Vous êtes sur la page 1sur 76
TM TM FOR THE TRANSMISSION REBUILDING INDUSTRY FOR THE TRANSMISSION REBUILDING INDUSTRY
TM
TM
FOR THE TRANSMISSION REBUILDING INDUSTRY
FOR THE TRANSMISSION REBUILDING INDUSTRY

The Pressure's OFF

Ford’s CFT30

Pump’n Iron

Pressure regulation and the problems

CFT30 Pump’n Iron Pressure regulation and the problems that can be traced to reduced flow EXPO

that can be traced to reduced flow

EXPO Show Highlights!

Iron Pressure regulation and the problems that can be traced to reduced flow EXPO Show Highlights!
Iron Pressure regulation and the problems that can be traced to reduced flow EXPO Show Highlights!
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
2013
PRESSURE TO PERFORM
PRESSURE TO
PERFORM
SONNAX
SONNAX

Line Pressure Booster Kits

Simple, affordable, drop-in parts require no special tools or reaming to install and offer big performance without a big price tag.

Booster kit springs and valves work together creating precision line pressure increase under all conditions.

Bigger boost valves increase pressure based on demand.

• • Bigger Boost Valve Stronger PR Spring Large Ratio Boost Assembly Better, SMARTER Booster
Bigger
Boost Valve
Stronger
PR Spring
Large Ratio
Boost Assembly
Better, SMARTER Booster Kits

Stronger springs (by about 10% over OE) generate less impact than competitive options.

The combination of Sonnax booster kit valves and springs gives you the best of both worlds: a modest pressure increase at the low end, with a high-end pressure that is equal to or greater than that of other aftermarket kit springs.

Unit

Sonnax Part No.

Hydraulic Booster Kits

E4OD, 4R100

4R100-LB1

6L45, 6L50, 6L80, 6L90

6L80-LB1 NEW!

4L60-E, 4L65-E, 4L70-E*

4L60E-LB1

4L60-E, 4L65-E, 4L70-E**

4L60E-LB2

4L60 (700-R4), 200-4R

700R4-LB1

400

400-LB1

4L80-E, 4L85-E

4L80E-LB1

4T65-E

4T65E-LB1

350

350-LB1

AODE, 4R70W, 4R75W

4R70W-LB1

*Early-style pump

**Late-style pump

Also available for Chrysler units with computer-controlled line pressure:

Electronic Booster Kits

68RFE

44957-LB1

45/545RFE

44957-LB2

Kits 68RFE 44957-LB1 45/545RFE 44957-LB2 Learn about all 12 Sonnax line pressure booster kits w w

Learn about all 12 Sonnax line pressure booster kits

www.sonnax.com

booster kits w w w . s o n n a x . c o m
booster kits w w w . s o n n a x . c o m

800.843.2600 • 802.463.9722 Sonnax is an Employee-Owned Company

G

EARS

FOR THE TRANSMISSION REBUILDING INDUSTRY

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 PHONE (805) 604-2000 FAX (805) 604-2006

Publisher

Dennis Madden

Managing Editor

Rodger Bland

Online Editor

Ron Brattin

Technical Director

Lance Wiggins

Advertising

Frank Pasley

Senior Designer

Jeanette Troub

Contributing Editors:

Steve Bodofsky

Jim Cathcart

Thom Tschetter

ATRA Technical Staff:

Rolly Alvarez

Kevin Pryor

Bill Brayton

Mike Brown

Steve Garrett

Pete Huscher

Mark Puccinelli

Mike Souza

Jarad Warren

Director of Membership & IT Svc

Kelly Hilmer

Seminars & Convention Manager

Vanessa Velasquez

The views expressed in this publication should not necessarily be interpreted as the official policy of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA). Publication of product information or any advertising does not imply recommenda- tion by ATRA.

GEARS , a publication of ATRA, 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030, is published for the betterment of the transmission industry and is distributed nine times per year. No part of this issue may be reproduced without prior written permission of the publisher. GEARS is distributed to members of the transmis- sion industry in the United States, Canada, ATRA Members in Mexico & Europe, and related automotive industry firms and individually. Send changes of address to GEARS in care of ATRA. Subscriptions are available by contacting GEARS in care of ATRA.

Advertisers and advertising agencies assume full liability for all content of adver- tisements printed and also assume full responsibility for any claims arising there- from against the publisher. The publisher reserves the unqualified right to reject any advertising copy as it deems appropriate, with or without cause.

GEARS is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is distributed with the understanding the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance, is required, the services of a competent profes- sional person should be sought from a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and Committee of Publishers.

GEARS also welcomes articles submitted by members of the industry. GEARS considers all articles for publication that contribute positively to the welfare of the transmission industry, and reserves the right to edit all articles it publishes. If you would like to submit an article to GEARS, include background information about the author and a telephone number where he/she may be reached. If you want submissions returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Editorial and Business Offices 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard CA
returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Editorial and Business Offices 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard CA

Editorial and Business Offices

2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard CA 93030 Phone (805) 604-2000 Fax (805) 604-2006

www.gearsmagazine.com

www.atra.com

Publications Mail Agreement No. 40031403 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to:

Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor, ON N9A 6J5 Email: gears@atra.com

Issue #179

Printed in U.S.A.

Copyright ATRA 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Printed in U.S.A. Copyright ATRA 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30 Page 4
Printed in U.S.A. Copyright ATRA 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30 Page 4

The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30 Page 4

OF CONTENTS The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30 Page 4 Action Transmission Specialists: A Second Chance for

Action Transmission Specialists:

A Second Chance for Success Page 54

Specialists: A Second Chance for Success Page 54 Bound by the Bond! Page 10 SPECIAL INTEREST

Bound by the Bond! Page 10

SPECIAL INTEREST & TECHNICAL

4

 

Ford’s CFT30 by Pete Huscher

10

 

by Mike Brown

14

 

by Mark Puccinelli

20

ETE Reman, Building a New Future

24

32

 

by Mike Souza

38

42

46

54

60

 

DEPARTMENTS

2

FROM THE CEO:

From the Back of the Class

by Dennis Madden

62

Powertrain Industry News

66

Shoppers and Classified

72

List of Advertisers

STREET SMART: Bound by the Bond!

KEEP THOSE TRANNYS ROLLING: The Pressure's OFF

A SHIFTING BUSINESS: Pump’n Iron, Pressure regulation and the problems that can be traced to reduced flow.

TALES FROM THE BENCH: Don't Guess: Test! Ford's 4F27E, FN4A-EL, FNR5 by Jarad Warren

The Word on the Street: Stop Clanking Around!

UP YOUR BUSINESS: “A Kodak Moment… It’s Not A Pretty Picture” by Thom Tschetter

Getting Past Their Listening Filters by Jim Cathcart

Another Expo for the Books by Steve Bodofsky

SHOP PROFILE: Action Transmission Specialists:

A Second Chance for Success by Steve Bodofsky

ATRA Classics on the Coast Car Show 2013 by Steve Bodofsky

Be sure to read our Feature Story, Be sure to read our Feature Story
Be sure to read our Feature Story,
Be sure to read our Feature Story

ETE Reman, Building a New Future,

page 20,

(Paid Advertisement)

FROMFROMFROM THETHE CEOCEO From the Back of the Class by Dennis Madden members.atra.com
FROMFROMFROM THETHE CEOCEO
From the Back
of the Class
by Dennis Madden
members.atra.com

T he 2013 ATRA Powertrain

Expo in Washington DC

marked the 21 st of these shows

for me, beginning way back in 1993. I’ve loved every one; some more than others. Up until this year, I’ve always looked at these shows from the perspec- tive of a presenter, my main role being to develop a program I thought would be interesting and relevant to my audi- ence. My time at the event primarily consisted of concentrating on my mate- rial and preparing for my presentation, which meant that I often missed what some of the other presenters had to say. This year was different: This year I was part of the audience. The fact is, by the time we finished developing the management program, there was no room for an additional speaker. So this year I ended up sitting in the back of the room, really listening to what the other speakers were saying. It let me view the program from a different perspective. This time I wasn’t thinking about my presentation while the other speakers were on; I was able to view them as you would. And it couldn’t have occurred dur- ing a better year. This year we inter- mixed some of our most popular man- agement presenters with world-class speakers and personal development experts Don Hutson and Jim Cathcart. The focus of the management ses- sions was primarily customer based; building relationships, selling value (which is based on the needs of your

customer , not on what you have to sell!), building your brand, and reach- ing out to younger consumers; the Generation X and Y market. The entire series of programs was designed to help shop owners understand today’s con- sumer, improve sales, and do so with confidence. One of the most informative ses- sions for me was from Bill Haas on Generation X and Y. He put into per- spective and made clear how these individuals (your current and future customers) think. For a baby boomer like me, it’s easy to pass off some of the idiosyncrasies of these younger gen- erations as odd or bizarre. But if you examine the world from their perspec- tive, it becomes easier to reach them as customers than to consider them a lost cause. This experience allowed me to see the show as a student of the event, not just the host. It reminded me of how important it is to get out of the day-to- day routines that make up your business experience and expose yourself to what customers see — and feel — when they come into your shop. It begs the question: Is there some way that you can experience what your customers go through when it comes to auto repair? Maybe not from your shop, but consider having some repair or maintenance performed at a local garage; one you aren’t familiar with. It’s a matter of constantly evaluating what makes for a good customer expe- rience.

The management programs were terrific and I especially enjoyed this year’s lineup, but it was only one part of the Powertrain Expo experience. The majority of the attendees go to the technical sessions. Each year we try to improve our focus to provide material and programs that are complimentary and relevant. What we’ve discovered is that we don’t need a lot of programs going on concur- rently; we can design a single program that more people find valuable. And based on the feedback, the tech pro- grams were a hit. Some shop owners are apprehen- sive about training their staff, thinking that, if they train their technicians, they might leave and take that education to their competitors. But as Don Hutson reminded us what is worse than that:

“Is not training them and having them stay” We’ve already started working on next year’s program at the Rio resort in Las Vegas. If you missed this year’s show in D.C., make it a point to mark your calendar now for October 30 th through November 2 nd . Understanding your customers and providing value based on their needs was the message I heard loud and clear… even from the back of the class. See you next year!

message I heard loud and clear… even from the back of the class. See you next
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher

A higher level.

A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build
A higher level. That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build

That’s what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions.

what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build level means you’re getting
what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build level means you’re getting
what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build level means you’re getting
what you get with Ford gas engines and transmissions. A higher build level means you’re getting

A higher build level means you’re getting engine and transmission assemblies built to the exacting specifications of Ford Motor Company. So you not only get the quality build you expect in an assembly from Ford, but also one that’s built by using parts that keep it specific to year, make and model as well as emissions calibrations.

Introducing the all-new 3-Year Unlimited-Mile Warranty – No Commercial Exceptions

Ford gasoline engines and transmissions are covered by a three-year/unlimited-mile warranty.* All warranties are backed by Ford Motor Company. They’re also supported by more than 3,500 Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealerships nationwide as well as at their originating place of service.

Plus, unlike some competitors, the warranty is good for fleet vehicles. That means you get the same advantages and coverage for commercial use, no exceptions.

For technical questions, contact the Powertrain Assistance Center at 1-800-392-7946 or visit FordParts.com. *See dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.

dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
dealer for limited-warranty details. Remanufactured diesel engines are covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.

The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30

KEEP THOSE TRANNYS ROLLING

The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30
The Pressure's OFF
Ford’s CFT30
TRANNYS ROLLING The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30 by Pete Huscher members.atra.com TCC Feed Tubes Lube Tube

by Pete Huscher

members.atra.com

TCC Feed Tubes Lube Tube (connected to case) Main Pressure Feed Tube Secondary Pressure Feed
TCC Feed Tubes
Lube Tube (connected to case)
Main Pressure Feed Tube
Secondary
Pressure
Feed Tube
Clutch Supply
Feed Tube
Primary Pressure
Feed Tube
Figure 1: Mechatronic assembly with feed tubes

O ver the past year, ATRA’s Technical Department has been working feverishly to

bring you the latest information on today’s continuously variable transmis- sions (CVTs). In past issues of GEARS we’ve covered the details for Chrysler’s CVT, the JF011E; and we’ve provided you with a basic understanding of how Ford’s CVT, the CFT30, operates. In this issue, we’ll cover pressure related problems. They’re common,

and you’ll defiantly be working on this unit very soon so be prepared.

Pressure Problems

Like many CVTs, Ford’s CFT30 operates on much higher pressures than traditional transmissions. CFT30 oper- ating pressures will usually be in the range of 220-250 PSI, but can exceed 1000 PSI at times. The CFT30 has no external pres- sure ports; the only way to check the operating pressure is to monitor the main pressure sensor (PCA MES) and secondary pressure sensor (PCC MES) PIDS with a scan tool. If the TCM detects pressures out of range, the TCM will set one of these codes:

P0840 — main pressure sensor out of range P0845 — secondary pressure sensor out of range P0868 — transaxle pressure low P0871 — secondary pressure low P0961 — PCA out of range Ford claims these codes can be caused by faulty pressure control sole- noids, faulty pressure sensors, a faulty Mechatronic assembly (valve body/ TCM assembly); all of which are caused by either a faulty Mechatronic assem- bly, at a cost of over $1100 P&L, or an internal leak in the hydraulic system.

No Hassle Nationwide 3 year/unlimited mileage, parts and labor warranty. No Worry 1,400+ different foreign
No Hassle
Nationwide 3 year/unlimited mileage, parts and
labor warranty.
No Worry
1,400+ different foreign and domestic transmissions
for 16,000+ vehicle applications – for a lot less
than you might think.
No Bull$#*%
Easy ordering, fast delivery, and the industry’s
most helpful Customer Loyalty team.
This sucks. (And so does trying to build every transmission you sell.) You don’t have
This sucks.
(And so does trying to build every transmission you sell.)
You don’t have to build it to know it’s built right.
You don’t have to build it to save money.
You don’t have to build it to sell it.
StopStop lettingletting traditiontradition sucksuck thethe profitprofit outout ofof youryour
business. Use ETE REMAN.
[ETE REMAN] REMANUFACTURED TRANSMISSIONS etereman.com • buyete.com • 866.717.9800 • sales@etereman.com
[ETE REMAN]
REMANUFACTURED TRANSMISSIONS
etereman.com
buyete.com
866.717.9800
sales@etereman.com

The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30

The good part of the story is you can replace any of these feed tube sealing rings without completely disassembly the transmissions case

Ford claims the only way to correct these problems is to replace the trans- mission. But we’ve found that the most common cause for these codes is an internal leak in the hydraulic system. And there are less expensive ways to repair those leaks. The hydraulic system for the CFT30 is pretty simple. The CFT30 uses seven feed tubes to deliver pres- sure to the various transmission com- ponents. The Mechatronic assembly

itself uses seven different feed tubes to deliver pressure to the case. They are (figure 1):

Clutch supply feed tube

Primary feed tube

Secondary feed tube

Main pressure feed tube

(2) Torque converter clutch feed tubes

Lube Tube

The Mechatronic assembly routes pressure through the case to the pri- mary and secondary covers, locat- ed on the rear of the transmission

(figure 2). The primary variator and forward clutch circuit uses a feed tube located

in the primary cover (figure 3) to con-

trol the primary variator and forward clutch operation. The secondary variator circuit uses

a feed tube located in the secondary

cover (figure 4) and main case to con- trol the secondary variator operation. All of these feed tubes use seal- ing rings to seal each of the circuits.

