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    On the Cover: Changing with the Industry

    Whatever It Takes Transmission Parts (WIT) is supplying a growing transmission shop demand for remanufactured units.

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  • Another FCA Transmission Plant Honored
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The FCA U.S. Tipton Transmission Plant becomes the latest plant to be designated silver in the company’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology.
  • ‘1,000 Percent Geared Up’
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Continental Transmission, Buffalo, N.Y., north side: Rigorous road-testing, diagnostics & sharp techs make this shop run.
  • WIT: Changing with the Industry
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    As one of the powertrain aftermarket segment’s two nationwide specialty parts distributors Whatever It Takes (WIT) says their growth continues at a rapid, yet still controlled, rate. Opening distribution most recently in Austin and Salt Lake City, the employee-owned company’s founder, Kenny Hester, says that WIT’s growth continues, as does an evolution as it provides product lines reflecting the changing needs of its shop customers.
  • TCRA: Growing an Association
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    At the recent Torque Converter Rebuilders Association (TCRA) seminar in Coral Gables, Fla., we sat down with the board of directors to discuss the organization, its member and its objectives. We started the conversation with the observation, “There was a time not too long ago when transmission builders would blame the converter for nearly every problem that cropped up after a rebuild.”
  • Preferred Transmissions Plus, Oregon, Ohio
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    After more than a quarter-century of rebuilding, with self-awareness that this was the time to make the move, and with strong spousal encouragement, Dean Rhodes opened Preferred Transmissions Plus in 2011 in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    It’s always unsettling when a transmission comes back after the customer has had it for only an hour; especially when it came back on a hook. Such was the case at a local transmission shop with a 42RE transmission.
  • Souza Sezz: Quick Peek at New Ford / GM 10 Speed
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Approximately 10 years after Ford and General Motors joined together to develop a six-speed front-wheel-drive transmission, they have done it again, developing a 10-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission (Figure 1).
  • Technically Speaking: A Clever Variable Cylinder Management Fix
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The number of vehicles containing VCM exceeds 4 million to date, as far back as 2005 – Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and Accord – and Acura MDX/RDX/TLX that have an I-VTEC engine. This problem affects many more vehicle owners than you could imagine.
  • Tech To Tech: A Misfiring Mustang
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The Beatles said it best when they sang, “Gonna try with a little help from my friends,” and the following repair saga came to its best conclusion with help from professional techs on iATN.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Would the world look a little different to you if you woke up and knew you had an extra hundred grand coming in this year? One transmission job a week equals $100,000 a year in your pocket. ($2,000 × 52 weeks). One more job a week is not that much, but it has a big payday. Today it is not uncommon for a shop owner to have an $8,000-$12,000 week break-even point. If you are breaking even now, then that extra job is what you would get paid after everybody else gets paid. So, let’s take a look at how to get one more extra job a week in the bank and make sure everybody else gets paid including the owner. 
  • Reman U: The Cog in Your Customer Experience Strategy
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A decade ago, I was a very fast man on the banked oval tracks known as velodromes. At one time, velodrome and track bicycle racing were the most popular spectator sports in America and the top racers held the land speed records of the day. Now, there are only a couple dozen velodromes in operation in the U.S. and few people ever watch a track bicycle race outside of some random Olympic viewing. Trust me, it’s quite exciting!
  • It's Your Business: Disruption comes in many ways, often
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Disruption only happens to the other guy.
    No it doesn’t.
    It happens to all of us over and over again. In fact, disruption is the norm for our business. We should be so used to it by now that we have to feel like something is wrong any time things are going too smoothly.
  • Suggestion: Use drop caps for each numeral of the 12 items
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Deeply connected, trust-based, and authentic customer relationships are hard to come by. When you know how to create these relationships with your customers, you’ll win their loyalty, earn referrals and enjoy repeat business for years to come.
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