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

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250 cc scooter CVT belt repair problem

I have a 2008 Qlink Legacy and the CVT belt broke the other day. I was riding when there was a pop and the bike lost power to the rear wheel. I took the CVT cover off and removed the old belt that was ...
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Mysterious “5th” Gear on a 4-Speed Automatic?

My 1998 Honda Civic LX is equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission. Before I looked this up, I decided to count the number of upshifts from a stop, and I counted four, not three. This mystery "...
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2012 FJ Cruiser shudder

My 2012 FJ Cruiser has just over 20k miles on it. It behaves oddly when going from stopped to moving, especially when stopped on a decline. The vehicle, when going from stopped to moving, will ...
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Testing and diagnosis for hissing sound only in forward gears 2000 Toyota Camry-LE

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry LE, with 147,000 miles on it. At present, when sitting at idle with the transmission in park, neutral, or reverse, there is no noise, everything sounds normal. When the ...
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Can I use a FN4A-EL Turbine Speed Sensor on a GF4A-EL?

I have a GF4A-EL on my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L and strongly suspect the TSS is defective. I can't find any sensors for my tranny, but I have read that the FN4A-EL is just an improved version of the GF4A-...
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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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What is happens to the brakes when an automatic drives below the speed for 1st gear with no added gas?

In a manual transmission car, when a driver wants to go below the speed the car travels at in first gear with no added gas using the gas pedal, my first driving instructor told me you ease off the ...
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Acceleration practices and wear on automatic transmission

Does a driver's acceleration practices substantially influence the wear on a car's automatic transmission? If a driver accelerates with a RPM > 3500 from stop, is this any "easier" on the automatic ...
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Engine tap/knock/noise after a few seconds of starting

1998 I6 - 4.0L All stock ~175,300 mi 13.8 mpg - mostly city A few months ago, I began to hear a noise that sounds similar to a diesel engine, which begins a few seconds after starting the cold ...
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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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2005 Chevy Avalanche

I have a 2005 Chevy Avalanche 1500 with 4x4. My transmission is shot and needs to be replaced. I currently have 146,458 miles on the engine, and figured I would replace the engine and transmission. I ...
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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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Cost to alter the transmission system [closed]

How expensive would it be to replace a manual transmission system to an automatic?
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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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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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Things to check before getting a second hand car [duplicate]

I plan to buy a pre-owned hatch back automatic transmission car. What are the things which I should check before making the deal? Also should I go to the Company owned showroom and ask them to give me ...
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Does towing an automatic transmision car in neutal with engine not running will damage it?

My daughter had a friend tow her 1996 chevy. automatic transmission without engine running while in "N" SLOWLY for probably 7 or 8 miles distance. Do you think she has damaged the transmission? The ...
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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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Will it harm the transmission to drive with a defective Turbine Speed Sensor?

I recently got a 0715 DTC ( 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L, GF4A-EL transmission ) which is related to the turbine speed sensor. Some of the symptoms according to the ATSG transmission manual are harsh and ...
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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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How Does a Quick Shifter work in a motorcycle

I have often seen motorcycles like the BMW S100RR and the famous Ducati Panigale with Quick Shifter technology which allows seamless gear changes. I want to know how these things work mechanically ...
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converting tramsmission

my car has in a Toyota 4e engine which uses a corolla 3 speed transmission. The transmission is faulty so i would like to change it to a 4 speed transmission toyota starlet transmission, same (engine)...
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1999 Toyota Camry Transmission issue

I have a 1999 Toyota Camry. Bought it from dealership a year and 3 months ago. I went from 150,000 to 170,000 miles on the Odometer. Overtime the car started to shift rough (automatic vehicle). I ...
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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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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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honda fit aria (2007) gear engage vibration and sound

A sharp sound and a vibration come when releasing break paddle after the gear is engaged in reverse (R) or in drive (D). When the car is in motion, they get disappeared. what could be the reason?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 (L)...
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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 ...