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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 18, 2019. 22 comments

The Innards of This Chevy Silverado's Allison Transmission Prove That Witchcraft Is Real

The Innards of This Chevy Silverado's Allison Transmission Prove That Witchcraft Is Real
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

Automatic transmissions are the most fascinating mechanical contraptions in automobiles, with insides chock-full of beautiful precision-machined components that would look at home in a NASA spacecraft. This video showing a Chevy Silverado’s heavy-duty Allison transmission undergoing a rebuild will leave you in awe of the sheer complexity of it all.

While...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Apr 12, 2019. 24 comments

I Broke My Ankle and Need a Cheap Fun Automatic Car! What Should I Buy?

I Broke My Ankle and Need a Cheap Fun Automatic Car! What Should I Buy?
What Car Should You BuyThe experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.  

Tristan loved his manual cars, but he had a bit of an incident on a mountain bike that did serious damage to his left ankle. That means no shifting for a while. He is looking for something affordable with two pedals, but doesn’t want to give up having fun.

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Aug 03, 2018. 24 comments

This Is Why Some Automatic Transmissions Shift Straight and Some Are All Zig-Zaggy

This Is Why Some Automatic Transmissions Shift Straight and Some Are All Zig-Zaggy

If you’ve ever looked at floor-mounted automatic transmission shift levers, with either disdain or genuine gratitude, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to fall into two main categories: the ones that have a simple, linear path through the PRNDL family, and those that use a convoluted, maze-like route through the gears. Why are there two very different schools of thought on the design of...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jun 01, 2018. 24 comments

UK Rental Cars Come With Instructions On How To Drive An Automatic

UK Rental Cars Come With Instructions On How To Drive An Automatic

Just in case you weren’t of the opinion that, at least automotively, Europe is a bizarro, Mirror Universe version of America, this document, smuggled from the United Kingdom, should help. It’s an instruction sheet from a rental car company with detailed instructions on how to drive an automatic transmission.

I was sent this by a reader named Bruce who rented a Fiat 500 when vacationing in...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Sep 01, 2017. 23 comments

One Of The First Automatic Transmissions Had A Creepy Name And Was Like Watching A Ghost Shift

One Of The First Automatic Transmissions Had A Creepy Name And Was Like Watching A Ghost Shift

Today, and, really, for a few decades now, having an automatic transmission is the boring option. But it’s important to remember that this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when automatic transmissions weren’t just exciting for technological reasons, but because there was some real drama to the whole process. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, then you clearly haven’t seen the

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Aug 19, 2017. 21 comments

Can You Figure Out What The Hell Is Going On Here? UPDATED

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Can You Figure Out What The Hell Is Going On Here? UPDATED

I saw this image on the OppositeTalk Facebook group, where it seems to have originated from a Canadian auction site. I’m sure anyone looking at this picture for more than a few seconds will see that there’s something deeply puzzling going on. The question is why? And maybe how?

Here’s what we do know: it’s a Ram truck, though allegedly from Canada, it does have an MPH/U.S.-market speedo, and,...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Aug 17, 2017. 21 comments

Here's Exactly How Manual Transmissions Are Different From Automatics

Here's Exactly How Manual Transmissions Are Different From Automatics

We already know which one is supposed to be more “fun”, but what do the innards of manual and automatic transmissions look like? How do all the parts to together?

This delightful video, nearly eight minutes long, is an excellent visual explainer on how both transmissions work and how they are different from one another. If you’re a visual learner like I am, this is a real treat. It’s also a...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Aug 17, 2017. 22 comments

Hero 12-Year-Old Stops Carjacker Because She Knows Cars

Hero 12-Year-Old Stops Carjacker Because She Knows Cars

If you think you can just hop into a car and drive off while 12-year-old Maddie Weiler is in there, think again, motherlumper. Maddie Weiler doesn’t have time for bullshit; she has to get to Busch Gardens with her 7-year-old sister and her mom, and that means that if you try to carjack her mom’s Toyota minivan, it’s not going to work, because Maddie will beat your ass and use the car’s own...

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