from worsening. Using diagnostic tools like OBD-II connectors for newer vehicles can help detect early signs of failure. Being proactive about maintenance and repairs can save you from facing more significant, expensive problems down the line.

Advanced Transmission

As transmission repair experts, we know what’s best for your vehicle. As honest specialists, we know how to provide top-quality workmanship and quality service. Contact us with any questions using our online form or visit one of our two locations! We look forward to serving you.

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.
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