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

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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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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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Shifter(auto) stuck in park and override won't work

I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD that won't shift out of park. I just came back from a 3-month trip and went to drive my truck somewhere but it wouldn't shift out of park. This has happened before as ...
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High idle, not shifting gears - 1995 Mercury Mystique

My friend has a 1995 Mercury Mystique that was suffering from low idle problems (stalling out at stoplights, etc). He replaced the throttle position sensor, and after that the low idle problem was ...
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Can I use Dexron III H for power transmission requiring Dexron IID/III?

I've got a Freelander 1999 2.0L DI. I need to top up some power steering fluid. In the manual it says to use Dexron IID or Dexron III. I'm wondering whether I can use Dexron III H (e.g. Castrol ATF ...
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Grinding Sound at Specific RPM/Speed

I have a 2011 Ram 1500. For about a month I thought I was hearing a clunk between 2nd and 3rd gear. I finally decided to listen carefully by turning my radio off. I now certainly notice it, but it is ...
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What are some signs my transmission is having problems?

I have a 2004 Honda Accord sedan, automatic transmission with about 180k. I wanted to get a second opinion on what I'm observing to see if there's a problem (which I think might be starting) or if ...
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Could too much transmission fluid cause problems?

Is my reasoning here a plausible explanation for the issues described below? Background The CEL on my friend's 2003 Mazda6 lit up yesterday, along with a flashing HOLD light. We hooked it up to a ...
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Engine Running Fast in Park

Never had this issue before but I just started my vehicle and the tac automatically revved up to 1500 rpm when I cranked it. It didn't go back down while in park, it basically idled at about 500 rmp ...
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Toyota Camry 2005 automatic gears won't engage

I have a Toyota Camry 2005, the car was taken to a mechanic for oil change out and according to the mechanic he opened the transmission down plate and remove the valve body and serviced it which I ...
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Push start a car with automatic transmission

Is it possible to push start a car with automatic transmission? Use case: Let's say the battery is dead or you have a bad starter. I know this can be done on manual cars by putting the car in to gear ...
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How easy is it to overfill transmission fluid?

I was helping out a friend yesterday who was facing some issues with a transmission-related CEL on his automatic 2003 Mazda6. When we checked the ATF dipstick the transmission fluid was a clear ...
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What is this thing behind my oilpan and is it bad that it's cracked?

Sorry I can't be more specific. I have no idea what it is and my google-fu has failed me. Here is an image of the part in question. It is in the center of the image and has a large crack in it. ...
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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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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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(Video) Very Loud Hissing/Spraying Noise, Transmission? [closed]

Ok, very weird situation: 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Loud hissing sound coming out of front passenger wheel well when accelerating. Here is a video: https://youtu.be/tiSFdoniRm0 I have put it in park ...
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Honda FIT GP1 HYBRID 2011 knock

in my auto gear honda fit gp1 hybrid car, (mileage 56 000 KM) I had a engine tune up and changed my injectors (8 injectors) last month and after 2 weeks i started getting a slight knock (jerk or ...
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Compatibility with automatic transmissions between MDMA and M4TA Honda CRV 98

I need to buy an automatic transmissions but only found MDMA automatic transmission for this reason I need to know the compatibility between MDMA and M4TA. Honda CRV 98 4X4 and mi car use M4TA Exist ...
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Changing Ford e4od to 4r100

e4od is a gear driven speed sensor/ 4r100 is reading directly off tail shaft and signal is much faster causing speed to read much faster. Is there a way to put an in-line adjustable type signal ...
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2003 Yukon 5.3 with 278,000

At 70 mph and about 2000 rpm, I have noticed that when i lightly press on the accelerator, the rpm will rise but speed will not increase. i press a little harder and the rpm will come back down to ...
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Reverse Gear Doesn't Work Anymore on an Automatic

I've been having troubles with my automatic transmission for sometime now mainly it's lost it's smoothness and has been slipping first thing in the morning. I've practically worked on every other ...
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Vehicle squeaking 3-4 times when beginning to drive. Stops after getting some speed

Recently I've noticed that my 2012 Nissan Frontier (Automatic Transmission) is squeaking when I start driving from a complete stop. It will only squeak 3-4 times and will go away once I've gained some ...
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Pressing on gas and brake at the same time by mistake - How harmful is it to the gearbox?

I usually brake with my left foot when driving a car with automatic transmission. I find it easy to switch between right-foot and left-foot braking if needed (for example, if I need to drive a car ...
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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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Safe engine braking in automatic cars

When I was learning to drive, I took my lessons in a manual car. On one of the lessons I was performing a reversing maneuver and I controlled the car on both the clutch and the brake pedal... which I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...