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

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How to Detect a Bad Transmission When Buying a High Mileage Vehicle

Rebuilding a transmission is one of the most expensive things that can be done on a car and I've been told it's one of the main reasons people dump cars other than timing belt issues. I've read ...
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Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?

Have a 2006 Ford Expedition. I had noticed about 6 months ago that every once in a while it would rumble or shake when I was going 45-55 mph and with my foot only lightly on accelerator. Now it ...
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How Difficult / Expensive is it to Swap An Automatic Transmission?

Let's say you are thinking of getting a car cheap due to it having a spotty automatic transmission. How difficult / expensive would it typically be to get a low mileage second hand transmission from ...
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Engine sound rumbles/grumble noise 800-1300 RPM

A 2000 Toyota Celica GTS 225k miles engine makes a mild rumbling/grumbling rough sound when accelerating slowly from a stop in drive or reverse only in the 800-1300 RPM band. Does not occur when in ...
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Strong vibrations when idling even after replacing engine mounts (automatic transmission)

I have a '93 Acura Integra with automatic transmission. Ever since I got it some time ago the car has been vibrating a lot when stopped at a light, for example. The vibration is worse when in gear ...
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Transmission fluid leak 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

When I add transmission fluid, it leaks out below. It looks like it is collecting around the pan, but also forward. I am asking to see if someone thinks changing the pan won't cover the leak. ...
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Passenger side front wheel locked up 93 topaz

The passenger side of my daughters 93 Topaz is locked. There was a noise and the cv boot was torn so I thought I would change the brakes too. When I got the front end off the ground I put in drive to ...
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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Volkswagen Passat went out of control

It was raining, and I was on a Motor Way, driving at about 100 mph and approaching 110. It was an automatic Volkswagen Passat, 12K miles old. The car started behaving weirdly, and it started shaking ...
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Car slightly lurches forward once or twice while braking to a stop, transmission bumping

I have an Automatic transmission 2002 Nissan Maxima and want to know if a faulty vehicle speed sensor can cause a car to lurch forward when braking. If I am travelling at 40 mph in 3rd gear and then ...
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1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl. no power and won't go above 2k rpm

I bought an automatic 1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl 2 days ago. I got it cheap knowing it would have problems, and that's why I'm here. When I put it in drive and slam on the gas the car just simply ...
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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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2007 Nissan Frontier Transmission, Differential & Transfer Case service intervals for light driving?

According to the owner's manual service/maintenance guide, automatic transmission fluid, differential oil & transfer case oil should be inspected for leaks at the following intervals: ...
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2005 Scion TC Automatic Skips Drive and goes to 3rd

2005 Scion TC automatic transmission never actually goes into D (drive), but goes right into 3 even though the gear shift lever is in the D position. The P R N D 3 2 L indicator on the dashboard has ...
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Pulley Difference After Drive Belt Change

I have one worry after yesterday's fairly difficult but successful drive belt change on my Big Boy scooter. The main nut on the fron pulley now goes on much less further than before it came off. I ...
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How does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear

As the title suggests, how does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear, for example, how does the autobox know to shift down when you hit a gradient for example, also how does it know to shift ...
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Identify parts I need from a supplier catalog

I'm French and I own an old Volvo V70 car whose automatic gearbox sounds seriously tired. In Europe an specially in France, automatic gearbox is not usual as it may be, say in USA, so it's not easy ...
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What is the difference between an automatic and an AMT

I have seen many recent car launches in my home country which claim to have something called as an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission. I am curious to know how is this different from a traditional ...
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2006 Saturn Ion wont shift into drive but will in reverse

Couple of days ago my 2006 Saturn Ion transmission stopped working, I can put the car into drive but when I hit the gas it just revs up and doesn't actually go anywhere, it will roll though like its ...
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Volvo S60 T5 Auto gearbox replacement

My Volvo S60 T5's gearbox (aw55-50sn) has finally broken; it has a slipping third gear and possible clogged up solenoids in the valve body (due to it clonking into "D" mode). I'm wondering if there's ...
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Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?

This is not with the intention of saving fuel (as I have seen many answers assuming savings in fuel while doing this). But I have this habit of putting the vehicle into neutral before approaching ...
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2004 Chevy Malibu jerks when deceleration is followed by acceleration between 25-40 mph

I recently noticed that when coasting or breaking is followed by acceleration (seems to be only when the car is moving between 25 and 40 mph) that there is a slight jerk. After recreating the problem ...
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Use of Neutral Gear in Automatic Transmission

I am new to driving A/T cars and I am trying to understand the use of Neutral(N) gear. Should I shift my gear from D to N when my car comes to a complete halt on a red light or somewhere else? As per ...
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changing ford e4od to 4r100

e4od is a gear driven speed sensor/ 4r100 is reading directly off tailshaft and signal is much faster causing speed to read much faster. Is there a way to put an in-line adjustable type signal changer ...
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2002 Subaru Legacy, Grinding Sound

Just got home from work and put my car into park and heard a grinding sound. The parking brake stopped working. I tried putting it into drive and got the same grinding sound. It was as if something ...
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'95 Chrysler Lebaron Shifting

I have a 1995 Chrysler Lebaron. 3.0L, V6, Automatic transmission. It has recently developed an issue where as you accelerate, it seems to get "stuck" in third(maybe?) gear. It will drive with that ...
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2014 Mazda 3 Sport

Whenever I shift from Drive to Reverse, or vice versa, I get a slight vibration in the brake pedal. It doesn't occur while I'm driving or moving, only when I shift gears. Nothing else vibrates in the ...
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What is the best way to determine if my hydraulic motor mounts are bad?

