The Advanced Transmission Center team completes transmission repair on countless Dodge vehicles each year. Due to the complicated ownership history of the Dodge brand, the transmissions found between models vary significantly. Across five decades in operation, our team has seen nearly all the Dodge transmission variations and completed successful repairs for customers in Arvada, Aurora, Broomfield, Centennial, Englewood, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and the rest of Denver metro. The Dodge and Chrysler brands are iconic in the American automobile industry and continue to make industry-leading trucks, SUVS, vans and passenger vehicles. We look forward to maintaining our position as the best Dodge transmission repair business in Colorado!
Although the RAM brand has been independent from Dodge since 2010, most people still associate these two brands as one. The Dodge RAM pickup was originally introduced in the early 1980s. The Dodge Dakota was also introduced around this time period. It was the first mid-size truck which was larger than the compact Chevy S-10 or Ford Ranger, yet smaller than the marquee trucks for each of the major American truck manufacturers (Ford/Chevy-General Motors). The Dodge trucks typically had the famous 3-speed A727 or TorqueFlite 8 transmission. In the 1990s the “RH” series in Dakota and Ram trucks transitioned to the “RE” series. The difference between the “H” and the “E” denotes the shift from hydraulics (“H”) governing the shifting of gears versus electronic controls (“E”). During the 1990s and early 2000s, Dodge trucks could have various units installed including the 42RE transmission, 44RE transmission, 46RE transmission, 45RFE transmission, 47RE transmission and the 48RE transmission. The latter two were more typical in heavy duty diesel trucks. These variations were all 4-speeds.
By 2001 on the Dodge Dakota and 2002 on the Ram pickup, the most population transmission in Dodge trucks was introduced. The 5-speed 5-45RFE transmission set the bar for Dodge trucks over the next decade. Of the top three transmissions we repair/rebuild the most, the 5-45RFE makes the list along with the 4R70 (Ford) and 4L60 (Chevy). These three units are always stocked on our shelves at multiple locations in case a customer arrives needing an immediate transmission replacement and would rather swap his/her failing transmission with a fully rebuilt transmission in our inventory. This contributes to our team’s ability to provide the Fastest Transmission Service in Denver!
Storage space is a priority for Colorado residents aiming to pack their camping or ski gear into a vehicle and head into the mountains. Popular SUVs such as the Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey with 4WD/AWD capabilities are popular options among locals to accomplish those goals. Similarly, the Dodge Grand Caravan, an industry-leading and spacious van over the last 25+ years, has provided Colorado residents and businesses a reliable option to carry passengers or cargo. Dodge engineers had to design transmissions to keep up with the load usage associated with these vehicles and its owners.
The Advanced Transmission Center team has completed countless Dodge transmission repairs. Some of the transmissions in these SUVs and vans are common to those found in trucks. Others include front wheel drive variations, notably the A604 transmission. The “604” transmission was the most popular Dodge transmission from the mid-1990s into the next decade. Common 604 transmission issues include a shudder due to the torque converter lock up and a weak pressure regulator valve causing harsh shifts. This model was also known as the 41TE transmission due to an updated change in nomenclature. The next generation of this A604/41TE was the 62TE transmission found in both the Grand Caravan since 2007 and Dodge Journey since 2009.
Dodge cars have been known for American power rather than practicality. Models such as the Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum embody that emphasis on performance and strength. If there’s any doubt, ask any car enthusiast about the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat! These cars borrow from many of the transmissions found in Dodge trucks, SUVs and vans. Whether it’s the A604, 41TE, 42LE, 44RE, 45RFE, 62TE, 722.6 (Mercedes-designed unit) or 8HP, these Dodge cars were crafted for performance!
Other Dodge cars that prioritize functionality include the Dodge Colt, Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Nitro, Dodge Spirit and Dodge Stealth. Regardless of its characteristics, the Advanced Transmission Center team has completed Dodge transmission repairs across the entire Dodge lineup of vehicles. This is valuable because repairing a broken transmission is more than having a great in-house rebuild department. The process of removing a bad transmission and installing a repaired transmission (R&I) can take anywhere from 5 to 20 hours; this excludes the time it takes to disassemble and repair the actual transmission. With thousands of steps and no margin for error during R&I steps, you want to trust certified transmission specialists to complete the job, not a general automotive mechanic.