Secondary Cover Primary Cover Figure 2: Primary and Secondary covers
Secondary Cover
Primary Cover
Figure 2: Primary and Secondary covers
Primary Variator Supply Feed Tube Figure 3: Primary variator feed tube
Primary Variator Supply
Feed Tube
Figure 3: Primary variator feed tube

Our new

K82900Q (ZF6HP32)

Overhaul, Banner and Master Kits are the answers you need fast.

Banner and Master Kits are the answers you need fast . WITHOUT PRECISION, THEY CAN’T FINISH

WITHOUT PRECISION, THEY CAN’T FINISH FASTER.

The K82900Q Rebuilding Kit
The
K82900Q
Rebuilding Kit

Additional new kits available from Precision International:

ZF6HP28/X

2. K77900DDX A6MF1/2/3

1. K82900P

3. SPS6, DCT470, W6DGA

K10900A

4. TF-80SC EUROPEAN 2ND GENERATION

K79900M

5. HONDA/ACURA 6 SPEED MT4A, M7PA, ARP6, AWD, (TOURING EDITION) PV2A

K98900K

The world’s best transmission solutions delivered on time and guaranteed to work. Plus, state-of-the-part technical assistance and support @ our interactive website.

14 Todd Court Extension, Yaphank, NY 11980 (631) 567-2000 Fax (631) 567-2640 Toll Free: 800-872-6649 Florida Office: 6790 Hillsdale Point, Boynton Beach, FL 33437 (561) 734-2332 Fax (561) 734-2375

E-mail: sales@transmissionkits.com www.transmissionkits.com

Beach, FL 33437 (561) 734-2332 • Fax (561) 734-2375 E-mail: sales@transmissionkits.com www.transmissionkits.com

The Pressure's OFF Ford’s CFT30

Secondary Variator Supply Feed Tube Figure 4: Secondary variator feed tube
Secondary Variator Supply
Feed Tube
Figure 4: Secondary variator feed tube

Sealing ring shrinkage, deterioration, or damage can cause hydraulic cir- cuit leaks, which is becoming one of the most common causes for pressure codes to set on this unit. The good part of the story is you can replace any of these feed tube sealing rings without completely dis- assembly the transmissions case. The question is, do you replace the $1100 Mechatronic assembly, or should you take a couple hours labor and a seal kit to repair or reseal the feed tubes, all in an effort to eliminate the pres- sure codes? Depending on the age of the vehicle and the condition of the transmission, resealing the tubes may be worth a shot.

Resealing the Tubes

The first step to resealing the feed tubes is to remove the Mechatronic assembly from the case. With the Mechatronic assembly removed, you'll be able to see the seven feed tubes located in the Mechatronic assembly and/or stuck in the case as shown in figure 1. Remove each of the feed tubes (identifying their locations for reas- sembly later) and replace the feed tube

sealing rings. Be sure to coat the feed tubes and sealing rings with Ford CVT fluid prior to reinstalling the tubes in the case. Install the Mechatronic assembly and transmission pan. Next, remove the primary and sec- ondary covers located at the rear of the transmission as shown in figure 2. Remove the primary variator feed tube from the primary cover and replace the sealing rings as shown in figure 3. Reinstall the primary variator feed tube into the primary cover and install the primary cover onto the main case. Next, remove the secondary varia- tor feed tube from the secondary cover and replace the sealing rings as shown in figure 4. Again, be sure to coat the sealing rings with Ford CVT fluid prior to installing the primary and secondary covers. Once you’ve reinstalled the pri- mary and secondary covers, check the fluid level and refill as needed. Clear all codes from the computer sys- tem and road test vehicle to recheck transmission operation. If the pressure codes return, you’ll need to replace the Mechatronic assembly.

Replacing the Mechatronic assem- bly is pretty straightforward: Remove the transmission pan, then remove and replace Mechatronic assembly. Reinstall the transmission pan, check and refill transmission as needed. Clear the codes from the computer system. With the new Mechatronic assem- bly installed, you’ll have to reflash the vehicle with the latest update. After the reflash, test drive vehicle to make sure the transmission is operating properly.

IMPORTANT: We’ve encountered pump problems and sealing ring leaks in the forward clutch circuit. These repairs will require you to disassemble the transmission. Well, there you have it: a quick and simple way to take care of Ford CFT30 pressure problems. With a little patience and a better understanding of the CFT30 transmission, you should have no problem keeping those CVT trannies rolling down the road.

you should have no problem keeping those CVT trannies rolling down the road. 8 GEARS October/November

STREET SMART

Bound by the Bond!
Bound by the
Bond!
STREET SMART Bound by the Bond! by Mike Brown members.atra.com T his is a problem that
by Mike Brown members.atra.com
by Mike Brown
members.atra.com

T his is a problem that goes like

this:

“I built this 5R55E unit

two months ago and it came back bind- ing up in reverse and manual low. I’ve got it apart on the bench and don’t see anything wrong. Everything air checks good. Help!” This is a very common problem and is usually centered around the ser- vos. This problem has been with us since the A4LD and has continued on through the 4R44E, 5R55E, and into the 5R55W, S and N models.

Hydraulic or Mechanical?

Any time you’re dealing with a bind up, your first step should always be to determine whether the problem is hydraulic or mechanical. In most of these cases, the problem is mechanical and caused by the servo delaminating and getting stuck in the bore (Figure 1). Of course you need to make sure you check the parking pawl isn’t being engaged by some misalign- ment issue first. Here’s a quick test to figure out

Figure 1
Figure 1

what’s causing the bind up. Put the vehicle on a lift.

Loosen both band adjusting bolt locknuts.

Have a person in the vehicle start the engine, hold the brakes on, and put the transmission into gear.

Slowly release the brake pedal until the transmission binds up.

Check to see if one of the band adjustment bolts is tight.

The tight bolt is the adjustment for the band that’s being applied and is causing the bindup. The second part of the test is to turn the engine off. If the bolt adjustment goes lose, you have a hydraulic problem. If it stays tight, look at the delaminating servo as the failure, this is usually the problem.

*See our website for full warranty details
*See our website for full warranty details
*See our website for full warranty details

Bound by the Bond!

EPC Plug Figure 2
EPC Plug
Figure 2

When the servo seals become delaminated it can roll over, causing it to bind in the case. As you can see in the photo, the damaged to the piston causes it to bind in the bore, holding the band on. If you’ve determined the problem is cause by something hydraulic then look for a problem in the valve body. Begin by examining the gaskets for damage or blowouts. This could have been caused by high line pressure, or warping in the valve body or transmis- sion case. Use a straightedge to make sure the valve body and transmission case are flat. One last tidbit: we often see a wrong gear start diagnosed as a bind up. The most common problem is the EPC plug (figure 2). Check the EPC

plug for wear. Some technicians like to turn the EPC adjustment in to raise pressure which if overdone could cause wrong gear starts. What happens is the 1-2 (4R55E) or 2-3 (5R55E) shift valve plug becomes loose due to wear. This allows EPC pressure to flow past the end plug and stroke the shift valve, causing wrong gear starts. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but take the valve body com- pletely apart. Don’t just pick the valves; make sure no valves are sticking. Anytime you’re working with an aluminum valve body, it’s very impor- tant to torque it correctly. Overtorquing the valve body bolts can pinch a valve and prevent it from moving freely.

Then, after you remove it, there won’t appear to be anything wrong. So before you pull the transmis- sion and disassemble it for a bind on this unit, take the time to think about what can be causing the problem… or, more appropriately, what’s not causing it. Sometimes a couple simple tests can save you a lot of time and money. And that’s not just smart… that’s street smart!

you a lot of time and money. And that’s not just smart… that’s street smart! 12
H O N D A The First & Only -Factor for Honda Transmissions. You Can’t
H O N D A The First & Only -Factor for Honda Transmissions. You Can’t
H O N D A The First & Only -Factor for Honda Transmissions.
H O N D A
The First & Only
-Factor for Honda Transmissions.

You Can’t Replace the

-Factor for Honda Transmissions. You Can’t Replace the -Factor Raybestos Powertrain GPX - The “Global Performance

-Factor

Raybestos Powertrain GPX - The “Global Performance

Extra” Friction Plate made in America, with shifting

performance that matches Honda perfectly with even

greater durability. Engineered to fit right and outperform

any other friction plate.

Proprietary Raybestos engineered friction material and unique groove design provide smooth shifts and greater durability.to fit right and outperform any other friction plate. The industry’s tightest manufacturing specifications for

The industry’s tightest manufacturing specifications for trouble-free installation.and unique groove design provide smooth shifts and greater durability. Withstands higher temperatures than the OE.

Withstands higher temperatures than the OE.shifts and greater durability. The industry’s tightest manufacturing specifications for trouble-free installation.

711 Tech Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 I Toll Free: 1-800-729-7763 I Email: raypt@raybestospowertrain.com I www.raybestospowertrain.com

A SHIFTING BUSINESS

A SHIFTING BUSINESS

Pump’n Iron

by Mark Puccinelli members.atra.com
by Mark Puccinelli
members.atra.com

Pressure regulation and the problems that can be traced to reduced flow.

T he 4L80E remains a con-

stant source of work in shops

everywhere. This was GM’s

workhorse transmission in the 3/4- and 1-ton truck chassis for many years. But as the years and mileage accumulate on these units, we’re starting to see failure patterns that require extra attention dur- ing the repair process. On any transmission, many com- ponents are easy to identify as good versus bad. For example, sun gears and planets are pretty simple components to evaluate. Others aren’t so easy. An oil pump or a valve body for example. There’s a lot that can go wrong with these components that you might miss during a visual inspection.

If the pump output volume drops too low on a 4L80E, there are two prob- lems that can show up:

Converter clutch lining failure

Overdrive planet failure

Low pump volume and converter lining failure is common with most, but not all, transmissions. The overdrive planet failure is unique to the 1997 and later circuit design of the 4L80E. To follow the progression of these failures, you need to understand the pressure regulator system: how it regu- lates line pressure, and more impor- tantly, the side effects that can occur when line pressure regulation takes place with a weak pump. The three stages of pressure regu- lation are (figure 1):

1. Zero output: The pressure regulator valve is closed by spring

Figure 1 pressure pressure is is established established from from
Figure 1
pressure pressure
is is
established established
from from

tension. tension. The The engine engine is is off; off; there’s there’s no pump output. Line pressure is zero. 2. Converter feed: Engine running,

pump output. The valve opens far enough to feed the torque converter circuit.

FORQUALIFIEDTRANSMISSIONSHOPSONLY *Excludes Commercial and Off-Road Vehicles WIT offers remanufactured automatic and
FORQUALIFIEDTRANSMISSIONSHOPSONLY *Excludes Commercial and Off-Road Vehicles WIT offers remanufactured automatic and
FORQUALIFIEDTRANSMISSIONSHOPSONLY *Excludes Commercial and Off-Road Vehicles WIT offers remanufactured automatic and

FORQUALIFIEDTRANSMISSIONSHOPSONLY

*Excludes Commercial and Off-Road Vehicles

WIT offers remanufactured automatic and manual transmissions. Each transmission is fully dyno-tested and includes a 12 month/unlimited mile warranty on parts and workmanship*. Extended 2 and 3 year warranties on parts and/or labor available*. WIT also distributes a complete line of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts.

WIT also distributes a complete line of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission
WIT also distributes a complete line of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission
of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts. In stock for YOU, not
of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts. In stock for YOU, not
of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts. In stock for YOU, not
of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts. In stock for YOU, not
of quality new, used and remanufactured automatic and standard transmission parts. In stock for YOU, not
In stock for YOU, not your customers!
In stock for YOU, not your customers!

Pump’n Iron

3. True regulation: Pressure exceeds the pressure regulator spring tension, so the valve opens further and exhausts excess volume to the sump.

To understand the regulation pro- cess and what goes wrong when pump output is low, it helps to look at the sys- tem backward, starting with stage 3: At the true regulation point, the pressure regulator valve returns excess volume to the sump because the pump out- put pressure has exceeded the pressure regulator spring tension value.

Let’s stop here for a moment and define a few terms:

Spring working height — The length for measuring spring tension. On this pressure regulator valve, it’s where the valve opens the line pressure port to exhaust; the point of true regulation. Spring tension — The force the spring develops when measured at its working height, measured in pounds and ounces. Pressure regulator valve balance area — The area of the valve that the pump pressure must act upon to move the valve against spring tension. Exceeded spring tension value — When pump pressure is greater than the measured spring tension divided by the calculated valve balance area. For simplicity, we’re going to dis- cuss the line pressure produced by working against the pressure regulator spring tension only. We aren’t going to factor in EPC boost pressure. First we need to calculate the area of the valve to square inches. The pres- sure regulator valve has a diameter of 0.623”. Since we’re calculating area, we need to divide that in half to get the radius:

0.623" ÷ 2 = 0.3115" Now we enter the radius of the valve into the formula for calculating area, πr 2 :

3.14 x (0.3115") 2 = 3.14 x 0.0970 = 0.3046 square inches So the valve regulation area is 0.3046 square inches. You can also go to the GEARS website and click on the “Extras” tab, there’s some nifty tools there like the “Pressure Analyzer” to help you calculate measurements.

Grind a 1/16 Wide Flat Here Figure 2 Blow Air Here Figure 3
Grind a 1/16 Wide Flat Here
Figure 2
Blow Air Here
Figure 3

Go to: http://www.gearsmagazine. com/extras/Pressure.aspx The average 4L80E pressure regu- lator spring weighs 12.00 lbs at work- ing height. A 12.00-lb spring divided by the valve area of 0.3046 square inches produces about 39.4 PSI of line pressure. For the valve to compress to its true regulation point, the pump volume has to be high enough to produce 39.4 PSI or more. If the pump volume isn’t high enough to produce 39.4 PSI, the valve will move inward from spring tension

and stop exhausting excess volume to the sump. Depending on the pump con- dition and RPM, the valve will cycle between exhausting and not exhausting to regulate pressure to 39.4 PSI. That’s the basics of true regulation with a good pump. Now let’s look at what happens if the pump isn’t provid- ing enough volume:

If the pump volume isn’t high enough, closing the exhaust port to the sump at the true regulation point still may not produce the 39.4 PSI the spring value demands.

Pump’n Iron

If the valve exhaust port is closed and line pressure is still below 39.4 PSI, the valve will keep moving inward from spring tension, because the pressure on the valve balance area is below the calculated spring value. Eventually the valve will shut off flow to the converter cir- cuit.

The con- verter feed cir- cuit consumes a lot of pump vol- ume; it’s a huge load on the sys- tem. The regula- tor valve has a job to do: pro- vide 39.4 PSI of line pressure. If it has to cut off converter feed

to do it, it will. When pump output is low, the valve will regulate pump pressure at the con- verter feed point to produce 39.4 PSI. If the regulation point is now at the converter feed port, it means the oil pressure that holds the converter clutch off is going to be cut off or regulated under low RPM and high pump demand conditions. With no or regulated converter clutch release oil, the converter clutch will drag. If the converter clutch drags, it can cause the engine to lug or stall and will eventually burn out the con- verter clutch. If you look at the converter feed circuit further upstream, you can see that overdrive planet lube is fed directly

from the converter feed. You guessed it: Under certain driving conditions, the overdrive planet will have lube oil cut off as well. This won’t be detectable on a gauge, because the pump is delivering the 39.4 PSI the spring value demands.

