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  • Bob Mace

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    On the Cover: Putting It Together

    Transmission Digest meets with Oetiker in one of the company’s North American facilities to discuss connections, quality and expanding the understanding of its product technology.

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  • Mike Riley
    Back in early Y2K General Motors and Ford demonstrated some impressive common sense by jointly developing a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission. The 6T70 / 6F50 and 6T40 / 6F35 transmission families have undergone countless changes since 2007 and are used in a variety of different models of vehicles currently.
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  • New WIT Team Members
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:10 AM

    Bill Anthony and Danny Radoicic have joined Whatever It Takes as the Director and Assistant Director of Reman Transmission Operations, respectively. Anthony has 47 years of experience in the transmission industry and Radoicic has 35.

  • Not Just Transmissions
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    The employees of Transmissions and More in Fairfield, Ohio are dedicated to what they do. The president was even willing to take time to talk to Transmission Digest in the middle of his workday.
  • Oetiker - Putting It Together
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    “It’s easy to think of a connector or clamp as something simple,” said Oetiker Regional Marketing Manager Brett Moffett. “But, there is a reason that the OEMs have consciously decided to invest into the quality and reliability of the Oetiker connection. The same consideration is as important in a high-mileage aftermarket application as it was to the OEM. “At Oetiker our motto is providing customers with ‘peace of mind.’ When a customer uses our connections they do not have to worry about a failure. This also translates into peace of mind for those giving a warranty for a transmission job or any other type of automotive repair.”

  • Jasper Engines: Profiting From Partnership
    Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    “We feel it’s a great thing to be partnered with professional transmission shops and independent garages,” said Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ John Schroeder, who serves as vice-president of drivetrain manufacturing for the company.

  • My Spaceship Needs a New Transmission!
    Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    Roswell, New Mexico is a beautiful American town steeped in American folklore, for obvious reasons. This town leaped into headlines in the 50s after a supposed UFO crash in the desert near town. Since then, it has been a top destination for enthusiasts of science fiction and conspiracy theorists alike. But at its heart it’s still a small American town with small-town values.

  • General Motors 9T50 Nine Speed FWD: Part One
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Back in early Y2K General Motors and Ford demonstrated some impressive common sense by jointly developing a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission. The 6T70 / 6F50 and 6T40 / 6F35 transmission families have undergone countless changes since 2007 and are used in a variety of different models of vehicles currently.
  • Ford 6R140 - Valve Body Identification Guide
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    The Ford 6R140 valve bodies can be difficult to distinguish between the early- middle- and late-styles if you don’t know what to look for. Spotting the differences in the cast-ing numbers, separator plates and the cooler bypass valve is critical to proper identification.

  • Mercedes 7G-DCT Transmission (Part 2)
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    Last month’s article spoke about the susceptibility vehicles have with this transmission to bottom out and break the case. Having one of these on our bench here at ATSG (Figure 1), we will take advantage to look inside this transmission to see what it looks like.

  • R&R Tech: Expect the Unexpected
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    Here in the Midwest the dog days of summer are here, creating a hot, humid environment and the intermittent issues that seem to come with it. You know…the types of concerns in which you have to drive the vehicle for an extended road test, and by the time you see what the issue is and get back to the shop, the heat from the engine compartment or under the vehicle is almost unbearable and you can’t touch anything without heat resistant gloves on. Good times.

  • The Rules of Selling in the Automotive Trades
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    In last month’s segment I already mentioned the first rule of selling, which is: Nobody in their right mind wants to spend anything to have a car repaired. They will spend to buy something they want but an auto repair is just not one of those things. It is a necessary evil. It always was and it always will be. So your career as an owner or a service advisor will put you into fight mode every day. You need to be able to handle that type of stress by coming up with enough ways to win that make you feel fighting for your price is a worthwhile endeavor. If you get scared or lazy about it along the way you and the shop will lose money and put you into a downward slide that is difficult to recover from.

  • Is Your Team Performing or Storming?
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    When there’s a lack of harmony on a team, chances are everyone is aware of it on some level, even if it’s just a vague sense of something’s not quite right. It could be really bad, palpable even from a distance – there could be internal turmoil, talking behind colleagues’ backs (which is never as secret as you might think it is), unrest and open unhappiness. Or maybe communication just isn’t as smooth as it could be. There are hurdles like not being able to or wanting to talk face to face, digital communication dwelling awkwardly in the mystery tone-zone (was that sarcastic? mean? too informal?), or the relationships are professional but not much more than that.

    Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    We’ve covered a lot of topics related to business and shop management over the past few years. Now I think it’s time to find out where the money comes from to fund all of those wonderful things we want to do within our companies. Well, pretty obviously, all the money that comes into a transmission or auto repair facility comes from the sales we make. But just making sales doesn’t get us what we need; making a high volume of profitable sales does. I’ve always felt that if a salesperson was to knock a price down low enough he or she could sell anything as long as there was a market for the product or service. That doesn’t however, so get the job done. Sales techniques are what allow you to get the amount you really need for your work.
  • Building a Positive Attitude, Building Your Bank Account
    Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    My mother hung a magnet on our refrigerator when I was ten years old that read, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” I hated that magnet as a kid. I later learned that it was a Charles Swindoll quote. I also learned to love the quote – because I learned to love the impact it has had on my life.

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