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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 14, 2019. 24 comments

Ford's Dual-Clutch Transmission Continues To Be A Disaster

Ford's Dual-Clutch Transmission Continues To Be A Disaster

Ford’s dual-clutch transmission, code-named DPS6 and used in its Fiesta and Focus, has been troubled for years . It’s the subject of a potential $4 billion lawsuit . It had Ford secretly telling dealers to fix it. Worse, Ford reportedly knew it was bad for years and failed to make fixes. Ford said today it would be extending warranties on some Fiestas and Focuses because of it, in what has...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 13, 2019. 14 comments

Here's a Video That Explains The Difference Between a Dual Clutch and a Sequential Manual Gearbox

Here's a Video That Explains The Difference Between a Dual Clutch and a Sequential Manual Gearbox

Sure, you know the differences between your basic automatic and manual transmissions—but could you rattle off a comparison between all the different kinds of gearboxes car manufacturers have developed over the years? If not, then let this be your guide.

There has been a little of confusion of late over what really is a manual. Is it simply a system that lets you select the gears yourself? Does...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jan 19, 2019. 21 comments

Here's Why NASCAR Still Uses a Four-Speed Gearbox

Here's Why NASCAR Still Uses a Four-Speed Gearbox
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Drifting is intentionally hard on a car. You’ll be tearing down, a hundred miles an hour, pull the handbrake, your wheel speed drops to zero, then bam, back to a hundred, clutch kick, zero to a hundred again in a fraction of a second. To survive a pro drift run is to have tough as hell components, and little is...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Nov 16, 2018. 20 comments

Here's How Insanely Quickly the McLaren 720S Shifts Gears

Here's How Insanely Quickly the McLaren 720S Shifts Gears

One of the first things you notice when you are in a supercar is the acceleration above 80 mph, which tends toward the stupid. The second thing you notice is how quickly modern dual-clutch transmissions shift—like video-game quick here on the McLaren 720S .

Our friend Jason Fenske at Engineering Explained wanted to know just how quick, using a satellite tracker that measures the car’s...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Nov 03, 2018. 21 comments

My Mercedes C32 AMG and the Mercedes SLR McLaren Have the Same Transmission, So I'm Basically God Now

My Mercedes C32 AMG and the Mercedes SLR McLaren Have the Same Transmission, So I'm Basically God Now

If you study the sleek, shark-looking supercar above, you’d think that it’d have absolutely nothing in common with an early 2000s Mercedes-Benz sedan like I’ve got, save for maybe the three-pointed star they both wear. But, as it turns out, the Mercedes SLR McLaren shares an extremely vital part of its makeup with my humble daily , which basically means I’m God now.

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 10, 2018. 23 comments

Here's How Dog Box and Sequential Transmissions Work

Here's How Dog Box and Sequential Transmissions Work

Race cars can get all sorts of crazy goodies that street cars don’t get, especially when it comes to gearboxes , because wasting precious seconds shifting from gear to gear in a basic-ass transmission just won’t do in a race. Enter: dog boxes.

So named for the dog “ears” that protrude from the gears, dog box transmissions are straight cut (as in the photo above), not helical (spiral cut) as in...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 19, 2018. 19 comments

This Old Deck of GM Engine and Transmission Trading Cards is Incredibly Nerdy

This Old Deck of GM Engine and Transmission Trading Cards is Incredibly Nerdy

Jalopnik reader named Jamie Anton sent just me photos of an awesome trading card deck he picked up while studying at General Motors Institute of Technology (now Kettering). Each card shows a picture of an engine or transmission, and the back of each is filled with interesting factoids like bore, stroke, firing order, gear ratios and assembly location. These may be the nerdiest car-related...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Apr 28, 2018. 20 comments

Ford Given Massive Fine In Australia Over Its Crappy PowerShift Transmission

Ford Given Massive Fine In Australia Over Its Crappy PowerShift Transmission

Ford’s PowerShift transmission has had a rough go of it since being introduced in 2010, mainly for being shitty. It’s also been the subject of lawsuits and, now, a hefty 10 million Australian dollar fine handed out to Ford by the Australian government, which called the way Ford responded to consumer complaints over the transmission there “unconscionable.”

The PowerShift, which you can still...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Apr 19, 2018. 24 comments

It's Fine To Start Off In Second Gear Only Sometimes

It's Fine To Start Off In Second Gear Only Sometimes

You might have heard that first gear isn’t necessary when accelerating from a stop. You might have heard that you can start just fine in second. Well, it’s okay to do that, but only sometimes. Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to tell us when and why.

Taking off in second in an automatic transmission, for example, is just fine. This is because an automatic uses a fluid coupling,...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Apr 08, 2018. 24 comments

Here's The Difference Between A $200 Transmission And A $20,000 Transmission

Here's The Difference Between A $200 Transmission And A $20,000 Transmission

You know how race cars make that satisfying clunk as they go into gear? How they whine as they fly by? Well, now you’re gonna see and understand exactly why that is.

Team O’Neil Rally School opened up a stock Ford Fiesta manual transmission next to a super trick Sadev sequential race transmission, and their own rally experts Wyatt Knox and Dan Downey (who you may remember from this )...

