Getting to the Bottom of Things: Choose The Right Vehicle Lift For Your DIY Automotive Repairs

Posted by on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

By understanding the different types of vehicle lifts available, you’ll be able to better choose the right one for you.
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Whether you are a DIY mechanic working in your own garage, or a professional working in a commercial shop, it’s very important that you invest in the right vehicle lift for your DIY automotive repairs. This vital piece of equipment is something that you must choose wisely. Otherwise, you are at higher risk of doing a lot of damage to your vehicle as well as to your own body. In the following sections, we’ll help you choose the perfect vehicle lift for your DIY automotive repairs.

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How to Change Your Car’s Transmission Fluid Quickly and Cheaply

Posted by on Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Changing out your transmission fluid is actually quite simple once you learn how.
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Transmission fluid is something that needs to be changed periodically to ensure that your vehicle experiences greater longevity and health. Most owners change their transmission fluid (or have it changed out by a mechanic) every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. But as you might already know, hiring a mechanic can be expensive. That’s why we’re going to show you how to take the DIY approach so that you can keep more money in your pocket.

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Advanced Transmission Care: 3 Tips to Get Past 200,000 Miles

Posted by on Monday, December 8th, 2014

An automatic transmission can last a long time if you treat it well. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want your transmission to last a long time, follow these three tips.
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Have you ever wondered about the things you can do to help your transmission last for the long haul? If so, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. In the following sections, we’re going to provide you with 3 transmission care tips that you can apply right away to help get  past the legendary 200,000-mile mark.

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Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions: How to Determine Which is Right For You

Posted by on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

An automatic transmission is better for a host of reasons. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you wana better driving experience, make sure to get an automatic.
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It’s the constant debate – are manual transmissions better than automatic ones? Or do the automatic versions prevail over their manual counterparts? Why is answer this question important? Well for one, it allows the consumer (you) to make a better decision when purchasing a vehicle. In the following sections, we’ll talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of each one, so that you can make a better decision as to which one is right for you.

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Do You Drive a Four-Wheel Drive with an Automatic Transmission? Give it the Care it Needs

Posted by on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Drivers with a 4wd vehicle and an auto transmission must take better care of their cars.” Wikimedia Commons

If you drive a 4wd vehicle with an automatic, take care of it.
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Four-wheel drive cars are all the rage right now, even for people who probably won’t take advantage of them very often. It wasn’t too long ago that Audi announced that all of their cars would be four-wheel drive from that point on, and Acura just announced a similar change. Considering the extra costs associated with these types of car, maybe the luxury class is the place for them.

While four-wheel drive cars are working their way into the luxury class, their home will always be in off-road vehicles. And even in the best of conditions, let alone their intended use, they will end up needing a lot more care. Continue reading…

Going Down a Large Hill? Downshift Your Automatic Transmission to Save Your Brakes

Posted by on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

If you drive down a large hill, use the automatic transmission to your advantage.Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Drive wisely with your automatic transmission, and you will save your brakes.
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Automatic transmissions by their nature give the driver less control over the vehicle, but that doesn’t mean that you surrender all of your power to the computer. There are a number of things that even the owner of an automatic transmission can do to get the most out of their vehicle, and generally they involve knowing when a good time to downshift is.

Perhaps the best example is during the trip down a steep hill. If you allow the automatic to choose your gear for you, what ends up happening is that you have to slow your rate of descent down the slope with your brakes. While this may be possible for a while, it starts to wear out the brakes very quickly due to overheating, and your trip down the hill can eventually end in a very loud crash. Continue reading…

Automatic Transmissions: The Better Choice for Efficiency

Posted by on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Drivers get more out of an automatic transmission than they may think.
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There are a number of schools of thought on the relative superiority of either automatic or manual transmissions. Often, the defenders of manuals are particularly ardent and will point to a number of ways in which the manual transmission outstrips the automatic. The problem with these arguments is that they tend to be based on specific cases that are conflated to all cars, or they introduce personal elements to the discussion that do better to show that what you use your car for will often help you decide which side you fall on. Continue reading…

Driving Habits That Can Destroy the 700R4 Transmission in Your Corvette

Posted by on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The 700R4 was General Motors first attempt at building an automatic transmission with an overdrive gear. This transmission comes from a family of transmissions that include the 4L60, the 4L60E, the 4L65E and the 4L70E. The early 700R4 transmissions were plagued with problems and quickly developed a reputation for being fragile (and easily breaking). This transmission has a first gear ratio of 3.6:1. This ratio is much steeper than the first gear in the transmission of the TH350, which the 700R4 replaced. The result was much better off the line performance. On the other end of the scale, the700R4 had an overdrive gear with a 0.7:1 ratio. When compared to the TH350, the result was a drop of 30% in cursing RPMs. GM first put the 700R4 transmission into service in 1982, and it remained in service for many years, until replaced by the 4L60 transmission. The 700R4 automatic transmission was used in many vehicles, including the Blazer, the S10, the Caprice, the Camaro, the Firebird, the Impala and the Suburban. It was also used in the Corvette.

The Corvette came equipped with a 700R4 automatic transmission

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How to Test Drive an Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Friday, September 26th, 2014

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When test driving a car, remember to listen to the automatic transmission.
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Test driving an automatic transmission is a little more difficult than a manual. Mostly, this is because manuals give you the opportunity to put them through their paces while your options are more limited with automatics. That being said, you don’t want to get stuck with a faulty transmission and have to go to the expense and trouble of fixing it. So, it’s a good idea to learn how to test drive an automatic and make sure that you’re getting the car you need. Continue reading…

Teach Your Customers: Using First and Second Gears with Automatic Transmissions

Posted by on Friday, September 19th, 2014

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Sometimes beneficial for a driver to switch into a lower gear, even with an automatic transmission. As a mechanic, it’s your job to educate your customers.
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The shift from manual to automatic transmission was an easy one for many people, but the addition of an option to choose first and second gear in an automatic years down the line was actually quite confusing for quite a few drivers. This is especially true for a generation that has grown up surrounded by automatic transmission automobiles and may not know the ways in which manipulating the gear that you’re in can benefit a driver.

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