• When you blow air in through the lube passage, it must exit at the
• When you blow air in through the lube passage,
it must exit at the yellow arrow from within the
sator support tube.
• Always run a .086" drill through the small lube hole
above the sealing ring to make sure the hole is open.
Figure 4

It just cut off converter feed and over- drive planet lube to provide it. You may be able to witness this with a flow meter on the cooler line. If we add the EPC boost requirements to this problem, things really go downhill. How do you prevent it? It all starts at the pump intake. You need to make sure you have the follow- ing items in top notch condition:

A good filter and seal

proper oil level

Pump tolerances within spec:

of oil to the converter feed circuit

and overdrive planet. There are several ways to provide this:

Grind a flat on the pressure regu- lator valve (figure 2)

Use an aftermarket pressure regu- lator valve

Replace the coast clutch drum and stator tube bushings; this helps preserve lube oil flow to the over- drive planet

Make sure the lube orifice pas- sages are open (figure 3 and 4)

Ø Maximum gear face clearance

0.0020”

Ø Pump gear to gear pocket

0.0008”–0.0020”

Flat pump cover

Pump halves torqued; no impact guns!

Constant converter feed

Time and mileage can create per- formance problems with any transmis- sion component. Sometimes the part will have an unseen defect and your best efforts to restore function may fail. No matter how hard you try, sometimes the job simply requires a new part; not another used one.

Constant converter feed allows the system to maintain a steady source

another used one. Constant converter feed allows the system to maintain a steady source 18 GEARS
Problem solvers automatIc transmIssIon fluId Protectants and suPPlements luBeGaRd products have been helping technicians
Problem solvers automatIc transmIssIon fluId Protectants and suPPlements luBeGaRd products have been helping technicians
Problem solvers automatIc transmIssIon fluId Protectants and suPPlements luBeGaRd products have been helping technicians
Problem solvers
Problem solvers
automatIc transmIssIon fluId Protectants and suPPlements
automatIc transmIssIon
fluId Protectants
and suPPlements

luBeGaRd products have been helping technicians save time, space, and money for almost 30 years. Whether it’s protecting their work or offering an affordable solution for OeM fluid alternatives luBeGaRd is known by professionals servicing transmissions throughout the world.

professionals servicing transmissions throughout the world. transmIssIon fluIds For today’s ever changing transmission
transmIssIon fluIds
transmIssIon fluIds

For today’s ever changing transmission technology luBeGaRd has introduced transmission fluid products that meet luBe- GaRd’s highest standards. these products eliminate the need to stock various atF and cVt fluids and are infused with the added protection luBeGaRd is known and loved for by professional technicians.

luBeGaRd is known and loved for by professional technicians. rebuIld essentIals luBeGaRd develops products with the
rebuIld essentIals
rebuIld essentIals

luBeGaRd develops products with the professional in mind. Our rebuild assembly aids feature everything needed to finish the job quickly and on time. Whether the work is with engines, transmissions, general automotive or undercar, our rebuild essential products help you quickly get the job done right.

luBeGaRd has a trusted solution for almost every kind of car system or service including:

engine

Fuel System

ac/heater

limited Slip

Power Steering

differential

• • and many more!

Radiator

Steering • differential • • and many more! Radiator InternatIonal lubrIcants, Inc. 7930 Occidental SOuth,
Steering • differential • • and many more! Radiator InternatIonal lubrIcants, Inc. 7930 Occidental SOuth,
InternatIonal lubrIcants, Inc.
InternatIonal lubrIcants, Inc.

7930 Occidental SOuth, Seattle, Wa 98108 PH 1-800-333-luBe(5823) or 206-762-5343

fax 206-762-7989

www.lubegard.com

7930 Occidental SOuth, Seattle, Wa 98108 PH 1-800-333-luBe(5823) or 206-762-5343 fax 206-762-7989 www.lubegard.com
ETE REMAN Building a New Future
ETE REMAN
Building a New Future
Big things are happening at ETE REMAN – 160,000 square feet of big things, to
Big things are happening at ETE REMAN – 160,000
square feet of big things, to be exact.
Located less than a mile away from its current
headquarters, the latest real estate purchase by ETE
REMAN is the culmination of a family-owned
business’ years of hard work.
“This gives us the space we need to continue growing,” explains Lawrence Loshak, Vice President
“This gives us the space we need to continue
growing,” explains Lawrence Loshak, Vice President
of Manufacturing. “Not only will we have more lines
operating, the extra room will allow us to be more
efficient. We’re going to be working smarter.”
(L-R) VP of Finance Deanna Akhmadeyev, Executive Vice President Mikhail Shakhnovich, President and Founder Sam
(L-R) VP of Finance Deanna Akhmadeyev, Executive Vice President Mikhail Shakhnovich, President and Founder Sam Loshak, VP of Manufacturing Lawrence Loshak, and VP of Sales and Distribution Noah
Rickun stand in what will be the production floor of ETE REMAN’s new headquarters.
Once construction is completed, the former big box store will house office, training and meeting
Once construction is completed,
the former big box store will
house office, training and meeting
spaces, inventory, core
processing, and an expanded,
fully modernized manufacturing
operation.
Twenty-eightTwenty-eight transmission
assembly cells will be served by a
master computer-operated
conveyor system, allowing for the
efficient transportation of
components and finished goods.
In addition, four new
dynamometersdynamometers will be added,
bringing the number of dyno
testing stations to 14. These
stations will operate on
proprietary hardware and
software that ETE’s Research and
Development department has
builtbuilt in-house, complete with
simulation, data acquisition, and
data control for new technologies.
“We’re heavily invested in our dynamometers – in time and money,” says Lawrence. “There’s a
“We’re heavily invested in our
dynamometers – in time and
money,” says Lawrence.
“There’s a lot of time that goes
into setting up a transmission to
test it. Because of the
innovations that have come
fromfrom R&D, we’ve been able to
cut that time in half and nearly
double our productivity.
Executive Vice President Mikhail Shakhnovich, a hydraulic and mechanical engineer, oversees the Research and
Executive Vice President Mikhail
Shakhnovich, a hydraulic and
mechanical engineer, oversees
the Research and Development
team responsible for many of
these innovations in processes
and technology. Currently, his
teamteam is developing a
computer-operated control
system that will set up
checkpoints at every step of the
remanufacturing process and
ensure consistency in product
quality.
Once ETE REMAN moves into its new headquarters, it will gain four new dynamometers. Each
Once ETE REMAN moves into its new headquarters, it will
gain four new dynamometers. Each dyno machine is custom
programmed to test a different family of transmissions.
All bushings used are custom machined to spec in the bushing department. This allows for
All bushings used are custom machined to spec in the
bushing department. This allows for better control over the
quality and performance of each bushing.
ETE REMAN A panoramic view of ETE REMAN’s new headquarters. Located at 8700 N. Servite
ETE REMAN
A panoramic view of ETE REMAN’s new headquarters. Located at 8700 N. Servite Dr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this 160,000 square foot former big box store is more than double the size of its current facility.
Building a New Future
Some operations, including core processing, have already moved to the new location.
Big things are happening at ETE REMAN – 160,000 square feet of big things, to
Big things are happening at ETE REMAN – 160,000
square feet of big things, to be exact.
Located less than a mile away from its current
headquarters, the latest real estate purchase by ETE
REMAN is the culmination of a family-owned
business’ years of hard work.
“This gives us the space we need to continue growing,” explains Lawrence Loshak, Vice President
“This gives us the space we need to continue
growing,” explains Lawrence Loshak, Vice President
of Manufacturing. “Not only will we have more lines
operating, the extra room will allow us to be more
efficient. We’re going to be working smarter.”
Sam Loshak, President and Founder of ETE REMAN
Sam Loshak, President and Founder of ETE REMAN
ABC Auto Parts and Service, the precursor to what would eventually become ETE REMAN.
ABC Auto Parts and Service, the precursor to what would eventually become ETE REMAN.
“It’s important that we keep up with new technologies,” says Sam Loshak, President and Founder
“It’s important that
we
keep
up
with new
technologies,” says Sam Loshak, President and
Founder of ETE REMAN. “If we want to continue
growing and building more transmissions, we have to
adapt. That’s what this new building is, we’re
adapting.”
NotNot bad for someone who got started in the
automotive industry by accident – car accident, that is.
In 1978, Sam’s car had an unfortunate encounter with
another vehicle. In exchange for the parts necessary to
repair his car, he worked nights and weekends at a
salvage yard. A year later, he would open his own
salvage yard, ABC Auto Parts and Service.
As his interest in the industry grew, he changed his focus from automotive salvage to
As his interest in the industry grew, he changed his
focus from automotive salvage to repair, forming
Engine and Transmission Exchange. Eventually,
ETE had grown to include three shops and more
than 45 lifts. To meet an increasing demand for
engines and transmissions, Sam opened a
centralized rebuilding facility that would quickly
growgrow into a full-scale powertrain remanufacturing
facility.
Today, ETE REMAN is one of the largest and most
diverse transmission remanufacturers in the nation.
Current offerings include more than 1,800 different
foreign & domestic transmissions and transfer
cases for more than 16,000 vehicle applications.
Over the past year, ETE REMAN has expanded its product offerings to include front differentials
Over the past year, ETE REMAN has expanded its
product offerings to include front differentials
and 6-speed transmissions, grown its Customer
Loyalty, Product Support, and Production teams
by 90 employees, opened warehouses in Dallas,
Texas, and Portland, Oregon, and launched its
online catalog.
(L-R) VP of Finance Deanna Akhmadeyev, Executive Vice President Mikhail Shakhnovich, President and Founder Sam Loshak, VP of Manufacturing Lawrence Loshak, and VP of Sales and Distribution Noah
Rickun stand in what will be the production floor of ETE REMAN’s new headquarters.
ForFor Noah Rickun, Vice President of Sales and
Distribution, the creation of this customer tool
has been a labor of love. “It’s always been a goal
to have an online catalog, but, once we did it, we
wanted to make sure we did it right.
Once construction is completed,
“We’re heavily invested in our
A
lot of
thought and effort has gone into developing our
the
former
big
box
store
will
dynamometers
in time and
catalog.
house office, training and meeting
And
I
guarantee
there
isn’t
money,”
a
single
says Lawrence.
automaticautomatic spaces,
inventory, transmission
core catalog
“There’s a lot of time that goes
that’s
as
intuitive, sexy, or fast as buyete.com.”
processing,
and
an
expanded,
into setting up a transmission to
fully modernized manufacturing
test
it.
In the new facility, ETE REMAN will continue to
operation.
innovations
Because of the
that have come
expand and refine its offerings.
Twenty-eightTwenty-eight transmission
fromfrom R&D, we’ve been able to
cut that time in half and nearly
But Sam’s philosophy on growth remains simple:
assembly cells will be served by a
double our productivity.
Once ETE REMAN moves into its new headquarters, it will
gain four new dynamometers. Each dyno machine is custom
“You can never achieve quality by focusing on
master
computer-operated
programmed to test a different family of transmissions.
quantity.
conveyor system, allowing for the
We’ll
make
more
transmissions,
Executive Vice President Mikhail
but
we’ll also make them better. Without quality, we
efficient
transportation
of
Shakhnovich,
a hydraulic and
can never reach the quantity we wish for to grow
components and finished goods.
mechanical engineer, oversees
together with our customers.”
In
addition,
four
new
dynamometersdynamometers will be added,
bringing the
number
of
dyno
testing stations to 14.
These
the Research and Development
team responsible for many of
these innovations in processes
and technology. Currently, his
stations
will
on
teamteam is developing a
WrittenWritten by Aimee Brock and Jennifer Porter
operate
proprietary
hardware
of ETE REMAN
and
software that ETE’s Research and
computer-operated control
system that will set up
Development department
To learn more about ETE REMAN, visit
has
checkpoints at every step of the
Over the past year, ETE REMAN’s product offerings have grown to include transfer cases, front
All bushings used are custom machined to spec in the
builtbuilt in-house, complete with
etereman.com or call 866.717.9800.
remanufacturing process and
differentials, and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
bushing department. This allows for better control over the
simulation, data acquisition, and
data control for new technologies.
ensure consistency in product
quality and performance of each bushing.
quality.
TALES FROM THE BENCH

TALES FROM THE BENCH

Don't Guess: Test!

by Jarad Warren members.atra.com
by Jarad Warren
members.atra.com

Ford's 4F27E,

FN4A-EL, FNR5

T he 4F27E transmission family

has been around for more than

ten years, and has become a

fairly common sight in today’s shops. Ford calls this transmission the 4F27E; it comes in the Focus and Transit Connect. Mazda also has their version: Called the FN4A-EL, it comes in the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, and Mazda 5. Then you have the 5-speed FNR5 that comes in the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6. These units have some very com- mon wear areas, which can cause some very common problems. In this article, we’ll look at how to test for that wear, using air testing, vacuum testing, and wet air testing procedures. These tests will help you identify problem areas and repair them… before they become a bigger problem. We’ll look at the servo pin bore, pressure regulator valve, solenoid pres- sure regulator valve, converter relief valve, and the rear cover.

Servo Pin Bore

While it’s called a 2-4 band, the

servo and band operation are critical

gears. Here’s

why: The band is applied in 2 nd and

4 th

apply oil is sent to the back of the 2-4 servo. For that shift, the 2-4 servo acts as

gears. But on the 2-3 upshift, direct

for 2 nd , 3 rd , and 4

th

Figure 1 d
Figure 1
d

a 3 rd gear accumulator, because it still has the 2 nd gear oil applied to the front of the servo. Spring pressure combined with 3 rd apply oil overcome the band apply oil and the band releases as the direct clutches come on. On the 3-4 shift, forward clutch oil is released. That cuts off the servo

release oil, so the band reapplies for 4 th gear. When the servo pin bore wears, direct clutch apply oil leaks to the sump. This can cause the direct clutch- es to fail.

Testing the servo pin bore is easy and takes very little time:

Remove the valve body.

Locate the 2-4 band release port (figure 1).

Apply air to the servo release dur- ing teardown.

You shouldn’t see any signs of a leak between the servo band pin and the inside of the case. The servo shown had a large leak around the pin bore that needed to be addressed (figure 2).

Check both stator support bushings Figure 3 Torque Converter To r ue Converter manded on.
Check both stator support bushings
Figure 3
Torque Converter
To
r
ue Converter
manded on. The solenoid and valve
manded on
The solenoid and valve
Clutch Cl Performance
A common problem is code
P0
P0741 — TCC stuck off.
Figure 2
Let’s talk about this code. Just
a li
a little testing before the transmis-

There are aftermarket kits avail- able for servo pin bore wear: Check with your aftermarket suppliers for the repair.

sion hits the bench will save time and money. Look at the freeze frame data when the code set: usually you’ll see the torque converter clutch solenoid com-

are functioning normally, but the con- verter can’t keep the slip rate down. The two areas you should check are the TCC circuit and the converter itself. The torque converter clutch circuit has a problem built into it: It uses two bushings in the pump stator support to separate the torque converter clutch release oil and converter apply pres- sure. Worse yet, the bushings are close

clutch release oil and converter apply pres- sure. Worse yet, the bushings are close GEARS October/November

Don't Guess: Test! Ford's 4F27E, FN4A-EL, FNR5

Figure 4 together and wear quickly because they to ether and wear uickl because the
Figure 4
together and wear quickly because they
to ether and wear
uickl
because the
Figure 5
have so little support (figure 3).
To test the bushings, first you’ll

need to plug the hole in the stator sup- port (figure 4).

