Questions regarding automatic gearboxes, and associated parts such as torque converters

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Don't know if its my transmission, or gears

I have a 2009 Chevrolet Impala LT. When I drive in D it won't go past a certain speed but when I drive in 3 it sounds faster than what it's going. It will be at 60mph and the reader will say at 6 when ...
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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

I have 2008 Subaru Outback (160K miles) with an automatic transmission and have been curious about the Sport Mode that can be shifted into. I read in the car's manual that it increases pickup and is ...
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93 Dodge Dakota ATF cooler line

I had to replace the transmission in my 93 Dakota. To get it to drop I had to cut the metal coolant lines that lead to/from the radiator. The stock lines are .315 ID. My question is, can I use a ...
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Proper way to stop auto transmission car

I'm just having my first auto transmission car, with press to start button. How I start the car Press the brake pedal Press the "press to start" button to turn on engine Move gear from "P" to "R" ...
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Wrong oil in trans

I have a 2013 Silverado 2500 with 150000 miles, about 5 miles after an oil change I noticed two hard shifts. The next day I drove 1/2 mile, the trans slipped and is now disabled. I had mechanic ...
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Automatic car won't start, steering wheel won't turn, key just makes car click etc - but radio works?

Someone else was in the driver seat and they were trying to drive. At one point I took out the key and when he put it back in the car wouldn't start. This was yesterday and it still won't start. The ...
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Does engine braking an automatic wear out the transmission?

My question is a variation on these two: Engine braking with an automatic transmission What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic? I recently bought an automatic transmission ...
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What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic?

In a car with an automatic transmission, we are normally greeted by the acronym PRNDL, or in some cases (older cars) PRND21. I know that the L, 1, or 2 will cause the transmission to stay in a ...
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Transmission disengages itself

Seems like my car disengage itself from drive to neutral while in motion. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord. When in drive and in motion, the car starts slowing down even with my foot on accelerator. It ...
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1998 lincoln continental with fluctuating idle when put in gear only (drive/reverse)

I have a 1998 Lincoln Continental. It has 124k miles on it. The history of the transmission maintenance are as follows: Fluid and filter was changed at 29k miles Fluid was flushed at 86k miles Fluid ...
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Does it save wear on AWD drivetrain to shift to Neutral before going into Park or Reverse?

I have an old Subaru with All Wheel Drive. I can feel in some circumstances the larger and more complex drivetrain "winding and unwinding" all those differentials and CV joints. It feels unpleasant, ...
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Does putting an automatic car into neutral at stop lights significantly harm the transmission?

I drive a 2013 Mazda 3, in case that makes any difference to the answer. There seems to be a few discussions on the web which indicate that putting an automatic car into neutral does not ...
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2010 mini cooper transmission noise and gear shift at RPM higher than normal

I'm hearing rattling noise when the transmission is engaged (drive) and it get's louder at higher rpm. previously I did not hear this. There is no noise when I rev engine in park mode. The gear in ...
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Optimal acceleration for automatic transmission? [closed]

In a car with automatic transmission, what's the best way to accelerate so as to minimize fuel consumption? Assume I'm not going to change the gears manually. Note that I'm also considering non-flat ...
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Do Manual transmission cars perform better than Automatic transmission?

I'm stuck between choosing a car available in both automatic transmission (CVT) and Manual transmission (6 speed). I wanted to know which one will perform better in the following aspects (considering ...
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Why am I not moving after starting car and shifting to Drive?

So I have had this issue for the last couple months where when I first start the car, shifting to Drive (automatic transmission) doesn't do anything. Pressing the gas only revs the engine, as if in ...
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What could cause high RPMs but no power?

I have a 2006 ford fusion and lately it works fine if I lightly press on the gas. If I press on the gas with full force though it will rev up the RPM's but there will be no power and my car won't ...
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Transmission slip

I have a 2011 Chevy Impala. Once in a while the engine will rev and then kick into first gear. If I slowly press down onto gas petal it will not do this. If I start slow no problems, but if I put foot ...
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How Does Being in Drive Disable the Starter on an ATX Vehicle?

Being used to driving manual transmissions, I occasionally forget to put my ATX in park when I shut off the vehicle ( I'm getting better ). Today I did that without realizing it, and when I went to ...
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Will a Slight Overfill Harm an Automatic Transmission

I flushed my transmission recently, and I overfilled it slightly, maybe by a 1/2 liter on a transmission that takes about 8 liters. When cold, the fluid is a little over the cold mark, but not up to ...
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Auto transmission just stopped working while I was driving

While I was driving, my cars automatic transmission suddenly would not work in drive or reverse but the motor was still running. Does someone know what the problem could be?
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1996 Mustang GT won't start with shifter in Park, but will start in Neutral

I just had this weird problem today. The engine will turn fine, but won't start with shifter in Park. Once started in Neutral the motor runs fine with no hesitations. Battery is strong. Any ideas?
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2007 BMW X3 3.0Si wont start

I made the mistake of buying a BMW when moving to the Caribbean. It ran very well and has had a quarterly service every year. (We basically live on a permanent hill, very steep up and down) Last week ...
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Volvo AW55 W mode hard shift avoidance

I have recently purchased a 2006 Volvo S60 T5 with 136,xxx miles. Like many mid-2000s Volvo's with the AW-55 transmission, it has succumbed to shift flares at 1-2 and 2-3. It is light but I would like ...
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Automatic Transmition shifting gear not changing to anything other than D

When I attempted to park my Mitsubishi Montero 2002, switching the gear stick from D to P did not disengage the transmission. After running from P to D slowly a couple of times, the car did ...
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2008 Honda Accord Automatic Transmission - Transmission seems to be slipping. Is it serious?