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Patrick George Patrick George Feb 17, 2018. 21 comments

Thirteen Gears Is Clearly Too Many Gears

Thirteen Gears Is Clearly Too Many Gears

It would appear that while the Ford Motor Company gave the new diesel Raptor Ranger a 10-speed automatic gearbox, it also examined some more extreme options. Like 13 gears! Can you imagine? Let me be clear here that I believe 13 gears is too many gears.

Come on!

I bring this hot take to you from Car Advice, which recently revealed how a 13-speed gearbox was examined for this baby...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Nov 23, 2017. 24 comments

What's The Weirdest Transmission Ever Made?

What's The Weirdest Transmission Ever Made?

Above is a Lenco transmission, one of the most specialized, wonderful, weird transmissions I've ever seen.

As we saw recently , it's a bunch of planetary gear sets mounted together and operated manually, using a different gearlever for each gear set. As far as shifting up through the gears on a drag strip and handling massive power, there's little better.

Watch This Lenco Transmission Put Your...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Nov 23, 2017. 14 comments

Driving An Old Mack Truck Looks Mind-Boggling

Driving An Old Mack Truck Looks Mind-Boggling

I know that being here at Jalopnik means I must be an automotive expert, but every so often a piece of vehicular machinery comes along that appears to be downright confounding. Like this 15-speed, two-levered gear box out of an old Mack truck.

Now I understand there must be some sort of logic, some sort of pattern to all this shifting. I just haven’t found it yet. It looks like the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Nov 19, 2017. 24 comments

I Can't Stop Watching This Guy Shift A Ridiculously Complicated Twin-Stick Truck

I Can't Stop Watching This Guy Shift A Ridiculously Complicated Twin-Stick Truck

Prepare to be mesmerized watching a man use both hands to shift two sticks through nine gears—while double-clutching— in an old Mack Truck. This guy is a boss.

I’ve got a new appreciation for truckers after watching this video of a guy rowing through the endless gears of his Mack B61 truck. First he uses one hand on each stick, then he uses one hand on both sticks, then he uses one hand on...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Nov 15, 2017. 21 comments

Ford Just Got A Patent For An 11-Speed Transmission

Ford Just Got A Patent For An 11-Speed Transmission

We’ve known for a while that Ford and GM have been working on a ten-speed transmission together , but a new king of the hill is on the horizon. Autoguide reports that the US Patent and Trademark office just published a patent that was filed by Ford for a completely bonkers eleven speed transmission.

This is very, very special, because, if you can see, the numbers all go to eleven. Look,...

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Doug DeMuro Doug DeMuro Aug 31, 2017. 24 comments

Why Are Automotive Shifters Still Between The Seats?

Why Are Automotive Shifters Still
Between The Seats?

Hello, human beings, and welcome to this week’s version of Letters to Doug, where we tackle some of the key issues affecting the automotive industry, and also shifter placement.

Yes, that’s right: shifter placement. That’s today’s topic. If you want me to cover something saucier, send me your own message to my Facebook account, or e-mail me at Letters2Doug@gmail.com. I will happily read your...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Aug 29, 2017. 24 comments

The New Audi S4 No Longer Has A Dual Clutch Transmission

The New Audi S4 No Longer Has A Dual Clutch Transmission

The new Audi S4 replaces the old model’s supercharger for a turbo, gains 20 horsepower to reach 354 HP, and gets a cool new dash. It loses, however, one of the most standout features of the model: the dual clutch transmission is gone.

And no, that doesn’t mean it’s stick shift only now. Quite the opposite.

Audi doesn’t really have too much new to say about the new S4. It rides on an updated...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Aug 26, 2017. 22 comments

This Working Lego Gearbox Is As Close As You'll Get To The Real Thing

This Working Lego Gearbox Is As Close As You'll Get To The Real Thing

Letting 1930s GM teach you how a transmission works is great and all, but 1930s technology was limited in that it couldn’t actually show you the internal bits of a transmission in motion. Luckily, humanity has advanced to the point where there is a new solution, for your internal-transmission-workings desires. It’s called Lego.

How A Transmission Works

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Aug 20, 2017. 24 comments

Was Mercedes' Gearshift Design To Blame In In Fatal Train-Car Accident?

Was Mercedes' Gearshift Design To Blame In In Fatal Train-Car Accident?

On February 22, a 49-year old woman accidentally drove into the path of an oncoming train. The tragic accident claimed her and five other peoples' lives, and while the exact reason why she drove into the path of the train isn't known, Mercedes-Benz automatic gearshift design is a suspect. Let's see why.

The accident happened when the woman, a mother of three named Ellen Brody, drove her 2011...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Aug 17, 2017. 20 comments

Stop Calling Them Flappy Paddles

Stop Calling Them Flappy Paddles

For years now people call those things behind the steering wheel on manumatic/dual clutch/selecto-shift/tiptastic transmission-equipped cars “flappy paddles.” This is a misnomer.

Fun fact: these paddles do not actually flap, and they are no good at paddling in anything over a Class Three rapid.

Continue calling them “flappy paddles” at your own risk.

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