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Getting the Right Parts: How To Shop For The Right Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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

To purchase the right automatic transmission, you need to ensure that each individual part is working properly.
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Like most things in life, purchasing the right automatic transmission requires that you do your due diligence beforehand. This will ensure that you not only choose the right automatic transmission for your vehicle, but also the one that best suits your driving style and taste. Let’s take a look at the various elements of automatic transmissions, as well as how they can differ from model to model.

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The Importance Of Getting The Cooling System In Your 2001 Ford F150 Serviced

Posted by on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The Ford F150 family of vehicles has been, and continues to be one of the best-selling vehicles in North America.  The tenth generation of this vehicle, built between 1997 and 2004, was a top seller for Ford.  The F150 was available in a number of special editions during this time period, including the Lariat, the King Ranch, the Lightening and the Harley Davidson edition. The list of options for the F150 is almost endless. You can choose from between three bed lengths, a number of cab configurations (regular, Extended, Crew and Supercrew) and your choice of two wheel drive or four wheel drive.  Engine options included a base V6 engine up to a supercharged 5.4 liter motor found in both the Lightning and Harley Davidson editions.  Interior could be ordered completely stripped down with rubber flooring, all the way up to the high end luxury interiors found in the King Ranch editions. Millions of tenth generation F150 pickup trucks were built during this generation’s production run.

Be sure to take proper care of the cooling system in your 2001 Ford F150

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Tips For Keeping The AOD Transmission In Your Ford Econoline Van Working Strong

Posted by on Monday, December 29th, 2014

The AOD is Ford very first four speed automatic transmission. The AOD stands for Automatic Overdrive.  The AOD transmission is heavily based on the earlier Ford FMX transmission.  In addition to replacing the FMX, it also replaced the C4 and C5 light-duty three-speed transmission.  The AOD first went into production in 1980 and was eventual phased out of production in 1993, at which point it was replaced by the AODE, then the 4R70W and finally the 4R75W. The AOD was equipped with a weak first gear ratio (at least for an overdrive transmission) of on 2.40:1. On the other end of the spectrum, it came with a very sweet overdrive ratio of 0.67:1 (33% over-driven).  The AOD transmission could be found in a very wide range of Ford branded vehicles, including the Thunderbird, the Ford LTD, the Bronco, the Mustang, the Ford F-series pickup trucks and the Ford Crown Victoria. It could also be found in the Ford Econoline.

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An Inside Look: Understanding the Future of Electronically-Controlled Automatics

Posted by on Friday, December 26th, 2014

Learn about the wonderful advantages of electronically controlled automatics and how they work. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Learn about the wonderful advantages of electronically controlled automatics and how they work. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Electronically controlled automatics are becoming more and more popular, especially on newer cars. They still utilize hydraulics to activate the bands and clutches, but the crucial difference is that each individual hydraulic circuit is operated by an electric solenoid. What is the benefit to this? The main advantage is that it helps simplify the plumbing on the transmission thus, allowing for more advanced control setups.

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Upgrading The Performance Of the 4L80E In Your Chevrolet Avalanche Is Easy

Posted by on Thursday, December 25th, 2014

The 4L80E is a very heavy duty four speed automatic transmission designed and built by General Motors. It comes from a family of transmissions that include the 4L85E. Both are heavily based on the original heavy duty Th400 three speed automatic transmission.  For an automatic overdrive transmission, the 4L80E does not feature a very aggressive first gear ratio, only coming in at 2.48:1.  The same can be said for the overdrive gear – it is weak.  It comes in at a ratio of 0.75:1 (25% over driven). This transmission is fully electronic, and uses a variety of sensors and electrical solenoids to control the shifting characteristics of the transmission.

Designed to handle up to 440 Ft-lbs of torque, this transmission is usually found in heavy duty trucks and cars that are heavy in their overall weight. This transmission can be found in many GM vehicles, including the Suburban, the GMC Yukon, the Hummer H1 and the GMC Savana full size van. In addition, it can be found in many non GM vehicles, including the Jaguar XJR, the Jaguar XJ12, the Bentley Eight and the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. It can also be found in the Chevrolet Avalanche.

