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    Preparing for the March issue IS the busy time of the year at Transmission Digest. We present a traditional industry buyer’s guide and a directory of the powertrain aftermarket showing supplier companies of parts, tools, services and equipment that chose to be listed by returning survey forms.
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  • The transmission workhorse of the Ford family was developed internally to rival other manufacturer’s heavy-duty gearboxes such as the Allison 1000.
    Unlike the 6R60 / 6R80 models that were a carryover from the ZF6HP26, Ford started with a clean sheet of paper in the development of the 6R140. To say that this unit is a beast would be an understatement due to the fact that it weighs more than 300 pounds.
  • Tri Component on YouTube: Info, Interaction
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:25 AM
    Tri Component announces establishment of a new YouTube video channel designed for the converter rebuilder. It allows viewers not just to watch Tri’s videos, but to ask questions, leave comments, and communicate with Tri technical staff.
  • Annual Buyer’s Guide & Powertrain Industry Directory in Five Parts
    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:16 PM
    Preparing for the March issue IS the busy time of the year at Transmission Digest. We present a traditional industry buyer’s guide and a directory of the powertrain aftermarket showing supplier companies of parts, tools, services and equipment that chose to be listed by returning survey forms.
  • Precision International: All In The Bag
    Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:55 PM
    At the Yaphank, Long Island facility of Precision International, warehouse plant department heads and supervisors gather at one of the company’s main packaging lines.
  • Unlikely Friendship Sparks Success
    Friday, January 13, 2017 3:02 PM
    DC Transmission Services, Del City, Okla. A mentor’s generosity launched Tom Fisher’s journey in the transmission repair business, in which he has earned the respect of motorists of Del City, Okla., and beyond.
  • On The Cover: Diligent Digital
    Friday, January 13, 2017 2:38 PM
    Transmission Digest kicks off the new year with an updated website and two enhanced digital information products to specifically serve the information needs of the powertrain aftermarket.
  • 6L80 Component Upgrades (It May Involve More Than One)
    Friday, March 10, 2017 10:06 AM
    A customer with a 2010 Silverado 2500 stated that his truck had started to develop a clicking-type noise once the vehicle reached approximately 55,000 miles. The noise only occurred when going into drive or reverse (garage shift). The truck had 63,000 miles on it and was equipped with a 6L80 transmission and 6.0L engine. Since it was a 4WD, a thorough inspection needed to be done to deter-mine whether the noise came from the trans-mission or transfer case, not to mention the differentials or drive shafts.
  • Verifying Repairs: This is Where We Dropped the Ball
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:51 PM
    For this installment of R&R Tech I would like to take some time to discuss how engine performance can affect the transmission operation. We have all heard it before; the engine must be running properly in order for the transmission to function correctly. What does “properly” mean in this scenario? We all use different terms when we tell the customer, “You need to get the engine running properly” or good, correct, better, whatever terms we use; in our minds it all means the same thing. We either see or feel something that is not right with the engine performance and to try to protect our investment (our remanufactured product) by telling the customer that it needs to get repaired in conjunction with the transmission replacement. How far do we need to go with this? Just tell the customer and leave it up to them, or do we require them to have it checked/repaired and return it to us for inspection?
  • CVT Success: In-Vehicle Isolation of Common Problems
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:35 PM
    All transmission models have unique problems that are common to that model; Jatco CVT units are no exception. Technicians are facing an uphill battle when it comes to diagnosing and repairing CVTs if they don't have the right information on hand. Knowing what the common issues are and understanding the options available to isolate and fix problems are the keys to CVT success.
  • Dual Clutch Transmissions: Are They the End of the Torque Converter?
    Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:08 PM
    We have enjoyed two major designs of transmissions for many years. The manual transmission where the driver disconnected the power flow from the engine to the transmission by stepping on the clutch pedal and manually moving the shift lever from the present gear to the next gear to be selected.
  • Finding & Developing Your Personal Management Style
    Friday, March 10, 2017 10:19 AM
    You are a unique individual. There is no one else exactly like you in the entire world. The way you look and act, the way you think and feel, they are all yours. You have certain strengths and weaknesses that have helped and or hindered you your whole life. One of the keys to being a successful manager of people and business is to recognize and build on those strengths and work toward eliminating as many weaknesses as possible.
  • Keep work fun, challenging: Hire team players
    Friday, March 10, 2017 9:20 AM
    Groundhog Day
    Remember the movie Groundhog Day where everyday was the same? You know, we work long hours and spend a lot of our time in the shop. After a while it can seem like we are living the movie. Working in a transmission shop can get boring when you do it day after day, year after year. So, what can we do to break up the monotony?
  • More Manager Success: Made Not Born
    Monday, February 13, 2017 2:20 PM
    Shop management: Fifth in a series

    In this installment let’s continue to uncover more good traits of a successful manager.

    So far we’ve learned that successful managers have integrity, are improvers of themselves and others, have relatability, are good listeners, keep their promises, have compassion and can empathize, but not sympathize, and are well organized and in control.

  • The Art of the Follow-Up
    Monday, February 13, 2017 1:17 PM
    Most salespeople do not follow up. Most salespeople have lousy closing ratios. Don’t be like most salespeople.
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