I have a 2008 Honda Accord with an automatic transmission. I don't know much about cars. The car seems to be having problems switching gears, especially in low gear. For example, often when I'm ...
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GM 4L60-E Rebuild Questions - Part 1

I am in the process of rebuilding my first 4L60-E (I've done a 4L30-E before) and I had a couple questions. 1st: In terms of the input drum pistons I know there are both aluminum and steel models, ...
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Mazda 626 1995 automatic won't shift gears

I have a 1995 Mazda 626, 2.0L, automatic transmission. The transmission won't shift. It stays in 3rd gear and won't go into any other gear. The car does drive, but won't change gear out of 3rd. The ...
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Severe Noise Under Acceleration from a Stop or Slow Speed

EDIT March 9, 2016 So I took the car to a guy who specializes in ATX gears, and he felt that it's not a tranny problem. Got a second opinion from a Chevy tech who concurred. So due to that and the ...
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How does the transmission not strip itself when applying the brake?

Quick question bugging me: Obviously the car moves forward when neither applying the brake nor the accelerator. How does this not damage the transmission when the brake is pressed? I first ...
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03 Pontiac Grand Am will not start. Transmission problems?

I have an 03 Pontiac Grand Am. About 9 months ago I had to put in a new motor, I've also put in a new starter and battery. For the last 5 months my car has not been able to go over 50 mph without my ...
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What is the Connection Between Failing Torque Converters and Vibration?

When trying to determine the source of vibrations at idle in my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L one thing I've found mentioned by many people is a potentially worn out / failing torque converter. However, when ...
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Automatic transmission sticking after car has not been driven for 3 months

My car has not been driven for a while and it is having trouble and sticking when shifting gears. Should I continue to drive it and will this problem fix itself or is there something I can buy like an ...
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Shifting Problem

2004 Acura TL 235k miles It takes a while (2-4 sec) for the car to shift from (P)Park to (D)Drive. After the initial change of gears the car runs perfectly normal.
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Are BMW automatic transmissions less reliable than manual ones? [closed]

I am considering purchasing a second vehicle and am looking at a 2001 BMW 325i with an automatic transmission; however, I have heard mixed reviews of the automatic transmission in BMWs. Is there any ...
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Are manual transmission cars disappearing? [closed]

You don't have to be an expert to notice that over time, the percentage of manual transmission cars has lowered. Automatic cars are not only more popular, but more comfortable, easier to use and ...
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The purpose of Smart Junction Box in a car

I am doing research about the smart junction box of a car but on the Internet there is nothing that shows its functionality. I am looking to do some research about it and try to improve its ...
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what would cause lack of movement in the gas pedal, causing slow acceleration? [closed]

I have a 2002 Hyundai Elentra. Until yesterday every thing was fine. Yesterday I noticed the car was not accelerating normally. I also noticed my gas pedal basically had almost no movement. No ...
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What's the Purpose of Park on an Automatic Transmission?

When one wants to park a manual transmission (MTX) vehicle, one puts it in neutral, and engages the emergency / parking brake. With an ATX vehicle, the practice I've learned is to put it in Park, and ...
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Honda oydessy year 2000 does not go in reverse does not go forward but you can drive it in netural [closed]

I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey that only drives in neutral; no reverse or forward. What do you think is wrong?
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How come gears don’t normally change in an automatic car?

I know that there is a similar question here, and another one here that asks when an automatic gearbox knows how to change gear, but I want to know exactly how it does that. It was brought to my ...
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Motor and radiator problem will there be and damage to motor or anything [duplicate]

Hi guys ive got one question i was looking over this car i was going to buy and there was engine oil in the radiator i ask the guys why it was in there he said he didnt have enough coolant to fill it ...
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My rpms are going high and my mph take a minute to go higher on my GMC Yukon

When I put my truck in drive and step on the gas the RPM's go up to 3,000 but my MPH will stay at 10-15 When I let go of the gas a little bit I can feel the truck kind of pull and the RPM's will go ...
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2000 Celica engine dies or shakes when I pump gas

I have a 2000 Toyota Celica. At first it used to slip gears and then I had a mechanic check it out. He said its a solenoid in the transmission which he changed. The car sputters sometimes when at ...
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What is a governor and what is it used for?

I was watching a classic car restoration program on YouTube in which they were working on a '50s Cadillac with an automatic transmission. The mechanic in the video diagnosed a transmission glitch as ...
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Odd Transmission slip

My transmission gets these odd slips every once in a while. For example, today I was driving slow through town, I believe in second gear, and my foot was very light on the pedal. As I release the ...
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Engagement delay when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse

My 2001 VW Eurovan (T4) has automatic transmission and about 160k miles on the clock. When I use the transmission selector to move from N to D or from N to R, there is a noticeable delay until I feel ...
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will not start, when I just had driven it about a hour ago

2003 grand am 4 door automatic,everything works, lights, radio, windows,buzzes when key is in ignition. I hear nice noise, if it was the battery all the other things in the car would not work. What ...
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How does PCS on 4l60e work?

Looking at the pinout for the connector for the 4l60e there are 2 pins for the pressure control solenoid. 1 pin for HIGH, and 1 pin for LOW. Does this mean the PCS can only ever be in 1 of 2 ...
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1994 Silverado not accelerating past 35

I have a 1994 Chevy Silverado. On my way to work today my truck would not accelerate past 35 mph but was revving high rpm's. I stopped and checked my fluids and my ATF wasnt showing anything on the ...