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Add Some Performance To The 700R4 Transmission In Your 1986 Pontiac Trans Am

Posted by on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The 700R4 is one of General Motors very first automatic overdrive transmissions. It has four forward gears and is heavily based on the earlier TH 350 three speed transmission. For the most part the 700R4 is a non-electronic transmission, with the exception being the lockup torque converter. The 700R4 comes from a family of automatic transmissions that includes the 4L60, the 4L60E, the 4L65E and the 4L70E, all of which are fully electronic except for the 4L60. The 700R5 automatic transmission come with a very step 3:059: first gear ration which is excellent for off-the-line performance. In addition, it also comes with an overdrive ratio of 0.696:1  (30% over driven) fourth gear which contributes to much better gas mileage.

Very early 700R4 where problematic, with many of them failing within the GM warranty period. Over the years, changes were made to address the short coming and the transmission ended up being pretty reliable. The 700R4 was used widely across the GM platform and could be found in vehicles like the Chevy Camaro, the Chevy Impala, the Corvette, the S-10 Blazer, the Suburban, the full size Chevy van and the GMC Jimmy. It could also be found in the 1985 Pontiac Tran Am.

The 1986 Trans Am came equipped with the 700R4 Transmission

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Domestic vs. Imported Vehicles: Which Offer Better Automatic Transmissions?

Posted by on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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

Find out if domestic transmissions are really better than imported ones and why. 
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It’s the all-too-common debate that you hear among vehicle enthusiasts, “Are domestic automatic transmissions better than imported ones? Or vice versa?” In the following sections, we’re going to help resolve this debate once and for all by showing you the advantages and disadvantages of each kind. That way, you can make a better decision as to which type of automatic transmission is right for you.

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The Six-Speed Transmission of the Future: A Look At The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept

Posted by on Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

Six speed automatic transmission are really great, and the ZR2 helps demonstrate this.
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The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show back in November, and has a lot of people turning their heads in anticipation. But perhaps what is even more exciting is the vehicle’s transmission. The Colorado is expected to sport a six-speed automatic transmission, which in case you don’t know, will provide a wide range of practical benefits.

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Understanding The Individual Parts of an Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Friday, December 19th, 2014

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

In this article, we’ll show you how the different parts of a transmission work.
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To truly become the most fluent automotive DIY enthusiast possible, you need to have a thorough understanding of the individual parts of an automatic transmission. Today’s modern automatic transmissions are composed of a variety of systems and components that are designed to work together seamlessly.

Although transmission technology has evolved over the years, electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical principles still drive them. In the following sections, we’ll help you understand the individual parts of an automatic transmission as well as how each part works with each other.

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Add A Performance Edge To The C4 Automatic Transmission in your 1965 Ford Mustang

Posted by on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The C4 is a three speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company.  It is a relatively light-duty automatic transmission and was usually found primarily behind small block V8 and six cylinder engines. It was deigned to stronger, simpler and lighter than the Ford-O-Matic two speed transmission that it replaced.  It first went into production in 1964 and had a long productive lifespan, finally exiting production at the end of the 1981 year. It was eventually replaced by the C5 in 1982, which was really nothing more than a C4 with a lockup torque converter. Care needs to be taken when replacing a C4 transmission because there were mainly three different versions of the transmission.  The important differences are in the input and hub shafts. Units built between 1964 -1969 used a 24/24 spline; units built in 1970 use a 26/26 spline; and the unit built 1971 and later used a 26/24 spline. There is also a difference in valve bodies that should be noted. The C4 was used widely through out the entire Ford lineup, and could be found in cars like the Mercury Zephyr, the Lincoln Versailles, the Ford Thunderbird, the Ford Bronco (small original version of the Bronco), some F-series pickup trucks and the Ford Falcon. It was also found in the Ford Mustang.

The 1965 Mustang is a vbery popular muscle car

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