Slide the stator support onto the input drum.

Pour ATF into the input shaft.

Apply low air pressure into the tip of input shaft. There should be no oil or air leak-

The pressure regulator valve is almost always worn on this transmission. Here’s an easy, quick test:

Pour ATF into the test port.

Cover the test location.

Apply low air pressure. If ATF and air leak into the pas- sages next to the test port (figure 7), the bore needs to be addressed.

If you like to compare test results, you can perform a simple vacuum test on the same test port. This can save you time and money, because it’ll show what valves need to be repaired and where you can save money on unneeded repairs.

ing around the shaft and bushings (Figure 5). You can also check the stator support bushings with a vacuum test stand:

Clean and dry the shaft and the stator support.

Plug the hole in the stator support.

Apply a vacuum to the tip of the input shaft. Testing with vacuum will give you numbers to work with and lets you keep track of pass and fail results. After you install new bushings in the stator sup- port, repeat the test to con- firm your fix.

Valve Body

Let’s test the pressure regulator valve and con- verter relief valve in the main section of valve body (figure 6).

26

Figure 6 GEARS GEARS October/November 2013 October/November 2013
Figure 6
GEARS
GEARS
October/November 2013
October/November 2013
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens
More profits for shops is why Toledo Transkit TM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens

More profits for shops is why Toledo TranskitTM rebuild kits include solenoid filter screens and/or solenoid orings where required. Toledo Transkit TM brand kits contain the components that are needed to complete the rebuild which prevents the technician from having to stop and order missing parts. Saving time and money means more profits for shops.

4R44E 4R55E AODE 4R70WE 4R75WE 4617463 Solenoid Kit A518 A618 {Includes Overdrive & Lockup |
4R44E 4R55E
AODE 4R70WE 4R75WE
4617463
Solenoid Kit A518 A618 {Includes Overdrive & Lockup | Governer Pressure Sensor} 1996-99
8680389
72713
Filter Misc.
24219045
77717
Filter Misc.
8683769
77714
Filter Misc.
4431789
72712C
Filter Misc.
4431786
92786
Filter Misc.
4539787
Filter Misc.
F2VY-7H187-A
Filter Misc.
E6DZ-7G308-A
96711
Filter Misc.
Filter Misc.
E8TZ-7N113-B
56712
Filter Misc.
E9TZ-7G308-B
36712E
Filter Misc.
Seal Aftermarket Products LLC
3C3Z-7H200-AA
36111
Filter Misc.
Filter Misc.
2315 S.W. 32 Ave., Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Phone 954-364-2400 • Toll Free 800-582-2760 • Fax 954-364-2401
www.sealaftermarketproducts.com
Filter Misc.
Screen Filter 4T80E Solenoid 1993-03
Filter 4L60E Force Motor (Late)
Filter 4L60E Shift Solenoid (Small Rectangular) (Snaps on Valve Body Plate)
Screen Filter A604 Solenoid 1989-Up
Screen Filter A604 Solenoid 1989-99 1989-Up
Screen Filter A606 Solenoid Screen Plate
Screen Filter AODE 4R70W/E 4R75W/E Solenoid Feed (InValve Body) 1992-Up
Screen AXOD/AXODE By-Pass Solenoid 1986-Up
Screen Filter 4R44E 5R44E EPC Limit Filter 1995-Up
Screen Filter A4LD TCC Solenoid
Screen Filter E4OD/4R100 Solenoids (Fits On Separator Plate)
Screen Filter 5R110W Solenoid Thimble Plate 2003-Up
Screen Filter 5R55N Solenoid Plate 1999-02
Screen Filter 5R55S 5R55W Solenoid Plate 2002-Up

Chrysler solenoid repair kits:

S-70 Repair Kit A604 Solenoid Pack 1989-98 S-304 Repair Kit A604 Solenoid 2000-Up S-305 Repair Kit A606 Solenoid 1993-Up

D92933 4419478 92933 Wire Harness Repair Kit A604 (Input and Output Sensors) 1989-Up 4854 Solenoid Repair Kit 45RFE 5-45RFE, 68RFE 2004-Up

DK22954B

Filter screens

42740C

42266B

42266A

49565096

49965069

49965063

46065096

46341C

45065074

45065062

46465060

46865101

45065063

45065064

Don't Guess: Test! Ford's 4F27E, FN4A-EL, FNR5

Figure 7 Figure 8
Figure 7
Figure 8

Wear in the pressure regulator valve may cause unstable line pressure, hard shifts, and problems with con- verter pressure and lube. The converter relief valve has two ports that need to be tested. When

worn, this valve will affect the torque converter clutch apply and release, and may set converter slip codes.

A vacuum or wet air test at both

locations will show whether this bore needs to be repaired. When testing the converter relief valve port A, you’re only checking one valve bore land; when checking location B you’re test- ing two valve bore lands at the same time. So test port B will always leak

more than A; this is normal.

Upper Valve Body

In this section of the valve body

you need to pay attention to the sole- noid pressure regulator valve. A worn solenoid pressure regulator valve will cause low line pressure and low clutch pressure. This valve commonly wears out and sticks. The test locations (figure 8) can be vacuum or wet air tested. There are two locations to test; at location B you’ll need to block the passage on the back of the valve body while testing. The test at location B is

28

measuring the wear at two valve bore lands at the same time, so test port B will always leak more than A; this is normal.

End Cover

Check the ring lands on the end cover closely, because wear in this area is very common. Figure 9 shows a worn

cover at the top ring land. Also inspect the direct drum for ring land wear. This

will cause a 2-3 flare or cause a slip in 3 rd gear. By testing these areas and identify- ing wear, you’ll be able to target the root cause of the condition, instead of simply guessing. Because testing is more effective… and more profitable… than guessing, any day!

effective… and more profitable… than guessing, any day! Figure 9 GEARS GEARS October/November 2013
Figure 9 GEARS GEARS October/November 2013 October/November 2013
Figure 9
GEARS
GEARS
October/November 2013
October/November 2013

Can You See the Difference?

We didn't think so. The fact is, with remanufactured valve bodies, what you see isn’t always what you get. Two valve bodies may look the same, but it's the work that goes into the remanufacturing process that determines how well they perform.

At Valve Body Xpress, we do one thing—remanufacture valve bodies—and we do it better than anyone. Every single one of our premium products is individually tested and calibrated to ensure peak performance. All solenoids are either new or individually tested for integrity and efficiency, and we always include multiple industry updates as well as our own exclusive VB-Xtra updates to guarantee the highest-quality product every time. You can always count on expert product support and customer service when you need it.

This commitment to excellence and confidence in our product is why every valve body we deliver is backed by a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

The next time you're in the market for a remanufactured valve body, demand the best. Demand VBX. Call (866) 2GET-VBX or visit us online at www.vbxus.com.

Call (866) 2GET-VBX or visit us online at www.vbxus.com. 150 MID-ATLANTIC PARKWAY, PAULSBORO, NJ 08066 |
Call (866) 2GET-VBX or visit us online at www.vbxus.com. 150 MID-ATLANTIC PARKWAY, PAULSBORO, NJ 08066 |

150 MID-ATLANTIC PARKWAY, PAULSBORO, NJ 08066 | (866) 2GET-VBX | www.vbxus.com

A Quality Partnership Makes All the Diff erence Your preferred source for transmission kits and

A Quality Partnership Makes All the Diff erence

Your preferred source for transmission kits and components is now your partner for differentials.

All the Diff erence Your preferred source for transmission kits and components is now your partner
e Transtar team of experts o ers solutions that go beyond the drivetrain. We can

e Transtar team of experts o ers solutions that go beyond the drivetrain. We can now partner with your business to deliver rear, front, 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive di erential rebuilding kits and components. Plus, we can get you the parts you need within one business day.

To learn more or to place an order, contact your local Transtar sales rep or call 855-TRANSTAR today.

To learn more or to place an order, contact your local Transtar sales rep or call
To learn more or to place an order, contact your local Transtar sales rep or call

www.transtar1.com

THE WORD ON THE STREET

THE WORD ON THE STREET Stop Clanking Around! by Mike Souza members.atra.com Figure 1 no no
Stop Clanking Around!
Stop Clanking
Around!
THE WORD ON THE STREET Stop Clanking Around! by Mike Souza members.atra.com Figure 1 no no

by Mike Souza

members.atra.com

Figure 1 no no broken broken parts, parts, worn worn splines, splines, or or exces-
Figure 1
no no broken broken parts, parts, worn worn splines, splines, or or exces- exces-
to to 2011–12 2011–12 Ram Ram 1500, 1500, 2500, 2500, and and 3500 3500

sive endplay problems. A little research revealed that the customer’s complaint is “normal” by factory standards. What’s interesting about that is they’ve issued a bulletin that addresses this exact complaint:

Dodge TSB #21-010-12, dated July 16, 2012, for the transmission and transfer case group. The TSB addresses a complaint of a “clank noise” when shifting the trans- mission from drive to neutral. It applies

series trucks, plus Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and International trucks equipped with an RFE transmission. The correction requires an updated valve body separator plate, part number 52120004AB. The TSB doesn’t distin- guish between the 545RFE and 68RFE; it just says RFE transmission. The 545RFE and 68RFE valve bodies are virtually the same. The main difference is the heavier accumulator springs and updated manual valve in the 68RFE.

A s with most

manufactur-

ers, updates

and interchanges become part of grow- ing up, but they also can become night-

mares. In this issue of “Word on the Street” we’re dealing with a 2010 Dodge Ram 4X4 pickup equipped with

a 68RFE transmission

that has a “clank” noise caused by a separator plate. The complaint is

a metallic-type clank

that only occurs when shifting from drive to neutral. The noise is the same in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, and seems to get worse as the transmission tem- perature rises. The differential and driveshafts were

fine; the engine and transmission mounts were all good. Engine idle was normal, with no notice- able driveability problems. No codes present for the engine or transmission. The noise is definitely coming from the transmission. You can hear the clank every time you move the shifter from drive to neutral. Removing and disassembling the transmission revealed some wear in the clutches and bushings, but nothing that should have caused the clanking noise:

Slauson Transmission Parts Over Over 50 Years of Innovation Years of Innovation
Slauson Transmission Parts
Over
Over 50 Years of Innovation
Years of Innovation

Pioneering the Automatic Transmission Aftermarket Since 1956

Pioneering the Automatic Transmission Aftermarket Since 1956 1960 - Harvey & Frank Wilson back in the

1960 - Harvey & Frank Wilson

back in the Day

1956 1960 - Harvey & Frank Wilson back in the D a y Catalog 1989 -
Catalog
Catalog

1989 - First Photographic Hard Parts Catalog

a y Catalog 1989 - First Photographic Hard Parts Catalog 2012 - First Parts iD/Ordering Android
a y Catalog 1989 - First Photographic Hard Parts Catalog 2012 - First Parts iD/Ordering Android

2012 - First Parts iD/Ordering Android App

Parts Catalog 2012 - First Parts iD/Ordering Android App The Slausonator 2011 - First Bulletproof Honda
The Slausonator
The Slausonator

2011 - First Bulletproof Honda Case Fix

The Slausonator 2011 - First Bulletproof Honda Case Fix 2001 - First Digital Parts iD/ Ordering

2001 - First Digital Parts iD/ Ordering system - smartPart tm

First Digital Parts iD/ Ordering system - smartPart t m SLAUSON TRANSMISSION PARTS Used, New and
SLAUSON TRANSMISSION PARTS

SLAUSON

TRANSMISSION

PARTS

Used, New and Rebuilt Hard Parts, Soft Parts, Electrical Components and Flywheels

Order Online 24/7 at www.slauson.com

Phone Hours: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm/ Pst Call (800) 421-5580 • Local (310) 768-2099 • FAX ( 310) 768-8298 • Se habla Español!

Stop Clanking Around!

So how does a separator plate cause a clank when shifting from drive to neutral? The 68RFE first appeared in the 2006 model year. Early models, from 2006 to

the gray connector (figure 3). At the same time they removed the manual 2 and 1 de- tent hydraulic circuits and added “autos- tick mode (sport shift).”

The multi-select solenoid uses a new circuit through the manual valve to pro-

vide control oil to the overdrive clutch in

4 th , 5 th , and 6 th gears (figure 4).

2008, used both an overdrive and a multi-select solenoid to control the overdrive clutch. In
2008, used both an overdrive
and a multi-select solenoid
to control the overdrive
clutch. In 4 th and 5 th gears,
the overdrive solenoid and
multi-select solenoid feed oil
to the overdrive clutch (fig-
ure 1). In 6 th gear, the over-
drive solenoid alone controls
the oil to the overdrive clutch
(figure 2).
In mid-2009 to 2010,
the overdrive clutch solenoid
was eliminated; the over-
drive clutch was controlled
exclusively by the multi-se-
lect solenoid. This required a
new style solenoid body and
separator plate, for obvious
reasons. You can identify the
updated solenoid block by
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4
34 34
GEARS
GEARS
October/November 2013
October/November 2013

Your customers trust you. You Trust TransTec. ®

Your customers trust you. You Trust TransTec. ® Celebrate TransTec’s 35th Anniversary of providing World-Class

Celebrate TransTec’s 35th Anniversary of providing World-Class Automatic Transmission Overhaul Kits and have a chance to win great prizes.

Overhaul Kits and have a chance to win great prizes. * Visit TRANSTEC35.COM For Details Look
*
*

Visit TRANSTEC35.COM For Details

to win great prizes. * Visit TRANSTEC35.COM For Details Look for the postcard in your TransTec

Look for the postcard in your

TransTec Kit for your chance to enter.

GRAND PRIZE Celebrate TransTec’s 1 WINNER 35th Anniversary. a Harley-Davidson ® Street Win Glide ®
GRAND
PRIZE
Celebrate
TransTec’s
1 WINNER
35th
Anniversary.
a
Harley-Davidson
® Street
Win Glide
® !
It’s easy out
enter!
Go online
to the
simple
form. and fill
Go
transtec35.com
and
to register
today!
FIRST
PRIZE
Enter
by March 31, 2014
5 WINNERS
SCAN
TO
REGISTER
FOR
PRIZE
DRAWING
SECOND
PRIZE
1,000 WINNERS
CODE TO ENTER:

T: 419.499.2502 | F: 419.499. 2804 | TransTec.com

TO ENTER: T: 419.499.2502 | F: 419.499. 2804 | TransTec.com *TransTec® is a registered trademark of

*TransTec® is a registered trademark of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

GRAND PRIZE 1 WINNER FIRST PRIZE 5 WINNERS SECOND PRIZE 1,000 WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE
1 WINNER
FIRST PRIZE
5 WINNERS
SECOND PRIZE
1,000 WINNERS

Stop Clanking Around!

