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Old 07-13-2004, 09:14 PM   #11
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Bonneville transmissions are great, but they hate abuse. They don't mind spirited drving and don't mind being floored once and a while. Here, i'll give you a list of things NOT to do with these trannys.

1. Neutral drops.
2. Flooring it while pelling tires around corners.
3. Excessive burnouts.
4. High RPM brake torquing.
5. The big thing- not getting the fluid flushed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

Mine is great and I reach redline at least 5 times a week, but I don't do the things listed above.
Well only problem I may have is the high rpm brake tourqing I do this alot in my contour cause I have been metal to metal on my brake pads for over a month (no money or time to replace it) but that should change when I get paid thursday by high rpm braking u mean downshifting to brake right? I tranny flush my contour every 15k miles its cheap for me and eazy only $6 and I have a tranny drain plug (filter is not accessible have been told this by many mechanics) But I engine brake alot in cars only problem I have
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Old 07-13-2004, 09:38 PM   #12
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By brake torquing I mean like at a race strip where you hold the brake pedal down and give a little gas at the same time to build up RPMs. Pretty much if you got you're foot on the brake and then start pushing on the gas while in drive the tranny is trying to move the car but it can't hence straining it.

Manual downshifting is what yo're doing and is O.K. if done at resonable speed for a short period of time. I'd highly recommend changing the brakes ASAP if its that bad that you have to manual downshift.
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By brake torquing I mean like at a race strip where you hold the brake pedal down and give a little gas at the same time to build up RPMs. Pretty much if you got you're foot on the brake and then start pushing on the gas while in drive the tranny is trying to move the car but it can't hence straining it.

Manual downshifting is what yo're doing and is O.K. if done at resonable speed for a short period of time. I'd highly recommend changing the brakes ASAP if its that bad that you have to manual downshift.
Ya brakes are extremely bad huge gouges taken out of the rotar and the rotars are all warped I just plan on replacing the pads cause I cant afford new rotars even tho your supost to in this situation not able to be cut down :(
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Good point Fantastic, just take care of it. I mean they seem like an average ok tranny. I am just talking from experience though. But I have seen cars that lasted longer with the same tranny then mine.
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They're plenty reliable till you abuse them. Any auto will die when abused.

Differentials are toasted from burnouts. It'* ebay, they're all cheap there usually, unless in spectacular condition.
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I really dont abuse mine, but I think it was the previous owners fault. Several trips from Kansas to Arizona in that car, talk about some heat
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