My Check Engine Light Is On

What’s wrong with my car?

There are many reasons your check engine light comes on, some simple to fix, some not so simple.

Oxygen sensor malfunction.

image of orange check engine lights icon that would appear on dashboard display.The oxygen sensor determines the air/fuel mixture that goes into the cylinders for the pistons to push, detonate, and power the engine. The principal of combustion, in this case internal combustion as it applies to your car’s engine, is predicated on oxygen. No air, no boom. No boom, no go. The oxygen sensor analyzes the oxygen flow and fuel mix, and makes adjustments as necessary to make sure the mix isn’t too rich or too lean in the cylinders. The resulting exhaust gases from the combustion in the cylinders pass through the exhaust manifold, where any residual fuel vapor is burned off. The remaining pollutant gases then pass to the catalytic converter, which converts the toxic gases into something a little more environmentally friendly.

If the oxygen sensor malfunctions, a lot of things are affected. Your gas mileage will suffer drastically. The engine just won’t perform as efficiently or powerfully as possible. If you don’t get the oxygen sensor fixed right away, the catalytic converter will be damaged or destroyed. Catalytic converters are expensive, and they are generally just replaced instead of repaired due to their complexity and use of expensive metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Think $200 oxygen sensor or $2,000 catalytic converter and other expenses. Yay oxygen sensor!

Catalytic converter failure.

Remember that time the check engine light came on and you ignored it for a few weeks, but then you finally got around to having it checked and it was the oxygen sensor that made the light come on? You made sure the mechanic turned off the check engine light, but you ignored the oxygen sensor and didn’t get it fixed for a month. Now the check engine light is back – and instead of $200 for that oxygen sensor you didn’t want to pay, it needs $2,000 or your car won’t run. The catalytic converter has failed, and it’s taking your car with it.

Hey Sparky, pay attention to the light.

The spark plugs create the sparks that make the air/fuel mixture in the cylinders explode. No sparks, no explosions, no internal combustion in the engine means you are going nowhere, or at best, you’re going slowly, noisily, and inefficiently. You might be one of those lucky people that never has to change the spark plugs (whether they need changing or not is another matter – we’re just talking about having to do the actual work) because you know and go to AAMCO. As with the oxygen sensor, replacing spark plugs is cheap. Repairing the damage you get if you don’t replace them is expensive. You’ll probably have to replace the ignition coil, along with the spark plugs, for around $400. Bonus to all of this: the catalytic converter will probably have to be replaced at this point, too. It’s sensitive to spark bad spark plugs. Are you seeing a pattern here?

Mass airflow sensor is on its way out. Act accordingly.

The mass airflow sensor measures the volume of air flowing into the engine and helps determine how much fuel to inject into the engine. Without this, you get all kinds of funky behavior from the engine. It’s hard to start; it hesitates, drags, or jerks, especially at acceleration; the engine hiccups or idle is too fast or too slow. Without this vital component, your vehicle’s emissions output will go up, and your fuel efficiency will go the other direction.

Check engine? Check gas cap.

If the check engine light comes on right after you pull away from the station, it’s a good bet you need to pull over and check that the gas cap is on tight enough. Check it, tighten it, restart the engine and see if the light comes on again. If it doesn’t, you just fixed the problem!

If the cap is on nice and tight, and the check engine light comes on again, then there is something else wrong. It is possible that the gas cap is loose and won’t tighten anymore, or has a leak due to a worn out seal or a crack. In these cases, it’s a good idea to get a new gas cap and see if that fixes the problem. If the check engine light doesn’t come on after you replace the fuel cap, you’ve just saved yourself time, money, and many sleepless nights.

Of course, if you pull over to investigate and the gas cap is not on at all – as in missing – then you probably should go back to the gas station and look for it. If you can’t find it, a new cap is in your immediate future and will most likely make the check engine light go away.

AAMCO Colorado Can Help You With All Your Car Care Needs

Image of car mechanic inspecting engine, hood up.AAMCO Colorado’s expert mechanics can diagnose that check engine light and run diagnostics on your vehicle, including computer codes. We’ll make sure everything is in good working order, note needed repairs or scheduled maintenance, and get you back on the road safely and reliably. Call or come into your locally owned Colorado AAMCO transmission and total car care center today for the best in automotive repairs, maintenance, and customer service.

Ask a Mechanic

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If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to submit your question to our Ask A Mechanic service.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you have any questions, feel free to call and talk with one of our courteous technicians. Or, fill out the form below to reserve your time, date, and location.

  • *Please note that we do our best to serve each and every customer. Appointments booked less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. A manager will contact you directly.

Find Your Locally Owned & Operated AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Center

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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Synthetic Motor Oil or Conventional

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If you’re not sure what motor oil to use for your car, read on.

What does the manufacturer of your vehicle recommend?

Check your owner’s manual. This will tell you not only what kind of motor oil is best for your car, but the schedule you should follow for changing the oil and filter, along with other regular maintenance recommendations. If you don’t have the owner’s manual for your car, go online and do some research. You’ll find all kinds of information – and opinions. The challenge then becomes sifting through it all to make the right decision. Luckily, AAMCO Colorado is here to help. We’ve put together some information to help you understand and make good decisions about the maintenance of your car, especially when it comes to oil.

Synthetic motor oil or conventional?

