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.

Prepare the U151E in your RAV4 for winter weather


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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

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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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Automatic Transmission: Four Simple Tips to Get More Miles

Posted by on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Car owners who follow a few simple rules can get more miles out of their transmission. Image Source: Flickr CC User, aresauburn


Automatic transmissions are among the most complex parts in a car. That’s part of the reason why they’re also the ones that tend to break when you least want them to, so it’s a good idea to do whatever you can to keep them in top shape. To avoid problems you want catch and fix them early. Here are a few tips that will help you get the most mileage out of your automatic transmission. Continue reading…

Towing With Your Ford Super Duty Truck: Keep Your 4R100 Transmission Cool

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The 4R100 is a four-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. Ford based it heavily on the earlier C6 automatic transmission. The 4R100 is the predecessor to the E40D, and both transmissions were considered to be very heavy duty. Ford designed the 4R100 to install in their heaviest and most powerful vehicles of the day. They used it behind the mighty Powerstroke diesel engine and in the supercharged V8 motor used in the legendary Ford Lightning pickup truck. Ford first put 4R100 into production in 1999. It’s short lifespan only lasted five years. While the 4R100 automatic transmission was discontinued after the 2004 model year, it can be found in many Ford trucks, including the Expedition, the F-150 Harley Davidson Edition, the high-performance Lightning pickup, the Excursion and the Ford E-series of full size vans. Ford also used it in the Ford Super Duty pickup trucks.

Towing can be very hard on the 4R100 transmission in your Ford Super Duty.


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Rally Racing: an Automatic Transmission Can Give You More Control

Posted by on Monday, November 10th, 2014

An automatic transmission is better for rally racing for a few reasons. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to control your car during a rally race, make sure to get an automatic.
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The unstated assumption with a lot of auto enthusiasts is that the control given to the driver of a manual transmission makes it a superior choice for rally racing. The problem is that this is a really simplistic approach to the sport and doesn’t take into account the many advantages of an automatic when you’re engaged in this sort of race. It’s not necessarily the best choice for beginners, but aficionados are finding more and more that the reliability and control of an automatic transmission make them superior for rally racing. Continue reading…