Lower The Quarter Miles Times In Your 4L60E Equipped Z28 Camaro

Posted by on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The 4L60E is a modern four-speed automatic transmission built and designed by the General Motor Corporation. It comes from a a family of transmissions that include the 4L60, 4L60E and 4L65E. All these transmissions are heavily based on a modified version of GM’s first automatic overdrive transmission, the 700R4, which itself is based on the much earlier TH350 three speed transmission. Th 4L60E first saw production in 1993 (in the GMC Vandura and GMC Jimmy) and was eventually taken out of use at the end of the 2008 model year (last used in the Chevrolet Avalanche). The 4L60E is equipped with a perfect first gear ratio of 3.059:1 and a very sweet over drive ratio of 0.7:1 (30% over driven).  The result is good off-the-line performance combined with better gas mileage. The 4L60E automatic transmission could be found in almost every GM car of the time period, including the Sonoma, the Holden Caprice, the Pontiac GTO, the Chevrolet Impala SS, the Chevy Corvette and the GMC Safari van. It could also be found in the Z28 Camaro.

The Z28 Camaro came wit the 4L60E transmission


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Lotus Exige to Get Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Lotus Exige. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Lotus Exige is getting an automatic transmission.
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In a surprising announcement, the Lotus Exige will soon be getting an automatic transmission option on top of its traditional manual. Both the Exige S and the Exige S Roadster will soon be sold with a six-speed automatic version, and Lotus is incredibly excited to be rolling out these new models.

Considering the sporty nature of the Lotus group in general, many car lovers have been a little taken aback by this announcement, especially since the perception is that sports cars and serious racers don’t do automatics. Lotus wants to change that perception and open up their line to a whole new group of potential customers, bringing the light and agile Exige to a place where anyone, even people who aren’t lovers of the manual transmission, can enjoy the kind of ride being offered.

What many people have said so far is that they find it difficult to understand how an automatic can really fit with a car that is so dedicated to being present in the moment. Thus far, most drivers have enjoyed the feel of driving that the Exige gives more than anything else, something they believe shifting is an integral part of. The Lotus Group doesn’t feel this will be a factor.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, has this to say about the feel of the Exige Automatic: “By introducing a paddle-shift, we have expanded the Exige product range to make it more accessible to customers worldwide. Now, customers who are more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can enjoy the unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”

And this shouldn’t have a major effect on performance, either. Right now, the Exige S manual can go from 0 to 100 kilometers in 3.9 seconds. In tests so far, it looks like the Exige S Automatic will be able to accomplish the same feat in 3.8 seconds, beating both the manual and the perception that manuals are naturally faster than automatics.

That is not all, of course. The transmission itself is a real treat, with gear shift characteristics that have been calibrated to reflect dynamic system changes based on what mode the driver wants to travel in: “Race” or “Sport”. Both modes are intense and show a certain aspect of the character of the Exige S in general, but they also have significant differences that will encourage frequently switching them, and justify the flexible transmission options.

The optimized gear selection and response are also highly evident in the new Exige S from what the tests seem to indicate. This new automatic is set up to move quickly and smoothly between gears and adjust to road conditions with ease.

There will be a number of people who consider this a betrayal by Lotus, but they have not abandoned any of their design principles in creating this. Rather, the Exige S Automatic is a great way to open up the excitement of driving a Lotus to a whole new audience.

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Extend the Life Of the Allison 1000 Transmission in Your 2006 Chevrolet Kodiak Tow Vehicle

Posted by on Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Allison 1000 is a 6-speed double overdrive transmission produced by the Allison Transmission Company in Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore, MD. It comes from a family of similar transmissions that also includes the 2000 and 2400. Early Allison 1000’s were initially 5-speed transmissions, but in 2006 they added a sixth overdrive gear. Somewhat confusingly, the company didn’t change the transmission name when they added the sixth gear. The Allison 1000 is an extremely heavy duty transmission, capable of handling up to 620 lb-ft of torque. Compare this to GM’s highest rated transmission, the 4L80E which can only handle 420 lb-ft of torque. Put into use in 2006, the Allison 1000 transmission is still in production. This heavy duty transmission can be found in all sorts of motor home and custom applications, along with the Chevrolet Silverado, the Hummer H1, the Chevrolet B-Series and the GMC Sierra. It can also be found in the Chevrolet Kodiak and the GMC Topkick.

The Chevrolet Kodiac came with the Allison 1000 automatic transmission


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Signs of Transmission Problems: Look Out for These In Your ’99 VW Cabrio Automatic

Posted by on Friday, November 21st, 2014

The 99 VW Cabrio has plenty of transmission problems. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

While the Volkswagen Cabrio is a great car, look out for these signs of transmission problems.
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If you own a 1999 VW Cabrio, the chances are that no matter how well you took care of it, you’re starting to run into at least a few problems, especially with the transmission. There are a number of issues this particular automobile is known for, which, unfortunately, only get worse with time. While there isn’t much you can do about most of these issues, if you know these signs of transmission problems you’ll be prepared and ready to handle them when the pop up. Continue reading…

Winter Driving Tips: Get the U151E Transmission in Your RAV4 Ready for the Cold Weather

