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  • It’s A Powertrain World
    Friday, May 31, 2019 12:00 AM
    For nearly 38 years, Transmission Digest has served the nation’s transmission shops. Originally concentrated on rebuilders, the magazine has followed the industry into more general repair work and to the use of reman units. Once a year we like to take a step back for a broader view of an industry that is global in nature.
  • From The Publisher
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Leaving “Haywire” Behind

    The term “going haywire” originates with the tendency for wire used for bailing hay to spring into tangles when removed from its original reel. I’ve noticed over the years that there are times when, no matter what we do, something seems to go haywire with the same person or company over and over.

  • From the Publisher
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Up & Running:
    I always hate to promise delivery of some new technology because, it never seems to work as described, or, it works as described but not at the time it was announced to be ready. Thus, we said nothing about a new and hopefully helpful service added to our website in conjunction with last month’s annual Buyer’s Guide issue. Against all odds, the feature worked correctly from day one and we now gladly call your attention to this tool.
  • From The Publisher
    Friday, March 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    There’s a lot to “digest” this month in Transmission Digest.

    We present on the following pages the 2019 Survey of Retail Repair Shops that receive the magazine. Please be sure to read the explanations that accompany the various chart displays as the charts contain specifically reported data that sometimes require a good understanding of the underlying methods in order to fully make use of the information presented.

  • From The Publisher
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    When the discussion turns to pioneers of the powertrain industry, it’s a sure thing that the name Gil Younger will be one of the first mentioned. Younger passed in 2013 (See: Transmission Digest July, 2013, page 2) but the company he founded, TransGo, is marking its 60th year anniversary.
  • From The Publisher
    Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:20 AM
    Perception of time, according to both science and conventional wisdom, speeds up as we get older. It must be so as I feel as if I did a Happy New Year column just recently, as opposed to a year ago. Notwithstanding the turbulence of the markets, there’s a feel of optimism in the aftermarket fueled by the growth and strength of the overall domestic economy. We can always use a good year!
  • From The Publisher
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A lyric to a Paul Simon song comes to mind: “Now the years are rolling by me, they are rockin’ even me. I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be, that's not unusual. No it isn't strange, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. After changes we are more or less the same...”
  • From The Publisher
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Each year we devote an issue of Transmission Digest to a segment of our industry that has been shrinking for many years but refuses to fade away entirely. Manual transmissions – in their basic form – are found on fewer and fewer vehicles being offered for sale.
  • From The Publisher
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Funeral services were held Sept. 20 for ATSG technical consultant Rick Sons who lived in Indianapolis, fielded ATSG technical calls from around the world and often traveled as part of the ATSG seminar team. Rick’s entire career revolved around the repair of vehicles and the rebuilding of powertrain components. He is survived by Edie, his wife, daughter Kelly Hartman, granddaughter Abigail Hartman, his mother, brothers and a host of nieces and nephews. Our condolences to Rick’s family and to his extended ATSG family.
  • Acquisition to Enhance World Class Technical Content
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    The Automatic Transmission Service Group (ATSG) was acquired this past month by ETE Reman. ATSG has provided much of the technical content appearing in Transmission Digest and Transmission Digest Tech/Talk since the mid-1980s, and more recently, for Transmission Digest ePowertrain Bulletin, which started distribution in 2016.
Beyond the missions of providing education and reference materials, Transmission Digest serves as a prime resource used as shops find the parts, supplies and services necessary for successful and profitable operation. Nine of the 12 issues published each year are focused on the products, services and suppliers relating to a specific profit center within the retail shop.

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