These are questions regarding either manual or automatic gearboxes and their component parts.

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Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
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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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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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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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During accelerating rpm going up but not speed

I have a Hyundai Accent 2002 car. Recently, each time I hit the race paddle to accelerate, my RPM goes up, but not the actual speed of the car. Could anyone think of what's the problem?
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Can you start an automatic car whilst in drive?

Is it possible to start an automatic car whilst in drive? If it does start in drive, is this considered dangerous?
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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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Host of small performance problems in 2006 Hyundai Elantra

I bought a used 2006 Hyundai Elantra (Automatic) back in early 2011. At the time, I was needed to have a car quick, and it seemed like a good deal, but the longer that I've owned it, the more problems ...
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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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Sometimes my second gear is rough to engage. What could be wrong?

So I've got an odd problem for a 2004 Toyota Echo. The second gear, sometimes not always, is hard to engage. If I be real gentle, and just put a bit of pressure, it would slip in. I could also be a ...
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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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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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Material and construction properties of drive shafts, wheel shafts, gearbox

I am looking for some typical properties of a 1.4L rear-drive car's drive shaft, drive-wheel shafts and the gearbox. I need to calculate the moment of inertia of the components of the drive-train. So ...
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How difficult is it to rebuild a transmission?

I have a 1984 Toyota Supra that is now exclusively a track car. The last round out we let some less experienced drivers take the wheel and they basically destroyed the transmission. Nothing but 4th ...
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99 Mitsubishi Montero Sport idle problem

Upon starting, engine idles at about 1200 in park. When it warms up, idle drops to nothing, unless air conditioner is at max where rpm is roughly 400 to 500. Where should I start looking?
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Engine Transmission

I've been having a problem recently, as I push the gas pedal my car moves super slow. It won't go faster then 10 to 15 mphs. As I drive it feels like the gears are not catching
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Honda Accord Jerks when shifting gears and makes grinding sound?

I have a 99 Honda Accord 2dr 3.0L V6 automatic. When I drive this car it makes a whooooo sound coming somewhere from the engine, when I turn to the right it is intense and when I turn to the left it ...
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Car shakes when in gear at red light

I bought a '96 Toyota Camry about a month ago. When I first turn the car on and the engine is cold, I can have the car stopped (in gear) and it will not shake. The idle RPMs will be at 1000. After ...
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Slow Accleration And Moving RPMs

UPDATE: I bought a scan tool and downloaded the torque app. I don't get any error codes. I decided to drive it again today. I drove about a quarter mile and barely got to 20MPH. I turned around and ...
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97 Ford F-150 4.2 - Transmission not shifting properly

Shifting between 2nd and 3rd engine revs like it's in neutral. I have to put it in neutral then back in gear and it'll shift fine into gear. Also when it shifts into overdrive after two seconds of ...
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91 GMC accelerating problems

I have a 91 GMC 3500 dually 7.4. I recently had my transmission rebuilt and it ran fine for 6 to 7 months. I give it gas and it will go up to 40-45 mph and will stop accelerating like it goes in ...
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Hydrostatic transmission oil confusion

I have a John Deere LX176 lawn tractor and am confused about its hydrostatic transmission oil. The manual states that the hydrostatic transmission oil should be "SAE 10w30 engine oil with API ...
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What could cause lazy shifting in an automatic transmission?

I'm trying to help out a friend who owns an '03 Chevy Caprice (Holden Statesman in Australia; LS1 V8). His transmission is misbehaving; it doesn't want to upshift unless the engine reaches a high ...
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What is a claw shifted transmission?