Figure 5 CHECK BALL FUNCTION Ball #1 Used in 2nd through 6th gear Ball #2
Figure 5
CHECK BALL FUNCTION
Ball #1
Used in 2nd through 6th gear
Ball #2
Used in 5th and 6th gear
Ball #3
Used in Reverse
Ball #4
Used in 1st through 4th gear
Ball #5
Used in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th gear
Ball #6
Used in 4th, 5th and 6th gear
Ball #7
Used in 2nd and 6th gear
Figure 6
Figure 7

There were also some checkball changes. Checkballs 6 and 7 were eliminated in the 2009 model year (figure 5). The checkball functions are explained in the chart (fig- ure 6). The 2006-to-2008 valve body separa- tor plate (part number 54563016AB) is shown in figure 7. The 2009-and- later separator plate (part number 52120004A; fig- ure 8) identifies the feed holes that were eliminated over checkball 6 and 7 lo- cations. Checkball 6 was re- moved to allow the multi select solenoid to control overdrive clutch apply instead of the overdrive solenoid. This eliminated the need for the overdrive solenoid. Checkball 7 was removed to allow the 2C solenoid to control the

2C clutch apply in the manual 2 range instead of the multi select solenoid. The slot was changed to an or- ifice to slow the release of the un- derdrive clutch when shifting from drive to neutral or park (part number

52120004AB;

figure 9). So here’s what happens: The underdrive and low/re- verse clutch are applied in drive. When the shifter goes from drive to neutral, the underdrive clutch releases so quickly that it creates a rollover effect. This causes the clank. Simply update the separator plate to get rid of the clank when shifting from drive to neutral. But this only affects model years with the new solenoid configuration. There are a couple other items to look at: There may be a time when a 2009-or-later 68RFE arrives at your shop with these two checkballs missing. Never assume that they’ve deteriorated or were lost during teardown. Always place the separator plate over the valve body: If there’s only one hole over the bathtub, you can assume there shouldn’t

Figure 8 Figure 9 be checkball in that location be checkball in that location. with
Figure 8
Figure 9
be checkball in that location
be checkball in that location.
with the updated spacer plate will
with the u dateded s acer
late will
may set code P0846 (2C pressure
ma
set code P0846 (2C
ressure

Don’t make the mistake of install- ing checkballs 6 or 7 with the updated spacer plate on any RFE transmission. Here are some of the complaints caused when checkballs 6 or 7 were added to the valve body using the later separator plate:

Installing the number 6 checkball

restrict oil to the overdrive clutch. This may set code P0871 (over- drive pressure switch rationality), and cause premature overdrive clutch failure. If you install the number 7 check- ball with the updated plate, it will restrict oil to the 2C clutch. This

switch rationality) and cause pre-

mature 2C clutch failure.

I hope this additional information helps prevent your shop from making a mistake while rebuilding a later model 68RFE transmission.

a mistake while rebuilding a later model 68RFE transmission. 10” 4L80 Conver ter Kit or 10”
10” 4L80 Conver ter Kit or 10” 4L80 Torque Converter This 4L80 Kit/Converter Reduces The
10” 4L80 Conver ter Kit or
10” 4L80 Torque Converter
This 4L80 Kit/Converter Reduces The Converter’s
This
Weight By 18lbs While Supporting Additional RPM’s!
Wei
Transmission
Transmission Specialties
Spec i
✔ Has Three Popular Bolt Circles
carries a complete line of street and high performance
transmissions, torque converter kits and individual
✔ Works With LS1 Style Motors
✔ Billet Over-Sized Lock Up Plate
✔ Billet Aluminum Stator Caps
components! Contact us today!
"Where High Performance is Automatic"
Mention This Ad & Take
An Additional 5% Off!
610-485-9110 • kenktsi@comcast.net • www.transmission-specialties.com
UP YOUR BUSINESS

UP YOUR BUSINESS

UP YOUR BUSINESS “A KODAK MOMENT… IT’S NOT A PRETTY by Thom Tschetter PICTURE” Kodak’s declaration
UP YOUR BUSINESS “A KODAK MOMENT… IT’S NOT A PRETTY by Thom Tschetter PICTURE” Kodak’s declaration
UP YOUR BUSINESS “A KODAK MOMENT… IT’S NOT A PRETTY by Thom Tschetter PICTURE” Kodak’s declaration
“A KODAK MOMENT… IT’S NOT A PRETTY by Thom Tschetter PICTURE” Kodak’s declaration of bankruptcy,
“A KODAK MOMENT…
IT’S NOT A PRETTY
by Thom Tschetter
PICTURE”
Kodak’s declaration
of bankruptcy, last
year closed out a
glorious chapter
in the history of
the photography
business.
I n March of 2004, Eastman Kodak
stock was sold for over $34.00 per
share. By February of 2012 (just 8

years later), its stock value was under $0.35 per share, and as I write this arti- cle, it’s less than $0.13… yes, you’re reading that right; less than 13 cents per share! Kodak, a Blue Chip, Fortune 500, company - a household brand with its internationally recognized “Kodak Moment” motto spiraled into bank- ruptcy. Kodak’s declaration of bankruptcy, last year closed out a glorious chapter

in the history of the photography busi- ness. Over 110 years ago, Kodak trans-

formed photography from a highly complex, alchemy-like activity, domi- nated by professional photographers and studios into a popular, even obliga- tory activity that became an integral part of people’s lives. A loyal customer base of families funded Kodak’s meteoric rise. Moms, Dads and even children took more pic- tures than any other market segment, printed them, shared them with friends, family and associates, saved them in albums, and displayed them in offices and living rooms. Thus, when digital technology arrived in the photography industry, Kodak

occupied a world that was largely its own creation. There was no one more absorbed in the culture of film, film cameras, film processing, and hard- copy prints than Kodak. They held the “unshakeable belief” that digital cameras presented only an alternative, but would not replace Kodak’s products and associated culture. This belief was fundamentally flawed, and Kodak threw good money after bad in its futile effort to defeat, hold off, or coexist with the new digital competition. Here are five reasons for Kodak’s failure.

EVERYTHING

TO BOOST

YOUR BUSINESS

IS HERE.

EVERYTHING TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS IS HERE. THE ONLY PART MISSING IS YOU. EXHIBIT DAYS: TUESDAY,
THE ONLY PART MISSING IS YOU.
THE ONLY PART
MISSING IS YOU.

EXHIBIT DAYS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 EDUCATION DAYS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER | LAS VEGAS, NV

Register now at www.SEMAshow.com/GMG
Register now at
www.SEMAshow.com/GMG
NOVEMBER 4–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER | LAS VEGAS, NV Register now at

“A Kodak Moment… It’s Not a Pretty Picture”

Trying to force consumers into Kodak’s self-serving universe was doomed, but Kodak died trying.

self-serving universe was doomed, but Kodak died trying. 1. They were caught in a time warp.

1. They were caught in a time warp.

Kodak’s top management never fully grasped how the world around them was changing. Rather than asking their customers, they clung to their “unshakeable belief” that people would never part with hard-copy prints, and that people valued film-based photos for their high quality. In other words, they saw digital as a substandard sub-

stitute for film photography. In the end, digital cameras prevailed not because they eventually offered higher quality

or because customers were able to get

hard prints, but because consumers no longer wanted them.

2. They believed they had a corner on

distribution. Because digital cameras were viewed by the market more as easy-to-use “electronic gadgets” than fine specialty instruments, they were

readily available in any store that sold electronics. Kodak was now playing on new turf. Kodak’s brand name and products came to be associated with traditional photography and higher user cost rather than digital.

3. They tried to dictate to their cus-

tomers. Kodak was in uncharted terri- tory, and rather than accepting it as the

new reality, it kept trying to recreate the photography universe of yester-year.

A universe based around sentimental,

hard-copy images, stored in albums, to

memorialize family history, reunions, and vacations.

4. They sacrificed market share for

profit margins. Even when the writing was on the wall, they were unwilling

to let go of the lucrative gross margins

of nearly 70% associated with the film business. Instead, Kodak tried to pro- long the life of film with smaller cam- eras, digitally coded film, and hybrid technologies such as Photo CDs and KodakGallery.com, Kodak’s attempts to generate revenue from digital imag- es. 5. Kodak was a victim of a doomed strategy for recovery. Kodak did not recognize or accept its own strengths, weaknesses and limitations, and even worse, it failed to recognize the strengths, weaknesses and limita- tions of its new digital competition. Consequently, its strategy for revival never had much of a chance. Kodak’s new strategy was based on the assump- tion that consumers of the future will snap pictures on Kodak’s cameras, save them on its memory cards, put them on paper through its printers, and edit them on its in-store digital kiosks. Trying to force consumers into Kodak’s self-serving universe was doomed, but Kodak died trying. What can we learn from Kodak? Kodak was pursuing a fundamentally flawed strategy, and hence, was throw- ing good money after bad in its effort to defeat, hold off, or coexist with the new digital competition. The challenges Kodak faced were not unique to its industry. All indus- tries have lifecycles that often include “change, adapt, or die” turning points. New technology, innovative competi- tors, and changing consumer needs and desires all contribute to the dynamic of change. A few examples that pop to

mind include:

The telephone industry going from wired to wireless; to mobile phones that are handheld computers with, coin- cidentally, high-quality digital cameras. The publishing industry (newspapers, books, and magazines) going digital. Retailers moving to E-tailing to com- pete with new companies like Amazon. News programs are no longer domi- nated by newscasters reading the news; we now have “entertainment” news. Digital music gadgets have forced radio stations to move to live, interac- tive talk or personality driven program- ming. The days of the disc jockey just introducing and playing music are long gone. With the evolution of online banking and mini-branches in grocery stores, I can’t remember the last time I actually was inside a bank building. The United States Postal Service hasn’t figured out a solution to its chal- lenges and, like Kodak, continues to cling to its antiquated business model. Can you see the similarities between Kodak and our industry, as we face greater technological challenges, new competitors using new distribution and sales methods, new supply channels, and a changing market in terms of what customers want and need? First, they tried to ignore the new technology hoping it would go away by itself. Then they tried to attack it claiming it didn’t measure up to the old tech- nology - too expensive, too slow, too complicated, etc.

Finally, they tried to prolong the life of the existing business model by attempting to create synergies between the new and the old. In doing so, they kept delaying any serious commitment to addressing the new order of things. The truth is it makes more sense to invest in developing and implementing new strategies that are based on meet- ing the needs and desires of customers by filling voids and tapping into new opportunities that are created by the changes. In short, like it or not, the new gen- eration of customers, employees, and “customer-centric” entrepreneurs are “in charge.” Embrace the uncertainty and be prepared to be driven in unfore- seen directions. This is a far cry from spending your time, money, energy, and emotions fighting the tides of change. Instead, think about ways to harness the inherent energy and put it to work for you. The important lessons are to avoid attachment to our past and to turn legacy beliefs onto new strategies. Let’s refrain from prolonging the life of “it’s

the way it’s always been” or trying to create false synergies between the old and the new. And, most of all, let’s base future new strategies around customers – being customer-centric rather than clinging to an existing business model.

rather than clinging to an existing business model. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thom Tschetter Has served our
rather than clinging to an existing business model. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thom Tschetter Has served our

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thom Tschetter Has served our industry for more than three decades as a management and sales educator. He owned a chain of award-winning transmission centers in Washington State for over 25 years. In 1996 his business was honored as the number 1 small business in the state and ranked in the top 10, nationally. He also has served the Better Business Bureau as a certified arbitrator for over 15 years and often uses that experience as topics for this feature column.

1/4 ISLAND
1/4 ISLAND
1/4 ISLAND
1/4 ISLAND
Getting Past Their Listening Filters by Jim Cathcart
Getting Past Their
Listening Filters
by Jim Cathcart

I can’t hear you!” exclaimed the drill sergeant as the troops responded to his question. We

had to yell our heads off to please the guy when he asked our platoon a ques- tion.

Whether you’ve been in the mili- tary or not, I’m sure you can identify with the above scenario. Someone asks the audience a question and then keeps asking until they scream the answer in unison. That may be a good way to loosen up an audience, but it’s certainly not effective in one-to-one conversa- tion.

Trouble is, many times our cus- tomers and coworkers “can’t hear” us either. It’s not that they miss the sounds we make; it’s just that they don’t get our meaning clearly. Just because you tell someone something, it doesn’t mean your job as a communicator is done: The job is only done when they understand what you were trying to say. Some folks just push the responsi- bility away and say, “I told you but you didn’t listen,” as if that somehow solves the problem. When the student isn’t learning, the teacher isn’t teaching. Even if they’ve tried really hard to teach, they aren’t teaching. The same is true for you and me. We need to transcend our own point of view and see the bigger picture. If they aren’t getting our meaning, then nobody’s advancing — not us and not them. Sometimes, as in Star Trek, they’ve “got their shields up” and you aren’t getting through. How can you get through to them? I once gave a communication skills seminar in a prison in New Hampshire to a group of inmates. As an illustration, I asked various inmates to “teach me how to smoke a cigarette.” One told me to put the cigarette in my mouth first.

So I did what he said: I put the entire cigarette inside my mouth. Another said, “No, just put the end with the filter in your mouth.” So I broke off the filter and put it in my mouth. By that time they were frus- trated with my literal interpretation of their directions. Then one inmate came forward and said, “Watch this.” He put a cigarette to his mouth, took out his lighter, lit the smoke, and took a drag from it. When he exhaled the smoke he looked at me and said, “Do that.” Then he sat down. Point made, lesson learned. And his fellow inmates applauded him. So did I. Some things are best communi- cated through example. When teaching a skill, show an example. Then observe as the person follows your instructions.

When Teaching a skill, show an example. Then observe as the person follows your instructions

When explaining an idea, ask for feedback. “Does that make sense to you? How would you apply it?” When communicating a feeling, be sure you have their full attention first. Saying “I’m sorry; I must’ve misunderstood what you wanted” is a nice sentiment, but, without their full attention, you’re just making sounds. Timing is sometimes as important as the message itself. Imagine a customer comes to you with a complaint; he feels really frus- trated or suspects that you were ripping him off. If you interrupt him in the first few moments to say, “Sorry, I got it wrong. Now let’s correct it,” he may still have his shields up. So your apol- ogy bounces off. His emotions are in the way. People have a need to vent first,

before they’re ready to listen. Let them talk a bit, and then politely interrupt with your apology or solution. Everything we hear, see, or think is passed through our own beliefs and assumptions before it reaches our understanding. We filter our opinions and judgments about people by com- paring them with others we’ve known. If your behavior is similar to some- one they don’t trust, then they won’t trust you. Likewise, if you behave in ways that indicate integrity and caring, then you’ll usually get past their filters. Here’s a short formula you can use to get past the shields or filters that oth- ers put up in communication.

