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Get the Job Done: DIY Steps For Changing Your Transmission

Posted by on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

If you want to watch your car last a long time, make sure to change your transmission when it starts to fail. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to save money in the long run, remember to rebuild your transmission rather than replace the entire car.
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When your transmission stops working, it’s usually because there’s a single, interior component that has gone bad. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, spotting what’s wrong is always that difficult. But not all of us are experienced mechanics, so in the following sections, we’ll provide you with some helpful DIY tips for changing your transmission.

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Extend The Life Of Your Dodge Dart A727 Transmission With These Tips

Posted by on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The A727 is a 3-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Chrysler Corporation. It is an older model automatic transmission that lacks the overdrive gear(s) found in all modern-day automatic transmissions. The A727 originated for the A488 transmission, which was formed from a very heavy cast-iron case and removable torque converter housing. The A727 differs from the A488 in that it uses a one piece case / torque converter housing and is made of lightweight, but very strong aluminum. The first A727 Torqueflite transmission went into production in 1962, and was eventually phased out of production in 1991, when it was replaced by the A518—basically an A727 transmission with an added overdrive gear. The A727 transmission is the bigger, stronger brother to the A904 transmission, and was used in most heavy-duty and high-performance applications. It could be found in almost every vehicle Chrysler produced during that time period, including the Plymouth Fury, the Dodge Coronet, the Dodge Charger, the Ram series of pickup trucks, the Plymouth Duster, and the Dodge Challenger. It could also be found in the Dodge Dart GTS.

The Dodge Dart GTS came equipped with the A727 automatic transmission

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From Beginning to Now: The Evolution of The Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Learn about the amazing evolution of automatic transmissions.
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Even those individuals who are very experienced with repairing and replacing transmissions don’t know very much about their history. It’s one of the few areas where history doesn’t seem to be required, but the more you know, the better a mechanic you can be. With that being said, let’s talk about the evolution of the automatic transmission as a whole and how it has changed since the 1930s.

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What To Do If The 4L60E Transmission Starts Acting Up In Your 1995 Z28

Posted by on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The 4L60E is a four speed automatic transmission designed and built by General Motors. It is heavily based on the very first automatic over drive transmission built by General Motors, the 700R4. Besides some fixes to repair very early 700R4 transmissions, the biggest difference between the two in that the 4L60E is a full electronic transmission.  The 4L60E transmission comes from a family of transmissions that include the 700R4, the 4L60 and the 4L65E. The 700R4 is equipped with a very steep 3.06:1 first gear ratio which help give this transmission and the vehicle it is installed in excellent off the line performance.

Likewise, the 4L60E is equipped with a very sweet over drive gear ratio of 0.70:1 (30% over driven) that really helps increase gas mileage, especially at highway speeds.  The 4L60E found its way into many GM vehicles, including the Chevy Suburban, the Corvette, The Impala SS, the Silverado full size pickup truck, the GMC Jimmy and the S-10 Blazer. It could also be found in the Chevrolet Camaro.

Chevy Camaro Z28

A Z28 from 1972. Image from Wikimedia Commons

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Modifying Your 1970 Chevy C10 For Performance? Don’t Forget About The TH350 Transmission

Posted by on Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Th350 is a three-speed automatic transmission built by General Motors for use in their many car and truck divisions. It was first put into production in 1969 and lasted through most of the 1980 production year. It was eventually replaced by the TH350C, which was basically the same transmission as the Th350 with the addition of a lockup torque converter.  The TH350 is equipped with a 2.52:1 first great ratio, which is not great for better performance takeoff nor for gas mileage.  Third gear is the standard 1:1 ration.  The Th350 was a widely used transmission, and could be found in cars like the Caprice, the Camaro, the Corvette, the Cutlass, the Nova, the GTO and the Chevy full size van. It was also available as an option in the Chevrolet C10 pickup truck.

Chevy C10

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Getting the Job Done: The Tools You Need For a Transmission Rebuild

Posted by on Friday, January 16th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Learn about the various tools that you’ll need for a transmission repair or rebuild.
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As one of the more important components of a vehicle, you need to promptly repair transmission damage to ensure that it doesn’t build up to a dangerous level. There are specialized tools that you’ll need to get the job done. Even if you’re very experienced with working on vehicles, there’s no way to undergo a transmission repair without the proper tools. With that being said, here are a handful of tools that you should definitely consider having before starting on any transmission replacement or repair.

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How Does An Automatic Transmission Know When to Change Gears?

Posted by on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Ever wonder how an automatic transmission “knows” when to change gears? Scroll to learn more.
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By this point in your automotive career, you’ve probably figured out how the engine sends power to the transmission. But you still may be wondering:  how does an automatic gear know when to change gears? That’s a good question, and one that we’ll be discussing below.

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Consumer Advice Corner: Are You Overpaying For Transmission Repairs?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Find out if you’re overpaying for transmission repairs.
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There’s no part of an engine that is arguably more complex than a transmission. Transmissions are often considered the heart and soul of any vehicle. They are responsible for shifting gears, delivering power to the wheels, and achieving an ideal speed-torque ratio while the vehicle is in motion.

But just as with all components of a vehicle, transmissions do go bad. The important question is: are you paying too much for having them repaired? In the following sections, we’ll talk more about how much transmission repairs cost so that you can get a better idea of how much to pay.

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Pick The Proper Performance Upgrade For The 6L80 Transmission In Your Pontiac G8

Posted by on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The 6L80 is a six-speed automatic transmission built by General Motors. It shares many parts in common with another GM transmission; the 6L90. The 6L80 was designed to replace both the earlier 4L60E and the 4L8oE. The 6L80 was eventually replaced by the 8L90, an eight speed automatic transmission. The 6L80 comes equipped with a very step 4.027: ratio first gear ratio would provide unbelievable acceleration in first gear. It is also blessed with double overdrive gear. Fifth gear come with a 0.85:1 ratio (15% over driven) and six gear comes with a 0.667:1 ratio (33% over driven).

The 6L80 had a fairly short life span, having been first but into production in 2006 and eventually being pulled from production in 2012. This transmission could be found in many heavy duty and performance based vehicles, including the Cadillac XLR-V, the Cadillac STS-V, the GMC Yukon Denali, the Hummer H2, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevy Corvette. It could also be found in the Pontiac G8.

The Pontiac G8 came wih the 6L80 transmission.

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How to Safely and Responsibly Dispose of Transmission Fluid

Posted by on Monday, January 12th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Disposing of transmission fluid the RIGHT way helps protect the environment and potentially your health.
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There’s a right way to dispose of transmission fluid, and there’s a wrong way. We hope that after you read this article, you’ll be provided with enough knowledge to safely and responsibly dispose of it the right way.

To begin, transmission fluid is something that circulates through engines and is designed to lubricate the gears in your transmission. As a general rule of thumb, you should consider having it changed out every 30,000 miles or so. If you take the DIY approach and change out your own transmission fluid, you’ll need to follow strict disposal rules so that you don’t damage the environment or health.

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