Keep Your Ford Van E40D Transmission Running Strong

Posted by on Friday, November 28th, 2014

The E40D is a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission built by the Ford Motor Company. It is heavily based on the C6 3-speed transmission, and is Ford’s first attempt at building an electronically controlled automatic transmission. Both transmissions are considered to be heavy duty in design. The C6 transmission has a first gear ratio of 2.71:1 and an overdrive ratio of 0.71:1 (29% over driven). The 4E0D transmission was designed to help Ford vehicles meet the more restrictive CAFE corporate fuel mileage laws. It was first put into use in 1989 and remained an optional transmission through the end of the 1998 model year, when it was finally replaced by the 4R100 transmission. The E40D could be found in a number of Ford vehicles, including the Ford Bronco, the Ford Expedition and the Ford F-series pickup trucks. It could also be found in the Ford E-series vans.

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Ford E-350 XL Super Duty EXT Wagon. Photo credit: Flickr user CC-BY-CarImages

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Five Tips to Improve Transmission Quality Today

Posted by on Thursday, November 27th, 2014

If you take care of your transmission, your car will last a long time. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

With a few basic tips, you can keep your transmission running strong for a long time.
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If you have a car with an automatic transmission, you’ll want to keep that transmission running smoothly for as long as possible. Luckily, with some basic awareness and key practices, you can learn how to best drive and maintain your car to avoid transmission damage. With this in mind, here are five tips to improve transmission quality today:

1) Drive intelligently. First and foremost, when driving, you can help your cause greatly if you drive cautiously and avoid putting unnecessary wear on your vehicle. To do so, don’t floor your engine and take it easy while on the road. Furthermore, when you are at a stop light or sign, make sure you accelerate at a normal pace. While it’s not as fun, it can help you keep your transmission lasting a lot longer. Otherwise, you are going to have to replace it sooner, as you’ll put a lot of wear and tear on this vital car part.

2) Check the owner’s manual. If you have a car, you will need to know how to drive it and take care of it. For example, if you need to take your car in at certain intervals, you will want to know this ahead of time. Think about your car, and you will realize that you probably haven’t taken it in for an inspection in a long time. To avoid problems, you should check out the manual and make sure you don’t have to change the fluid or have anything inspected.

3) Avoid short trips. If you are going to drive your car, you should try to take it on longer trips. Simply put, if you go down the street to grab a bag of chips, you are putting a lot of wear and tear on the transmission. Instead, you should walk or ride a bike. Then you will use less fuel and put less wear on your transmission.

4) Listen to it. If you are a mechanic, you probably can understand when a car is acting up and causing problems. While true, if you are not a mechanical person, you can still listen for minor things and take the car in to check for issues. Yes, if you hear grinding noises or any noises that are not normal, you should take your car in and have it inspected by a professional.

5) Consider an overhaul or rebuild. If you are not getting the most out of your transmission and it’s causing problems, you should consider an overhaul or replacement. If you don’t, you may end up getting poor gas mileage, and you may damage other parts. At the same time, you can end up in a bad situation if your transmission fails while you are in the middle of nowhere. Either way, you must consider your options when you think about your car and its transmission.

If you have an automatic transmission in your car, you need to treat it with care. Otherwise, if you fail to do so, it’s not going to last a long time. But, if this is the case, you should consider getting a rebuild kit as you can fix the problem and get back on the road, all without spending a lot of money.

If you’re looking for a quality remanufactured transmission, then you won’t do better than ETE REMAN. That’s why we offer a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty on all our products. Browse our online catalog and contact us today.

