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Proper Care Will Add Years of Life to the U660E Transmission in Your Toyota Avalon

Posted by on Friday, August 29th, 2014

The U660E is a six speed transmission designed and built by Toyota.  It is the successor to the very popular U151E and U151F transmission. This transaxle was designed to be used exclusively in front wheel drive vehicles.  The U660E incorporates an aluminum transmission case and a fully electronically controlled valve body. Speed sensors and throttle positioner sensors send signals to the vehicle’s computer that then uses that information to calculate when the transmission should shift from one gear to another.  This transmission was first put into use in 2007 and remains an optional transmission today. The U660E automatic transmission can be found in many Toyota and Lexus vehicles, including the Estima, the Camry, the ES 350, the Aurion, the Venza, the RX350 and the Sienna. It can also be found in the Toyota Avalon.

 

 

The Toyota Avalon came with the U660E transmission

The U660E can be found in many Toyota and Lexus vehicles, including the Avalon. Source: whichcar.pro

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Why Is The CD4E Transmission In My Ford Escape Slipping?

Posted by on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The CD4E is a four speed automatic transmission built and designed by the Ford Motor Company. It is actually a transaxle, which is a combination of the transmission and drive axles used in front wheel drive vehicles. It was designed to replace the 4EAT-G transmission and was eventually replaced itself by the 6F series of transmissions. The CD4E is a fully electronic transmission that uses a valve body constructed for use with solenoids and a lockup torque converter which was incorporated to help improve gas mileage under no-load highway speeds. This transmission first went into use in 1997 and remained in the lineup through the end of the 2008 model year. The CD4E automatic transmission was used in many different Ford vehicles, including the Ford Probe, the Mondeo and the Contour, along with the Mercury Mariner, the Mystique and the Cougar. It was also used in the Ford Escape.

The Ford Escape came with the CD4E transmission

Is your Ford Escape’s transmission slipping? Source: photos3.automanager.com

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Why Is The 4L60E In My 1995 Z28 Leaking?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The 4L60E is a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission designed and built by General Motors. It comes from a family of early four-speed automatic transmissions that include the 700R4, the 4L60, the 4L65E and the 4L70E.  They vary slightly depending on their torque capacity and the amount of electronics each contains. The 4L60E is a full electronic transmission that also incorporates a lock-up torque converter.  This transmission comes with a 3.06:1 ratio first gear (great for getting off the line quickly) and an overdrive gear ratio of 0.7:1 (helps improve the vehicles mileage at highway speeds).  The 4L60E first went into use in the 1990s and remained in use for a number of years. It could be found in a wide variety of General motors vehicles, including the Suburban, the Escalade, the Buick Rainier, the GMC  S-15 Jimmy and the Chevrolet Astro van. It was also found in the Z28.

The Z28 came with the 4L60E automatic transmission

Source: /www2.gvsu.edu

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Performance Upgrades For the 200-4R Transmission In Your 1984 Hurst Oldsmobile

Posted by on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The 200-4R is a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission designed and built by General Motors. It was built around the same time period as the 700R4 transmission, another GM overdrive transmission, although they share no parts in common. The 200-4R case is equipped with a multi-fit bell housing and could be found behind Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac and Chevrolet motors. Over the years it has become a popular transplant candidate for cars originally equipped with the three speed TH350 transmission, mainly because they are rough the same size and length. This transmission was first put into use in 1981 and remained an optional transmission through the end of the 1990 model year. The 200-4R was equipped with a 2.74:1 first gear ratio and a 0.67:1 ratio overdrive gear.  This was a very tough transmission and could be found behind some of the most powerful engines of the era. The 200-4R transmission could be found in a large number of GM cars, including the Impala, the Caprice, the Delta 88, the Le Sabre, the Electra, the Grand Prix, the El Camino and the turbo-charged Trans Am Indy Pace Car.  It could also be found in the 1984 Hurst Oldsmobile.

The Hurst Olds came with the 200-4R transmission

Source: worldcarslist.com

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Extend the Life of the 65RFE Transmission in Your Dodge Durango

Posted by on Monday, August 25th, 2014

The 65RFE is a six-speed, medium-duty transmission made by the Chrysler Corporation. It was first put into production in 2012 and remained in the lineup a very short two years. It is designed for use in rear-wheel drive vehicles and comes from a family of transmissions that include the 66RFE. The 66RFE is a slightly stronger transmission, coming equipped with a 3:1 first gear ratio and a 0.67:1 ratio (33 % over drive) 6th gear.

The 65RFE was designed to replace the older five-speed 545RFE automatic transmission. The 65 RFE uses an aluminum case and incorporates a fully electronic valve body and electronically controlled lock up torque converter. This transmission could be found in a number of Chrysler vehicles including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. It could also be found in the Dodge Durango.

Durango (Wiki)

The 2012 Dodge Durango came with the 65RFE automatic transmission.

