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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Need for Speed: Top 5 Fastest Vehicles for Consumers

Posted by on Friday, December 12th, 2014

An automatic transmission is important, so choose carefully. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

It’s possible to own fast vehicles for less than 50K, and we’ll show you them in this article.
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Each year, “The Texas Mile”, a three-day racing event that takes place on an airport runway, attracts hundreds of amateur races from all over the country. The rules are simple: drivers race their vehicles on a 1-mile strip, and whoever makes it to the finish line first is the winner. As you might have already guessed, only those with extremely fast sports vehicles typically ever take home the gold (as evident by the fact that the recent winner was a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera which reached a top speed of 250 miles per hour).

Unfortunately, a vehicle like that can easily cost more than $250,000. So, where does this leave the rest of us? If regular, everyday drivers want something fast, but can’t afford something as nice as a Lamborghini, what options do they have? To address this issue, we’ve compiled a list of some of the fastest vehicles priced under $50,000. Now you’ll be able to feel the rush of a powerful sports car without spending the hefty investment associated with it.

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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.

Buying a Used Mercedes C215? Get the 5G-Tronic Transmission Serviced

Posted by on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The 5G-Tronic is a five-speed automatic transmission built and designed by Mercedes (Diamler AG). It is designed for longitudinal use and includes a lockup torque converter. It is built to withstand an incredible 800 lb./ft. of torque, which is unbelievably strong. The 5G-Tronic was first put into use in 1996 and still remains in use today. It was available as an option in many Mercedes vehicles, including the W140, the W221, the B-Class, the AMG W463, and both the Maybach 57 and 62 models. It was also available in the 12 cylinder C215.

The CL55 AMG came with the 5G-Tronic automatic transmission

The CL55 AMG came with the 5G-Tronic automatic transmission.

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Range Rover Sport Off-Road: Excessive Heat is Your Transmission’s Worst Enemy

Posted by on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The 8HP is a very modern 8 speed transmission automatic transmission built and designed by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. It has a very steep first gear ratio of 4.696:1 and a very generous overdrive gear of 0.667:1. This help immensely with off the line performance and gas mileage. This transmission can handle very high horsepower motors with a torque capacity of 516 lb.ft. It weights a mere 200 lbs, which is fairly light in weight for a transmission of this strength. The transmission is unique because it is not designed by a single automotive brand. Instead, it is designed by an aftermarket company and used in many different makes and models. It can be found in the Audi A6 and the Q5, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the BMW 7 series and the X5, The Dodge Challenger, The Jaguar XF, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Maserati Ghibli, The Ram 1500, the Rolls Royse Wraith and the Volkswagen Amarok. It was also found in the Ranger Roger Sport.


The Range Rover Sprt came with the 8HP automatic transmission


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Let Your Loved One Know That You Want A Re-manufactured Transmission For Christmas

Posted by on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Have you been naughty or nice? How much does your wife or girlfriend really love you? They can prove their love for you with the ultimate car-guy gift: a re-manufactured transmission for your latest automotive project, be it a sports car, a muscle car, an exotic car or an off road pickup truck.

So how do you let that special person in your life know that you want a transmission this year? Sometimes that is not an easy thing to do. Let’s discuss a number of ways to accomplish this.

Hoping you get a re-manufactured automatic transmission for Christmas


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Keep Your 4HP24 Automatic Transmission Running In Tip-Top Shape

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013

The 4HP24 is a four speed automatic transmission made by ZF Friedrichshafen AG.  It was first put into use in 1987, and remained in use through the 2004 model year. ZF Friedrichshafen AG is mostly known for building transmissions for BMW vehicles, and this transmission was used in the 750i, the 850Ci and the 850i.  In addition, it was also used in the Jaguar XJS, the Range Rover (V8 model) and the Land Rover Discovery (V8 model).

Here is a nice cut-away picture of the 4HP24 automatic transmission


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An Issue That May Arise With The 5HP30 Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Monday, November 11th, 2013

The 5HP30 is a popular five speed automatic transmission made by ZF Frieddrichshafen AG. It first went into production in 1992 and remained so through the end of the 2003 model year. It is a fairly heavy duty transmission with a maximum input torque rating of 560 Nm.  This transmission was used primarily in BMW products,  including the 540i, the 740i, the 840i and the 850Ci. It also found limited use in the Rolls Royce Silver Seraph, the Bently Arnage and the Aston Martin DB7. Care should be taken when replacing this transmission as some models use unique bell housing with different bolt patterns.

This is the 5HP30 automatic transmission


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Don’t Let Your 5HP24 Automatic Transmission Overheat

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The 5HP24 is a five speed automatic transmission made by ZF Getriebe GmbH Saarbruecken. It was designed for rear wheel drive applications and shares many parts with the 5HP24A which was developed for front wheel drive vehicles.  The 5HP24 was first put into production in 1996 and remains in production today. The 5HP24 is used dominantly in BMW vehicles, including the 740i, the 730d, the 840Ci, the 540, the X5 and the very limited production Z8. In addition to being used by BMW, the transmission can also be found in the  Jaguar XK8, XJ8 and XJ, along with the 2003 – 2005 Land Rover.

This is the 5HP24 automatic transmission


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Don’t Let Your 8HP Automatic Transmission Overheat

Posted by on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The 8HP is an eight speed automatic transmission built by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. It is a fairly heavy duty unit capable of handling over 500 lb-ft of torque. Remarkably, this transmission only weighs 200 lbs. The 8HP was first put into production in 2008 and remains in production today.  This transmission can be found in a large variety of makes and models, including the Bentley Continental GT, the BMW 1-Series all the way through the 7-Series, the Audi A8 and A7, the Dodge Durango and Charger, the Jaguar XJ, the Land Rover Discovery, the Dodge Ram pickup truck, the  Rolls Royce Ghost and many other applications.

Here is a great internal view of the 8HP automatic transmission


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