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Towing With Your Ford Super Duty Truck: Keep Your 4R100 Transmission Cool

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The 4R100 is a four-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. Ford based it heavily on the earlier C6 automatic transmission. The 4R100 is the predecessor to the E40D, and both transmissions were considered to be very heavy duty. Ford designed the 4R100 to install in their heaviest and most powerful vehicles of the day. They used it behind the mighty Powerstroke diesel engine and in the supercharged V8 motor used in the legendary Ford Lightning pickup truck. Ford first put 4R100 into production in 1999. It’s short lifespan only lasted five years. While the 4R100 automatic transmission was discontinued after the 2004 model year, it can be found in many Ford trucks, including the Expedition, the F-150 Harley Davidson Edition, the high-performance Lightning pickup, the Excursion and the Ford E-series of full size vans. Ford also used it in the Ford Super Duty pickup trucks.

Towing can be very hard on the 4R100 transmission in your Ford Super Duty.

 

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Choose the Right Performance Torque Converter for the AOD Transmission in Your Ford Mustang GT

Posted by on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The AOD is a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. The AOD is heavily based on the Ford FMX three-speed transmission. The AOD incorporates modest electronics and uses a lockup torque converter. For an automatic overdrive transmission, the AOD came with a rather pathetic first gear ratio of 2.4:1. Ford could have easily given it a steeper first gear ratio that would have helped with off the line performance. However, Ford did a good job with the overdrive ratio, giving is a generous 0.68:1 (32 percent) overdrive ratio that greatly contributed to the vehicle’s better mileage. Ford put the first AOD into production in 1980 and kept producing it through the end of the 1993 model year. The AOD was eventually replaced by the AODE, 4R70W and 4R75W transmissions. Ford used the AOD widely across its lineup. It could be found in cars like the Mercury Marquis, the Bronco, the Crown Victoria, the Lincoln Continental, the Thunderbird and the Ford Econoline van. It could also be found in the Ford Mustang.

Some Mustangs came equipped with the AOD automatic transmission

Some Mustangs came equipped with the AOD automatic transmission. Source: static.cargurus.com

 

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Put a Shift Kit in the 4L60E Transmission in Your 1996 Corvette

Posted by on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The 4L60E is a four-speed automatic transmission designed and built by General Motors. It comes from a family of first generation four-speed automatic overdrive transmissions that include the 700R4, the 4L60 and the 4L65E. While this transmission was designed for vehicles with rear-wheel drive, it can be used in four-wheel drive applications when used in conjunction with a transfer case.  The 4L60E is a great improvement over the TH350 three-speed transmission it replaced. It comes with a lockup torque converter and a full electronic valve body. It incorporated a very steep 3.06:1 first gear ratio that gives the vehicle it is installed in excellent off the line performance. On the other side of the spectrum, it includes a 0.7:1 overdrive gear ratio that allows for much better gas mileage. GM used the 4L60E to replace the 4L60 transmission in 1994. The 4L60E has remained a GM favorite up through the 2008 model year, at which time GM replaced it with a transmission that had more forward gears. The 4L60E transmission can be found in a wide variety of automobiles, including the Chevrolet Express van, the GMC Canyon, the Chevrolet Caprice, the Cadillac Fleetwood and the Buick Roadmaster. It could also be found in the Chevy Corvette.

Put a shift kit in your Corvette

Source: web-cars.com

 

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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.
Source: autoanything.com

 

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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.

Protect the 4R70W transmission in your F150 off-road pickup truck

Have you ever caught this much air in your F150? Source: fourwheeler.com

 

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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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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
Source: rjracecars.com

 

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Protect the 700R4 Transmission in Your Chevy Ice Cream Van

Posted by on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The 700R4 is one of the very first automatic overdrive transmission built by any of the big three auto makers. It is heavily related to the 4L60E family of transmissions but doesn’t make use of extensive electronics. It has a very nice 3.06:1 first gear ratio, which helps contribute to better off the line takeoff. It also uses a generous 0.7:1 overdrive gear ratio that greatly improves gas mileage and drivability. Early 700R4s were very problematic, which is to be expected with new technology. As time went on, General Motors made many improvements to the 700R4 that made it a favorite with consumers. The first 700R4 automatic transmissions were produced in 1982 as a response to the government’s attempt to force car producers to increase gas mileage. GM used the 700R4 in a wide variety of their vehicles, including the Chevy Corvette, the Camaro, the Trans Am, the Blazer, the S-15 Jimmy and the Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks. GM also used it in the Chevy full-size van.

 

Many Chevy van ice cream trucks come with the 700R4 transmission

Ice-cream anyone? Source: for-sale.yowcow.com

 

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Taking Your Jeep Wrangler Off Road? Check the 5A580 Transmission First

Posted by on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The 5A580 is a five-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Chrysler Corporation. It was developed jointly with Mercedes-Benz, and also goes by the name 5G-Tronic and NAG1. Chrysler primarily designed the transmission for vehicles with front-mounted engines and rear-wheel drive, although it is also used in four-wheel-drive applications in conjunction with a four-wheel-drive transfer case. The Chrysler Corporation put the 5A580 automatic transmission into production in 2003 and still uses it in the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep lineup today. This transmission is used in a wide variety of vehicles, including the Dodge Durango, the Dodge Charger, the Dodge Magnum, the Dodge Challenger, the Chrysler Crossfire, the Chrysler 300, the Jeep Commander and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.  It is also used in the Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep Wrangler came with the 5A580 automatic transmission

Source: trucktrend.com

 

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Change Your Driving Habits to Extend the Life of Your Ford’s 6R80 Transmission

Posted by on Friday, October 10th, 2014

The 6R80 is a six-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. Ford primarily used these in vehicles with front-mounted engines and rear-wheel drives. First put into production in 2007, Ford still uses it in vehicles produced today. The 6R80 transmission comes from a family of transmissions that includes the 6R75 and the 6R60. All of these transmission are based on the ZF 6HP26 transmission. The 6R80 is equipped with a very steep first gear ratio of 4.14;1, but is also equipped with an overdrive gear ratio of 0.69:1, which allows the vehicle to get better mileage. The final drive ratio can vary from 3.15:1 – 4.10:1, depending on which rear axle gear the vehicle is equipped with. Ford used this transmission in many of their products, including the Expedition, the Mustang, the Ranger, the Territory and the Lincoln Navigator. It was also used in the F-series Ford trucks, including the gas-powered F250.

Ford F250 with 6R80 transmission

Some F250′s came with a 6R80 transmission.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

 

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