1. Listen — truly try to understand what they are saying or feeling.

2. Observe — notice when they change body posture, indicating that they’re ready to listen to you.

3. Tell them what you have to say, and use their own words, where appropriate, to prove that you heard them.

4. Ask for their opinion — “How does that sound to you? Would that make you feel more confident about this solution?”

5. Confirm that the problem is solved

or the explanation is understood and accepted. Got it? No? Well then you just weren’t listening to me. I’m going to tell you again… not! See what I mean? When I assume that I’m just fine and you’re the one with the communication problem, then I make things worse by judging you. Instead, let me just offer my assis- tance. If you’d like a better explanation or more ideas, just write, call, or email me here at GEARS. I’m happy to assist you. Thanks for listening.

call, or email me here at GEARS. I’m happy to assist you. Thanks for listening. 42
TM “We think the Beast is a great product and we use a lot of
TM
“We think the Beast is a great product and
we use a lot of them. We are a large shop
and have been in business for 31 years.”
John J Guerrisky, Aamco Transmission, Williamsport, PA
“We use the Beast exclusively.
We don’t put any stock shells in any units we rebuild.
I’ve been rebuilding transmissions for 35 years.”
Bobby Hinson, B&R Transmissions, Matthews, NC
Accept NO Substitute
PATENT No. 6,561,944
Seal Aftermarket Products LLC

2315 S.W. 32 Ave., Pembroke Park, FL 33023 Phone 954-364-2400 • Toll Free 800-582-2760 • Fax 954-364-2401 www.sealaftermarketproducts.com

Park, FL 33023 Phone 954-364-2400 • Toll Free 800-582-2760 • Fax 954-364-2401 www.sealaftermarketproducts.com
Park, FL 33023 Phone 954-364-2400 • Toll Free 800-582-2760 • Fax 954-364-2401 www.sealaftermarketproducts.com
Another Expo for the Books byby SteveSteve BodofskyB U nless you plan shows for a
Another Expo for the Books byby SteveSteve BodofskyB
Another Expo
for the Books
byby SteveSteve BodofskyB

U nless you plan shows for a

living, it’s hard to image just

how much goes into putting

on an event like Expo. We’re talking about a program with as many as a dozen different events occurring at the same time. It takes careful planning, oversight, and good old-fashioned luck for everything to go off smoothly. Well, this year the stars must have been in alignment, because the 2013 Expo was about as close to perfection as anyone could ever have hoped. This was an East Coast show; the third part of the regular three-show arc. It was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington,

D.C. — a beautiful venue shrouded in historical significance and the majesty that is the United States capital.

Selling Value expert Don Hutson addresses Friday’s management session.
Selling Value expert Don Hutson addresses Friday’s management session.

This was the hotel where Thurgood Marshall stayed while making his case before the Supreme Court for Brown vs. the Topeka Board of Education. A leader in the ’60s civil rights move- ment, Marshall went on to become the first African-American justice of

the Supreme Court. Our Expo seminar program was held in the Thurgood Marshall wing, dedicated to the memo- ry of this eminent American.

Expect MORE from your supplier!

Do you want more of the latest technology? More products to sell? More support, training,
Do you want more of the latest
technology? More products to sell?
More support, training, and profit for
your business?
5370 Wegman Drive • Valley City, OH 44280
Phone 800 274 5001 • Fax 330 273 3522
www.Schaeffler-Aftermarket.us
Certified to
ISO 9001:2008

More than just the world’s leading clutch company, Schaeffler is a leading partner of engine, chassis and drivetrain products to the automotive vehicle original-equipment and replacement parts markets in North America.

Let us show you how we can keep your business on the road.

and replacement parts markets in North America. Let us show you how we can keep your
Another Expo for the Books
Another Expo for the Books
Another Expo for the Books ATRA Technical Director, Lance Wiggins presents Mark Phillips the ATRA Master
ATRA Technical Director, Lance Wiggins presents Mark Phillips the ATRA Master Tech Certification plaque during
ATRA Technical Director, Lance Wiggins presents
Mark Phillips the ATRA Master Tech Certification
plaque during the ATRA Luncheon sponsored by
Raybestos Powertrain
Dennis Madden and Jim Rodd: cutting the ribbon to officially open the trade show floor!
Dennis Madden and Jim Rodd:
cutting the ribbon to officially
open the trade show floor!
cutting the ribbon to officially open the trade show floor! And because this year’s program was
cutting the ribbon to officially open the trade show floor! And because this year’s program was
cutting the ribbon to officially open the trade show floor! And because this year’s program was

And because this year’s program was on the East Coast, the show took on a more intimate, warmer tone than those in Las Vegas. But that can be a good thing for those who made it a point to attend, because it makes for a more exclusive focus for the seminars and trade show. The tech seminars set a new record this year, packing in 27½ hours of tech- nical information and training. The pro- grams were a mix of what-we’re-see- ing-right-now along with what’s-com- ing-down-the-pike, with a smattering of

diagnostic-and-repair-techniques-and-

procedures for good measure. The programs began bright and early Thursday morning and went on until almost noon on Sunday. Thursday

tech seminar presenters included ATRA’s Mark Puccinelli, Bill Brayton, and Mike Souza, along with Scott Halley from Lubrizol, Dan Marinucci from Communiqué, and John Eleftherakis from Filtran. The programs were well received, and most

attendees were thrilled by how much they learned. Expo newcom- er Pete Hazelden of Atlas Transmission in Sumter, South Carolina, had this to say: “Expo was wonderful; I learned

more than I could take in… thank good- ness for the books and disk!”

could take in… thank good- ness for the books and disk!” Attendees unwind after a full

Attendees unwind after a full day of learning during Thursday night’s Kick-off reception, hosted by GEARS magazine.

When asked whether he’d be back next year, Pete didn’t hesitate:

“Absolutely! But next year I’m going to come out a few days early so I have a chance to get settled before the show begins.” Can’t blame him there.

When you’re battling with transmission issues, call for back up. Just call 1-866-GO-4-ATRA 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, and one of our 11 expert technicians will help you solve any problem.

Let ATRA’s gang of repair specialists be your first line of defense.

WWW.MEMBERS.ATRA.COM

help you solve any problem. Let ATRA’s gang of repair specialists be your first line of
Another Expo for the Books
Another Expo for the Books
Larry Winget entertained and informed with his keynote address during the ATRA Luncheon spon- sored
Larry Winget entertained and
informed with his keynote address
during the ATRA Luncheon spon-
sored by Raybestos Powertrain
ATRA CEO, Dennis Madden (center)
presents the ATRA Distinguished Supplier
Award to Raybestos Powertrain’s Al Avila,
Vice President Sales & Application’s (left)
and Reinhard Brinkmeier, Vice President,
Gearbox Holding, Inc.
A busy show floor kept both exhibitors and attendees engaged throughout the event.
Raybestos gave away an iPod to one
lucky lunch attendee. Dennis Madden and
Reinhard Brinkmeier with the winner!

The management program began with some familiar faces: Maylon Newton from ESI and Danny Sanchez

of Autoshop Solutions. Familiar, yes, but with many new and valuable ideas

to share.

The seminars kicked off again early Friday morning, with old and new faces in both programs. On the management

side, Dave Riccio lent his tips for provid- ing extra value with your service. Then

a new face — Speakers’ Hall-of-Fame

inductee Don Hudson — discussed how to sell more value instead of lowering

prices. The tech seminars were presented by Alan McAvoy from Chrysler, Maura Stafford from Sonnax, John Parmenter from Precision International, and Jack Rosebro from Perfect Sky.

Precision International, and Jack Rosebro from Perfect Sky. No Expo would be complete with- out the
Precision International, and Jack Rosebro from Perfect Sky. No Expo would be complete with- out the

No Expo would be complete with- out the Raybestos luncheon, and this year’s was no exception. For entertain- ment, Larry Winget reprised his humor- ous, no-nonsense approach to personal development that’s sure to get you think- ing… and laughing. He was followed by a short awards ceremony: First, Mark Phillips was hon- ored for earning ATRA’s new Master Technician Certification. The award was presented by ATRA Tech Director Lance Wiggins, and Lance was thrilled to notice how many attendees he heard congratulating Mark as he returned to his seat. Then ATRA CEO Dennis Madden presented ATRA’s Distinguished Supplier Award to Raybestos for their

years of sponsorship and support for the industry. Al Avila, vice president of sales and marketing, accepted the award for Raybestos. After a sumptuous lunch, ATRA Board President Jim Rodd joined Dennis to cut the ribbon and open the trade show floor. The intimate setting allowed exhibitors to make a more personal connection and spend more time with attendees. After the trade show closed for the day, another staple of the show opened:

the cocktail reception, hosted as always by Transtar Industries. Great food and drinks and terrific entertainment all pro- vided the backdrop for the perfect oppor- tunity to press the flesh and rub elbows with industry friends, old and new.

GET IT FIXED, GET PAID! ATRA helps you increase new customer traffic and get vehicles
GET IT FIXED, GET PAID!
GET IT FIXED, GET PAID!

ATRA helps you increase new customer traffic and get vehicles fixed quickly, meaning payday comes faster and more frequently. Our technical department’s massive library and other resources offer you unlimited access to the information you need right when you need it.

access to the information you need right when you need it. HOTLINE Have a transmission problem?

HOTLINE

Have a transmission problem? The answer is just a phone call away. Receive one-on-one assistance from an ATRA transmission-repair expert, Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST.

ONLINE

The ATRA website contains more than 70,000 pages of material, including bulletins, seminar manuals and Gears Magazine articles. Just insert a keyword and the answer is a click away.

As an ATRA member, you have access to the industry’s top three automotive databases:

access to the industry’s top three automotive databases: JOIN TODAY AT MEMBERS.ATRA.COM AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
access to the industry’s top three automotive databases: JOIN TODAY AT MEMBERS.ATRA.COM AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
access to the industry’s top three automotive databases: JOIN TODAY AT MEMBERS.ATRA.COM AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JOIN TODAY AT

MEMBERS.ATRA.COM

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REBUILDERS ASSOCIATION
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
REBUILDERS ASSOCIATION
industry’s top three automotive databases: JOIN TODAY AT MEMBERS.ATRA.COM AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REBUILDERS ASSOCIATION
Another Expo for the Books
Another Expo for the Books

Saturday’s management semi- nar was another first: an entire semi- nar schedule presented by a single speaker. And what a speaker it was! Jim Cathcart, GEARS contributor and Speaker’s Hall-of-Fame inductee, spent the morning discussing the concept of relationship selling. For many it was the highlight of the show. The technical seminars were pre- sented by Sean Boyle of Southern Illinois University, Niel Speetjens from Speetjens Transmission Service, Coen van Beek from CVT Pushbelt BV, and ATRA’s own Steve Garrett. You came for the show, but you’re in the nation’s capital; you can’t come all this way without taking getting a firsthand look at the sights that have been the backdrop for history. And we thought of that too, with a Discover D.C. moonlight tour of the city’s most ubiquitous buildings and monuments. Even a little rain wasn’t going to damp- en our spirits for that! There were several busses, and each took a different path to make sure they didn’t pile up in the same place at the same time. But for a lucky few the tour began with a stop by the most famous residence in the world: the White House. Lucky, because the first couple busloads got to step out and take pictures of this historic home. But that ended before the later busses made their way there, as a motorcade arrived at the front entrance. Other stops and points of inter- est included the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the memo- rials honoring the service men and women who gave their lives in the wars that kept our country free. It was an

lives in the wars that kept our country free. It was an Great music… Tearing up
lives in the wars that kept our country free. It was an Great music… Tearing up
Great music…
Great music…
wars that kept our country free. It was an Great music… Tearing up the dance floor
wars that kept our country free. It was an Great music… Tearing up the dance floor
wars that kept our country free. It was an Great music… Tearing up the dance floor
Tearing up the dance floor at the Transtar reception!
Tearing up the dance floor at the Transtar reception!
Tearing up the dance floor at the Transtar reception! D.C. moonlight tour of the city’s most
D.C. moonlight tour of the city’s most ubiquitous buildings and monuments. Even a little rain
D.C. moonlight tour of the city’s most ubiquitous
buildings and monuments. Even a little rain wasn’t
going to dampen our spirits for that!

inspirational tour of a city that’s been instrumental in shaping our country’s history… and its future. The Sunday management sem- inars were kicked off by an open- floor discussion by Rodger Bland, followed by two newcomers: Bill Haas from Haas Performance Consulting and Jordan Olivas from Budget Transmission Masters. The tech seminars included Jack Rosebro from Perfect Sky and Dr. Bill Henney from BlueReach Automation and Control. It was a brilliant close to a memorable show. No doubt about it:

The 2013 Expo will be

a tough act to follow.

But follow it we will, next year in Las Vegas,

October 30 – November

2, back at the Rio All-Suite Hotel

and Casino, just a few blocks off

the world-famous Strip. So mark your calendar and start making plans to attend… and we’ll look for you next year in Vegas!

Action Transmission Specialists: A Second Chance for Success

SHOP PROFILE

by Steve Bodofsky

members.atra.com

Action Transmission Specialists: A Second Chance for Success
Action Transmission
Specialists: A Second
Chance for Success
Action Transmission Specialists: Shop Crew
Action Transmission Specialists: Shop Crew

A ction Transmission Specialists in Jacksonville, Florida, is the epitome of a successful Mom-

and-Pop transmission shop. The owner, Robin Sidbury, runs the day-to-day operations. His wife, Cheryl, was instrumental in helping get the business off the ground; she steps in when the office gets busy and handles outside sales. Their son Kristopher is the shop’s lead technician and rebuilder, and Cheryl’s daughter, Kathryn Faris, is the office manager and takes care of their social media marketing.

And while they aren’t setting the world on fire, the business keeps them well fed and happy. By most assess- ments, Action Transmission Specialists is a successful shop.

Front of Shop
Front of Shop

But it wasn’t always that way for Robin; it was a long road to get here with many stumbles along the way. He got his first taste of the business taking auto tech classes back in high school, and worked as an installer for a few months to earn credit while he was still in school. But it wasn’t long before he realized working in the shop wasn’t for him. So he took his first real job in the business in 1981 as the assistant man- ager for a local transmission franchise. His knack for customer contact and sales quickly moved him up through the ranks to managing the shop. Over the next 25 years or so he moved from one shop to the next and back again. He came to work for his current shop — then called Action Transmission Service — a couple times during his career. The owners liked him and were generally happy with his work. So, when Action’s owners decided to retire in 2003, they asked Robin if he was interested in buying the shop. He wasn’t in the right place to take on that much responsibility just then; someone else took the reigns while the original owners covered the loan. Then came the crash of 2008. Action’s new owners went bankrupt and the original owners regained con- trol of their shop. But they were retired and weren’t in any position to open it again. So they called Robin. He wasn’t interested in buying the shop just then, but he agreed to run it for them. That gave him a little time to evaluate the business and see if he was interested in taking it over. That was November, 2008. He signed the papers to buy the shop just three months later: January, 2009. And business has been growing steadily ever since. “I opened the business with $200 in my bank account. Everyone told me that I’d probably never make it, but I told them, ‘the good news is, if I don’t make it, I’ll only be out two hundred bucks!’”

An Uphill Battle

That’s a simple timeline for Robin and the shop. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. Because, for Robin, get- ting there was truly an uphill battle.

