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    On the Cover: Lubegard/Stellar - Filling The Marketplace

    At Lubegard/Stellar’s Ohio facility the venerable red bottles of Automatic Transmission Fluid Protectant are being packaged at the end of the filling line.

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  • Mitchell 1 Advances Search Technology
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Mitchell 1has announced that the release of TruckSeries truck repair software suite will include the 1Search Plus advanced search engine and user interface.
  • Ace Transmission Opens Brand-New Facility
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Ace Transmission of Springfield, Mo. celebrated the opening of a new facility on Saturday, March 16 hosting an open house and luncheon for around 75 people. The new facility houses 52,000 square feet of office, warehouse, remanufacturing, core and rebuilt unit storage.
  • Small-Town Shop Stays Ahead of the Curve
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Athens, Ohio is a small college town with a population of about 25,000. People in small towns tend to know one another. Everyone knows which grocery store to recommend, their favorite dentist, the best place to go catch a late movie showing.
  • Lubegard: Filling The Marketplace
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Asked for the 30,000-foot corporate view, Stellar/Lubegard President Justin Archer said that like nearly all company leaders, he’s looking to take advantage of growth potential and to become more efficient at what his company does. “We continue to add to the product portfolio as we find products for both the Stellar and the Lubegard lines that are needed by our customers. I think that when we bought the Lubegard operation we took a highly successful company and paired it with our willingness to invest in all the things that were going to lead to more products and that next level of success. We hope to put 20 more of those plaques up and wrap them around the walls of this room,” he said pointing to a wall displaying the company’s many trademarks and patents.
  • Old-Time Service & Philosophy with Modern Repairs
    Friday, February 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Should a tourist visit Branson, Mo., as so many do, he would be remiss not to take a leisurely drive into the historic downtown area, enjoying the antique brick buildings and waving to the friendly locals. But, should his vehicle suddenly break down, or make unexplained noises, or experience other issues, where is our tourist to go in this unfamiliar town?
  • 10R80/10L90 Ford & GM Ten Speed Unique Filter System
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    The new Ford and GM 10-speed transmission also has a newly developed filter and filtering system (Figure 2). This new filter design has two types of media, fine (white) and coarse (orange). The coarse material is common in most transmission filters, the fine media is a newer material and twice as large as the coarse media. This fine media is designed to catch the smaller particles of debris.
  • Hydraulics Fundamentals: Converter Clutch Control Part 1
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    An understanding of hydraulics is essential for properly diagnosing and repairing transmission problems. This is part one of a two-part article on how an understanding of converter clutch control aids in transmission diagnostics. Part one describes fluid path and torque converter terminology. Part two addresses the valves that control those circuits and the clutch control.
  • R & R Tech: Transmission With a Mind of its Own
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    A customer had brought in her 2010 Ford Escape equipped with a 3.0L engine and the 6F35 transaxle. The customers concern with the vehicle was that the transmission slipped intermittently. We started our evaluation with a quick visual inspection of the vehicle and checking fluids, all of which checked out good. Then I scanned the car with the scan tool; all of our locations have Snap-On Zeus workstations and I had two codes: a P0297, “Vehicle Over Speed Condition,” and a P1500, “Vehicle Speed Sensor.” No codes in any other modules. The next step was to go for a test drive and see if I could duplicate the complaint.
  • Technically Speaking: VLP-Line Pressure Too High
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    A 2014 Dodge Journey 2.4L with a 41TES transmission came in to Electronica & Transmisiones in Buenos Aires Argentina. It had code P0869 set for Line Pressure High. Leonardo Luercho went out with the vehicle using his scan tool to begin his diagnostic approach. While observing the data parameter IDs in his scan tool, he noticed that there was a difference between desired and actual line pressure. Figure 1 is a photo of the graph displayed in his scan tool. The blue, more-active line is actual line pressure provided by the VLP sensor. The black, less-active line is the desired command given to the VLP solenoid by the computer.
  • Reman U: Fire Your Center Manager
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    I know that’s a strong title, and an unfair one without qualification. I promise I’ll explain in detail just after I tell you about my last trip to Chicago.
    My wife and I took our two older daughters to Chicago for two nights of fun in the city. We interacted with the trendiest brands – we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, dined at RPM, took spin classes at SoulCycle, and went to see Hamilton. And fun it was!
  • It's Your Biz: The Self-Determined Manager
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Are You a Self-Determined Manager?
    If not there are ten changes you might want to make sooner than later.
  • Tools for the Excellent Manager: Shopping for Insurance
    Friday, March 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Terry Greenhut takes a dive into the world of insurance- and all the headaches found therein.
  • Not All Customers Are Good Customers
    Friday, March 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Ben Stern contends that not all customers are, in fact, good for business.
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