Synthetic oil is basically an artificial engine lubricant created from chemicals. Some classes of synthetic oil are called synthetic blends. They use conventional oil as a base, then are chemically processed to produce synthetic lubricant or “oil.” Other synthetics may be 100% artificial, but use other raw materials. For our purposes here, synthetic means 100% synthetic or artificial, no blends.image of clear golden colored oil pouring out of wide mouth plastic bottle.

Conventional motor oil is refined from crude oil and is referred to as standard or mineral-based oil. Always check your owner’s manual to see if synthetic oil is required. On some late model cars, high performance vehicles, and hybrids, synthetic oil is a requirement, not an option. If you don’t use the right kind of oil, you risk voiding the engine warranty. Conventional oil should not be considered to inferior to synthetic oil. It is just a different way of lubricating the engine and has to be changed more frequently.

Is synthetic motor oil better for your car? It depends.

The main goals of synthetic oils are to reduce engine wear and oil degradation. Synthetic oils are thinner and more resistant to temperature extremes. They degrade less, or more slowly, than conventional oil, and are more durable, which results in less frequent oil changes and a better lubricated engine. Synthetic is basically superior to conventional oil because it’s better at doing the things oil is supposed to do inside the engine. But factors such as age and mileage of the car come into play when using synthetic oil over conventional. More on that later.

Oil changes might be less frequent with synthetic oil.

Depending on the make, model, and year of your car the recommended interval for oil changes varies. For conventional oil it has always been 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you use synthetic, your interval is probably 7,500 to 10,000 miles recommended. In some cases, depending on the vehicle manufacturer, 15,000 miles or one year is an acceptable timeframe. Again, this is all dependent on the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil change intervals. Synthetic oil will not magically extend your oil change intervals from 3,000 miles to 15,000 miles.

Is synthetic oil worth the extra cost? Should I switch?

The longevity of synthetic oil is its biggest advantage over conventional oil. Assuming your car does not require synthetic oil, and you are diligent about following routine maintenance schedules – such as oil changes – conventional oil is just fine for your purposes. It’s less expensive, and if you take good care of your car, there is no real reason to use synthetic oil. There are also some potential risks in making a switch from conventional to synthetic if your car is old and has high mileage.

If your car is new and the manufacturer requires, or even just recommends, synthetic oil, and the change interval is 7,500 miles, then obviously you will operate within those guidelines. Going from synthetic to conventional to save money just does not make sense in many cases, especially with new cars.

The cost savings from switching from conventional to synthetic oil due to its not needing to be changed as frequently are probably a wash given the premium prices charged for synthetic oil and change services, as well as potential mechanical glitches. But it really comes down to your car’s make, model, age, your driving habits, how many miles you put on your car every week, month, year, and what the conditions are in which you drive those miles. Just don’t make the decision lightly.

What about older, high mileage vehicles?

image - old american classic carIf your car is about 1990 or older, with a lot of miles, and you are thinking of switching to synthetic oil, you probably should have a mechanic inspect your car’s engine and see how it’s doing with the conventional oil. Just be aware that your oil change intervals should not change drastically, if at all. The car manufacturer’s recommended oil service schedule should still be honored. If your old car was new, with the requirement to use conventional, you would be voiding the warranty by using synthetic and going so long between oil changes. The extended intervals made possible by synthetic oil are sales gimmicks to help justify the higher price. But switching to synthetic – regardless of your vehicle’s age or mileage – is not a magic money-saving solution.

Switching to synthetic might be a “shock” to the car’s system – the engine, gaskets and seals within. The engine can become “used to” conventional oil and a change to synthetic might create leaks in seals, gaskets, and other components that are not as tight as on a newer car. Synthetic oil is thinner and more slippery, so it gets through smaller openings than conventional oil can, which results in leakage. You might think at first that your car is using more oil, but the reality is that the synthetic you’re using is escaping out smaller or weaker points in the seals and gaskets that the conventional oil was not. Conventionally speaking, synthetic oil is supposed to last longer, it just might not last longer in your engine.

In short, those leaks will cause the engine to lose  or even burn oil and require you to check oil levels and get it changed, or topped off, more frequently. If you don’t, you risk damaging the engine or other components. It’s not accurate to say that you should not switch to synthetic if your car is old or has a lot of miles on it, but you should be careful about the decision. Come to your local AAMCO Colorado auto repair center for help in determining if synthetic oil is the right choice for your car.

Which kind of motor oil is better for the environment?

Conventional oil is derived from petroleum, and the various processes through which petroleum is obtained and refined are not necessarily environmentally safe or friendly. Standard oil is also difficult to recycle, though it is done and reputable oil change services and repair shops collect the used oil to be shipped to recycling facilities. The recycling process itself is by no means kind to the environment – but neither is owning and operating a vehicle, for that matter. Synthetic oil is created through processes that utilize toxic chemicals, which are not so environmentally friendly, either. Either way – conventional or synthetic – you’re using a product that requires processes to create, use, and discard or recycle it that are harmful to the environment. Either type of oil takes certain things from the world around us, impacts the world in not-so-good ways, and leaves us with byproducts and dirty, used sludge. So, if someone asks you which type of oil is better for the environment – conventional or synthetic – a good answer is that we have options in reducing the impact we make to the environment over time.