Art Vincent Installation Technician
Art Vincent Installation Technician
Cheryl Sidbury, Wife, Takes care of everything and everyone
Cheryl Sidbury, Wife, Takes care of everything and everyone
Kristopher Sidbury Rebuilder
Kristopher Sidbury Rebuilder

That’s because he had a problem; a problem with addiction. He could do his job well enough, but his dependence always got in the way. Then, in 2005, he got sick. At first he thought it was just a sinus headache, but it wouldn’t go away. Then, a few

days later, he wasn’t able to move the left side of his body. The doctors said it was an infection that had made its way into his brain. So in August 2005, Robin underwent brain surgery to correct the problem.

Action Transmission Specialists: A Second Chance for Success

Kathryn, Robin and Cheryl's daughter and Office Manager
Kathryn, Robin and Cheryl's daughter and Office Manager
Anthony Torres Installation Technician and General Repair Technician
Anthony Torres Installation Technician and General Repair Technician

After the surgery, the doctors said he’d never walk or work again. But he fought his way back, through repeated complications and setbacks, and today he walks with a slight limp. It took him two years, but he recovered and went back to work. Shops in the area were happy to hire him. But now they expected him to work for a lot less than he did before. Because now he was “disabled.” Meanwhile his addiction contin- ued. He wound up in court and was ordered to attend a rehab program. So he joined Alcoholics Anonymous in March 2007, and that’s where he turned his life around. “As a salesman, I thought I con- trolled everything,” says Robin. “It’s how I was trained… it’s what you do and how you present yourself to make the sale. I also had the perception that success in life was about making a lot of money.” Today Robin believes that he was brought to his shop by a higher power, and that he was put there to help oth- ers. And that’s something he tries to do every day. “I’d reached a point where I believed that I’d never own my own shop; I figured that opportunity had passed me by. In fact, had I owned a shop earlier, I’d never have been able to keep it afloat. “But as soon as I got into recovery and realized that the whole world didn’t revolve around me… that I wasn’t in control of everything… this shop fell in my lap.”

Giving Back

Like so many other shop owners who’ve been able to build a successful business, Robin learned that the best way to become successful is to forget about the money: Concentrate on serv- ing the customer and the money will follow. “The way I see it, having a shop isn’t about what I can get from it,” says Robin. “It’s more about what I can give back.” And Robin is always aware of the customer who’s in trouble and needs his help. When faced with those customers, he’s quick to step in and do what he can, whether it’s about finding a used transmission or providing a payment plan to help the customer get back on the road quickly. One thing he came up with is a program he calls buy here, stay here. “I found a lot of customers don’t have $2500 sitting around for a repair, and

I figured, why have them take the car

home and let it sit outside their house? “So I try to get four or five hundred

dollars down to cover the parts’ cost, and then I keep the car here. I set the customer up with a payment schedule — maybe $100 a week — until the job

is paid off.

“I have the customer sign a con- tract that includes a one-time, $100 processing fee. And if they don’t make their payments on time, we can add storage charges to their bill. “But customers generally appreci- ate the program, and it keeps a lot of

jobs here that might otherwise have gone down the road.” He recently added the CarCare1 GE credit card program to provide cus- tomers with another source for financ- ing repairs. This program is available to all ATRA Members; check the ATRA web site for details or to sign up. For Robin, giving back doesn’t end in the shop. He also tries to provide the benefits of his experiences to others. “I volunteer at a local hospital in their behavioral health unit, work- ing primarily with alcoholics and drug addicts who’ve either committed them- selves — or have been committed — to help them get their lives back together.”

Who’s Running the Shop?

In addition to being the shop owner, Robin also manages the shop and takes care of the customers. It’s a lot of work and puts a lot of demands on his time. Over the last couple years he’s tried to hire a shop manager to free him up and give him time to work on his business. He hired guys who were trained and experienced in the business. But in each case, the manager was more interested in selling repairs than in actu- ally fixing the customer’s problem. And that’s not a business model that Robin was willing to accept. “You take a transmission that has 100,000 miles apart and you’re going to find something wrong with it,” he says. “But that’s not necessarily what’s causing the customer’s problem.”

www.atrabookstore.com

www.atrabookstore.com New Products TECHNICAL BOOKS General Motors •Ford • Imports • Chrysler New Pricing
New Products TECHNICAL BOOKS General Motors •Ford • Imports • Chrysler New Pricing Available in
New
Products
TECHNICAL BOOKS
General Motors •Ford • Imports • Chrysler
New
Pricing
Available in Multiple Formats
Printed, Book on CD, PDF Download, Audio Programs
in Multiple Formats Printed, Book on CD, PDF Download, Audio Programs Toll Free (800) 428-8489 •

Toll Free (800) 428-8489 (805) 604-2000

Action Transmission Specialists: A Second Chance for Success

Happy customer with a 1972 Chevelle
Happy customer with a 1972 Chevelle
Action Transmission Specialists: Teardown Area
Action Transmission Specialists: Teardown Area
Diving and snorkeling - hobby - "The Christ" at Pennecamp, Florida Keys Robin and Cheryl's
Diving and snorkeling - hobby
- "The Christ" at Pennecamp,
Florida Keys
Robin and Cheryl's hobby - sailing

His approach is simple: “Let’s see what it takes to solve the customer’s problem, let’s address that and sell him what he needs.” Robin was originally concerned with handing over his rebuilds to a 20-something technician, even his own son. But Kris has been diligent about learning the theory behind the transmis- sions, and he won’t give up until he’s solved the customer’s problem. “He holds himself to the high- est standards of technical competence and integrity, and he expects a similar commitment from the shop,” Robin says proudly. “In a few years, he’ll be the one everyone else in town will call when they have a problem.”

Action’s Services

Generally speaking, Action Transmission Specialists is a transmis- sion shop. They diagnose and repair transmissions. And virtually all of

their transmission rebuilds are done in house; they rarely go out of house to buy a reman. Of course, recent economic events have forced Robin into making some changes, simply to help his customers. So, if the customer needs a transmis- sion but can’t afford a rebuild, he’ll try to find a good used transmission to help the customer out of a tight spot. He’s also added general mainte- nance services, including oil changes, power steering fluid exchanges, and so on, along with the more familiar trans- mission fluid service. Robin recognizes the value of these services, for his busi- ness and his customers. The object of these services isn’t just about selling a job. “Too many of our customers were the people who never serviced their cars; the only time they came into a shop was when the car stopped running. “My hope was to begin attract-

ing a better quality of cus- tomer; customers who want to maintain their cars. I want to develop a relation- ship with them. Then, when they need a major transmis- sion repair, we’ll be the first shop they’ll call. And the call won’t simply be to ask ‘how much?’”

Choosing ATRA

When he opened his doors, everyone told Robin

that he should join one of the companies that offer technical support to the industry. He tried several, includ- ing ATRA. But it wasn’t long before he decided to drop the others and identify himself as an ATRA Member. And this year he attended Expo for the first time. He’d read the articles about the experience and he decided it was time to take full advantage of the intense training and business connec- tions that Expo provides.

So he signed himself up for the management seminar program, and he brought Kristopher along to attend the technical training program. No doubt they brought a lot home to put into action in the shop! Robin Sidbury has traveled a long, hard road to get where he is today. But thanks to a loving family and his undying belief in a higher power, he’s getting stronger and more profitable every day. It’s a story we should each con- sider when the going gets tough.

every day. It’s a story we should each con- sider when the going gets tough. 58
You Don’t Want to Miss When ATRA Returns to Las Vegas! 201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN
You Don’t Want to Miss When ATRA Returns to Las Vegas! 201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN
You Don’t Want to Miss When ATRA Returns to Las Vegas! 201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN

You Don’t Want to Miss When ATRA Returns to Las Vegas!

You Don’t Want to Miss When ATRA Returns to Las Vegas! 201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN OCTOBER
201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 2, 2014
201
Hosts the
POWERTRAIN
OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 2, 2014

RIO HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS, NV

ATRA Returns to Las Vegas! 201 Hosts the POWERTRAIN OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 2, 2014 RIO

Classics on The Coast

ATRA Classics on the Coast Car Show 2013 ATRA Classics on the coast Car Show
ATRA Classics on the Coast
Car Show 2013
ATRA Classics on the coast Car Show held on September, 7 2013 with over 40,000 spectators
O n September 7th, the Automatic
Transmission Rebuilders
Association Southern
ATRA's Choice Award
1956 Ford T-Bird
Mr.
Allen

California chapter hosted it’s third- annual "Classics on the Coast" car show in downtown Ventura, CA. The chapter president, Donny Caccamise, started the car show as a way to bring more awareness of ATRA to consumers and to offer ATRA shops in the area something fun to do. For the first two years, the show was held at a parking lot of a local car dealer, with about 100 cars and a couple thousand spectators.

This year, the city of Ventura agreed to close off seven blocks of downtown. The show had over 250 beautiful clas- sic cars. And according to the Ventura police department had an attendance of over 40,000 spectators! Ventura has a population of just over 100,000 so you can imagine the impact of hav-

ing 40,000 people come to town. The area merchants were ecstatic! But most importantly, that’s 40,000 consumers who learned about ATRA. Members in the area had a chance to sponsor awards, which gave them an opportu- nity to have their name visible to the winners for years to come. Along with the classic cars were a couple of celebrity cars. Speed Demon, the world’s fasted piston-driven car with a speed in excess of 400 miles per hour was there, along with a custom car built by Chip Foose, world-renowned custom car designer and fabricator, and star of the reality TV series Overhaulin’ on Velocity. The announcement booth was manned by Donny and Spence of “Horsepower for an Hour”, a syndi- cated radio program in over 20 markets. They kept the name ATRA on the minds

If you would like to know how to get your ATRA chapter involved or even
If you would like to know how to get your
ATRA chapter involved or even start
your own chapter call the
ATRA Membership department at
(866) 464-2872 -- Toll Free or you can
email at membership@atra.com

of the spectators and by the end of the day there wasn’t a person there who didn’t know about ATRA. To top it off we found a write up in an online maga- zine: www.Autoadix.com just a couple days after the show. The event was such a success that the city has already agreed to host the show again for 2014. Imagine if ATRA chapters across the nation and Canada were able to develop similar events! A special thanks to Donny and Spence from Horsepower for an Hour, www.horspowerforanhour.com and for the dozens of volunteers and sponsors that made this show possible.

Custom Car by Chip Foose
Custom Car by Chip Foose
Speed Demon Worlds Fastest Piston Engine Wheel Driven Car Best of Show J.R. Rodriquez -
Speed Demon
Worlds
Fastest Piston Engine Wheel Driven Car
Best of Show
J.R.
Rodriquez -
Mayors Award
Darren
Quintana
1966 Chevy Impala
1957 Chevy

Award Winners:

A

d Wi

Best of Show

J.R.

Rodriquez

1966 Chevy Impala

ATRA's Choice Award 1956 Ford T-Bird

Mr.

Allen

Mayors Award

Darren

Quintana

1957 Chevy Ray McClelland Award 1967 Nova

R.J. McDonald

Sponsors:

Title Sponsor= Mercedes Benz of Oxnard Diamond Sponsor = Chicago for Ribs restaurant in Ventura

Trophy Sponsors:

Pacific Carburetor Dave Wilkes Transmissions Mekaniks Plus El Puente Automotive AWS Automotive Concours Motors Leon's Transmissions Kia of Ventura Gold Coast Acura Paradise Chevrolet Vista Honda Coast Driveline CRC Performance DMC Transmissions JCG Performance Horsepower for an Hour Goleta Transmissions TNS Auto Body

William L Morris Chevrolet Austin's Painting Fast Undercar

the band

White Elephant

Full Throttle Kustomz Johnny Martinez Productions Ventura Trophy

Show Contributors:

Automotive Racing Products (ARP Fasteners) Speed Demon Magnuson Superchargers (Chip Foose 32 Roadster "Magnatude") Snap on Tools (Mark Endler) Chevrolet Racing Products & Equipment Lowes Home Improvement Lunch Box Restaurant CBS Studios (Los Angeles)

& Equipment Lowes Home Improvement Lunch Box Restaurant CBS Studios (Los Angeles) GEARS October/November 2013 61

POWER INDUSTRY NEWS

POWERTRAIN INDUSTRY NEWS

GEARS does not endorse new products but makes this new information available to readers. If you have a new product, please email the press release information with applicable digital photo or drawing to fpasley@atra.com or send by mail to GEARS , 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Sonnax Announces New Executive Officers

Steve Jaussaud
Steve Jaussaud

As Sonnax Industries continues to grow and innovate, President and CEO Tommy Harmon recently announced two organizational changes designed to position the aftermarket automotive products company for efficient future growth. Sonnax Vice President of Sales Steve Jaussaud has taken on a new role as senior vice president of product development. A veteran of the trans- mission/torque converter industry who has been with Sonnax for seven years, Jaussaud will function as the chief tech- nical officer in charge of engineering, product line management, and technical support.

David Mcgee
David Mcgee

David McGee, the company’s vice president of marketing and strategic development, will now serve as senior vice president of sales and marketing. In addition to the marketing respon- sibilities he has held for the past five years at Sonnax, McGee will now over- see domestic and export sales, plus customer service and sales administra- tion. He brings more than 37 years of

experience in the transmission after- market to his new position, having held leadership roles in operations manage- ment, materials management, product development, and sales and marketing throughout his career.

Longtime Industry Professional Rob Gaul Needs Your Help!

Rob Gaul and Family
Rob Gaul and Family
Professional Rob Gaul Needs Your Help! Rob Gaul and Family You may know Rob Gaul from

You may know Rob Gaul from his transmission parts company, Cascade Transmission Parts; or maybe you remember him from his years with G-Cor. Rob’s in serious trouble and needs your help. On August 24th, Rob was climbing down from a tree stand on his property. A misstep… a slip… and he fell more than 20 feet, landing on his back on the rocks below. He lay there for some five hours before anyone found him. Then he was airlifted to a hospital about 150 miles from his home, because he needed a Level 1 trauma center. His prognosis isn’t great: He suf- fered damage to his spinal cord that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He has severe fractures to his pelvis, five broken ribs, and was just officially classified as a quadriplegic, having only partial use of his arms and hands. He’s currently in physical therapy to help regain some control of his body.

Rob has a wife and five children, and had no medical insurance at the time of his accident. Rob’s longtime friend, Robert “Bob” White from Superior Transmission Parts, has set up a web site to accept donations for Rob. The fund is completely free, so every dime donated will go directly to Rob and his family. If you can help Rob — even just a buck or two — use your smart phone to capture the QR code, or visit the web site: www.youcaring.com/rob_gaul_ fall_seriously_injured_ICUportland_ ore.

Every dollar will help Rob and his family in this extremely difficult time. This is the time to reach down deep and do whatever you can; with your help, Rob and his family will make it through the grueling days ahead. Please donate today… and share this link with everyone you know: Let’s get everyone involved!

New Buick Nailhead V8 Oil Pan from PML

everyone involved! New Buick Nailhead V8 Oil Pan from PML PML has just introduced an after-

PML has just introduced an after- market oil pan for the classic Buick Nailhead V8 engine. The new oil pan is a bolt-on replacement for the stock pan. PML designed this pan with classic straight fins, or ribs, and manufactures them using the sand casting process. The fins add an attractive, custom look and the sand casting creates a heavy duty, high quality part that will provide better heat dissipation. PML's heavy duty sand castings have solid, wide walls for strength and durability and a thick gasket flange that won’t bend when you tighten the bolts. This oil pan preserves the classic feel of the old, stamped-steel, stock cover while adding desirable features

for today’s engine builders. PML proudly makes this new oil pan, and all PML pans and covers, in the USA. The new pan is available in natural cast and polish finishes. The natural cast pieces can be easily powder coated or painted if desired. PML also makes valve covers, val- ley covers, and spark plug wire covers for the Buick Nailhead V8 engine. For more, visit PML’s web site at www.yourcovers.com.

