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  • PT Cruiser Trouble Code Fixed with New Part
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    A customer brought her 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser to our shop with a complaint of random high engine revs. She stated that restarting the engine resets the vehicle and it works again temporarily, and this had been going on for about four months. The vehicle had a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with a 604 transmission.
  • Don’t Assume; Be Systematic with Diagnosis
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:06 PM
    Like many of you, this time of year I am usually asked to assemble a variety of items and gifts for my family members. In light of these requests, I have spent a significant amount of time analyzing why we waste so much time assembling, disassembling and re-assembling items out of an unwillingness to simply read the instructions. Often this process results in leftover spare parts and frustration.
  • R&R Tech: The Jeep Patriot with a really bad rolling surge
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Sometimes despite your best efforts you can still manage to shoot yourself in the foot. The following account is a prime example: While this happened on one specific vehicle, it could happen on any number of vehicles where the cause is the same, but could have different end results.
    One of our shop locations had a 2011 Jeep Patriot that came in on the back of a tow truck. The customer stated that it started making noise and then quit moving. This one was an easy checkout; the vehicle didn’t move in any direction, had metallic-looking fluid, a horrendous bearing noise, and had a P0777 (secondary pressure control solenoid stuck on) code stored. Even though this one was pretty much a slam dunk in the way of diagnosis, we still needed to go through our complete evaluation procedure.
  • RR Tech: What is that Unpleasant Grinding Noise?
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    John Griffin confronts a 5R55E unit with oil-pan bolts wiggling such that the pan is shifted past the mating surface of the block.
  • R & R Tech: Multiple Causes for P0562
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A customer brought in a 2010 Dodge Journey AWD with the high-output 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 62TE automatic transmission. With a little more than 83,000 miles on the odometer, the complaint was for no upshifts and stuck in 3rd-gear failsafe mode. This concern had started out as an intermittent issue but now had become more regular.
  • 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.
  • R & R Tech: Motorists May Know Something They Don’t Know
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    As we see numerous cars come into our shops on a daily basis, we often have a diagnosis already in mind based on the customer’s complaint, the type of vehicle we’re working on, road test experience, and symptoms. That’s the benefit of specialized repair. Sometimes the actual in-depth diagnosis proves us right, and sometimes proves us dead wrong.
  • Programming Not Included - Did the original transmission really need to be replaced?
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A customer recently brought his 2011 Ford F-150 into our facility after a general-repair shop (not a specialized transmission shop) had just installed a used transmission. His truck was a 4WD vehicle equipped with a 5.0L engine and 6R80 transmission. When the customer picked up the truck from the previous shop he was told that the transmission was installed and everything was fine, but it still needed to be programmed (the shop didn’t have the equipment to perform this important step).
  • Take a Moment to Analyze What’s Going on
    Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Too much play in shifter bushings, or sensor insufficiently sensitive - We’ve all had those days where you roll into the shop ready to start the day and see a car waiting for you there in the parking lot and think, “Well, that looks like trouble.” When I came in to find a 2005 Mini Cooper waiting for me, I felt my hopes for a peaceful morning wash away just little bit. 
  • Extra Set of Eyes Saves the Day
    Friday, March 2, 2018 1:43 PM
    In addition to the OEM-spec remanufactured transmissions we build, we also offer a series of heavy-duty transmissions available in three different stages. This article examines the installation of our Road Ripper™ 3000 (stage 3 unit) in a 2005 Dodge 2500 pickup equipped with a 5.9L diesel and a 618/48RE transmission.
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