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

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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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2003 mazda 6 won't move or go into gear [closed]

I was driving this vehicle on the highway going home. All of a sudden I noticed the oil light coming on, battery light came on too and I could not go past 60mph. So I suddenly pulled over and as soon ...
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Change of transmission oil

automatic transmission My service manual states that the fluid to use is Dexron 11 .My local garage mechanic used ATF 111 is this ok?
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Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power [closed]

I want to buy an 06-08 Forester XT and on Friday I went to test drive an Automatic. Now, I know the auto box isn't the best and the forester weighs a good 300kg/600lbs more than my Astra Coupe, but it ...
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2003 automaitic 2.4l dodge stratus transmission concern?

Our starter is out on our Dodge. We had intended on having it professionally towed to our mechanic once we got a date set. A family member took their own initiative to pull it by a rope from a Kroger ...
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Tunning the ECU of a Volkswagen Golf MK6 1.6 TDI DSG

I am a owner of a Volkswagen Golf MK6 1.6 TDI DSG (105HP), and i am a beginner in mechanics, but in computers i am an expert. I stumbled upon those days on some websites that claim to bring you ...
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Audible thud when automatic shifting

My Audi A3 with automatic transmission is emmiting this weird sound when I let off the gas at slow speeds. I think the car shifts up to a more efficient gear (probably 3) thinking I don't need to ...
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Toyota Hilux Surf 1998 Stuck in Park and speedometer and odometer not working

I just bought a 1998 Hilux Surf. It has an automatic gearbox. When pressing the brake the drive selection should be unlocked, but it does not. I need to use the "red button" to unlock the drive ...
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1997 Olds 88, trans issue?

A friend of mine pointed me this way due to my current problems; I've been working on this for three weeks and am no closer to diagnosing the issue, so hopefully someone here can point me in the right ...
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trans codes trans not shifting o/d is blinking

I have a trans problem my truck lost power o/d light is blinking and trans does not shift at all it has codes that are p1747 p0755 p0743
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In an automatic transmission, what decides to change gears? [duplicate]

So say there is an automatic transmission in a car. Is there a computer inside the transmission that decides to change gears, or is there a computer in the car that tells the transmission to change ...
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2012 Toyota Tacoma won't shift into Reverse

I've just had my 2012 Tacoma towed to the dealership due to the truck not shifting into reverse correctly. I first noticed a problem when I was driving home and the RPMs would get up to between 3 and ...
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On a BMW E46 330Ci, is it necessary to pull the handbrake lever when you're in 'P' mode?

My flatmate drives a 2001 BMW E46 330Ci automatic transmission. I sat next to him while he drove us to the supermarket. When we arrived, I noticed that he only put the gear lever into 'P' and switch ...
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Handbrake Engaged for 9-10 km Driving Roughly 80 km/h

Make: Mitsubishi Model: Pajero Intercooler 2800 Handling: Automatic Year: 1992 I forgot to release the handbrake on my car this morning. I didn't realize I forgot to release it until I had driven ...
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Improving fuel economy in high-milage automatic transmission car

Obviously this question is similar to How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car? except I am asking specifically about automatic transmission car. The car still delivers lots of ...
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The disadvantages of mitsubishi lancer 2007 [duplicate]

I am planing to buy a new car that has to be good enough to be used everyday . I have tried the speranza and the brilliance but weren't good and not reliable to be used everyday . Many friends ...
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Faulty TCC solenoid or bad computer?

Make: Pontiac Model: Sunfire Year: 2001 Engine: 2.2 L Trans: Automatic Hello to every one, bought my first car and it is fine except for this little annoying problem. After driving it for a ...
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What are MDLA and MDMA?

I'm looking at stuff for my 2001 Honda CR-V on Amazon.com, and it has a filter for transmission type. There are two options for automatic: MDLA and MDMA. I have searched on Google, and found the ...
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Switching from Reverse to Drive - always stop completely?

