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    On the Cover: Digesting

    Get updated on the goings on at Transmission Digest as they relate to staff, changes and how we’re continuing to serve this segment of the automotive aftermarket. 

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  • Transtar Partners with ProTorque
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:21 PM
    Transtar Industries has partnered with ProTorque Performance Products, a leading manufacturer of custom performance torque converters. Forged with the goal of bringing ProTorque’s popular products to the transmission repair specialty market, this partnership leverages Transtar’s extensive distribution network to provide not just the racing elite, but also a wider audience, with custom-built torque converters. Racing fans will get a rush not just from the quality of the product, but also from the speed of delivery.
  • 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.
  • Ready for Customers?
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    This is a planning time of year; a time when the “lessons learned” from the past can be woven with desire and fresh ideas for enhancing success and increasing business in 2019. At the retail shop level, our business has been greatly changed over the past decade.
  • Blaine (Minn.) Auto Care & Transmission
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Kirby Lesto is describing the issue of not enough techs for numerous vehicles waiting to be repaired. He is speaking in an easygoing manner, sizing up the issue: It’s not a crisis; it’s a decision to be made.
  • Ford & GM 10R80/10L90 Speed Sensor Functions
    Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:59 AM
    There are four internally mounted two-wire Hall-Effect speed sensors found in this shared Ford and GM 10-speed venture (Figure 1). Although all four-speed sensors work the same way, one of them is slightly different than the other three. A 9-volt supply from the TCM is sent to all four sensors and a signal from each sensor returns directly back to the TCM.
  • Hydraulics Fundamentals: Main pressure regulator valve lineups
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:14 PM
    As today’s transmissions continue to increase in complexity, from growing involvement in electronic controls to a seemingly exponential increase of available gear ratios, one concept remains the backbone of automatic transmissions: hydraulics. Forces, pressures and flow rates are critical considerations in all stages of a transmission’s lifecycle. Engineers use these as tools to achieve desired shift timing, shift quality and overall efficiency.
  • Don’t Assume; Be Systematic with Diagnosis
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:06 PM
    Like many of you, this time of year I am usually asked to assemble a variety of items and gifts for my family members. In light of these requests, I have spent a significant amount of time analyzing why we waste so much time assembling, disassembling and re-assembling items out of an unwillingness to simply read the instructions. Often this process results in leftover spare parts and frustration.
  • Mazda’s SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic unit: Magnet is Loaded with Metal
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:54 PM
    The progressive development of Mazda’s “SkyActiv®” engine and transmission has resulted in an engine that should be available in 2019 called the “SkyActiv-X.” The name SkyActiv given to this drivetrain reflects their back-casting developing method.
  • 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.
  • Training: A Necessary Evil!
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:28 PM
    The Management Series: 28th in a series. Industry keeps getting more complex; techs need updated knowledge.
  • Insurance: How Much is too Much?
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    There are all kinds of insurances to be had depending upon what we want or need to protect. Some of it we are told we must have because it’s the law and some we want to because we sleep better at night with the feeling that we are covered if anything should happen. Unemployment insurance and worker’s comp are examples of insurance that’s mandatory in most of the United States and for most jobs, but not all, and the lines that are drawn are not always easy to see or understand. Sometimes they depend on the number of employees and even, to an extent, the types of work being performed. That’s why it’s important to consult with an insurance expert in your own state.
  • Reman U: We All Work in Customer Service
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    While job searching a few years ago, I kept saying, “I don’t want to work in customer service.” I was several years into taking sales and customer service calls involving lots and lots and lots of angry customers. I was worn down from dealing with unreasonable requests:
    “No, I cannot overnight a 280-pound item.”
    “No, I cannot promise that you will have this by 10 a.m. tomorrow.”
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