I am experiencing delayed forward movement at take off. I apply the accelerator nothing happens until it jolts forward. When I stop it lunges forward, which leads me to believe it is the motor mounts. ...
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What's the point of the D3 gear in an automatic transmission?

My Honda Civic has a D gear and a D3, which apparently prevents it from going into 4th. Why would I want to do this? What is it good for? Does it make my fuel efficiency better or worse? Does it ...
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Transmission won't shift into second after rebuild

I have a 94 Pontiac Firebird with a 4L60E automatic transmission. I bought a transmission rebuild kit and installed everything right, but it's not shifting into second the way it should. Everything in ...
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Location of fill tube for Nissan Pintara auto transmission fluid

Where on a 2.4lt 1989 Nissan Pintara do you put the transmission fluid? I cannot seem to find where it would go and my vehicle is not changing gears properly.
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Is it bad to switch gears to D while my car is still moving backwards

I am reversing. While the car is still moving backwards, I switch gears from R to D, and press the accelerator to start moving forward. After a bit the car stops going backward, and starts moving ...
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At a complete stop, why is my RPM in Neutral gear greater than Drive gear?

I always assumed that my engine would do less work in N (neutral) than in D (drive). However, I tried a little experiment. My car wasn't moving, my foot is on the brake, and I have in D. I then switch ...
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Signs of a bad transmission?

I have a 2004 Subaru Legacy L Sedan Automatic. I've been starting to notice in the past few months that the transmission is shifting strange, typically either when the car first starts up, or has been ...
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Surely I'm refilling my transmission fluid incorrectly

My car ('96 Ford Taurus) developed a transmission fluid leak and lost an unknown amount of fluid. I fixed the leak and began replacing transmission fluid but this has proved to be extremely tedious. ...
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2001 civic won't accelerate when pressing gas petal..?

For the past few days my check engine light has been on. Whenever I try to accelerate, the car will not go very fast at all, no matter how hard I press it, all the way down, halfway, doesn't matter. ...
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Ford Escape won't shift into gear, O/D light flashing

I've got a 2002 Ford Escape (automatic transmission) that will start fine and reverse without any problems, but when I put it in drive and try to pull forward, it remains in idle. I can hit the gas ...
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2004 LEXUS GX470

I have a 2004 Lexus GX470. I am having this problem where as I accelerate, my RPM goes up to like 5/6 and my speed is not going up. If I back off the pedal and try again it sometimes will ...
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Possible transmission fluid leak

2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 265K miles. I haven't driven it in 2 days and came out and found a small pool (about 2 teaspoons at the most) underneath the engine area. It's clear with a tinge of red, no ...
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Flat Tow Subaru Auto Trans with Engine Running?

A year ago I traded my 2012 Ford Focus for a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (automatic transmission). Dealer told me it could be flat towed, made sense to me, why not so long as it is in neutral? ...
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How to add transmission fluid with no dipstick?

I have a 2003 chevy cavalier, and just replaced the radiator due to a transmission fluid leak into the antifreeze. I don't know how much fluid was lost because the transmission was designed without a ...
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Towing a trailer with a 2006 Honda Civic VXi 1.8 Auto

I will be using a trailer for my Dec. holiday. I have a 2006 Honda Civic VXi 1.8 Auto. What I need questions on: 1) Do drive in the normal D or D3? 2) Pulling a trailer with an automatic, how does ...
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What disadvantages a car with 4-speed transmission have compared to 5, 6 or 7 speed with similar engine?

This seemed to be most relevant site to ask my question. I am planning to purchase a new car and my shortlisted car has 4 speed automatic and 1.6 litre engine. The thing that worries me is that it ...
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2010 VW Stuck in Park

I have a 2010 VW Jetta Stuck in Park. When I turn it on, press the brake, and press the shifter button it doesn't move. How do I get it out of park? The brake light and dash indicator do toggle ...
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Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?

What's the difference between dumping the clutch, and going from N->D at high RPMs with an automatic transmission? Will this cause any damage to the vehicle?
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Ford Focus won't rev high when slipping on snow

Why doesn't my 2010 focus allow me gun it when it starts slipping in snow? It makes it impossible to get out of even a tiny bit of snow. My civic never got stuck because I could always just gun it, ...
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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shifting stops when critically low on gas

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota. It is a V6, 3.9 Liter, auto transmission. I have a weird problem that no one has been able to answer for me. HOW I CAME TO REALIZE THE PROBLEM: One day I was driving ...
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Automatic Transmission: Best practice when waiting at the red light - N or D?

My main concern is the longevity of the engine and transmission. I see conflicting view points on the internet. Some say changing from D to N and back constantly will cause extra wear on the ...
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Do I need a new ECU after replacing the transmission?

I replaced the transmission in my 2002 Lexus RX 300 about one month ago. The mechanics reprogrammed my ECU immediately, and they advised me to replace my ECU with a new one, because with the old ECU I ...