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Drivetrain And Transmission

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
Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on May 3, 2017

CARS.COM — There are many fluids that run throughout your vehicle, but one of the most important to keep track of is the transmission fluid. Whether or not you should change it is not... Read More
Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — All cars have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the water and power steering pumps. This belt is usually... Read More
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 instantly identifiable new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells ca... Read More
Why Is It Hard to Shift My Automatic Transmission Out of Park?

By Rick Popely on July 26, 2016

CARS.COM — Vehicles with an automatic transmission might not have a clutch and a stick shift, but they can still have trouble shifting. At times, drivers may have trouble getting the ... Read More
Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen on June 23, 2016

CARS.COM — Why does your automatic transmission act funny? The most common causes include leaking seals, mechanical damage, worn-out transmission fluid or inadequate transmission fluid le... Read More
Are Manual Transmissions Cheaper to Repair and Maintain Than Automatics?

By Rick Popely on June 8, 2016

CARS.COM — 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 m... Read More
If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

CARS.COM — If you're not a regular driver of your car, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the mechanics of the thing. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not necessarily: We recomm... Read More
When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

By Rick Popely on January 31, 2016

CARS.COM — Front-wheel vehicles, many all-wheel vehicles and some rear-wheel vehicles have constant-velocity joints, also known as CV joints, that connect the transmission to the drive axl... Read More
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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