Ford Downshifts its Eight-Speed Transmission into a Seven-Speed Package

Ford recently unveiled its 2021 Edge ST, which boasts a unique 7-speed transmission — but for eagle-eyed consumers, there's something familiar about this transmission. In fact, it's the same 8-speed HydraMatic 9Txx transmission developed with General Motors and used in previous Edge models, minus the shift from second to third gear. Will this change solve the issues consumers raised about Ford's 8-speed transmission? Learn more about this design shift and what it may mean for Edge performance. Ford's 8-Speed Transmission — Complaints [...]


Jeep’s Transmission Recall Repair: Clutch Plate Problems Pose Fire Hazard in Jeeps with Manual Tranny’s

Fiat-Chrysler recently issued a recall for nearly 43,000 Jeep Wranglers and Gladiators with potentially faulty pressure clutch plates. When these clutch plates become too hot, they can fracture, causing a host of other problems down the line when the transmission overheats, including a fire in the engine bay. Learn more about the vehicles that are affected by this recall and what Fiat Chrysler plans to do to fix the issue below. How Vehicles are Affected [...]


Transmission Reflash Meaning, Cost & Time to Fix

Over time, the computer may no longer be calibrated to handle the engine’s exact needs; a transmission reflash, or reprogram, can fix this problem. Today’s cars are highly complex pieces of machinery and the car’s computer is an increasingly important part of its operation. When your car came off of the factory showroom, it had a brand-new engine and transmission with a CPU programmed for those specs. However, wear and tear on the engine and [...]


6 Signs Your Transmission Fluid is Bad and Needs Changing

Your car’s transmission fluid is a critical part of the system. As it goes about its job of lubricating a vehicle's transmission, it picks up grit and grime. It also starts to break down as it gets older. Old, dirty transmission fluid doesn’t flow properly, and this puts your transmission at risk. From time to time, you will need to flush the transmission to remove the dirty fluid and add fresh, clean fluid. While you [...]


Why Avoid Using Stop Leak Products in Your Transmission

Many people think that using stop leak products can save money by stopping a transmission fluid leak. Unfortunately after affects of using leakage stopping products come at a significant cost. Stop leak products can cause irreparable damage to your vehicle. If you notice a red, brown, or black stain on the driveway underneath your vehicle's transmission, you could have a nasty leak forming right before your very eyes. Your mind may turn to stop leak [...]


What to Do When Your Car Won’t Go into Gear

Whether you have an automatic transmission or manual gearbox, your car could fail to go into gear at any point. When that happens, you’ll end up stranded until you can figure out what went wrong. The potential causes range from low fluid or damaged shift linkage to complete catastrophic failure of the transmission. Even user error can prevent you from getting your car into gear and continuing about your day. Thankfully, when this frustrating [...]

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