AAMCO Colorado Can Help You With Your Motor Oil

image of AAMCO mechanic sitting in customer's car, customer in passenger seat, both smiling.Whether synthetic or conventional, AAMCO Colorado’s expert mechanics can help you make the right choice. From oil and filter changes to checking vital fluids, systems, and components, we’ll do a vehicle courtesy check, make sure everything is in good working order, note needed repairs or scheduled maintenance, and get you back on the road safely and reliably. Call or come into your locally owned Colorado AAMCO transmission and total car care center today for the best in automotive repairs, maintenance, and customer service.

Ask a Mechanic

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If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to submit your question to our Ask A Mechanic service.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you have any questions, feel free to call and talk with one of our courteous technicians. Or, fill out the form below to reserve your time, date, and location.

  • *Please note that we do our best to serve each and every customer. Appointments booked less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. A manager will contact you directly.

Find Your Locally Owned & Operated AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Center

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

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AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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Reasons Your Transmission is Overheating

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Jun
7

If your transmission is running hot, be aware of possible causes.

Most transmission problems are a result of overheating. The reasons for overheating include low fluid levels, leaks, burned, old or ineffective fluid, and problems with the solenoid. You can ensure the long life and efficient performance of your transmission – and your car – by doing some things to make sure it does not run too hot.

Low fluid is a transmission killer.

Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission. It cools and lubricates the many moving parts of the transmission. Additionally, pressure is crucial to the overall effectiveness of the fluid. Without enough transmission fluid, there will not be enough pressure for the transmission toimage - transmission fluid draining from pan under car on lift operate optimally, and it will start showing signs of trouble, such as slipping, hard shifting, strange noises, and overheating. Low fluid results in excessive wear and tear, which causes the transmission to run hot, and eventually fail. You can check fluid levels by pulling the transmission dipstick. Refer to your owner’s manual for location of the dipstick and the right levels to look for. If you have low fluid levels, you’ll need to add more fluid. Again, check your vehicle owner’s guide for the type of fluid and amounts recommended by the manufacturer.

Old, worn out, or burned fluid will cause the transmission to run hot.

The color of the transmission fluid will tell you if it’s time for a change.

Fresh, effective transmission fluid will get you many happy miles down the road. Old, worn out, or burned fluid will leave you stuck at the side of that road, possibly with irreparable damage. Transmission fluid wears out over time and can become contaminated with dirt and grit. Additionally, burned transmission fluid results from transmission heat – and transmission heat results from low fluid or old, ineffective fluid that needs to be changed. Either way, low or bad fluid can cause transmission heat, and transmission heat can burn the fluid – a vicious cycle that ends in transmission failure. Keep your transmission fluid clean and fresh and it most likely won’t burn. If the transmission fluid is burning, you will notice a strong smell that is generally difficult to describe, but can’t be missed. It’s been described as burning plastic or even burnt toast.

New
Good/OK
Time to Change
Ineffective/Burned

Though transmission fluid comes in different colors these days, the majority of brands are bright, translucent red or pink. Worn out or burned transmission fluid will be dark red, brown, or even black, possibly thick and filled with gunk. The darker the color, the older and more worn out it is, which is evidence that it needs to be changed. If it’s burned, it will smell strongly and you will know your transmission has been running hot and is need of attention. Good transmission fluid should be translucent and clean, with no visible discoloration or contaminants.

Transmission slipping is another hint that the fluid is low and old.

Reasons for the transmission slipping can include things such as worn parts and gears, or a bad clutch, but these are not as common as just plain low or ineffective fluid. Transmission slipping should not be ignored because it’s a sign of problems that should be addressed immediately – including an overheating transmission caused by bad fluid. So, a good examination of the fluid level and its condition might be just what you need. If the slipping persists, then it’s time to take your car to a transmission technician for further diagnosis.

A defective solenoid can cause the transmission to run hot.

The solenoid regulates how much fluid is passed through the transmission. If it malfunctions, not enough fluid is pumped into the transmission, which will result in the transmission overheating. A defective solenoid has to be replaced. A thorough diagnosis of your transmission overheating issues should be able to identify the solenoid as the problem, but sometimes the underlying circuitry can be the issue. Either way, the solenoid should be checked if all other issues have been addressed and your transmission still overheats.

Be aware of other possible causes of transmission overheating.

Towing heavy loads makes your transmission work harder than normal.

image - pickup truck towing towing large trailer.Heavy towing means that your transmission should be serviced more often. You should frequently check fluid levels and colors, and be careful not to exceed load limits.

Driving habits, conditions, and weather.

Urban, or city driving involves a lot of stop and go traffic. The constant accelerating and slowing, shifting up and down through gears, causes your transmission to work harder than normal. Hot weather contributes to an overheating transmission by raising the resting fluid temperature, so it’s warmer than normal from the get-go. Combined with city driving, your transmission fluid is bound to heat up and wear out sooner, so it pays to check it frequently.

What you can do to prevent transmission overheating.

Check the transmission fluid level and color.

By checking the fluid level about once a month, you’ll not only ensure there is always enough fluid for adequate lubrication and pressure in the transmission, you’ll get to examine the color of the fluid. By simply checking the transmission fluid, you’ll be able to spot low fluid levels, as well as dirty or burned fluid before they become problems and cause expensive damage. It’s a good preventative measure you can take that is easy and quick. The more often you do it, the more smoothly your transmission will run, and the more efficient your car will be overall.

