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Prepare Your Dodge A518 For Towing Duty

Posted by on Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Dodge A518 is a very popular transmission used in many Dodge trucks. It is a derivative of the very popular and heavy duty A727 transmission. The biggest difference is that it has four speeds (compared to three for the A727) and it is electronically controlled (the A727 is manually controlled). It was first introduced in 1992 and remained in production through 2003.  It was used in the Ram and Dakota pickup trucks, the Ramcharger, the Dodge Ram Van, and the Jeep Cherokee. Chances are that most of these vehicles are used to tow from time to time. Towing can be very hard on your transmission. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your A518 transmission under any towing condition.

The A518 transmission

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Keep An Eye Open For These Common Problems With The A540H Transmission

Posted by on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The A540H transmission is a trans-axle made by Toyota. It has four forward speeds, and was first introduced in 1989 and remained in production through the 1999 model year.  It comes from the family of A5xx Toyota transmissions that include the A540E and A541E.  It was used in both all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive Camry’s and RAV4’s.  These were both popular cars in their time and Toyota sold a lot of them.  In fact there are still a lot of them on the road today.  Let’s take a look at some of the common problems that may occur in the A540H.

The Toyota A540H

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Got An AX4N Transmission In Your Shop For Repairs? Look For These Common Problems

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The AX4N transmission is a 4 speed trans-axle made by the Ford Corporation. It is part of the Ford AXOD family of transmissions, although much improved over the original design. It was first put into production in 1996 and was phased out at the end of the 2001 model year, at which time it was replaced by the 4F50N. It was used in Ford vehicles such as the Taurus, Taurus SHO, Lincoln Continental and Mercury Sable.  This transmission is considered to be much more reliable than the original AXOD, although it still has its fair share of problems.  Here are a couple of common area of concern with the AX4N that every shop owner should be aware of.

The Ford AX4N transmission

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The Popular AW4 Automatic Transmission And Common Problems Associated With It

Posted by on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The AW4 automatic transmission was designed jointly by AMC and Jeep. It was actually produced by Aisin-Warner. It has four forward speeds and shares many common parts with Aisin- Warner’s 450-43LE transmission. It first went into production in 1987 and lasted until the end of the 2001 model year.  It was used in many popular Jeep vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Comanche.  One thing to note when swapping out the AW4 transmission is that it came with two different input splines; early units used a 21 spline shaft and later ones used a 23 spline shaft. Customers that own Jeeps seem to keep them forever, so you are likely to see one roll through your shop every now and then.  Here are a couple of common problems associated with the AW4 transmission.

The AW4 transmission used in many Jeeps

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Automotive Repair Shops: Beware Of Common Problems With The A131L Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Monday, May 27th, 2013

The A131L is an automatic trans-axle made by Toyota. It has three forward speeds and was first put into production in 1984 and remained in production through the 2002 model year.  Eighteen years of production is a long time for any modern automatic transmission.  Toyota shared the transmission with a couple other manufacturers and besides using it in its own Corolla, it was also used in the Chevy Nova (1985 -1988) and the Geo Prizm. Both cars were basically re-badged versions of the Corolla. Because these cars where both affordable and produced in very large volumes, the chances of one coming into your shop for repairs is pretty high. Let’s take a look at a couple of common problems that plague the A131L transmission.

The Toyota A131L transmission

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Issues with the RE4R01A Transmission That Every Shop Should Know About

Posted by on Friday, May 24th, 2013

The RE4R01A is an automatic transmission made by Nissan. It has four speeds, is designed for rear wheel drive vehicles and is the heavier duty version of the two different 4R01 transmissions made. It was first put into production back in 1988, and remained so until the end of the 2004 model year. Sixteen years is a very long time for one transmission model to stay in production. It was used in many popular Nissan models, including the Pathfinder, 240SX, 300ZX, Frontier and the Xterra. It was also used in the Mazda MPV, 929 and the RX-7.  There is a very high chance a vehicle with the RE4R01A transmission is going to roll through your shop sooner or later. That said, here are a few common problem areas with the RE4R01A that you should be aware of.

The RE4R01A Transmission

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Prepare Your Automatic Transmission For Your Memorial Holiday Travel Plans

Posted by on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The Memorial holiday weekend is only a couple of days away. It’s the three day weekend that kicks off the start of summer, and in many cases it is a family’s first trip of the year. No one ever wants to have their vehicle break down on a trip. Just hoping it won’t break down is not enough to stop it from actually happening.  While there are many systems to a modern vehicle, we are only going to focus on the automatic transmission and give you a few pointers on what to do before you head out of town for that weekend trip.

Prepare your automatic transmission for your Memorial holiday trip

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Own A Repair Shop? Be In The Know About Potential Problems With The A541E Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The A541E is an automatic trans-axle made by Toyota. It has four forward speeds and was used primarily behind vehicles fitted with a V6 engine.  It was first put into production in 1994 and continued to be used through the 2003 model year. It was used in many popular Toyota vehicles including the Camry, Avalon, Sienna and Solara. It should be noted that two versions of the transmission were built; one with a 3.625 final drive ratio and another one with a 3.973 final gear ratio.  The chances of one of these A541E equipped cars coming into your shop is pretty high. Here are a few common problems associated with this transmission that every shop should be aware of.

The A541E is a very popular transmission

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Two Common Issues Found With The Honda M7WA Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The M7WA is a 5 speed automatic trans-axle made by Honda. It was first put into production back in 2000 but only remained in production for one year. It was used solely in the Acura TL. Acura is Honda’s premier brand of vehicles. This transmission also goes by the name H5, but there are many different version of it. M7WA is one of those.  It’s been 13 years since this transmission was produced, giving owners plenty of time to rack up the miles. Here are a couple of common problems you can expect to see with this transmission.

The Honda M7WA Transmission

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Problem: Electrical Issues

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Prepare Your 5R55W For Towing Duty

Posted by on Monday, May 20th, 2013

The 5R55W is a five speed automatic transmission made by Ford. It was used primarily in some 2002 and up Ford Explorers and Ranger pickup trucks. This transmission was designed for rear wheel drive vehicles and is similar in appearance to the 5R55N transmission, but they share very few parts. Since both the Explorer and Ranger fall under the truck category, they are subject to abuse from towing, whether intentional or not.  If you plan to use your 5R55W equipped vehicle for towing, please take our advice and invest in these upgrades. Your transmission is likely to last longer with these great accessories.

Nice cut-away of the Ford 5R55W transmission

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