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    On the cover: Every rebuilder needs the same parts at the same time. The Pellitieri family says their Buffalo Engine Components is more than up to the task of finding, processing and delivering those parts on a consistent basis. Andy, Joe Jr. and Jason Pellitieri.

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  • Mitchell 1 is Vendor for OK Tire Franchises
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Mitchell 1 has entered into an approved supplier agreement with OK Tire, a leading independent tire and auto service retailer in Canada since 1953. Under the agreement, Mitchell 1, as an approved vendor, will offer ProDemand® auto repair information and Manager™ SE shop management software to all 300-plus OK Tire franchises.
  • Transmission Digest - June 2018
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM

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    On the cover: Every rebuilder needs the same parts at the same time. The Pellitieri family says their Buffalo Engine Components is more than up to the task of finding, processing and delivering those parts on a consistent basis. Andy, Joe Jr. and Jason Pellitieri.

  • Handling Hard Parts
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Before the days of specialized transmission parts distributors, retail rebuilders in need of hard parts often sourced from local salvage yards. Today, retail rebuilders and full-scale remanufacturing companies can easily place bulk orders or conveniently shop online for their parts needs. Behind the scenes are organizations like Buffalo Engine Components (BEC) in Buffalo, N.Y. The company that started supplying engine cores and components in 1980 has become, the company says, “one of, if not the largest supplier of ‘good used’ and core transmission parts to the aftermarket.”
  • ‘We’re All Race-Car Drivers in Germany’
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Florian Schuldes, owner of Ol’ Skool Customs in central Germany, works mostly on the drive trains of American vehicles. In this capacity, he’s what we might consider an import guy.
  • Transmission Digest - May 2018
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 9:25 AM
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  • Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A 2008 Honda Accord using the B97A transmission behind a 3.5L engine was brought to Newmarket Transmissions from a general repair shop to be rebuilt. They had changed the radiator and when topping off fluids, they noticed the “strawberry milkshake” condition of the transmission fluid. The radiator was also contaminated with the milkshake condition.
  • Technically Speaking: Something Amiss with Planetary System
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    You may remember back in the early days of the 41TE transmission (A604), the sun gear was known to shear off the shell. The result would be no reverse; it would take off in 1st gear but when it shifted into 2nd it would neutralize. With 2nd gear being failsafe, it would default to a neutral gear. The vehicle would then have no movement both forward and reverse. Once the ignition was cycled off to on, you could once again take off in 1st and shift into a no-move condition.
  • TASC Force Tips: All Over the Map
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Burnt 3-4 clutch packs are notoriously common in the GM 4L60/E family of transmissions. Tech hotlines and internet bulletin boards are often jammed-up with people pleading for help with this 3-4 roasting. Some technicians get frustrated and throw multiple Hail Mary replacement parts at the transmission when facing this issue. But it doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration; burnt 3-4 clutches can be transformed from a dreaded problem into a routine moneymaker.
  • Can It Get Any More Complicated?
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Shedding light on elaborate ‘park-by-wire’ systems on new Mercedes
  • Are Customers Any Tougher Now than They Once Were?
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    I received an email recently from one of my readers who seemed to feel that I’m teaching the industry to be too nice to customers in an effort to get their business. Is there such a thing as being too nice? Maybe if you spend so much on a customer that you could never have a chance of making it back, but other than that I can’t see how you can be too nice. The gentleman also seemed to feel that customers are more demanding, harder to sell, and possibly nastier than they used to be. I think they just have a lot more information available to them than ever before and it’s making them feel like they are in control.
  • Reman U: Tone It Up
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Without voice and eye contact, all you have are words. Use them wisely.
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    When the internet was just getting started up, I wrote an article about online training coming in the near future, and now, what I predicted has happened. Today we have a variety of online training classes. Training is not something we want to do, but rather something we all need to do to. I have been on both sides as a student and a trainer, and believe me when I say that online training makes things easier for everybody. Let me explain why I say that.
  • Ideas Don’t Work Unless You Do
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 3:55 PM
    When I first interviewed in the building where I now work, I could not help but notice the inspirational quotes that stood out on the walls, in the halls, and in every meeting room – including the room where I sat, résumé in hand.
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