HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: complex and beautiful
naperlou   7/1/2014 12:33:35 PM
NO RATINGS
I heard a lot of that.  We had at least three and others we know had them and I never heard of one having the problem until ours.  Now, we had lots of miles on that vehicle (well over 100K).  I don't doubt that there were plenty that had problems, but they also sold a lot.  At one point (and perhaps today) they had over 50% of the minivan market.  Just about every family where I live had a minivan and a sedan, at least.  It would be interesting to know what the relaibility numbers really were.

Reliabilityguru
User Rank
Gold
Re: complex and beautiful
Reliabilityguru   7/1/2014 10:42:45 AM
NO RATINGS
When I had the transmission rebuilt for my Dakota, the shop owner told me without Chrysler he would be out of business. If regular maintenance has not been performed, every minivan needs a new transission at 80,000 miles he tells me. So I asked him, why do carmakers design transmissions that cannot be drained and put filters where they are not readily changed?

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: complex and beautiful
naperlou   6/30/2014 2:31:23 PM
NO RATINGS
my experience is with older cars.  We had a similar car (a Chrysler Town & Country) which had the transmission fail (after 12 years).  We decided not to fix it (it was my wife's car and she needed something right away).  It might have been interesting, though.

ttemple
User Rank
Platinum
Re: complex and beautiful
ttemple   6/30/2014 1:38:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Nope.  That is one thing that is sort of on my bucket list of car repairs.  I have done more car work than I would like to admit, but I have always stopped short of pulling an automatic.  I have done manual's, way back, but never an automatic.  Looks like a swiss watch.  One of my co-workers fixed his Chrysler Caravan transmission, and he was quite pleased with his accomplishment.  It had one planetary stage froze up, I think.  It took some effort, but he got it going.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: complex and beautiful
naperlou   6/30/2014 1:03:12 PM
NO RATINGS
ttemple, correct.  Have you ever tried to repair one?  It is a real trip.

ttemple
User Rank
Platinum
Re: complex and beautiful
ttemple   6/30/2014 11:07:46 AM
NO RATINGS
I would say that almost every modern automatic transmission has several planetary stages.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
complex and beautiful
naperlou   6/30/2014 10:04:12 AM
NO RATINGS
Kevin, I have often admired planetary gear arrangements.  They look complex and are strangely beautiful compare to other mechanical systems.  If I recall correctly, the Toyota Prius synergy drive system uses planetary gears systems.  Is that correct?

<<  <  Page 2/2


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
Fifteen European research centers have launched EuroCPS to help European companies develop innovative products for the Internet of Things.
Get your Allman Brothers albums ready. The iconic Volkswagen Microbus may be poised for a comeback, and this time it could be electric.
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 20 - 24, Taking the Internet of Things to the Cloud
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service