Towing A Fifth Wheel Camper with Your Chevy Truck? Prevent Damage to Its 4L80E Transmission with These Trailer Towing Tips

Posted by on Friday, October 31st, 2014

The 4L80E is a four-speed automatic transmission built and designed by General Motors. It is heavily based on the earlier TH400 three-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions are considered to be a heavy duty design and are most often found in bigger trucks and SUV’s. General Motors built the 4L80E in the same period as the 4L60E transmission, and often uneducated owners will confuse the two. The 4L60E is a light duty transmission when compared to the 4L80E automatic transmission. GM first put the 4L80E into production based vehicles in 1991 and kept it in the lineup until as recently as 2013. Like I mentioned, the 4L80E can be found in heavier vehicles, such as the Chevy Suburban, the Chevy Avalanche, the GMC Yukon and even the Bentley Turbo R. It was also found in the Chevrolet C/K and Silverado pickup trucks.

Take care to protect the 4L80E transmission in your Chevy pickup truck.

Take care to protect the 4L80E transmission in your Chevy pickup truck.


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Wise Driving Keeps Your Transmission Running Strong

Posted by on Thursday, October 30th, 2014

If you drive your car wisely, you can save your transmission.Image source: Wikimedia Commons

By treating your transmission with care, you will help it last a long time.
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Transmissions are easy to break and difficult to fix–that’s just the nature of complex machines. However, just because they are difficult to fix doesn’t mean that wise driving can’t help avoid unnecessary damage and keep them in good shape for a long time. In fact, being smart behind the wheel is among the best things that you can do in order to keep your transmission in an optimum condition. With the knowledge of how to drive wisely to keep your transmission running strong, you can save money too. Continue reading…

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Transmission to a Local Oil Change Shop

Posted by on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

You need a professional to check out your car and not someone from an oil change shop.Image source: Wikimedia Commons

A trained mechanic, not a person working in an oil change shop, should work on your transmission.
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The transmission is arguably the most complicated part of a car, filled with a number of moving pieces in a largely closed system. If any one of those parts has a problem, it could ruin everything inside with very little recourse but to rebuild the entire assembly. That’s why it’s so important that if you need to have your transmission looked at or worked on for any reason you take it to an expert instead of using your local oil change place. Here are a few reasons why you should not trust your transmission to a local oil change shop.

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Taking Your 4R70W Transmission Equipped F150 Off-Road Racing? Protect It from Damage!

Posted by on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The 4R70W is a modern four-speed automatic transmission designed and produced by the Ford Motor Company. It comes from a family of transmissions based on the much earlier (and less sophisticated) C4 three speed transmission. This family includes the Ford first automatic overdrive transmission, the AOD, along with the AODE and the 4R75W. Ford first used the 4R70W in 1993. It remained a popular transmission all the way up to its removal from the production line in 2004. This transmission has a fairly steep first gear ratio of 2.84:1 (which is great for acceleration from a dead stop) and is paired with a 0.70:1 (30% overdrive) gear that still allows the vehicle to get somewhat decent gas mileage.  Ford used the 4R70W in many popular Ford branded vehicles, including the Mustang, the Crown Victoria, the Ford Explorer, the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Mark VIII. Ford also used it in the F150 series of pickup trucks.

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Treating Your Transmission Well When Towing a Boat

Posted by on Monday, October 27th, 2014

When towing a boat, treat your truck with care.Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you own a boat and tow it, you need to take extra precautions to protect your transmission.
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Towing a boat can be difficult on your transmission, especially in hilly areas. Automatic transmissions are designed to take terrain into account and adjust the way the engine works in order to get the most efficient movement out of the car or truck. While there are plenty of people who say that you need a manual to have the control necessary to tow a boat properly, advances in automatic transmissions have made it much easier to control your speed and power to make things like boat towing a lot easier. Continue reading…

Tips for Driving Your Three-Speed Manual Transmission with Care

Posted by on Friday, October 24th, 2014

Manual transmission shifter (Wiki)

Your three-speed transmission will last a long time if you treat it with care. Image source: Wikimedia Commons


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Extend the Life of the C6 Transmission in Your Ford Dump Truck

Posted by on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The C6 is a three-speed transmission built by the Ford Motor Company. It is a heavy duty transmission that was built alongside the lighter-duty C4, FMX and C3 automatic transmissions. The C6 was originally designed for use in rear wheel drive vehicles, although in can be used in four wheel drive vehicles in conjunction with a 4-wheel drive transfer case. Ford first put the C6 into production in 1966 and kept it as a popular transmission option through 1996, which is a very long production life for a modern automatic transmission. Ford used the C6 widely through many of its brands–usually in high horsepower or heavy duty vehicles. It was used in the Ford Bronco, the Ford Fairlane, the Ford LTD, the Mercury Meteor, the Mercury Monterey and the Mercury Cougar. For also put it in the one ton Ford F350 pickup trucks.

Some Ford F350 dump trucks came with the C6 transmission

Some Ford F350 dump trucks came with a C6 transmission.


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Prepare Your Automatic Transmission for the Winter Driving Season

Posted by on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Snowy Road

If you own a car, you must prepare your automatic transmission for the winter driving season.
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For many people in colder climates, getting ready for winter is a major task that can require months of work. A lot of us have just gotten used to the routine and, in some cases, have had our jobs made easier.

This is certainly true of transmissions, and it’s easy enough to see how many of the old ways of “winterizing” are no longer applicable to modern automatics. That being said, there are still a number of things that you can do in order to prevent something from going wrong on the road. While some of these require expensive tools that only mechanics tend to have, there’s quite a bit that you can do on your own to at least make the process easier. Continue reading…

Why You Should Carry Spare Powerglide Transmissions for Your Chevy II Race Car

Posted by on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Powerglide is a two-speed automatic transmission designed and built by General Motors. It was one of the first automatic transmissions and a great alternative to the manual transmissions of the period. GM built the first Powerglide transmissions (turboglides) in the 1950s. They made them of heavy cast iron and with different driving characteristics than later model Powerglides. The Powerglide that most people are familiar with was first produced in 1962. Besides operating slightly differently, the main change was that the transmission was made of lightweight, but very strong aluminum. This new model Powerglide transmission also came in a heavy duty version for use behind the powerful 409 big block engines. GM used the Powerglide in just about every model they produced at that time, including the C10 truck, the Impala, the Chevelle, the GTO, the Camaro, the Firebird, the Vega and the Pontiac Ventura. Gm also used the Powerglide in the Chevy II.

The Powerglide is a popular race transmission found in Chevy II race cars

The Powerglide is a popular race transmission found in Chevy II race cars


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Common Problems with the 2015 Nissan Xterra Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Monday, October 20th, 2014

While the Nissan Xterra is a great automobile, the transmission may give you issues. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

While the Nissan Xterra is a great automobile, the transmission may give you issues.
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The Nissan Xterra’s automatic transmission has been plagued with problems for nearly a decade now. The history of this particular piece of equipment is long and sorted, involving more than one major change from the company and a lot of smaller changes and concessions along the way that seemed to only have a limited effect on the issue at hand. While Nissan has fixed a lot of the old problems, there are still a few that it has to look into.

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