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magnetic auto?

magnetic clutch automatic
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ok cut me some slack here i am just coming off of a $3000 automatic transmission rebuild. The idea is an automatic transmission that uses magnetically engaged clutch plates between the planetary gears instead of hydraulic. This ends the need for a govener, hydraulic pump, hydraulic logic system and a few other moving parts. The tranny fluid only exists to keep the gears from wearing prematurely. a computer controlls up/downshifts. I know everyone hates computers but they do have less moving parts.
WhiteWiz, Mar 01 2004

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       And I was expecting this idea to be about having giant magnets at your destination, and driving cars with magnets in the front.....
normzone, Mar 02 2004
  

       [ I know everyone hates computers but they do have less moving parts ]   

       Just make sure the damn thing doesn't run on Windows......or periodically you'll have even fewer moving parts.
normzone, Mar 02 2004
  

       // Just make sure the damn thing doesn't run on Windows......or periodically you'll have even fewer moving parts.   

       Or all your moving parts suddenly moving rapidly in randomly different directions away from the vehicle.
timbeau, Mar 02 2004
  

       Look into the modern autostick-type transmissions. These are quite often electronically shifted.
Freefall, Mar 02 2004
  

       RE: Windows operation: close all the windows, turn off the car, get out, get back in, start it up again, and everything should be fine :p The electromag clutch would work pretty well; I can't remember who but someone makes a pretty strong EM clutch that uses ferrous powder; energized it's nearly a rigid link. Keep the TC, but I see no reason why this wouldn't work. Should last longer than brake bands, too. UB Bund.
elhigh, Jun 13 2005
  
      
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