Extend The Life Of Your Dodge Dart A727 Transmission With These Tips

Posted by on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The A727 is a 3-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Chrysler Corporation. It is an older model automatic transmission that lacks the overdrive gear(s) found in all modern-day automatic transmissions. The A727 originated for the A488 transmission, which was formed from a very heavy cast-iron case and removable torque converter housing. The A727 differs from the A488 in that it uses a one piece case / torque converter housing and is made of lightweight, but very strong aluminum. The first A727 Torqueflite transmission went into production in 1962, and was eventually phased out of production in 1991, when it was replaced by the A518—basically an A727 transmission with an added overdrive gear. The A727 transmission is the bigger, stronger brother to the A904 transmission, and was used in most heavy-duty and high-performance applications. It could be found in almost every vehicle Chrysler produced during that time period, including the Plymouth Fury, the Dodge Coronet, the Dodge Charger, the Ram series of pickup trucks, the Plymouth Duster, and the Dodge Challenger. It could also be found in the Dodge Dart GTS.

The Dodge Dart GTS came equipped with the A727 automatic transmission


The Dodge Dart started out as a compact (for the time period) economical vehicle, equipped primarily with the durable and fuel-efficient slant-six engine. But it was during this time that the original horsepower war started between Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. It didn’t take long for Dodge engineers to realize that they could shoehorn a big block 44o-cubic engine in the lightweight Dodge Dart body and come up with a potent and very quick car. This special edition Dodge Dart was equipped with the GTS badge, and came with a performance 8 3/4″ performance rear end, disk brakes, bucket seats, special console and floor mounted shifter.

Originally run hard and put to bed wet, not many Dodge Dart GTS’s survived the drag racing wars of the 1960s and 1970s. If you’re one of the lucky ones to still own an original GTS, it is important to maintain all the systems of the car—especially the A727 transmissions. Here are a couple ways you can properly car for the A727 transmission in your Dodge Dart GTS.

1) Don’t let the car sit for long periods of time. Doing so will allow moisture to build up inside the transmission, causing the transmission fluid to become contaminated and the metal parts to rust. In addition, letting the car sit will also cause all the cork, paper and rubber gasket to dry out and become hard and brittle. This will lead to both internal leaks that will cause shifting problems and external leaks that will cause fluid to make a mess on your garage floor.

2) You should also have your car serviced periodically. Because most of these cars are treated like collector vehicles, they don’t get driven much. While most cars can go 30,000 to 40,000 miles in between major service intervals, I recommend that you don’t wait nearly as long. I therefore recommend that you have the transmission serviced every 12,000 miles, which should work out to probably once every six years. Make sure they change the fluid, adjust the bands, replace the transmission filter and inspect for leaks.

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