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    On the Cover: A Racing Specialty

    The MTS Camaro is designed to be used as a test platform for transmission modifications and improvements being perfected by Farnsworth and his team. 

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  • OTC Releases Bravo
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    OTC has announced the release of Bravo diagnostic software for the Encore and Evolve, the latest update to its professional diagnostic tools. The update contains improvements directly from technician feedback and includes new pre- and post-scan coverage for 2017 and 2018 vehicles, as well as extended special tests for newer vehicles.
  • 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.
  • ‘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.
  • R & R Tech: CVTs Are Here; You Can Profit from Them
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    As CVT transmissions are appearing in our shops with increasing frequency, there still seems to be a degree of hesitance for some shops to take on these jobs. Even if shops do not want to build these units in-house, there are reliable sources for remanufactured units out there that enable them to capture profit on R&R rather than sending a customer down the road to a competitor.
  • Technically Speaking: An ECU Dilemma
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    A 2009 Toyota Corolla LE with a 1.8L engine and a U341E transmission arrives to a shop with code P2757 Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Performance (SLU Solenoid) Malfunction stored. The unit was removed and overhauled with a new SLU solenoid and a replacement torque converter. When it was tested, the car seemed to be working well but the Malfunction Indicator Lamp came on after reaching highway speed.
  • Leeward Tech: Extreme Stator Repair
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    When you are rebuilding a late model converter it is very important to have the correct stator, impeller and turbine. The computers in today’s vehicles are sophisticated enough to pick up small changes in the stall or stall torque ratio in a converter. If a change is detected by the computer it will set a code.
  • TASC Force Tips: Valve body - GM Gen. 2 6T70, 6T75, 6T80 - Vacuum testing
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    Author: Sonnax   
    Subject Matter: Valve body    GM Gen. 2 6T70, 6T75, 6T80   
    Vacuum testing

  • Revisiting two excellent companies: Owner Must Solve Problems, Be Nice
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    Except maybe for me, I don’t know of anybody who enjoys bringing a car into a shop for repairs or services. I think I like it because it gives me a chance to evaluate the shop from a customer’s point of view instead of that of a consultant’s. I get to see first-hand how customers are being treated, how the facility stacks up against others, how well the problems are diagnosed and the repairs completed, and whether or not I get that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from believing that these people actually care and appreciate my business.
  • Reman U: The Karma Effect
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    What goes around, comes around. The Golden Rule. Do unto others what you would have them do unto you. Karma.
  • 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!
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