Change the transmission fluid according to your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

The frequency of fluid change can be from 30,000 to 60,000 miles, but is dependent on the type of vehicle you drive, your driving habits and requirements, and the conditions in which you drive. If you tow heavy loads or drive in harsh conditions, the frequency of transmission fluid changes will probably be higher than average.

Consider a transmission cooler to help your car’s cooling system.

Your car’s radiator does the job of cooling the transmission, so be sure to maintain it. You should check the coolant from time to time, and change it about every two years. If you tow or haul heavy loads, consider getting a transmission cooler. A transmission cooler provides extra cooling power to car’s cooling system, assisting it in preventing the many hot, running systems in your engine from overheating. The best transmission cooler is a stack plate cooler. It is attached to the front of the radiator to help keep the transmission fluid cool, thereby helping the performance and extending the life of your transmission.

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Find Your Locally Owned & Operated AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Center

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

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AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

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AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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Here’s Why Your Car is Overheating

Your Car’s Cooling System Doesn’t Work

If your car’s cooling system is not in prime running condition, you risk overheating the engine. The main part of the cooling system is the radiator. It keeps the engine from overheating, helping to circulate cooling fluid, regulate its temperature, and prevent engine damage. The radiator, in some circles, takes a more important place in the lineup of engine parts than even the timing belt when it comes to the day-to-day operation of your car.

How Your Car’s Cooling System Works

A car’s cooling system works by pumping liquid coolant through the engine block and cylinder heads to collect heat. It then flows past the thermostat, which monitors temperature, and into the radiator in front of the engine. The radiator disperses and circulates the coolant through thin tubes, or fins. Air flows over the fins and cools the fluid. The coolant is then pumped back into the system by the water pump to collect more heat and repeat the process. The water pump keeps the fluid moving through the system, pushing the coolant through a system of hoses and channels within the engine.image - car radiator with words radiator repair and cooling system maintenance

Proper maintenance of your car’s cooling system is essential to the life of the engine. If you have any questions about your car’s systems, maintenance or repairs, come to AAMCO Colorado where a friendly, local mechanic can help. We’ll run a complete diagnostic inspection if you are experiencing any kind of engine or transmission heat issues. If your cooling system needs adjustment or repair, we’ll identify the problem and tell you what is required to fix it before proceeding with any work.

There are many things that can cause your car to run hot.

Weather

Though rarely is weather the actual cause, it can strain a cooling system that is already having problems. If your car’s cooling system is struggling, extra hot or cold weather can add a lot of strain. Hot weather obviously contributes to the conditions in which your car operates, along with road and traffic conditions. Even cold weather might contribute to overheating, if the coolant (aka anti-freeze) freezes or thickens and cannot circulate.

Driving Habits and Conditions

Your driving habits and the conditions in which you drive have direct influence on your engine’s running temperature, as well as your cooling system’s ability to keep up. Stop and go traffic is rough on an engine, with constant revving, speeding up, and slowing down. Long stretches of idling can cause a lot of heat to build up in the engine, too.image - woman on cell phone, car in background overheating with smoke pouring out of engine.

If you regularly tow heavy loads, this can add a lot of stress on – and heat within –many systems in your car, not just your engine. If you do this towing in hot environments, this will add another factor to your engine’s operating temperature.

Road and environmental conditions, such as bumpy, dusty or rough dirt roads, affect how hard the engine works and how much heat is generated. The excessive dust and dirt that comes with these adverse conditions can clog air and oil filters, as well as contaminate other fluids and systems, if they are not kept up properly.

Coolant

If the coolant fluid level is low, obviously the system will not be able to process the maximum amount of heat out of the engine. Also, if the coolant-to-water mix is incorrect, this will affect the performance of the cooling system in both hot and cold weather. Make sure you use the right kind of coolant, too. Different cars require different levels of protection.

Cooling System Leaks

Leaks can occur throughout the cooling system. It is made up hoses and channels in and around the engine that can crack or break with age, wear and tear, or in extreme operating conditions. A good regular maintenance schedule can help you identify issues before they become major problems, breakdowns, or severe damage.Image - Woman looking at engine, does not know what it is wrong. Should have brought car to AAMCO for regular maintenance services.

Cooling System Blockage

If the coolant can’t easily circulate through the cooling system, it can’t help cool the engine. Some common causes are a faulty thermostat that does not open, mineral or crud buildup in the hoses or channels throughout the system, or some other obstruction, such as a piece of rubber from a broken hose.

Failed Water Pump

This is one of the more common causes, as the water pump is the hardest working part in the cooling system. It keeps the coolant moving and circulating, so when it fails, the system just stops. It is not long before the engine overheats if the water pump fails.

Failed Radiator Fans

The fans that sit behind the radiator keep air flowing through the radiator while the vehicle is moving slowly or is stopped with the engine running. If these fans stop working, then every time you come to a stop the engine temperature will rise.

Low, Dirty Oil

As always, the importance of the right kind of clean oil cannot be stressed enough. Oil plays a large part in keeping the engine cool. It lubricates engine parts to reduce friction, which is a major cause of heat. A good regular maintenance schedule will insure that your engine oil – regular or synthetic – is always at the right level and in optimal condition.

