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  • Up To Standards: Learn New Things.
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:54 PM
    You are not supposed to get to the finish line in pristine condition. You are supposed to cross the line a burnt out, beat up hulk, and through the smoke and leakage, yell, “WHAT A RIDE!”
  • MP3023 T-Case: Simple Mechanics, Complex Electronics
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    The MP3023 is an active automatic transfer case that is found in a wide variety of vehicles. This unit will be found in GM trucks 2007-13, Jeep Grand Cherokees 2011-19, and in Dodge Durangos 2010-up. We will be discussing the Jeep version here, which has very sophisticated control electronics.
  • Simple Routines Can Leat To Solutions
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    Mike Weinberg recommends using simple routines to pin-point the cause of a problem.
  • Lubricants: Understanding the Mysteries
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    Lubricating oils or lubricants have been around since the invention of the wheel, and every class or type of machinery uses and needs them. But, how much do we really understand about these products and about the amazing amount of engineering that is found in a can?
  • Up To Standards: Tires Vastly Improved, but Check the Specs
    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:16 AM
    The advancement of technology in the automotive field is rapid and unrelenting. Forces that shape the marketplace, state and federal regulations, the need to attract new customers, and the need to be different and at the same time profitable are driving the car makers to develop technology at a pace never seen before.
  • Are We Speaking the Same Language?
    Monday, August 7, 2017 10:52 AM
    May I have a word with you, please?
     
    If you are repairing transmissions for a living, you will invariably spend some time on the phone ordering parts and speaking with technical hotlines to assist in your diagnosis of problems. Having been on both ends of a tech line for over half a century and an equal amount of time buying parts, I have learned a whole new language...
  • Electronics In Dual Clutch Units
    Monday, July 10, 2017 9:33 AM
    This article is the final segment of our exploration of the dual-clutch transmission, or direct shift gear box (VW and Audi) or DualTronic in BorgWarner’s brand. We have included several schematics from a VW Touran model, as VW has the largest amount of these transmissions in use.
  • Hydraulic & Fluid Controls in Dual-Clutch Units
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:00 PM
    To recap, we have looked at how the dual-clutch transmission functions, essentially two gear boxes in one with the input shafts driven by hydraulically applied clutch packs that drive three concentric shafts that are one inside the other.
  • 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.
  • The New Year: It Will Be As Good As We Make It
    Monday, February 13, 2017 2:09 PM
    Happy New Year, and my fondest wish is that all our readers enjoy the coming year in good health.
     
    Last year was a continuation of the difficult business environment our industry has been facing for the past five years. Our tendency as businessmen is to view the tough market we are in solely from a shop perspective. This is natural, as self-interest rules us all, but a good look around at the big picture is necessary to put the situation in proper perspective.
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