Many Dodge trucks, SUVs, vans and cars in Colorado rely on 4×4 capabilities to handle the local conditions where traction control is important. Similar to a transmission is periodically serviced, vehicle owners must maintain the 4WD/AWD system with scheduled inspections and maintenance services. A transfer case assists in sending rotational power from 2 wheels to 4 wheels. In some cases, a transfer case will facilitate a full-time 4×4 or All-Wheel-Drive system. Our team has successfully completed hundreds of Dodge transfer case rebuilds across five decades and possess the expertise to differentiate between a faulty transfer case versus faulty transmission. This can be a costly mistake if misdiagnosed. We also regularly service and repair Dodge differentials, especially on trucks, vans and SUVs. Differential repair is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to repair once damaged. Failure of these parts in the Dodge drivetrain can be delayed or even prevented with periodic inspection and servicing of the fluid. Call now to schedule a diagnosis with our team of drivetrain experts.
Drivetrain and transmission repair should be entrusted to a specialty transmission shop. General mechanics cannot keep up with the quickly evolving trends in transmission design and technology. For example, in a 62TE transmission, a solenoid block commonly fails but there are two additional electrical components that also need to be replaced on a quality rebuild. If only a solenoid block is replaced, another problem could be looming down the road. Also, recognizing the nuanced difference between the 5-45RFE (5-speed) and 65RFE (6-speed) helps rebuilders stock the right parts to be ready for a quick transmission rebuild. In this case, these units are identical except for the valve body design. This type of knowledge helps our team optimize inventory management which ensures customers quickly get the right repair with the correct parts at a fair price.
Moreover, modern transmissions are electronically controlled unlike prior models controlled by hydraulic and mechanical stimulus. Understanding the unique programming requirements and electronic controls for each transmission is just as important as picking the right parts. The Advanced Transmission Center team is constantly researching and experimenting to better understand the increasing electrical complexity of transmissions. This knowledge is the single most important factor that will differentiate a quality transmission shop versus its subpar peers.
Dodge transmissions have come a long way since the 2-speed PowerFlite introduced in 1954. Its 3-speed big brothers were the TorqueFlite A904 transmission and the TorqueFlite A727 transmission, introduced in 1960 and 1962, respectively. The A904 can still be found in some Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota vehicles on the road. The A727 is even more popular! The Advanced Transmission Center team rebuilds at least a dozen A727 models each year. This unit can be found in an older Dodge Ram, Dodge Ramcharger, Dodge Dakota or Dodge Durango. These early models set the stage for recent transmissions with up to 8 speeds. Due to a relationship with Daimler, many of the transmissions in Dodge vehicles are manufactured by the ZF Group out of Germany. This trend is not limited to Dodge. Ford also uses the 8HP transmission of ZF Group in some of its models.
Some Dodge models even come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), more commonly found in OEM brands such as Nissan, Honda or Subaru. The Advanced Transmission Center has completed CVT replacements on multiple Dodge Calibers and expect to see more Dodge CVT failures in the coming years.
Whether your Dodge transmission is older, newer, automatic, manual, or CVT, schedule a Free TrueTestTM Inspection and let our team complete a diagnosis of your vehicle.
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This team was so amazing to deal with. I looked for several days to find a transmission shop that would work on my 92 Dodge camper van. It was not an easy task until I found Advanced Transmission. The manager is a kind man who is very respectful of his customers and his techs. His team is very knowledgeable and very informative. My experience with them far exceeded my expectations. I am grateful for my experience with them. Wishing all the guys at Advanced Transmission the best!
– C. Stokes (Verified on Google My Business, Lakewood Facility)
ATC is amazing! Had a tricky transmission issue with our 2009 Dodge Ram 1500; they spent a lot of time troubleshooting and their focus was determining what was the “issue” so that they could repair accordingly. They’re pricing is very competitive; their mechanics are top notch and they get the job done! They go above and beyond to ensure you have the very best customer service experience AND stand behind their repairs. I will never take any of our vehicles anywhere else for transmission repairs and/or servicing.
–C. Sanders (Verified on Google My Business, Wheat Ridge Facility)