Tag Archive: Automatic transmission

Jan 17 2013

How Do I Identify My Transmission? Your Top Tech Questions Answered!

We recently reached out to the guys in Summit Racing’s renowned tech department—the largest full-time staff in the industry—to identify and answer five common tech questions they hear on a consistent basis. With help from Summit Racing’s tech advisors and other industry experts, we’ll answer those questions here at OnAllCylinders. Today’s topic: transmissions. The specific …

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Dec 11 2012

Video: A Closer Look at Flexplates

Watch this video from our friends at TCI Auto to better understand a flexplate’s role in automatic transmission operation. You learn how the flexplate connects the torque converter to the engine’s crankshaft, functioning in much the same way a flywheel does on a manual tranny. You will also hear about stamped and machined flexplates, how they provide an …

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Apr 16 2012

Monday Mailbag: Gear Swaps and Tranny Maintenance

Got questions? We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we offer advice for choosing the proper gear ratio and performing transmission flushes. From: Jimmy Stevens, Jr. • Saltillo, MS            Q: I have a 1981 GMC half-ton pickup with a 350 bored .040 inches over. It has …

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Apr 11 2012

Video: How to Choose a Torque Converter

Life is filled with mysteries: Are we alone in the universe? What really happened to the dinosaurs? And what exactly is Lady GaGa? Although we can’t provide definitive answers to any of those dark mysteries, we can help you solve one of the automotive world’s biggest mysteries: the torque converter. In this installment of our …

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Mar 19 2012

Monday Mailbag: Diagnosing Starter Issues and Resurrecting Your Ride

 Got questions? We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re troubleshooting a starter and bringing a dormant vehicle back to life. From: Ron Brandelli • Oak Harbor, WA Q: The starter on my 1936 Ford street rod breaks every year. The copper stud completely burns out …

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Jan 10 2012

Step-by-Step: Installing TCI’s Powerglide Trans-Brake

The most popular automatic transmission in drag racing is GM’s two-speed Powerglide. A lot of those ’Glides have trans-brakes in them. Put those two thoughts together and voila—instant tech story. So, we decided to show you a few tricks on installing a TCI trans-brake in an aluminum-case Powerglide. We’re not going to take you step …

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