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    On the Cover: Expanding Transmission Electronics

    The Rostra Powertrain Controls headquarters team says that for them, 2019 will be a year concentrating on developing new transmission-related electronic products.

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  • Airtex-ASC Expands Pump Coverage
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Airtex-ASC, supplier of fuel and water pumps, has announced that it has added automotive pump coverage for over 5.8 million vehicles in operation.
  • Old-Time Service & Philosophy with Modern Repairs
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Should a tourist visit Branson, Mo., as so many do, he would be remiss not to take a leisurely drive into the historic downtown area, enjoying the antique brick buildings and waving to the friendly locals. But, should his vehicle suddenly break down, or make unexplained noises, or experience other issues, where is our tourist to go in this unfamiliar town?
  • Rostra: Expanding Transmission Electronics
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    “A few years ago, Tom Eibel and I visited with many of Rostra’s customers,” Rostra Powertrain Controls President Jeff McCurley said. “We heard repeatedly that they loved Rostra products but wished Rostra would develop and release more parts.”
  • Digesting: Transmission Digest
    Thursday, January 3, 2019 10:04 AM
    Every now and again, we take this featured supplier space in Transmission Digest to update the industry on what we’re doing. In the age of digital information and social media presence, it is amazing how quickly our list of columns, articles and features available to retail shops has grown. With the exception of the Transmission Tech/Talk, all of these are available because suppliers have sponsored the content with their advertising.
  • Quality Transmission Service - Fix the Root Cause
    Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:44 AM
    Greene Nickell always had a dream of starting a transmission shop, and it became a reality in 2005. After a rocky start with little money, the business gathered traction.
  • PT Cruiser Trouble Code Fixed with New Part
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    A customer brought her 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser to our shop with a complaint of random high engine revs. She stated that restarting the engine resets the vehicle and it works again temporarily, and this had been going on for about four months. The vehicle had a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with a 604 transmission.
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    In the December 2018 Technically Speaking® column, some examples of different internal transmission parts that break and the problems they can cause were discussed. This month’s article comes to you as a warning of what you can break if you are not careful. Some may have already dealt with this unpleasant experience that I guarantee was accompanied with quite a few superlatives.
  • Hydraulics Fundamentals: Accumulators & Shift Feel
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    “Thuds,” “clunks,” “bangs,” “slipping” and “harsh” are all common words used by customers to describe unpleasant shift feel. These complaints can be on upshifts, downshifts, specific gear ranges or on all shifts. Accumulators and their circuits have been used for years as the primary method for controlling shift feel. These components are designed to modify a shift by essentially acting as a shock absorber for the fluid pressure that is applying a clutch, brake or band. Cushioning of this high pressure allows the apply component to engage gradually, instead of slamming on and rattling parts and bones alike.
  • Suburu 4AT Phase ll Version ll Control and Valve Body Changes
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Sometime at the beginning of the 2004 model year, Subaru redesigned the 4AT Phase ll Control system that placed the transfer clutch control solenoid into the valve body. The new design valve body (referred to as Version II) contained 3 clutch control solenoids, 2 brake control solenoids, a TCC and pressure control solenoid (Figure 1).
  • If You Like It Put Your Brand On It
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Our name is on a lot of stuff: stickers, hats, shirts, lanyards and, of course, pens. It’s also on some pretty niche stuff: Klement’s beef snack sticks (“Nice to Meat You”), VIN decoding mouse pads, beer mugs, bobble heads – and we come up with new, interesting stuff to brand all the time, partly because our favorite customers, vendors, and even our own employees really like cool, new stuff. Who doesn’t?
  • Tools for the Excellent Manager
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    I use the word integrity as opposed to honesty when talking about advertising because technically and legally an ad can be honest but at the same time can lack integrity if the offer is too difficult to understand, has too many hoops to jump through, only applies to a product in very short supply or one in which the offer has an end date that a consumer doesn’t have enough time to respond to. If you are looking for examples you can find them in many of the newspaper, coupon book, radio, TV or internet ads you see every day.
  • Performance and Racing Can Help Your Bottom Line Perform
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Gone are the days of easy profits in the transmission rebuilding industry. Cars of today are complex and more difficult and expensive to diagnose and repair. The quality of manufacture is the best it’s ever been; longer-lasting transmissions, longer factory warrantees and lease intrusion all mean less available work for the shop.
  • Making a Bad Choice the Right Way
    Thursday, January 3, 2019 12:11 PM
    This is a bad Reman U. I mean it. It hasn’t been thought through, agonized over, contemplated, speelchecked or proofreaded. I didn’t have a blinding insight nor did I have one of those everyday experiences that suddenly feels like an analogy for good work/life decisions. What I do have is a deadline, a commitment – ultimately, a promise. I would rather sign my name to a bad Reman U than break a promise. So, this is a bad Reman U, but maybe that’s a good thing.
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