Transmission

Did you know that an overheating automatic transmission can cause the engine to overheat? In cars with automatic transmissions there is a separate transmission radiator cooler which sits inside the radiator tank. Transmission fluid is processed through this separate tank and cooled. If your transmission is not running at optimum levels with clean fluid, it is prone to excessive wear, friction, and slippage – all of which creates a lot of heat that has to be processed by an already hard working cooling system. Keep your transmission in good running condition and you’ll help your cooling system last longer – and vice versa.

Things to do when your car overheats.image-man on cell phone looking at overheating car engine, hood up and smoke coming out.

Here are some things you can do right away that will help cool your engine if it begins to overheat while you’re driving. Always be safe – both on and off the road.

Turn off the air conditioning, put the car in neutral.

In stop and go traffic, or when driving through hills or mountains, air conditioning can cause a lot of extra strain on the engine. If you see the heat rising, turn off the A/C and open the windows instead. In traffic, putting the car in neutral each time you come to a stop and have to idle for more than a few seconds helps reduce the speed at which the engine is running, which in turn keeps it cooler.

Turn on the heat and the inside blower.

It might not be comfortable, but turning on the heat and the blower inside the car will help dissipate the heat in the engine compartment. This can be effective if you’re stuck in traffic or idling a lot and you see the engine temperature gauge rising toward the red zone.

Turn off the engine.

When the temperature gauge red lines and warning lights go on, take heed! Pull over as soon as you safely can, shut the car down, pop the hood open, and let the engine cool off on its own.

Let the engine cool off completely.

Once you’re in a safe spot – pulled over, in a parking lot, or hopefully at home or at a mechanic – make sure you give the engine plenty of time to cool off. Those warning lights you saw before are meant to help prevent damage to the engine, but you won’t be able to look into any possible problems until the engine has cooled off.

Never touch or take off the radiator cap.

This is for your own safety. The cap is hot and the superheated fluid inside the radiator is under high pressure – it will blow out and burn you.

Check for leaks, cracked hoses.

Once the engine has cooled to a point where you don’t feel heat coming off of it. There is most likely a leak in the cooling system. Check around the radiator and engine area for signs of any fluid leaks or sprays. Check hoses for cracks or breaks. Other possible problems are a failed or faulty thermostat, failed water pump, or blockages within the system – all of which require a visit to your mechanic.

Monitor the temperature and be careful.

If you have to start the car back up and start driving again, keep an eye on the temperature gauge and warning lights. Driving fast or slow won’t make a difference either way. Something is wrong with your car. Do your best to move it to a safe place where you can get help.

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Visit an AAMCO Colorado transmission repair and total car care center near you. When larger issues arise and you need cooling system repair, schedule an appointment for a system diagnostic test before it’s too late.

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AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
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Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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My Car’s Air Conditioning Doesn’t Work

Posted Posted by AAMCO Colorado in AAMCO Diagnostics Center, Air Conditioning, Blog, Services     Comments No comments
May
18

Common Car Air Conditioning Problems

Get an AAMCO Colorado Air Conditioning Check Up

Come in to one of our locally owned and operated AAMCO Colorado locations for your free AC check up. We’ll inspect hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks, take temperature readings, make sure your compressor is working properly, and check the drive belt for damage. Depending on the problem, your vehicle need further maintenance, such as installing a new compressor or repairing your air conditioning belt drives, or you might just need a recharge of your refrigerant. Learn more about our full air conditioning services.

Don’t wait until the hottest day of the year to find out your air conditioning doesn’t work.

Most people only think about air conditioning in the hot summer months. dog carWhen winter ends and the weather warms up, a car’s AC might be turned on for the first time in months. You should run your AC a few times throughout the winter, just to make sure it’s working and keep all relevant parts in operational readiness. It’s easy to forget about air conditioning when it’s cold outside, but don’t get caught in the summer with an air conditioning system that doesn’t keep you cool or smells funky.

If it’s blowing hot air…

When your AC is blowing hot air, a number of things could be wrong, including a loose or broken drive belt, a slipping compressor clutch, or faulty or clogged expansion valve. It might be a completely failed compressor or something as simple as a blown fuse. It could also mean there is a leak in one of the air conditioning system lines, hoses, or seals.

The only time the AC would legitimately blow hot air, and not be evidence of a problem, is if you run it in the wintertime with the heat on in order to defog the interior of your car. This serves to dehumidify the cabin, which helps to quickly clear fog from the windows.

If it’s blowing a little cool air…

When your AC is blowing a slight amount of cool air, it could mean a few different things. A low refrigerant charge, loose drive belt, slipping compressor clutch, clogged condenser or evaporator, a slow leak in the system, or a partially clogged filter or expansion valve could all be the culprit.

If the air conditioning smells funny…

If you turn on the air conditioning and you get nice, cool air, but a smell that just doesn’t seem right, it’s an indicator of mold growth, a clogged filter or vent, or maybe a dead mouse or other creature that crawled into the warm engine compartment during the cold winter. In any case, it’s a good idea to have the AC system inspected, because what’s in the air ends up in your lungs, and could cause health problems. Plus, you don’t want that odor possibly ruining the interior permanently, especially if you want to resell it or trade it in – no one wants to buy a used car that stinks.

