Tag: transmissions

131 Posts

Smart Fortwo mechanic problems
May 24, 2016

Applying Some Smarts to a Failed Fortwo Repair

Dear Car Talk

Is Bonnie's Smart dealership giving her the runaround when it comes to fixing her runabout? 

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is there an easy fix for sluggish shifting
Apr 28, 2016

A Slow-Shifting Skylark: A Lesson on Older Automatic Transmissions

Dear Car Talk

A sluggish transmission on a vintage car is a teachable moment on how old automatics work.

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Jeep Renegade problems and complaints
Mar 14, 2016

This Week's Turd of the Week . . .

Car Talk Car Complaints

Find out what earns Car Talk's top dishonor this week. 

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is an occasional transmission slip dangerous
Mar 01, 2016

Is It Safe To Drive Car With Slipping Transmission?

Dear Car Talk

The transmission on Bill's 2000 Volvo V70 is slipping. Is it safe to keep driving it? Car Talk's take, right here.

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Ford Focus and Fiesta transmission problems
Jan 15, 2016

Turd of the Week: Ford Fiesta

Car Talk Car Complaints

This week's honoree takes home the prize for rough shifting and worse--transmission failures. 

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When to change transmission fluids
Jan 19, 2016

Mechanic vs. Manual: When's the Right Time to Change Fluids?

Dear Car Talk

Leroy can't get a straight answer on when to change the transmission fluids in his older cars. Can Car Talk set the record straight?

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2015 Chrysler 200 transmission problems
Oct 19, 2015

Turd of the Week: Transmission Failures, Engine Troubles and More!

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our Turd of the Week features a car that we think is going to be headed to the scrapyard before its time. Our editorial team, working with our pals at Car Complaints, combs through the Car Complaints database and spots problem cars before anyone--except the unfortunate owners. This week's result, right here.

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Can tractor hydraulic fluid be used in cars
Sep 10, 2015

Today: Acceptable Substitutions for Transmission Fluid?

Dear Car Talk

Marc wants to substitute tractor hydraulic fluid for the recommended Dextron trasmission fluid his car takes. Can Car Talk talk him out of this harebrained idea?

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Transmission preservation
May 22, 2014

Today in Bogus: Transmission Preservation

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Today: David wants Tom and Ray to set the record straight on some bizarre driving behavior from the past. In high school, he used to cruise around with his friend in the friend's dad's '73 lime green Ford Pinto. The dad insisted that the kid use first and third gears on odd numbered days and second and fourth on the even numbered days, which he insisted would double the life of the transmission. Where does this fall on the scale of one to completely BoOoOoOgus?  


Transmission failure causes
Apr 24, 2014

What Happened to Tamerlyn's Transmission?

Dear Car Talk

One of Tamerlyn's transmission lines blew out and she wants to know why. Tom and Ray first offer their condolences, and then explain how these lines work, and what can cause them to fail, right here.