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In This Guide
- Vehicle Compatibility – Makes & Models
- Allison 1000 Transmission Overview
- Features of the Allison 1000
- Limp Home Mode
- Weaknesses of the Allison 1000
- Other Information
- Updates to the Remanufactured Allison 1000
- What’s Included
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Vehicle Compatibility – Makes & Models
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC Topkick
- GMC Sierra
- Hummer H1
- Chevrolet B-Series
Allison 1000 Transmission Overview
They are all at least 5-speed transmissions, and some are even six-speed. They have electronic control systems governed by solenoid wire assemblies. The company specializes in commercial vehicle transmissions, which also includes tractor trailers.
The Allison 1000 started its life as a five-speed that could handle 620 pound-feet of torque. This translates to 841 newton-meters. In 2005, a new version of the transmission added a sixth gear, lessening the RPM count by 14 percent at highway speeds. This has the effect of increasing gas mileage, especially good for large vehicles traveling long distances on the highway.
In 2006, the transmission received the option for manual shifting, Casual drivers may prefer automatics, but some drivers like manual transmissions because they offer greater control and require less braking. Instead, the engine can be downshifted.
For the 2006 model year, manual gear selection was introduced. This feature gives the driver greater control over the transmission, enhancing operation when engine braking or less frequent shifting is desired.
Here is the list of Allison 1000 gear ratios, starting from 1 to 6 and reverse: 3.1:1, 1.81:1, 1.41:1, 1:1, 0.71:1, 0.6:1, and 4.49:1.
Features of the Allison 1000
The Allison 1000 has a transmission control module that gets a collection of information from the torque converter turbine, the engine, and various other parts that work together to provide smooth, efficient shifting. The shift mechanism is controlled with a pair of pulsed solenoids located in the valve body of the transmission.
For 3500 cab or chassis trucks, you have the option of getting a power take-off, providing a little more acceleration. Its torque rating is 250 pound-feet. Meanwhile, the main case of the transmission contains the gear train, valve body, park pawl, input retarder, and PTO gear.
The 2006 model of the Allison 1000 contains separate modes for alternate weather conditions like low-traction mode, suitable for ice. The other new feature, grade braking, provided an extra safety option for traveling down inclines.
The Allison 1000 uses a modular design for its case, so it can have parts replaced or repaired individually, and can deal with 5,000-rpm input shaft speed. Another modular part is the external filter that makes it far more simple to provide service to the transmission. The internal filter should only be removed when the whole transmission is replaced.
Also, the Allison 1000 is light for its intended use, weighing in at approximately 330 pounds with the PTO gear. This does not include transmission fluid. Incidentally, the Allison 1000 can use TranSynd or Dexron-III automatic fluid.
Limp Home Mode
Drivers who mod their transmissions with aftermarket components have been known to experience the vehicle’s so-called limp-home mode. This is a safety feature. Should higher gears of the transmission fail, it locks into third gear, which provides enough torque to travel at slow speeds and get to safety rather than be stranded by the side of the road. Limp home mode activates if the control system detects too much slipping in a short time.
Weaknesses of the Allison 1000
The Allison 1000 works by the concept of adaptive learning. By comparing the average shift time against preprogrammed ideal benchmarks, the transmission can make shifting more efficient. However, rapid changes in speed or sporadic acceleration/deceleration prevent this process from occurring and the gear and valve assemblies cannot adapt to fluid pressure increases.
Another key problem can be an improperly lubricated C3 clutch. The way the transmission is set up, this clutch does not get any fluid unless it’s done directly. It reduces performance due to wear on the clutch pad and can lead to failure.
Five-speed Allison 1000 transmissions have problems with the C1 and C2 clutches. The pistons that cause these clutches to engage were designed slightly off center, leading to a lack of even pressure and in turn to uneven wear and early failure of the clutch plate.
The Society of Automotive Engineers stated that Allison made extensive preparations and conducted research prior to the introduction of the Allison 1000. They extrapolated torque increase in truck engines by watching the growth that occurred from 1990 to about 1994, approximately 15 pound-feet of torque increase per year.
Allison succeeded with its earlier model, the AT542, but vastly improved its design for the 1999 introduction of the Allison 1000. For example, the 1000 model has an overdrive gear, valve body, torque converter clutch, and a parking pawl.
