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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Kickdown Cable
If you feel that your car's transmission is shifting roughly, too fast, or too slow, you may need to replace the kickdown cable.
How to Decide Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions
There are a lot of decisions that have to be made when buying a new car. Everything from choosing a make, model, and trim level to deciding if upgrading the stereo...
How an Automatic Transmission Works
An automatic transmission allows a vehicle engine to operate within a narrow speed range, just like a manual transmission does. As the engine achieves higher degrees of torque (torque is the rotational power of...
Does An Automatic Transmission Have a Clutch?
Most of the time we think of a clutch in the context of a manual transmission. An automatic transmission does have a clutch system, but usually only a mechanic would refer to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Neutral Safety Switch
Common signs include the engine not cranking in park or neutral, not cranking at all, or cranking in any gear.
5 Commonly Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance Items
Brake fluid, auto transmission fluid, and coolant flushes, as well as cabin filter changes and valve adjustments, are all important services.
What Does the DSG Transmission Too Hot Light Mean?
When the DSG transmission too hot light is on, your engine needs to shut off and cool down before serious damage occurs.
What Does the Automatic Transmission/Automatic Gearbox Warning Light Mean?
The automatic transmission warning light means there's an issue with the transmission, possibly the fluid temperature, fluid level, or pressure.
How Long Does a Shift Interlock Solenoid Last?
Modern transmissions are much more advanced than they were only a few decades ago, particularly automatic transmission. There are many new features and designs on the market, ranging from ‘slick’ shifting...
How Long Does a Transmission Speed Sensor Last?
The transmission speed sensor measures the RPMs of the shaft of the transmission. While the engine is running, but not moving, then the input shaft of the transmission is not moving...
How Long Does a Transmission Position Sensor (Switch) Last?
All automatic transmission vehicles have a safety switch in place that only allows them to start if they are in park or neutral gars. The transmission position sensor, also called the...
How to Use Autostick
Autostick gives drivers with automatic transmissions the feel of a manual car. It allows the driver to upshift and downshift for extra control.
How to Check and Add Fluid to an Automatic Transmission Car
Checking and keeping your transmission filled with a good level of fluid will help give you a seamless experience when driving.
How to Improve Automatic Transmission Performance and Reliability
The transmission on automatic cars is improved by changing driving habits, maintaining engine performance, and replacing transmission oil and filter.
How to Buy a Good Quality Transmission
When it comes to costly parts, the transmission is right up there among the most expensive. Because of that many people opt to purchase a used transmission, which is not usually the ideal...

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My 2004 Ford Explorer has 130,000 miles does it need the transmission fluid changed?
The transmission on this vehicle should have the filter replaced every 30,000 miles. If the transmission has an external filter then only the filter needs replaced and fluid topped off. If filter is internal then the filter and fluid is...
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Has reverse, but no drive after sitting for months and was working before being parked.
A cause of this can be a stuck manual valve in the valve body. You can check to see if the shift linkage actually moves to the drive position when commanded. If it does, there is a hydraulic fault in...
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Why would a vehicle go into reverse but not drive
The fluid level could be too low. New fluid replenishes the detergents and that could cause lots of stuff to become entrained and do two things: the contaminants newly circulating in the fluid travel to the filter and plug it...
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Band need replaced, shop wants to rebuild transmission, is that necessary?
The transmission bands have a material on them that is similar to brake pad material. When the clutch bands wear the worn off material gets into the fluid and throughout the entire transmission. Also just because the band is the...
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Cost for transmission replacement
Re-manufactured transmissions for this vehicle cost in the neighborhood of $3,000, not including installation. Prior to deciding to re-build the car's existing transmission (a good, lower cost option) or replacing it with a re-manufactured unit (a higher cost option), the...
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My car starts i put it in reverse but when i put it in to drive it has trouble moving
The transmission most likely have worn out clutch bands or discs inside the transmission. The bands hold the reverse first band to give you forward gears. I would recommend having the transmission pressure tested first to see if the problem...
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Transmission slipping 2005 Volkswagon Passat
Hi there - given the mileage your vehicle has, it's likely your transmission is worn out. However - check the fluid level first, low fluid level is the simplest possible problem, and the easiest to check. Also, what condition is...
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Why would my 01 chevy silverado make a loud poping noise when i put it in drive? It has the right amount of transmission fluid in
That sort of noise is usually due to a bad u-joint in the driveline (if you have the 4WD version), bad CV joints (often outer) and/or excess play in the transmission (end play) or differential (front or rear). If the...
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Transmission slipping not shifting (washer pump stopped at same time).
Hi there. If the transmission is shifting into 1st gear and 2nd gear, then it is not slipping. The transmission shift pack solenoid 'B' has failed and only the 1st and 2nd gears work. The 3rd and 4th gear needs...
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My 1998 mercedes c280 will not shift out of first gear
Your car has an electronically controlled transmission, and I'm willing to bet the problem lies in the control system. Mercedes had some issues with the wiring of the early electronic transmissions, so they were performing a lot of updates when...
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Rpm going really high and mph going slowly
It sounds like your vehicle's transmission is not shifting properly. Check the level of transmission and fluid condition. If the fluid level is low, that will cause shift difficulties. If the fluid is discolored or has a burnt odor, that...
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clunk when change gears and car goes in reverse when in neutral and wil not roll in drive
What you are describing may be due to a shift linkage adjustment issue and so the linkage should be inspected. The noise could be within or without the transmission and such will depend on an inspection. If outside the transmission,...
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What's wrong with my car?
Hi There, What you are describing sounds like your transmission may be low on transmission fluid which can cause it to shake while under a load or sitting at a stop light as you describe. This may be a result...
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Where and how do I check the transmission fluid? 2007 Toyota Tundra
Hi there - there is an oil port on the side of the transmission case where oil level can be checked. Requires getting the truck up on a lift. There is a specific process (and fluid temperature) for this check,...
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Heater and transmission fluid
The cabin heating system and the automatic transmission have no connection. Faults in one do not affect the other. The transmission fluid leak is possibly in the tubing and/or rubber hoses through which transmission fluid flows to the radiator and...
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Poor shifting the first few minutes every time
If the transmission is only acting up when you first start up and until the transmission warms up a little is going to be the seals and Teflon rings inside the transmission are leaking fluid pressure most likely. The leaking...
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AT light on
One of the most common causes for this light to come on is the transmission input speed sensor goes bad and the transmission module connector. If you have the system scanned you would get codes pertaining to the input speed...
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I accidentally added 1 quart of Motor Oil into my transmission fluid what would happen?
If after you did this, you did NOT run the engine (thus operating the torque converter and oil pump in the transmission), nothing untoward will happen. The solution is to immediately remove the transmission oil pan, let everything thoroughly drain...
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Transmission issues
If the transmission is "shifting" of its own accord, from drive into neutral, then there is something wrong with the linkage, shift lever and/or related assemblies such as the manual valve in the transmission valve body. If though the transmission...
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can a AUDI 3,2 litre gearbox module work on a GOLF GTI 2 litre gearbox
The short answer is no. At best, It will shift incorrectly because the software is different. At worst you could damage your new module as soon as you turn it on. In this situation, It's best to do a proper...

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