AAMCO Colorado Frequently Asked Questions

image of girl smiling, sitting in driver seat, hand on steering wheel, looking at you over shoulder out window.

At AAMCO Colorado our goal is customer satisfaction. Along with that comes education – helping you, the customer, understand as much about your car as possible. Oftentimes you have a question about your car, espcially when there is a problem. We’re here to answer your questions and help you understand your car, as well as get an idea of what might be wrong.

Questions from Real People, Answers from Expert Mechanics

General Service Questions

Q. How often does my car need a tune up?

As long as your car wasn’t made before 1970, a tune up once every 30,000 miles should suffice. A tune up is a good idea for several reasons, foremost because it make you aware of potentially larger issues that will cost more money if not taken care of as soon as possible. Also, it helps you set and appreciate the value of a regular maintenance schedule. Get more information on what is included in a tune up.

Q. What is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways for you to save money, avoid unnecessary costly repairs, and ensure the long, reliable life of your car. A good regular maintenance schedule involves making sure that everything in the car works right. Following the factory recommended maintenance is a good practice that helps you keep track of important checkups and services necessary to ensure your car is running as efficiently as possible. If you don’t get preventative maintenance for your car occasionally, you’re likely going to pay for it later. Take advantage of our seasonal specials that often include FREE inspections.

Q. Does it really matter where I take my car for service?

Servicing your car properly now means you won’t have to pay for expensive repairs later. Repairs usually become necessary when a car isn’t properly taken care of. AAMCO Colorado is a trusted source for vehicle servicing and repair. From manufacturer recommended maintenance and regular services. just check out our reviews.

Q. Should I take my car to the dealership?

Dealerships tend to charge higher rates. AAMCO Colorado offers more personalized service than you’ll find from a large dealership, plus we have many locations to serve you in Colorado and nationwide.

Check Engine Light & Car Not Starting

Q. Why won’t my car start?

There are many reasons why your car is having difficulty starting, or won’t start at all.

  • Bad starter
  • Alternator is failing
  • Fuel pump is failing or fuel line is clogged
  • Fuel injector is bad or clogged
  • Spark plugs are worn out
  • Bad or failing Engine Control Module (ECM)

Call your local AAMCO Colorado repair shop if your car won’t start. Towing available based on location.
Get tips on what to do when your car won’t start.

Q. My check engine light is on. What should I do?

There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light comes on. Although your car might seem fine, we suggest bringing it in to your local AAMCO Colorado for an inspection. We’ll do a thorough review of all major systems in your car. We check to make sure you are completely up to date on recommended factory maintenance and your car is safe and efficient. We identify any issues and recommend the necessary repairs, but we don’t do any work without your approval.

Important Parts & Maintenance

Q. Is it necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?

YES. The timing belt regulates the speed at which your engine runs. When the timing belt breaks, the engine is thrown into chaos – all its systems and moving parts are suddenly thrown out of sync. The engine then seizes up and stops running. If you’re lucky, the piston rods don’t blow through the engine block, or some other massive damage has not occurred. You will end up having your car towed to a mechanic, for quite possibly some terrible news. You might be facing a lot of expensive repairs, if repairs are even possible, or you might just have to get a new car.

What do I do if…?

Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is to call your Local AAMCO Colorado location, towing will be available.

Q. What should I do if I hear unusual noises in my car?

Noises can be serious; it is best to have our vehicle checked by one of your local AAMCO Colorado professional technicians.

When should I…?

Q. When should I change my oil? How many miles between oil changes?

You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. When should I have my car’s alignment checked?

To maximize the life expectancy of your tires, alignment should be performed once a year or every 10-12,000 mile.

Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.

What is that…?

Q. What is that milky brown engine oil?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket) or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.

Q. What is that smell coming out of the air conditioning vents when I turn the a/c on?

The air conditioning filter is dirty and collecting mold. Have your A/C system check out by your local AAMCO

Q. What is that clicking noise when making sharp turns?

Most likely the C.V. axles are in need of replacement. Have you front end checked by a professional technician.

Q. What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, high mileage vehicles, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates.

How do I…?

Q. How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

Q. How do I replace a burned-out fuse?

Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

Questions About AAMCO Services

image of young woman smiling at us from driver side of car, open window.

Q: Do you offer towing?

Yes we do. Check with your Local AAMCO Colorado location for more information.

Q: What is your warranty?

Each AAMCO Colorado dealer offers a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty on Total Car Care services. This does not include minor transmission repairs. If you need service, call toll-free 1-877-922-2626 or call your local AAMCO Colorado dealership for information on transmission repair and Total Car Care services. Get complete information on AAMCO warranties and extended service contracts.

Q: How long will the repair take?

The length of time depends on the type of repair, facility scheduling and availability of any necessary parts.

Q: Will you be utilizing all new parts in my vehicle?

AAMCO uses both new and remanufactured parts where required to bring your vehicle up to (OEM) original manufacturer specifications.

Q: Do you have financing?

Check with your Local AAMCO Colorado. Our locations deal with some financing companies to help get your vehicle serviced.

Q: Do you accept extended warranties?

Yes, we accept and work with all extended warranties.

image of smiling, friendly AAMCO mechanic. Can’t Find Your Question or Answer?

Ask a Mechanic

AAMCO Colorado mehanics are certified and have years of experience in transmission and automotive repairs and maintenance. If you have a question that is not answered here, Ask a Mechanic.

Find Your AAMCO Colorado Auto Service & Repair Center

 
AAMCO Evergreen all metro mountain

27659 County Hwy 74 | Evergreen, Colorado, 80439

(720) 708-6954
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm,
Also Serving: Kittredge, Idledale, Morrison, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Evergreen, Colorado provides you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil change, brake repair and service, cooling and radiator service, fluid service, struts and shocks repair, car tune-up, and much more. We know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly - in the mountains or down in the city. Come to AAMCO Transmission Repair and Auto Service Center in Evergreen, CO for the best service around.

AAMCO Pueblo all south

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

(719) 542-8040
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Pueblo, 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 Northglenn all metro

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

(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 all metro

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

(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 Denver all metro

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

(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.

AAMCO Greeley all north

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

(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 Colorado Springs all south

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

(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 Aurora - Hampden & Tower all metro

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

(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 all metro

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

(303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm

As your local, independent AAMCO of Aurora (East Colfax Ave.) 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. From cars and trucks to 4x4's and AWD's, we've got you covered!

AAMCO Arvada all metro

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

(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 Lakewood all metro

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

(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 Brighton all metro

10500 Havana Ct Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

(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 Littleton all metro

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

(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 Fort Collins all north

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

(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.

Previous Next
Page 1 of 1

Schedule an Appointment Now!

Schedule an Appointment for a FREE Diagnostic Test at one of our many locations, or call us at 1-877-79-AAMCO (1-877-792-2626). If you have questions, ask us online through our Ask a Mechanic page or give us a call and one of our auto technicians will be happy to help.

Be sure to check out our AAMCO Colorado blog for the latest news and tips regarding transmission repair & auto repair.

  • * We do our best to serve each and every customer. If you require an appointment within 24-36 hours, please call for assistance. Appointments booked online less than 24-36 hours in advance might not be available. Contact your selected AAMCO location directly to schedule your appointment.