The 2014 Toyota Tacoma Transmission: Still Shuddering

Posted by on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The 2014 Tacoma has a decent transmission, and you should consider buying the truck: Wikimedia Commons

If you want a reliable transmission, consider buying a Toyota Tacoma.
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The Tacoma has been plagued with transmission problems for a while now, and there is little indication Toyota has gone to any length to fix them. The fact that they appear so complacent about this problem is a black mark on an otherwise excellent company, especially since they put so much work into the rest of their lines. That being said, they may have actually improved it, at least a little, this year.

The 2014 still has the same problem as all of the other Tacomas from the past eight years: there is a distinct shudder at takeoff as well as when you hit higher speeds. The owner’s manual even suggests a slow acceleration from stop in order to reduce it. Continue reading…

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.


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How To Properly Care For The S6-650 Automatic Transmission In Your 2500HD Silverado

Posted by on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The S6-650 is a very heavy duty six speed automatic transmission made by ZF Friedrichshaften AG.  It can handle up to 520 lbs-ft of input torque and is designed for vehicles with a longitudinal mounted engine. This transmission first went into production in 1999 and was eventually phased out of production at the end of the 2010 model year. It found its way into the GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500, the Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450 and the F-550. It was also used in the 2001 – 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500.

The Silverado 2500HD came equipped with the S6-650 automatic transmission

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How To Prolong The Life Of The 4R75W In Your Ford Tow Vehicle

Posted by on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The 4R75W is a four speed automatic transmission built by Ford. It was first put into production back in 2004 and as of this writing it is still in production. It was used in many popular Ford vehicles, including the F-Series pickup trucks, the Expedition, F-Series Vans, Crown Victoria and  the Lincoln Town Car. All these vehicles are of a body-on-frame type of construct and as such are often used for towing.  Towing can be extremely damaging to a transmission, especially if you ignore the factory’s maximum towing rating, which is exactly what most people do.

The 4R75W transmission can be found in Ford vans


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Towing A Camping Trailer? 4 Ways To Protect Your Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Monday, March 25th, 2013

Spring is upon us and summer is just around the corner. As you start planning your summer vacation, don’t forget to include your vehicle in those plans. There is nothing worse than planning for a nice summer trip only to have it destroyed by car problems.  I’m in the midst of planning our family vacation that will center on a trip going across country and pulling our family camping trailer. This is a great opportunity for me to share my plans to protect the automatic transmission in my pickup truck from the stresses of towing. Here are a few things that you can do to protect your transmission, too.

Take care to protect your transmission when towing a camper


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3 Must Have Manual Transmission Accessories

Posted by on Friday, January 11th, 2013

Almost since the beginning of the automotive industry dating back to the very early 1900’s, car and trucks of all types, sizes, makes and models have been available with a manual transmission. Some of the earliest transmissions where very crude and didn’t even include a syncro gear. The early manual transmissions were also very weak and broke often. As motors got bigger and more powerful, along with power adders supplied by the aftermarket, the manual transmission became the weakest link in the drive train. For a long time companies have been building aftermarket performance products to make manual transmissions stronger and more reliable.

Here is a short list of items you can recommend to your customer, or any one with a manual transmission, that will help improve the performance, reliability, safety and overall experience of manually equipped vehicles.

Manual transmission equipped race car


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