The Allison 1000 makes use of an advanced learning feature called adaptive learning. Adaptive learning involves taking a set of ongoing data from driving about how the vehicle handles under road conditions.
It checks the actual recorded shift times and compares them to a set of prefixed values that the transmission uses to determine how it should shift. This is an ongoing process.
It can cause problems with aftermarket parts. Because the adaptive learning parameters adjust to defaults, anything outside that amount will not read correctly.
Updates to the Remanufactured Allison 1000
- Complete registering of a remanufactured valve body. Improvements to pressure control and the quality of the shift.
- Calibration kit is an extra improvement.
- New front pump covers maintain seal integrity around torque converters.
- Changed the lubricant regulator valve in an effort to lower operating temperatures. Also added a new upgraded relief spring.
- Switched out F-trim valve sleeve to aid in cooling the torque converter and reduce overheating.
- Changed the E-shift valve spring to add to the transmission’s durability.
- C3 clutch received additional plate for greater friction and control
- New pump with redone bushings to promote proper fluid motion inside the transmission
- Fully remade torque converter installed and tested for various qualities like concentricity, leakage and balance in an effort to prevent premature wear and excess vibration. Upgrades go beyond the OE specifications.
- Bushings replaced in an effort to prevent fluid leakage at leak-prone locations along the seals and joints of the transmission in an effort to improve pressure consistency.
- New calibration kit installed, which includes changes to the valve body accumulators, the servo system, and the PR system.
- Prior to shipment, the transmission undergoes a strenuous test via computer-based road simulation under both hot and cold conditions to ensure the integrity of all components.
How to Buy a Remanufactured Allison 1000 Transmission
1) Buying Locally
When you go to your local repair shop, they’ll order a remanufactured transmission, then mark up the price. So at the end of the day, you’ll be paying 15% to 30% more than the actual cost of the unit.
2) Buying Online
Buying a reman transmission through a distributor like Street Smart Transmission will save you a considerable amount of money because you pay the wholesale price (avoiding a repair shop’s 15% to 30% markup), they’ll ship the unit to the shop of your choice free of charge, and returning your old transmission is free as well. Then all you have to pay for is the labor to install the unit (usually $400 to $800), and you’re on your way.
How Does it Work?
To order a remanufactured transmission from a company like Street Smart Transmission, all you need to do is provide your vehicle’s VIN number, the mileage, and the address of the repair shop that you want it shipped to.
Replacing a transmission can be expensive, so Street Smart Transmission offers financing through PayPal. Depending on your credit, you’ll be able to order a new transmission, get back on the road, then pay for it over time. You may have to pay labor charges for the installation up front, but you won’t have to shell out for the transmission all at once.
When it comes to shipping, a transmission is quite heavy. So you’re going to pay quite a bit of money, unless the reman transmission company offers free shipping. Street Smart offers free shipping to a business address, which is usually the repair shop that you’ve chosen to install the unit.
What is a Core Charge (Core Deposit)?
Every remanufactured transmission originally came from somebody else’s car. Therefore, they need your broken transmission in order to refurbish it for another customer.
Your old/damaged transmission is called a “core”, and many companies will collect a core charge (usually $500 to $1500), which will be refunded once they receive your old transmission. However, if the transmission case, or other key components are damaged beyond repair, you may not get all of your core charge back. Make sure to ask for the core return policy, so you’ll know what to expect.
We recommend Street Smart Transmission. We have found Street Smart to be of the highest quality. Their transmissions carry a 3 year / unlimited miles warranty that covers both parts and labor. Their warranty is nationwide and attached to the VIN so it is transferable with ownership if you decide to sell the vehicle. It also covers both parts and labor for the installation of the replacement transmission.
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Finding a Shop to Install the Remanufactured Transmission
For warranty purposes, you need to find a reliable repair shop. That way, if the replacement transmission doesn’t work properly, the warranty will cover it.
We know how frustrating it can be to have your truck’s transmission go out, especially given how much it can cost to replace it. What makes it worse is that unless you are a mechanic, you may not know what caused the need for the replacement. We can get you a refurbished transmission at a reasonable out-the-door price. The shipping fee is included, and we can have the transmission sent to your home or to any nearby auto shop for ease of repair
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