I've been told by a couple people that it's really bad for a car to be shifted from Reverse to Drive while the car is still moving backwards. Is this true? In my experience: On automatic cars, this ...
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Manual ECU with Automatic Car

Have 92 Accord with 1.8 VTEC. The Installed Engine is From 98 Accord. The transmission is the original which came with 92 accord. This transmission is operated by Kick Down cable and does not have any ...
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Caravan Automatic Transmission gear selector

2001 Caravan. Very hard to change from park to any other gear. Selector very loose when pulling down to shift but very hard to get it to stop at a specific gear. Then it is almost impossible to put ...
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2001 Acura CL hard downshifts

Not sure of a better title, but Ill try to explain what I am experiencing as best I can. I've driven a few different automatic transmission cars with a manual mode. Normally when down shifting (to ...
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Automatic & manual transmission

I read the following: Automatic transmission uses torque converter and planetary gears, while manual transmission uses clutch and a gear box. In automatic transmission, computer and hydraulics ...
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Can scraping the transmission bad

I had to drive on a very poorly paved street a few weeks ago with my car, and it was so poorly paved that I felt I was offroading, due to the deep potholes, at one point, my car's underbody kinda hit ...
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Automatic Transmission or Differential Backlash (Play)

I noticed that my car has what it seems to be significant differential play. I have a 1993 Acura Integra with automatic transmission. What I mean by play is simple: say I jack up only one front wheel ...
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AWD truck doesn't shift smoothly. I was advised to not change the transmission fluid

AWD Mercury Mountaineer. 1997 Automatic transmission. 8 cylinder 5.0L 150k miles. fairly good shape. Pretty awesome truck. From 1st to 2nd gear, the transmission shifts with a light clunk. Also, at ...
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Should you change all of your transmission fluid?

I took my Lexus RX 300 to the shop, to change the transmission fluid. While talking to the tech, he said he sucked out half the fluid and left the other old half there. Is this proper? Shouldn't they ...
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2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. In the last month or so the traction control light has been coming on periodically. Turning the engine off and back on causes the ...
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Why doesn't the engine stall out when you come to a stop with an automatic transmission?

When you come to a stop with a manual transmission you have to push the clutch in or take it out of gear to keep the engine from stalling out. What keeps the engine from stalling in an automatic ...
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Is my transmission about to go?

I drive a 16 year old Subaru Legacy automatic which still has its original transmission and has never given me a moment's trouble in 16 years. Today while pulling out of a parking spot, I suddenly ...
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Saab 9-3 stuttering and cutting out [closed]

I've got a 1999 Saab 9-3 2.0l Automatic (not the turbo). It's been running fine, then a bit more than a month ago it started to stutter when accelerating or decelerating. Only occasionally, but it ...
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Howling sound when accelerating

I have a 2007 Ford Ranger that makes a faint howling sound when I'm accelerating, usually after being idle at a stoplight. I've tried slowly revving in neutral and I didn't hear the same noise. ...
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Automatic Micra moving on its own & idle speed

Just bought a used Nissan Micra (automatic transmission). When I depress the brake and change into D or R to move off, and then let go of the brake, the car starts moving off slowly. Only had one ...
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Is changing gear to `Neutral` at all possible times a bad practice? [duplicate]

In a Automatic Transmission vehicle, changing gear to Neutral at all possible times like, before breaking for stopping for a color light or driving downhill will save the fuel in a considerable ...
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2003 Honda CR-V AWD - intermittently Flashing Drive light

My Wife's 2003 Honda CR-V's Drive light in the cluster occasionally starts flashing. The manual states that this means that the transmission requires service, but it doesn't do it all the time, and ...
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How does a belt drive CVT variator work?

The title basically says it all, but I am the most interested in what the rollers actually do?
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How to put 1997 Toyota 4Runner in neutral with dead battery?

My ’97 Toyota 4Runner with automatic transmission is parked head first in a small garage with a dead battery. I need to put it into neutral to push it out on the driveway so I can jump-start it. (This ...
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how to find if a car can drive on hills easily or not?

I have a Daihatsu Mira car with 650cc, it has a Turbo Engine with an automatic gearbox. I want to go to a hill station but not sure that this car can drive there easily or not. I want to go to a point ...