How is it different from an ordinary transmission? Is that a comparatively newer technology? If possible also add a few examples of motorcycles and cars which use claw shifting mechanisms. PS: ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid with continuously variable transmission (CVT). At the 90k tuneup, the mechanic added 3.5 quarts of the regular automatic transmission fluid. At 110,000 miles, the ...
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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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98' camaro customization for highway MPG

I currently have a 98 camaro T-top 3800 V6 ,5speed live in Texas where people do 80-90mph normal. Also make 13-16 hour drives on a regular basis. Problem is @85/90mph in 5th gear it's going at ...
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Convert Manual to Computerized “Automatic”

I'm wondering if this is possible. With a conventional manual transmission (say, Tremec T56), could I install a small computer to press the clutch, change the gears, etc? Obviously, I would have to ...
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Burning smell, leak, losing power. Maybe transmission related

First off, I know almost nothing about cars. I can fill them up with gas and drive them. That's about it. This car is a '99 Subaru Outback, automatic. When I last took my car in for an oil change, ...
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Rhythmic sound coming from rear end

There's a rhythmic sound emanating from my rear end, and I'm not sure what exactly it is. It varies with speed and is consistently present, regardless of clutch in/out, acceleration/deceleration, ...
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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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1 Piece versus 2 Piece Drive Shaft

A guy on a Nissan forum asked why he should keep his 2 piece drive shaft in his truck instead of changing over to a 1 piece version. This was the answer I gave him: The 2 piece drive shaft (DS) ...
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Buick LeSabre 2002 automatic transmission not working

My Buick went crazy 2 days ago, the car won't move if you transit to overdrive from neutral, though the RPM is moving. If I start from 1st transition or 2nd the car works properly. After 3rd I can go ...
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Subaru Outback Towing vs Coasting

We just recently got a Subaru Outback. It is a manual and has AWD. The dealer told us if we need it towed, it has to go on a trailer, and can't be towed with wheels down. I understand that this can ...
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Why does the reverse gear in manual transmission cars sound different

When I got a manual transmission car (2003 Kia Rio) I noticed that it makes a winding sound in the reverse gear. Here is an example video that I found that demonstrates the sound. ...
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Manual Transmission Whirs when coasting down, clutch disengaged, shifter in gear

I have a 2004 Nissan Xterra. When I am at speed, usually in 3rd or so, and I am coming to a stop, I disengage the clutch, brake, and coast to a stop, with the shifter still in gear. As I do this, ...
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Operating stick shift [closed]

I drive a car with an automatic transmission, so I always wondered about how stick shift works. For example, say you are driving at 50 mph at 4th gear. When you want to slow down to a stop, do you ...
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John Deere SX-85 will not go into reverse, or move backwards

I have John Deere SX-85 riding lawnmower which comes with a Peerless 910 series transaxle. It has mowed the lawn twice since the installation of all new belts over the winter. During the second mow, ...
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What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
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gentle vs Forced push of motorcycle gear - wear and tear

I am new to riding motorcycle. And I tend to use my legs a little forcibly while changing gears. A friend told me that this would cause the gearbox to wear out soon. He suggested me to do it gently ...
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How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?

I know that a TCU automates the operation of the clutch. But I'm clueless on how an AMT can do anything a human does using a manual. 1)If you are stopped at a hill. When pulling off, a driver brings ...
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What determines when an automatic transmission shifts?

I'm working on developing an automatic bicycle (mostly microcontroller based) and I'd presume I'd be shifting in a similar way to a car. So my question is, what factors does the transmission take into ...
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Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission

What might cause a car with a manual transmission that in 5th gear when given a punch of gas revs to very high rpms – with no power transferred to the wheels (i.e. the tachometer and speed go ...
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Transmission sticky for first 10 mins of driving

I have a 2003 VW golf with the 2.0L petrol engine and a manual transmission. I recently had the transmission fluid changed as part of a regular maintenance. Ever since shifting into 2nd gear has ...
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I have an issue with Stepping on gas and no increase in speed

It only happens rarely.. but sometimes when stepping down the gas it would suddenly max out the speed gauge, and you hear the very loud engine noise as if i stepped down the gas all the way, but what ...
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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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Engine spikes to 5000 rpm when pressing on gas pedal or going uphill

I'm having an issue with my 2001 Solara, and I would like to check out a few things myself before I have a mechanic spend lots of time diagnosing the problem. When the engine is under load -- I press ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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02 Town&Country not shifting out of first

This has happened three times now, and it's definitely becoming worrisome. While driving on the highway, the check engine light comes on. Nothing seems to be wrong initially, until I exit the highway. ...