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Trouble Shooting Faulty Solenoids In the 545RFE Transmission Found In Your Dodge Power Wagon

Posted by on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The 545RFE is a five speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Chrysler Motor Corporation.  It is heavily based on, and shares many parts in common with the four-speed 45RFE transmission. This transmission was first put into use back in 1999 and remains in the Chrysler lineup today. The 5454RFE transmission uses a 3:1 ratio first gear which is great for towing. On the other end of the scale it uses a 0.67:1 (33%) overdrive gear with is ideal for increasing gas mileage.  This transmission is fully electronic, and includes a lockup torque converter. It incorporates a modern aluminum case construction, which is both light weight and strong. Chrysler used the 545RFE transmission in many vehicles, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Liberty, the Dodge Ram pickup, the Dodge Dakota SUV and it was even used in the LTI / London Taxi Company TX4. It was also used in the unique Dodge Power Wagon.

The Power Wagon uses the 545RFE transmission

Source: oncarnews.com

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Beef Up the 4L80E Transmission in Your Chevrolet 3500 Flatbed Work Truck

Posted by on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The 4L80E is a heavy-duty, four-speed automatic transmission built by General Motors. This transmission was used in models built from 1991 through 2006. This was General Motors’ heaviest duty automatic transmission available during this time period. It was capable of handling up to 460 lb ft of torque and was used in vehicles with a weight rating up to 18,000 lbs.

The 4L80E came with a 2.48:1 ratio first gear and a generous 0.75:1 ratio (25% overdrive) final gear ratio. This transmission was designed to use a quality aluminum transmission case, and included a complete electronic valve body and an electronic lock-up torque converter. The 4L80E was deigned to help vehicles meet the ever-increasing CAFÉ mileage requirements put in place by the US government.

This transmission was used in a number of heavy-duty GM vehicles, including the Avalanche, the Suburban, the GMC Yukon XL, the Chevrolet Express van, and the GMC Savana. It was also used in many Chevrolet Silverado flatbed work pickup trucks.

Chevy flatbed truck (Findcheapbargains.com)

Many Chevrolet flatbed pickup trucks came with the 4L80E transmission.

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The Ford 6R60: Troubleshooting this Six-Speed Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

6R60 valve body

Breakdown of the 6R60 valve body. Image is from our own database.

The Ford 6R60 is part of the 6R series that has appeared in several Ford models from 2007 to the present. These include the following vehicles:

  • Expedition
  • Navigator
  • Explorer
  • Mountaineer
  • F-150
  • Territory
  • Mustang
  • Ranger

As time goes on, these transmissions are showing up more often in repair shops. So you’ll know what to expect when you see them, here’s a breakdown of the major trouble spots.

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Proper Care Will Extend The Life Of Your Mercury Capri C4 Transmission

Posted by on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The C4 is a light duty three-speed transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. It was designed to replace the Ford-O-Matic and was eventually replaced by the AOD transmission. The C4 shares much in common with the another transmission; the C5 transmission, which is really nothing more than a C4 with a different valve body and a lock-up torque converter. There are basically four different C4 transmissions, which are different only by the number of splines on both the input and output shafts. The C4 was designed for vehicles with longitudinally front-mounted engines and rear-wheel drive, although they can be found in four-wheel drive application when used in conjunction with a transfer case. The C4 first went into production in 1964, and had an incredible (at least for a modern automatic transmission) lifespan that lasted all the way through the 1982 model year. In the more than 18 years of production, millions of these transmissions were built.  The could be found in almost every Ford vehicle of the time period, including the Bronco, the Cortina, the F-series pickup trucks, the Fairlane, the Fairmont, the Falcon, the Granada, the LTD, the Maverick and many more. It was even found in the Mercury Capri.

The Mercury Capri could be ordered with the C4 automatic transmission

Source: ridelust.com

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Great Performance Tips For the TH350 Transmission in Your 1977 Corvette

Posted by on Monday, August 18th, 2014

The TH350 is a three speed automatic transmission designed and built by General Motors. It is a medium duty transmission that falls below the TH400 in strength. This transmission was designed to work in vehicles with a front mounted engine and a rear wheel drive configuration, although it can also be used in four wheel drive applications in conjunction with a bolt on transfer case.  This transmission is fairly basic as far as modern automatic transmissions go, lacking both an electronic valve body and lockup torque converter. The TH350 features a non-impressive first gear ratio of 2.52:1, hardly making it ideal for quick off the line starts. On the other end, third gear is a basic 1:1 ratio, which does nothing to improve gas mileage or the drivability of the vehicle.

The Th350 transmission was first put into use in 1969, replacing the inferior Powerglide two-speed transmission. It remained in the lineup through the late 1970’s until it was replaced with the Th350C, basically a TH350 with a lockup torque converter. This transmission could be found at one time, or another in almost every vehicle that GM made, including the Impala, the C10 pickup truck, the Suburban, the Blazer, the Camaro, the Firebird, the Cutlass, and the iconic 1977 Corvette.

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