Lower The Quarter Miles Times In Your 4L60E Equipped Z28 Camaro

Posted by on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The 4L60E is a modern four-speed automatic transmission built and designed by the General Motor Corporation. It comes from a a family of transmissions that include the 4L60, 4L60E and 4L65E. All these transmissions are heavily based on a modified version of GM’s first automatic overdrive transmission, the 700R4, which itself is based on the much earlier TH350 three speed transmission. Th 4L60E first saw production in 1993 (in the GMC Vandura and GMC Jimmy) and was eventually taken out of use at the end of the 2008 model year (last used in the Chevrolet Avalanche). The 4L60E is equipped with a perfect first gear ratio of 3.059:1 and a very sweet over drive ratio of 0.7:1 (30% over driven).  The result is good off-the-line performance combined with better gas mileage. The 4L60E automatic transmission could be found in almost every GM car of the time period, including the Sonoma, the Holden Caprice, the Pontiac GTO, the Chevrolet Impala SS, the Chevy Corvette and the GMC Safari van. It could also be found in the Z28 Camaro.

The Z28 Camaro came wit the 4L60E transmission


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Lotus Exige to Get Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Lotus Exige. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Lotus Exige is getting an automatic transmission.
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In a surprising announcement, the Lotus Exige will soon be getting an automatic transmission option on top of its traditional manual. Both the Exige S and the Exige S Roadster will soon be sold with a six-speed automatic version, and Lotus is incredibly excited to be rolling out these new models.

Considering the sporty nature of the Lotus group in general, many car lovers have been a little taken aback by this announcement, especially since the perception is that sports cars and serious racers don’t do automatics. Lotus wants to change that perception and open up their line to a whole new group of potential customers, bringing the light and agile Exige to a place where anyone, even people who aren’t lovers of the manual transmission, can enjoy the kind of ride being offered.

What many people have said so far is that they find it difficult to understand how an automatic can really fit with a car that is so dedicated to being present in the moment. Thus far, most drivers have enjoyed the feel of driving that the Exige gives more than anything else, something they believe shifting is an integral part of. The Lotus Group doesn’t feel this will be a factor.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, has this to say about the feel of the Exige Automatic: “By introducing a paddle-shift, we have expanded the Exige product range to make it more accessible to customers worldwide. Now, customers who are more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can enjoy the unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”

And this shouldn’t have a major effect on performance, either. Right now, the Exige S manual can go from 0 to 100 kilometers in 3.9 seconds. In tests so far, it looks like the Exige S Automatic will be able to accomplish the same feat in 3.8 seconds, beating both the manual and the perception that manuals are naturally faster than automatics.

That is not all, of course. The transmission itself is a real treat, with gear shift characteristics that have been calibrated to reflect dynamic system changes based on what mode the driver wants to travel in: “Race” or “Sport”. Both modes are intense and show a certain aspect of the character of the Exige S in general, but they also have significant differences that will encourage frequently switching them, and justify the flexible transmission options.

The optimized gear selection and response are also highly evident in the new Exige S from what the tests seem to indicate. This new automatic is set up to move quickly and smoothly between gears and adjust to road conditions with ease.

There will be a number of people who consider this a betrayal by Lotus, but they have not abandoned any of their design principles in creating this. Rather, the Exige S Automatic is a great way to open up the excitement of driving a Lotus to a whole new audience.

If you’re looking for a quality remanufactured transmission, then you won’t do better than ETE REMAN. That’s why we offer a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty on all our products. Browse our online catalog and contact us today.

Extend the Life Of the Allison 1000 Transmission in Your 2006 Chevrolet Kodiak Tow Vehicle

Posted by on Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Allison 1000 is a 6-speed double overdrive transmission produced by the Allison Transmission Company in Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore, MD. It comes from a family of similar transmissions that also includes the 2000 and 2400. Early Allison 1000’s were initially 5-speed transmissions, but in 2006 they added a sixth overdrive gear. Somewhat confusingly, the company didn’t change the transmission name when they added the sixth gear. The Allison 1000 is an extremely heavy duty transmission, capable of handling up to 620 lb-ft of torque. Compare this to GM’s highest rated transmission, the 4L80E which can only handle 420 lb-ft of torque. Put into use in 2006, the Allison 1000 transmission is still in production. This heavy duty transmission can be found in all sorts of motor home and custom applications, along with the Chevrolet Silverado, the Hummer H1, the Chevrolet B-Series and the GMC Sierra. It can also be found in the Chevrolet Kodiak and the GMC Topkick.

The Chevrolet Kodiac came with the Allison 1000 automatic transmission


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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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