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

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2005 Mazda 3 at warning light at cold start ups

I've noticed recently that my mazda 3 on cold starts would show the at warning light. When I start it, it normally flashes it for a few seconds then disappears. Then when I pull it out of the garage, ...
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Why doesn't anyone ever repair an automatic transmission?

I am old enough to have had about four transmission failures spaced over about 40 years and at no time did any mechanic ever offer to “fix” it; the only diagnosis has been a complete rebuild. This is ...
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Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission?

When I drove a manual transmission, I got in the habit of shifting to neutral on long, shallow grades to save fuel. Now I'm driving an automatic (specifically, a recent Corolla) and still doing it. ...
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2001 Honda Civic LX won't stay in 4th gear

I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX, automatic transmission. There are 3 gear settings: 2, D3, and D. If I'm driving in D3 and shift into D, I can feel it shift gears up (from 3 to 4), but then it ...
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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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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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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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Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?

I've been told that when needing to brake quickly, throwing the gear into neutral on an automatic transmission actually allows for better/quicker braking. I understand how things work pretty well but ...
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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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Do I need computer reprogramming when transmission is replaced?

Honda Odyssey 2003: I'm replacing a transmission, and a local mechanic will help me to swap it in my garage. I've been told at a local shop, that in order to install remanufactured transmission ...
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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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How hot is “HOT” on a transmission fluid (ATF) dip stick?

I want to add some fluid additive (Lucas) to my transmission, but I don't want to overfill it. The dipstick has add, warm, and hot for measuring. So how hot is the hot level? My temperature gauge ...
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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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Automatic Transmission - Shifting from Neutral to Drive while in motion

Recently, I've developed the habit of using the neutral gear in my automatic Honda Fit when going down slight inclines where I would otherwise have to use the accelerator to maintain speed. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use a Dexron III automatic transmission/power steering fluid where a Dexron II is required ?

more generally speaking are 'higher Dexron numbers' also fulfilling the specifications of the lower number fluids ?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is my automatic transmission broken?

I just broke down. Here's a description: ('97 Subaru Legacy) Driving completely normally along a town road, the car suddenly began to sputter and jump as I pressed on the gas. Then the check engine ...
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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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Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...
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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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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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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
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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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2006 Saturn Ion won't 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 it's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2001 Mercury Sable — Rough Idle/High RPM and Transmission Leaks

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable (24V DOHC V6) that has been having problems with its vacuum system. I live in Florida where the average temperature lately has been in the 80s. For roughly a month now, ...
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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 ...