If the air conditioning is making strange noises…

A car’s air conditioning is a pretty quiet system. It shouldn’t make a lot of noise or cause your car to drive differently. If you notice sounds like squealing, rattling and vibrating, or even a clunk whenever you run your AC, you should turn it off and not use it until you can get to a mechanic to have it checked out. These sounds and sensations indicate potential problems with the AC clutch or the compressor. If the air conditioning is making strange sounds during operation, or not working as well as it should, that’s a sign of trouble. Using the air conditioner while it’s not working properly could cause further damage and cost you more money.

AAMCO Colorado Air Conditioning Check Up and Services

Get your coupon for a FREE air conditioning check up and schedule an appointment with your locally owned and operated Colorado AAMCO center today. Whatever the problem is, we’ll find it and recommend what needs to be done to get you back on the road, running cool and safe.

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How Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Air conditioning is simple if you’re into the principles of thermodynamics, such as evaporation, condensation, compression, and expansion. Otherwise, it’s a system best left to professionals at AAMCO.

Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioning is Failing

Save money – pay attention to these symptoms of trouble with your AC and get them checked at AAMCO.

Check Out This Infographic for Some Handy Air Conditioning Tips

Get Your Air Conditioning Fixed

Find your local family owned and operated AAMCO center and schedule an appointment today.

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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My Transmission Is Slipping

Posted Posted by AAMCO Colorado in AAMCO Diagnostics Center     Comments No comments
May
11

Transmission slipping can be a major problem, especially for automatic transmissions. If your car is showing signs of slipping then you need to get it fixed right away. What can start off as a minor problem can easily turn into a bigger much more expensive fix down the road. Slipping does not necessarily mean that your transmission is near failure but it is signaling that maintenance is required. Because of the sophistication behind automatic transmissions there can be many causes while for manuals the problem is often associated with the clutch.

Signs Your Transmission Is Slipping

There are a few common signs that you should look for. Signs of slipping can appear in a number of forms when you are driving. Signs include:

  • High RPM (over 3,500)
  • Delays in acceleration
  • Inability to reverse
  • Unusual or burnt smells
  • Check engine light
  • Difficulty shifting gears
  • Shifting gears produces a harsh response, or any strange noises.

If you experience any of these symptoms then your car is likely showing signs of a transmission problem. There are a handful of causes for these symptoms, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with your Local AAMCO location. Have a technician inspect your vehicle, and avoid doing more damage to this costly component.

What Causes a Transmission to Slip?

  • Low fluid levels – The most common cause for slipping is low  fluid levels. Low fluid levels can create a number of problems, such as overheating and not enough hydraulic pressure being produced to engage gears. The best way to find out whether you have low fluid levels is to check the fluid via the dipstick in the engine compartment. The transmission fluid is in a closed system and should never be low; low levels could indicate a leak in the transmission.
  • Burnt fluid – Can be distinguished by the smell of burnt toast or a color that is black. Burnt fluid occurs when your transmission overheats, you will have to change the transmission fluid quickly or have it looked at by a transmission specialist in order to diagnose for further damage
  • Worn or broken transmission bands – Transmission bands can become worn or broken, which can cause your transmission to slip. Bands are what links the gears in the automatic transmission together. To remedy this problem, you need the defective band replaced or adjusted.
  • Clutch problems – Automatic and manual transmissions both make use of clutches. Automatics have clutch plates throughout the transmission and in the torque converter that may become worn or burnt from inadequate transmission fluid.
  • Worn out gears – Over time gears can wear out, this is due to normal wear and tear or a malfunctioning set. Worn or frayed gears don’t properly link together so this can cause a bumpy shift.
  • Solenoid Problems – The solenoid is an electro-hydraulic valve, its function is to control the flow of fluid throughout your transmission. Any damage or electronic issues can cause the wrong amounts of fluid to be dispersed.
  • Torque converter issues – Torque converters are what changes the engine’s power into torque that the transmission can use and these can become worn. Fluid flows through the torque converter,  if it fails to do that, your transmission will act funny and transmission slipping is often a symptom.

How to Fix Transmission Slipping

You can solve transmission slipping yourself if it’s simply low fluid, burnt or ineffective fluid, or transmission leaks. This will often require you to either check the fluid, change the fluid, or fix the transmission leak.

On the other hand, problems such replacing or adjusting clutches, replacing or adjusting bands, and replacing gears will require you to dismantle the transmission. These procedures are complicated to explain and will require experience. If you are a novice with transmissions, it’s best to have them done by an expert here at AAMCO.

How to Prevent Transmission Slipping

To prevent your transmission from slipping, you need to regularly maintain your vehicle. This means that you should check the fluid often for any signs of problems, such as leaking, low, dirty, or burnt fluid. Any of these signs can lead to transmission slipping. We recommend that you have your transmission flushed and a new filter installed at least once every 30,000 miles.

If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to submit a question on our Ask A Mechanic section.

Schedule your appointment today. If you have any questions, feel free to call and talk with one of our courteous technicians. Or, fill out the form below to reserve your time, date, and location.

  • *Please note that we do our best to serve each and every customer. Appointments booked less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. A manager will contact you directly.

