Drivetrain And Transmission

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How to Survive Winter With Rear-Wheel Drive

How to Survive Winter With Rear-Wheel Drive

By Matt Schmitz on October 25, 2017

CARS.COM — Don't look now, but the winter travel season will be here faster than you can say, "If every day was Christmas." For drivers, a winter wonderland can mean a nightm... Read More
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Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on May 3, 2017

CARS.COM — Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many ... Read More
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Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usua... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive rep... Read More
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Why Is It Hard to Shift My Automatic Transmission Out of Park?

Why Is It Hard to Shift My Automatic Transmission Out of Park?

By Rick Popely on July 26, 2016

Your shift interlock feature, which requires you to step on the brake pedal to prevent unintentionally shifting out of Park, could be malfunctioning. Alternatively, the shift cable or linkage co... Read More
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Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By on June 23, 2016

This is a great question, but we must examine what "acting funny" means when referring to one's drivetrain before recommending a course of action. Do any of the following seem fami... Read More
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Are Manual Transmissions Cheaper to Repair and Maintain Than Automatics?

Are Manual Transmissions Cheaper to Repair and Maintain Than Automatics?

By Rick Popely on June 8, 2016

Manual transmissions are usually cheaper to maintain and repair than automatics because the latter are far more complex and have more parts and functions that can fail, but it may depend on your... Read More
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If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. ... Read More
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When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

By Rick Popely on January 31, 2016

Front-drive vehicles, many all-wheel-drive vehicles and some rear-drive vehicles have constant-velocity joints that connect the transmission to the drive axles and wheels. A front-drive vehicle ... Read More
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Common Transmission Problems

Common Transmission Problems

By Rick Popely on January 31, 2016

When it comes to automatic transmissions, fluid leaks and low fluid levels are probably the most common problems owners experience, especially as a vehicle gets older and parts wear out. If ... Read More
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