Five things to know about Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission
The 2017 Ford F-150 pick-up has arrived with its completely new 10-speed automatic transmission. This industry first allows for a smoother and more economic drive feel. Here are five things to know about this transmission:
1. The ratio spread is not the industry’s largest
It may seem like installing 10 gear ratios would create an imposing spread, but this is not necessarily the case. This new transmission tops out at 7.384:1 while several of its competitors go higher than 7.4. This permits longer use of 10th gear, especially at highway speeds, which results in improved fuel consumption.
2. The transmission is quite small
This new 10-speed transmission doesn’t take up much more space than a six-speed. It’s only 3 centimetres larger and weighs less than 2 kilograms more.
3. It takes a special fluid
Since the transmission is complex, it requires a different viscosity of transmission fluid to function at its peak. This customized product is called Mercon ULV, and the initial fill is intended to last for the life of the vehicle.
4. It’s equipped with six clutches
The 10-speed automatic transmission is equipped with a system of six internal clutches for gear changes. This system could also one day make its way into sports cars since it shifts 25% faster than other automatic gearboxes.
5. It has two hydraulic pumps
Ford’s new 10-speed transmission is activated by two hydraulic pumps. These variable-displacement pumps were designed specifically for use in pick-up trucks.