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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  • My Check Engine Light Is On

    Check Engine Light - AAMCO ColoradoWhat’s wrong with my car? There are many reasons your check engine light comes on, some simple to fix, some not so simple. Oxygen sensor malfunction. The oxygen sensor determines the air/fuel mixture that goes into the cylinders for the pistons to push, detonate, and power the engine. The principal of combustion, in this case internal combustion as it applies to your car’s engine, is predicated on oxygen. ... Continue Reading
  • Synthetic Motor Oil or Conventional

    image of mechanic and customer sitting in car smiling.If you’re not sure what motor oil to use for your car, read on. What does the manufacturer of your vehicle recommend? Check your owner’s manual. This will tell you not only what kind of motor oil is best for your car, but the schedule you should follow for changing the oil and filter, along with other regular maintenance recommendations. If you don’t have the owner’s manual ... Continue Reading
  • Reasons Your Transmission is Overheating

    image - automatic transmissionIf your transmission is running hot, be aware of possible causes. Most transmission problems are a result of overheating. The reasons for overheating include low fluid levels, leaks, burned, old or ineffective fluid, and problems with the solenoid. You can ensure the long life and efficient performance of your transmission – and your car – by doing some things to make sure it does not run too hot. Low fluid ... Continue Reading
  • Here’s Why Your Car is Overheating

    image - confident guy at wheel of car, looking at you over his shoulder.Your Car’s Cooling System Doesn’t Work If your car’s cooling system is not in prime running condition, you risk overheating the engine. The main part of the cooling system is the radiator. It keeps the engine from overheating, helping to circulate cooling fluid, regulate its temperature, and prevent engine damage. The radiator, in some circles, takes a more important place in the lineup of engine parts ... Continue Reading

SUV Driving Safety Tips

Posted Posted by AAMCO Colorado in Colorado Automotive Advice, Total Car Care, Transmission     Comments No comments
Apr
28

SUV drivers may feel secure in their larger vehicles, but without proper SUV driving etiquette they may be putting themselves and others in danger.

12 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads today are SUV’s, the SUV has become the poster-child for everything unsafe on the nation’s highways. From blowouts and rollovers to vision blockers and small-car crushers. Even as manufacturers strive to improve safety ratings, experts say, some simple steps can make SUV drivers and passengers much safer.

SUV problems are not limited to the hardware. Operator error also plays a significant role.

Some SUV drivers believe they can ignore common rules of caution because they’re protected by a bigger vehicle. What they seem to forget is that SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks have different handling characteristics and overconfidence on the part of drivers can lead to consequences.

Some would go as far as to say that SUVs are safer than cars. But the grim stats from crash studies indicate otherwise. When you compare SUVs with vehicles of a similar weight, SUVs tend to be less safe than cars.

Here are 10 safety tips for SUV drivers:

  • Learn to drive it. Just because your state allows you to drive SUVs without added training doesn’t mean you’re qualified. Practice driving in an empty parking lot or other open space under different conditions to get used to the brakes, steering and overall handling.
  • Avoid sudden or sharp steering changes. Recognize an SUV is not designed to make fast, sharp turns, and it handles differently than a low-slung sports car or the family sedan.
  • Consider other drivers. While your driver’s position may have been improved, allowing you to see farther ahead, drivers behind and alongside you can see much less. Drivers behind you cannot see ‘through’ your windshield. They are driving blind to a certain extent and have much less warning that you’re going to stop, making you more likely to be hit in the rear. Be aware of all the vehicles around you in traffic, especially the smaller ones.
  • Recognize visual limitations. Many SUVs are equipped with dark-tinted windows, making it difficult for an SUV driver to know what’s traveling alongside or behind. Check your SUV’s mirrors to make sure they minimize your blind spots on either side. Because of the SUV’s width, the mirrors may require a more outward adjustment. The adjustment may also help to spot smaller vehicles more readily.
  • Brake better. SUVs often require greater braking distance than automobiles, especially in bad weather. Choose a vehicle with anti-lock brakes and use them properly. Maintain firm and constant pressure on the brake pedal, not the ‘pumping’ technique for older vehicles. If your breaks are making grinding, squealing, or other noises, contact your local AAMCO for immediate service.
  • Buckle up. It’s clear that with the rollover issue, SUV drivers should be especially careful to wear seatbelts.
  • Slow down. Most people, not just those who own SUVS, drive too fast. Drive defensively. It gives you more time to react in an emergency.
  • Avoid overloads. Remember that cargo or even passengers further raise the center of gravity, so slow down even more when the vehicle is full.
  • Don’t carry too much weight. Overloading also causes wear and tear to brakes, and can overheat tires, increasing the risk of a blowout.
  • Maintain regularly. Have the vehicle serviced periodically by your local AAMCO, we will pay close attention to your tires and tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can contribute to blowouts.

 

Schedule an appointment at your local AAMCO Colorado location today.

  • *Please note that we do our best to serve each and every customer. Appointments booked less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. A manager will contact you directly.

