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Get the Job Done: DIY Steps For Changing Your Transmission

Posted by on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

If you want to watch your car last a long time, make sure to change your transmission when it starts to fail. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to save money in the long run, remember to rebuild your transmission rather than replace the entire car.
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When your transmission stops working, it’s usually because there’s a single, interior component that has gone bad. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, spotting what’s wrong is always that difficult. But not all of us are experienced mechanics, so in the following sections, we’ll provide you with some helpful DIY tips for changing your transmission.

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From Beginning to Now: The Evolution of The Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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

Learn about the amazing evolution of automatic transmissions.
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Even those individuals who are very experienced with repairing and replacing transmissions don’t know very much about their history. It’s one of the few areas where history doesn’t seem to be required, but the more you know, the better a mechanic you can be. With that being said, let’s talk about the evolution of the automatic transmission as a whole and how it has changed since the 1930s.

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Consumer Advice Corner: Are You Overpaying For Transmission Repairs?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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

Find out if you’re overpaying for transmission repairs.
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There’s no part of an engine that is arguably more complex than a transmission. Transmissions are often considered the heart and soul of any vehicle. They are responsible for shifting gears, delivering power to the wheels, and achieving an ideal speed-torque ratio while the vehicle is in motion.

But just as with all components of a vehicle, transmissions do go bad. The important question is: are you paying too much for having them repaired? In the following sections, we’ll talk more about how much transmission repairs cost so that you can get a better idea of how much to pay.

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From the Past: A History of Ford Automatic Transmissions

Posted by on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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

Ford has contributed greatly to the world of automatic transmissions.
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Are you interested in learning about the history of Ford automatic transmissions? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In the sections below, we’ll go over an accurate and brief history of how Ford automatic transmissions evolved into what they are today.

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Add A little Muscle To The A4LD Transmission In Your Ford Ranger

Posted by on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

The A4LD is a very early automatic over drive transmission built by the Ford Motor Company. It is really nothing more than an earlier C3 three speed transmission with an overdrive gear added. It is a fairly weak transmission that was used only behind four and six cylinder engines. It was eventually replaced by the 4R44E automatic transmission that featured a fully electronic valve body, something the A4LD lacked. The A4LD first went into production in 1985, and remained a viable optional transmission through the end of the 2002 model year. The A4LD was used widely throughout the Ford brands of the time (including Mazda) and could be found in vehicles like the Ford Bronco II (smaller of the two Bronco models), the Ford Thunderbird, the Ford Mustang four cylinder models only), the Ford Aerostar minivan and the Ford Explorer. It could also be found in the Ford Ranger.

Ford Ranger

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Planning On Taking Your F150 Raptor Off Road? Carry A Spare 6R80 Transmission!

Posted by on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The 6R80 is a six speed automatic transmission built under license by the Ford Motor Company. The very popular Ford AOD transmission is the predecessor to the 6R80. The 6R80 transmission comes from a family of transmissions that include the 6R60 and the 6R75. All three transmissions are based on the ZF 6HP26 transmission. The 6R80 is a fully electronic transmission and uses more than six electrical solenoids to shift the transmission and control the lockup torque converter. It was designed for use in vehicles with a front mounted motor and rear wheel drive.  The 6R80 transmission was first put into use in the 2009 model year and remains in production today. This transmission was widely used throughout the Ford lineup, and could be found in vehicles like the Ford Mustang, the Ford Ranger, the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer. It could also be found in the F150 Raptor pickup truck.

Ford F150

Ford 150 Raptor. Image from wikimedia.org

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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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Image from Flckr CC user Allen

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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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