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    On the Cover: Performance Peek

    Ken Kelly Jr., who joined Transmission Specialties last spring with his father, General Manager Ken Kelly Sr. show the company’s aftermarket billet, SFI-approved diesel flexplate. 

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  • AAM Wins First Lightweighting Award
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    American Axle & Manufacturing Quantum lightweight driveline technology wins the inaugural Future of Lightweighting Altair Enlighten Award recognizing lightweighting initiatives that have yet to be leveraged on a production vehicle platform. For most vehicle segments, Quantum allows for at least a 30% reduction in vehicle mass, AAM VP and CTO Phil Guys said. Other advantages are reduced mass, improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and efficiency in a compact system package.
  • Advanced Car Care Center, Strafford, Mo.
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Chip Broemmer’s career educating the next generation of technicians has been sandwiched between two hitches in automotive repair, a long early span with Toyota and a recent venture, Advanced Car Care Center in Strafford, Mo.
  • Performance Peek
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Transmission Specialties, General Manager Ken Kelly says, has an overriding philosophy that is a starting point for everything it does. “We like to be partners with our customers which is different than filling the role of supplier. As partners, when they grow, we grow. And, when we grow, by bringing them new products to sell, they grow.”
  • American Transmission Centers, Virginia Beach area
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    American Transmission Centers, a company with four transmission shops, capitalizes on the big metro area of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and other cities where more than 1.5 million people live.
  • A Racing Specialty
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    Steve Farnsworth, founder and president of Omaha, Neb., based Midwest Transmission Supply (MTS), says that transmissions and the aftermarket is something he’s been around all his life. “My babysitters were truck mechanics,” he says. The family lived upstairs and owned a truck repair shop downstairs.
  • Techincally Speaking: The P0763 Headache
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A call came in to ATSG’s technical help line concerning a 2009 Kia Borrego with a 3.8L engine using a 5-speed RWD transmission called the A5SR2.  This transmission is very similar to the Subaru 5AT transmission, a derivative of Nissan's RE5R05A transmission. Mounted on top of the valve body are the solenoids, a sub-ROM and pressure switch frame assembly (Figure 1). 
  • R & R Tech: Multiple Causes for P0562
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A customer brought in a 2010 Dodge Journey AWD with the high-output 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 62TE automatic transmission. With a little more than 83,000 miles on the odometer, the complaint was for no upshifts and stuck in 3rd-gear failsafe mode. This concern had started out as an intermittent issue but now had become more regular.
  • TASC Force Tips: Another Day at the Orifice
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Modifying orifice size in valve body separator plates has been practiced as long as automatic transmissions have been in existence. From performance upgrades to attempting to fix problems caused by valve-body wear, opening up orifices can provide positive effects – but can just as easily cause unforeseen problems. To avoid unwanted results, it is necessary to know when to drill, what size to drill to and when not to drill.
  • Tech to Tech: Erratic Shifting
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A 2006 Range Rover S equipped with the ZF6HP26 transmission came into the shop with complaints of wrong gear starts and erratic shifting.
    After a wide-open throttle forced downshift and then coming to a stop, the vehicle would take off in third or fourth gear. A scan tool confirmed that the wrong gear starts were commanded by the TCM. The transmission would upshift from third or fourth gear to fifth and sixth gears.
  • It's Your Business: Leading by Example
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    One of my first lessons upon going into business for myself was that if I wanted employees to follow and respect me I had to show them that I was the real thing, that I was someone who knew what I was doing and one who would keep my word to them no matter what.
  • Reman U: How to do Impossible Things
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    49 hours and 17 minutes ago, 13 of my peers and I were beginning a challenge that was physically and mentally impossible. Broken into teams of two, seven on each team, we were to follow orders and perform various dreadful movements at the command of Navy Seal Special Ops veterans. We had all trained hard for eight weeks prior. Nobody knew what we were up against, yet we all showed. Much of the event was hush-hush leading up to the big day. I can only speak for myself, but the secrecy caused much anxiety, fear, diminished excitement and possible night-before-bed-wetting. Not my picture-perfect Saturday morning, but I had made a commitment and I was going with a great group of people. I was not going to let them down by bailing out. They were counting on me. I was counting on them. 
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Transmission shop owners throw away thousands of dollars every year on advertising that does not work. Why? I have been a shop owner and visited with a lot of transmission shop owners over the years and I am convinced that we just don’t have time or haven't taken the time to figure out exactly what we should be spending our marketing dollars on. Most of us do not have an educational background in marketing or any experience in internet technology. So, when we hear terms like SEO, Google Analytics, Adwords campaigns ... our eyes start to cross, and then we get this far-away look in our eyes, and then we are gone. Let’s face it, without the education and experience, it makes it difficult for us to grasp and manipulate the choices and the data available today. With all the hats we wear at the shop everyday, we just don’t have time to learn what we need to know. So, the money gets spent and round and round we go, where she stops nobody knows. It is like gambling at a roulette wheel in Las Vegas.
  • A Little Help: Work Smarter, Not Harder
    Saturday, September 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    My dad used to say “I may be broke when I die but, I ain’t going to be tired too.” In other words, “I ain’t working for nothing.” That has stuck with me my whole life. I think of him when I see shops that are busy all the time and losing money every month. They seem to always have problem repairs, problem customers and problem employees. Lawsuits, customer complaints and transient employees are common. These shops are working hard but not making any money. Most just need to step back and revisit their current sales and production structure and then make some adjustments to create a more effective financial foundation.
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