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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  • My Check Engine Light Is On

    Check Engine Light - AAMCO ColoradoWhat’s wrong with my car? There are many reasons your check engine light comes on, some simple to fix, some not so simple. Oxygen sensor malfunction. The oxygen sensor determines the air/fuel mixture that goes into the cylinders for the pistons to push, detonate, and power the engine. The principal of combustion, in this case internal combustion as it applies to your car’s engine, is predicated on oxygen. ... Continue Reading
  • Synthetic Motor Oil or Conventional

    image of mechanic and customer sitting in car smiling.If you’re not sure what motor oil to use for your car, read on. What does the manufacturer of your vehicle recommend? Check your owner’s manual. This will tell you not only what kind of motor oil is best for your car, but the schedule you should follow for changing the oil and filter, along with other regular maintenance recommendations. If you don’t have the owner’s manual ... Continue Reading
  • Reasons Your Transmission is Overheating

    image - automatic transmissionIf your transmission is running hot, be aware of possible causes. Most transmission problems are a result of overheating. The reasons for overheating include low fluid levels, leaks, burned, old or ineffective fluid, and problems with the solenoid. You can ensure the long life and efficient performance of your transmission – and your car – by doing some things to make sure it does not run too hot. Low fluid ... Continue Reading
  • Here’s Why Your Car is Overheating

    image - confident guy at wheel of car, looking at you over his shoulder.Your Car’s Cooling System Doesn’t Work If your car’s cooling system is not in prime running condition, you risk overheating the engine. The main part of the cooling system is the radiator. It keeps the engine from overheating, helping to circulate cooling fluid, regulate its temperature, and prevent engine damage. The radiator, in some circles, takes a more important place in the lineup of engine parts ... Continue Reading

 

 

National Car Care Month

Posted Posted by AAMCO Colorado in AAMCO Diagnostics Center, Electrical     Comments No comments
Apr
18

Why is April National Car Care Month?

In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips! National Car Care Month reminds you to take car of any issues that may have occurred or been ignored during winter.

Spring driving brings its own hazard such as slick, wet roads. It is important to make sure you tires, brakes and windshield wiper are ready for the rain. Spring also means allergy season

While AAMCO considers every month car care month, April is the official National Car Care Month according to the non-profit Car Care Council. The councils purpose is to educate consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. That being said, there really isn’t a better time during the year to remind car owners about the importance of regular maintenance. You are probably tired of cleaning snow and salt off of your car and dodging those manhole sized potholes. As you transition from wintry weather temperatures to warm summer days, you begin to adopt an overall spring cleaning mind-set, clean the house, mow the lawn, plan that long summer road trip. We are here to help you make sure you can accomplish at least one of those goals.

With summer road trips in mind, let’s think about things that could have been affected by the harsh winter weather.

  • Battery Cables and Terminals Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight.
  • Drive Belts Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals.
  • Engine Hoses Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or have an excessively spongy feeling.
  • Tire Type and Tread In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.
  • Tire Pressure Check the inflation pressures of all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures—typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s door jamb.
  • Air Filter Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a bright light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked by most of the filter, replace it. Some filters are made of materials that do not pass light; replace these filters at the automakers’ recommended intervals.
  • Coolant Levels Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store.
  • Lights Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
  • Wiper Blades The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In regions where snow is common, consider installing wiper blades that have a one-piece plastic “beam” frame, or “winter blades” that wrap the metal frame in a rubber boot – both of these designs help prevent snow and ice buildup that can interfere with blade-to-glass contact.
  • Washer Fluid Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
  • Brakes If there are any indications of brake problems, such as a low pedal, grinding noise or steering pull under braking, have the system inspected by a certified technician.
  • Engine, Transmission, Brake and Power Steering Fluids Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.

 

Schedule your appointment today. If you have any questions, feel free to call and talk with one of our courteous technicians. Or, fill out the form below to reserve your time, date, and location.

  • *Please note that we do our best to serve each and every customer. Appointments booked less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. A manager will contact you directly.

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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    Check Engine Light - AAMCO ColoradoWhat’s wrong with my car? There are many reasons your check engine light comes on, some simple to fix, some not so simple. Oxygen sensor malfunction. The oxygen sensor determines the air/fuel mixture that goes into the cylinders for the pistons to push, detonate, and power the engine. The principal of combustion, in this case internal combustion as it applies to your car’s engine, is predicated on oxygen. ... Continue Reading
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Spring Tune-Up

Posted Posted by AAMCO Colorado in Safety, Services, Total Car Care     Comments No comments
Apr
17

After a long Colorado winter, you’re likely ready to give up your hibernating ways for some adventure and rays. For many Coloradans this means family vacations, trips to the mountains, camping, and weekend road trips. Whatever your style, you’re likely getting ready to hit the road, but are you sure that your vehicle is up to the task?

Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your vehicle, so it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:

  1. Change your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of the best ways to promote engine health. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
  2. Check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
  3. Replace your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the middle of a Colorado popup spring shower.
  4. Check your charging system. Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. If your battery is more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
  5. Fix your windshield. In cities where sand and rocks are used on icy roads, motorists often end up with chips and cracks in their windshields. Although these may not seem like a big deal, any damage to your windshield can decrease the overall effectiveness of airbags, seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. If your windshield has a crack, it’s important to have it repaired or replaced immediately.image - red pencil making check marks in check boxes on checklist
  6. Check your lighting. Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
  7. Lubricate your chassis parts. Many newer cars are “lubed-for-life,” but some still require regular chassis lubrication so check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also require periodic lubrication.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visualWhat damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
  9. Check your filters. Your car has a number of filters that are important to its longevity and should be replaced regularly. Check your engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for damage or clogging and replace them if necessary.
  10. Check your tires. Your tires are the only point of contact between you and road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the pressure of all your tires (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace them if they are worn or damaged.

 

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