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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What You Should Know About Purchasing a New Transmission

Posted by on Friday, December 5th, 2014

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

If you want to buy a new automatic transmission, choose wisely.
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For most people, purchasing a new transmission is a completely foreign experience. For this reason, we’re going to be spending the next few sections dissecting exactly what you should know when purchasing a new one. This way, you can save money, as well as be more confident in your purchase.

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The New Subaru CVT Transmission: Is It the Game Changer Automakers Have Been Looking For?

Posted by on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Lineartronic transmission

The Subaru Lineartronic CVT transmission.
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If the new Lineartronic Subaru CVT transmission proves anything, it’s that good engineering concepts ultimately triumph, even when they must wait for human know-how to catch up with them. Case in point: the ancient Romans had a primitive steam-driven engine 2,000 years ago, but without a greater knowledge of metallurgy and fluid dynamics, the locomotive would not emerge for another 1800 years.

In the same way, the idea of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) was first thought of by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1490. Daimler Benz, now Mercedes Benz, filed the first patent on such a device in 1886. Despite this early enthusiasm, it’s only recently that CVTs have matched their potential for improved fuel economy with an actual driving experience that motorists find acceptable.

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How To Diagnose A Faulty Solenoid in the 4EAT Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Monday, October 7th, 2013

The 4EAT is an automatic transmission made by Subaru. It has four speeds and is considered a light duty automatic transmission. It was first put into production in 1988 and still remains in production today. That is a very long time for a modern transmission to remain in production. The transmission can be found in the Subaru XT, Legacy, XT6, Leone wagon and Alcyone SVX. It was also used by the Ford Corporation, Kia Motors, Mercury and Mazda. There are two versions of the 4EAT, the difference between them being a change in the bell housing and input shaft on some of the later models.

This is the Subaru 4EAT automatic transmission


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