Posted by on Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The U151E is a five-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Toyota Motor Company. It’s a transaxle assembly intended for use in front-wheel drive vehicles. The U515E transmission is very similar to the U151F transmission, with the major difference being that the U151F is designed for four-wheel drive applications. The U151E has a very steep first-gear ratio of 4.235:1 which makes it great for quick take offs, especially when used with small, underpowered engines. On the other end of the spectrum, the U151E has an overdrive ratio of 0.75:1 (24% overdriven) which helps achieve great gas mileage. Toyota first put this transmission into use in 2004 and used it all the way up through the end of the 2012 model year. Toyota used the U151E in many of its branded vehicles, including the Highlander, the Sienna, the Camry and the Avalon. It was also used in the Toyota RAV4.

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A Look at the Eight-Speed Audi S8 Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The Audi S8 transmission is in a class of its own. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

When taking a look at the eight-speed Audi S8 automatic transmission, you will notice that it’s special.
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For the past several years, Audi has been undergoing major changes in the way that they do things, trying very hard to make sure that they stay at the cutting edge of automotive trends and build a brand around being responsive to the needs of luxury car buyers. That’s part of the reason the Audi A8 is equipped with the ZF 8HP automatic transmission.

Built by ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s subsidiary in Saarbrücken, the 8HP actually had its start in BMWs, specifically the V12 7 Series. It was an immediate hit, and soon ZF Friedrichshafen AG began making their new eight-speed for a number of manufacturers, including Audi. Continue reading…

Transmission Service: Get the H5 Transmission in Your Acura TL Ready for the Christmas Season

Posted by on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The H5 is a five-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Honda Motor Company. It is considered a trans-axle because it incorporates the axle’s assembly and the transmission into one unit. The H5 is designed exclusively for vehicles with front wheel drive. The H5 transmission was the predecessor to the B7XA and the MPYA transmissions, and was eventually replaced by the H6 automatic transmission (a six-speed transmission).  The H5 automatic transmission first went into production in 2000, and Honda kept it as part of the lineup through the end of the 2006 model years. Honda used this transmission in many Honda and Acura vehicles, including the Acura CL, the Acura MDX, the Honda Odyssey, and the Honda Accord. It could also be found in the Acura TL.

The Acura TL came with the H5 automatic transmission

The Acura TL came with the H5 automatic transmission Source:

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Off Roading the Dunes: Is Your Ram’s A727 Transmission Up to the Task?

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

The A727 is a three-speed automatic transmission designed by the Chrysler Corporation. It is mainly found in two-wheel drive vehicles, although it can be used in four-wheel drive applications in conjunction with a transfer case. Internally to Chrysler, the A727 is also referred to as the 36H or the 37HR. Chrysler eventually replaced it with the four-speed A518 and A618 transmissions. Most A727 are purely mechanical transmissions, although some of the later versions incorporated a lockup torque converter that required the use of an electrical solenoid. The A727 is considered a very heavy duty transmission. It was built alongside the A904 transmission, which was a weaker version of the A727. Compared to modern multiple speed transmissions, the A727 comes equipped with a poor first gear ratio choice of 2.45:1. This helps neither mileage nor low-speed take off. The very early A727 transmissions were heavy cast iron units. Starting in 1962, Chrysler started producing the transmission with a lightweight, but strong, aluminum case. Chrysler continued to produce the A727 through 1991, when it was finally replaced because engineers needed a transmission with more gears to meet new strict CAFE mileage laws. The A727 was used widely throughout the many Chrysler brands, and could be found in vehicles like the Hemi-powered Road Runner, the Plymouth Fury station wagon, the big block Dodge Darts, the high speed Dodge Daytona’s and the 340 six-pak Dodge Challengers. Chrysler also used them in Dodge Ram trucks.

The Dodge Ram Turck came with the A727 transmission


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Why Automatic Transmissions Have the Best Resale Value

Posted by on Friday, November 14th, 2014

An automatic transmission is more valuable. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to sell your car down the road, consider one with an automatic transmission.
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If you’re making a large purchase, it helps to think of it as an investment. That being said, trying to actually control the resale value of your car is a lot like trying to do alchemy. With two broken arms.

So many things can affect how well your car resells, including the mileage, general condition, mechanical condition, options, popularity, and a host of other factors. However, one thing has become increasingly clear: automatic transmissions are almost sure to make the back the money invested in getting them, if not turn a profit. Continue reading…

Transmission Swap: Changeout You Manual to an Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

some desire to swap their transmission. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to enjoy reliability, consider swapping to an automatic transmission.
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You’ve had plenty of time with the manual transmission in your car but after years of having to shift you’re getting tired of the whole thing. You still love your car, so you want to keep it, but it’s time to for a transmission swap.

Swapping out a manual for an automatic transmission isn’t as rare a thing as you might expect. In fact, plenty of people make this change every year for a number of reasons including convenience, resell value, or just a desire to no longer be tied to the hassle of having to always be paying attention to your RPMs and continually taking your hands off the wheel. Regardless of your reasons, this is a common switch and one that can be incredibly easy or incredibly difficult depending on the model you’re working with.

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