JASPER Offers GM 6T70E/6T75E FWD and AWD Transmissions

Jasper Engines & Transmissions offers the GM 6T70E/6T75E front- wheel drive and all-wheel drive trans- mission on exchange. This six-speed CAN (Controller Area Network) elec- tronically controlled automatic trans- mission is available for the following 2007-2009 applications:

• C hevrolet Equinox, Traverse, Malibu

• GMC Acadia

• Saturn Outlook, Aura

• Buick Enclave

• Pontiac G6, Torrent “These units have the Transmission Control Module (TCM) mounted inside the transmission on the valve body,” says Brad Boeglin, JASPER new product development team leader. “Testing the transmission and its TCM is done with a state-of-the-art JASPER-engineered CAN control system. Units are then pre- programmed per the vehicle application, eliminating the hassle and expense of the customer having to reprogram these units.” The JASPER 6T70E/6T75E reman- ufactured transmission is subjected to strict, high-quality processes…

• Disassembling, meticulous inspect- ing, and cleaning of components.

• All new and remanufactured parts are carefully inspected for correct tolerances to assure dependability.

• JASPER’s research and product development corrects inherent problems in OEM design.

• Dynamometer testing under varying loads simulates vehicle operation. We test for leaks and abnormal noises, and we monitor and record temperatures, pressures, and shift

patterns.

• A Premium Service Plan is avail- able that offers customers even greater value. For more information on the reman- ufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 800-827- 7455, or visit www.jasperengines.com.

Sonnax Line Pressure Booster Kit for GM 6L45, 6L50, 6L80, 6L90

Line Pressure Booster Kit for GM 6L45, 6L50, 6L80, 6L90 Sonnax has just introduced a new

Sonnax has just introduced a new line pressure booster kit for GM 6L45, 6L50, 6L80, and 6L90 transmissions. Sonnax line pressure booster kit 6L80-LB1 delivers a winning combi- nation of a stronger pressure regula- tor spring and large ratio boost valve designed to work together to provide progressive pressure increases as driving conditions become more demanding. Achieve the best of both worlds with a modest increase at the low end and a high-end pressure that is equal to or greater than that of other aftermarket kit springs. Simple, affordable, drop-in parts require no special tools or reaming to install and offer big performance with- out a big price tag for servicing the GM 6-speed RWD family. Visit www.sonnax.com for details.

Auto shop Solutions Named One of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest- Growing Companies

Autoshop Solutions, the leading web site design and internet market- ing agency for independent auto repair shops and the automotive aftermarket, was named one of the fastest-growing companies of 2013 by Inc. Magazine. The agency ranks an impressive 647 out of 5000 companies nationwide and 77 in the Advertising and Marketing category. In North Carolina, the company ranks 14 for the fastest-growing compa- nies overall and 2 in the fastest growing Advertising and Marketing companies

category. This is especially remarkable for an independent niche startup with no venture capital backing. The agency attributes its rapid suc- cess to word-of-mouth referrals and high customer retention, underpinned by its award-winning web sites, reputation in the market, and a commitment to out- standing customer service and market- ing solutions. “We've come a long way in a short period of time,” said President and Founder Danny Sanchez. “Our growth has enabled us to expand our staff from six full time team members to now over 23. Our success is a direct reflection of the great team we have; I could not be more proud.” Autoshop Solutions is an internet marketing agency dedicated to creat- ing impactful web sites and engaging marketing solutions that drive business for local auto shop owners. Autoshop Solutions takes pride in working only within the automotive aftermarket verti- cal, and the agency’s executive team has over 30 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. For more information, visit www. autoshopsolutions.com, or follow them on Facebook.com/AutoshopSolutions.

A & Reds Promotes William Sherwood to General Manager

William Sherwood
William Sherwood

A & Reds is proud to announce the promotion of William Sherwood to gen- eral manager. William joined the A & Reds sales team in 1990 and quickly became one of their top sales people. In his new posi- tion, William will oversee all operations at the three A & Reds locations: Wichita, KS, Kansas City, MO, and Sioux Falls, SD.

Visit A & Reds areds.com.

on line at www.

POWER INDUSTRY NEWS

Rostra Hires Rich Smith as New VP of Operations

Rostra Precision Controls, Inc. of Laurinburg NC is pleased to announce that Richard J. Smith has joined the company as its vice president of opera- tions. Rich is responsible for all manu- facturing, purchasing, engineering, and quality functions within the company. In addition, Rich will lead Rostra’s con- tinued efforts to bring new products to the marketplace and additional manu- facturing lines into its North Carolina facility. Prior to joining Rostra, Rich spent the previous nine years in numerous management positions within Hilite International (a 3i company), includ- ing the past two years leading its Asian operations. Rich has also worked at Robert Bosch Corp., Purolator, Inc., and Pall Corporation, among others. Jim Pineau, CEO of Rostra, said, “Rich brings a wealth of experience in the automotive industry and a com- mitment to continuous improvement that will be instrumental in achieving Rostra’s goals of product line growth, operational efficiency, and continued customer satisfaction.” For more about Rostra Precision Controls automotive accessories and powertrain components, visit them on line at www.rostra.com or www.rostra- transmission.com.

Corteco Introduces New Kit for DCT450 Dual Clutch 6-Speed

Corteco is pleased to announce

the availability of TransTec® overhaul kit 2603. Kit 2603 covers the MPS6/6- speed DCT450 wet dual clutch 6-speed transmission. This transmission is used in various 2007-up Chrysler, Ford, Land Rover, and Volvo models. P/N Description Years

LG (2 Required) 07-Up TransTec® kit 2603 is in stock and available for immediate delivery. For more, vist Corteco on line at www.TransTec.com.

Teckpak Introduces Replacement Clip for Electrical Connectors

Introduces Replacement Clip for Electrical Connectors Plastic parts in a transmission can become hard and brittle

Plastic parts in a transmission can become hard and brittle because of the high temperatures they have to endure. You try to remove one, and snap! — the clip breaks off. How many times have you needed to replace a wiring harness because the clip to a solenoid breaks? Well, not anymore… Teckpak - Fitzall has introduced a new Harness Repair Clip for GM and Ford wiring

harnesses. Simply slip a repair clip over the broken plug and it’s fixed. The repair clips are color coded for easy identification:

• Blue for FORD (76446UC); fits AX4S/N, AODE, and 4R70W (Softwire).

• Red for GM (34446UC); fits FWD/ RWD 4-speeds and Allison 4-and

5-speeds.

Each kit comes with five clips per pack. Keep some in your toolbox, because you never know when you’re going to need one. Check out all Fitzall’s new prod- ucts at www.teckpak-fitzall.com or contact them by phone at 1-800-527- 2544 or by email at customerservice@ teckpak-fitzall.com.

Goerend Celebrates 35 Years of Custom Torque Converters

B37224

Left and Right Axle

This year Dave Goerend is cele-

Seals 07-Up

brating 35 years in the torque converter

B34454

Valve Body Cover

rebuilding business; a business based

Gasket 07-Up

on serious equipment, such as a one-of-

3570

Sealing Ring Kit

a-kind Superflow dyno with WinDyn

07-Up

Software.

B82506 Bonded Shift Piston SM (6 Required) 07-Up B82507 Bonded Shift Piston

Whether you choose a single or triple disc, many different stall speeds are available to meet your needs. Dave

and his knowledgeable staff help to take the guesswork out of the ordering pro- cess, and they never try to make a sale just for the sake of the sale. They’ll take the time to discuss your needs, to learn how the customer uses the truck, engine modifications, elevation, and driving style or tech- nique. Then they’ll use that information to help you choose the right stall speed for your specific requirements. Add that to their limited lifetime warranty option, and you can’t go wrong with Goerend! Visit www.goerend.com on line to view their extensive testing equip- ment and check out their information and videos on torque converter theory. Or call 563-778-2719 to discuss their free shipping option on large quantity orders!

Larson Announces Explosion-Proof Fluorescent Light Cart

Larson Electronics announced today the release of a wheeled, cart- mounted, explosion-proof, fluorescent light designed for mobility and paint spray booth regulation compliance. The EPLC-24-4L Explosion Proof Fluorescent Light Cart features 8000 lumens light output, a swiveling fixture assembly, and a wheeled aluminum cart for easy maneuverability around the work space. The two-foot long fluorescent light fixture on this light cart is con- structed from non-sparking alumi- num and features Pyrex tube covers, integral ballast assemblies, aluminum reflectors with high gloss finish, and screw-on end caps for easy relamping. The light fixture carries UL Class 1 and Class 2 ratings and a paint spray booth rating. Anti-static wheels, the aluminum cart, and 50-foot SOOW cord with explosion-proof plug make the fixture versatile and compliant as a hazardous location light fixture.” Larson Electronics provides a full line of industrial grade lighting suit- able for any size job or location and can custom tailor lighting to the spe- cific needs of customers. You can learn more at Larsonelectronics.com or con- tact 1-800-369-6671 (1-903-498-3363 international).

at Larsonelectronics.com or con- tact 1-800-369-6671 (1-903-498-3363 international). 64 GEARS October/November 2013

375 TURNER INDUSTRIAL WAY ASTON, PA 19014 PHONE (610) 485-9110 FAX (610) 485-9356 www.transmission-specialties.com

485-9110 FAX (610) 485-9356 www.transmission-specialties.com With over 30 years of hard work and dedication to

With over 30 years of hard work and dedication to excellence, Transmission Specialties has become one of the premiere manufacturers of high performance automatic transmissions, torque converters and related parts in the U.S.A.

torque converters and related parts in the U.S.A. Service is where Transmission Specialties prevails, when you

Service is where Transmission Specialties prevails, when you call to place an order, you will get a person not an automated phone system to waste your time. We pride ourselves on same day shipping. “We are a company large enough to serve you and yet, we are small enough to know you!”

to serve you and yet, we are small enough to know you!” Some of our innovative

Some of our innovative products, such as the “XLS-Spragless” Torque Converters, Pro-Line Powerglide Transmissions, 1:80 “Unbreakable” Gear Sets, Torque Converter Component Kits and Transmission Related Parts are all manufactured in-house. Every product is specified to meet or exceed the toughest industry standards.

HOME HOME OF OF THE THE

WORLD’S WORLD’S QUICKEST QUICKEST

CONVERTER CONVERTER

SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADS

GEARS Shopper advertising costs $325.00 for a one time insertion ad, (2 1/4 X 3) 2.25 X 3. Larger ads can be placed elsewhere in the magazine and are charged at comparable rates. Check or money order must accompany all orders. For information on Shopper advertising in GEARS, contact GEARS , 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030, or call (805) 604-2000.

1-800-835-1007 We are a full line supplier with 3 locations to serve you. Automatic, Standard,
1-800-835-1007
We are a full line supplier
with 3 locations to serve you.
Automatic, Standard, Transfer
Case Parts. New & Used.
Our Machine Shop rebuilds pumps,
converters… repairs drums…
and welds aluminum
www.areds.com

Mention this ad and receive a 10% discount off

any ticket $500-$1000. One time use. Thru nov 2013

off any ticket $500 - $1000. One time use. Thru nov 2013 Space For Sale! $325
Space For Sale! $325 www.gearsmagazine.com 805-604-2023
Space
For Sale!
$325
www.gearsmagazine.com
805-604-2023

ERIKSSON INDUSTRIES

Division of Wentworth Engineering

1-800-388-4418

1-800-388-4418

Authorized

Authorized Parts Distributor

Parts Distributor

•Reman Trans 6HP - 5HP - 4HP •BMW - Audi - Jaguar - Range Rover •Valve Bodies & Torque Converters

MECHATRONICS - Programmed

• Hard Parts: NEW / USED / REMANUFACTURED

Soft Parts / Friction Kits / Steel Kits / Repair ManualsProgrammed • • Hard Parts: NEW / USED / REMANUFACTURED • Lifetime Fluids / Rebuild Kits

• Lifetime Fluids / Rebuild Kits / Valvebody Kits

www.zftranspart.com

146B Elm St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475

1-800-388-4418 Fax: (860) 395-0047
1-800-388-4418 Fax: (860) 395-0047

1-800-388-4418

Fax: (860) 395-0047

1-800-388-4418 Fax: (860) 395-0047
1-800-388-4418 Fax: (860) 395-0047

COMPUTERS

COMPUTERS

ECM TCM PCM BCM

ECM TCM PCM BCM
ECM TCM PCM BCM
ECM TCM PCM BCM

Foreign & Domestic

Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic

Computer Module SpecialistEngine Control Module (ECM)

Engine Control Module (ECM)Computer Module Specialist

Off Vehicle Flash ProgrammingTransmissionControl Module(TCM)

TransmissionControl Module(TCM)Off Vehicle Flash Programming

A/C PARTS

A/CCOMPRESSORS

A/CPartsSpecialist

Module(TCM) A/C PARTS A/CCOMPRESSORS A/CPartsSpecialist Accept Major Credit Cards One Year Warranty A UTO C
Module(TCM) A/C PARTS A/CCOMPRESSORS A/CPartsSpecialist Accept Major Credit Cards One Year Warranty A UTO C

Accept Major Credit CardsOne Year Warranty

One Year WarrantyAccept Major Credit Cards

A UTO C OMP Technologies, Inc.

A UTO C OMP

Technologies, Inc.

8515 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037

888-217-4072

8515 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037 888-217-4072 It’s a good one! Sprinter Ansermatic Tested Dyno Tested
8515 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037 888-217-4072 It’s a good one! Sprinter Ansermatic Tested Dyno Tested
8515 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037 888-217-4072 It’s a good one! Sprinter Ansermatic Tested Dyno Tested
It’s a good one! Sprinter Ansermatic Tested Dyno Tested Remanufactured Transmissions with Converter IN STOCK
It’s a good one!
Sprinter
Ansermatic Tested
Dyno Tested
Remanufactured
Transmissions
with Converter
IN STOCK
1-800-369-6601
silverstartransmission.com
Mercedes
BMW Mercedes-Benz Audi Remanufactured to Perfection Hundreds of Transmissions in-stock. Immediate installation available.

BMW

Mercedes-Benz

Audi

Remanufactured to Perfection

Hundreds of Transmissions in-stock. Immediate installation available. 2 year unlimited warranty. Dyno-tested. Remanufactured torque converter included.

Toll free 800 - 372 - TRANS

1331 Rollins Road • Burlingame, CA 94010

tel 650 - 348 - 3990

fax 650 - 348 - 3019

CA 94010 tel 650 - 348 - 3990 fax 650 - 348 - 3019 Hard parts…need
Hard parts…need one? Need 100? Can’t find what at you’reyou’re’ you’re looking for? for? Just
Hard parts…need one?
Need 100? Can’t
find what at you’reyou’re’ you’re
looking for? for?
Just
Ask!
G-CorAutomotive.com
.com
1.877.888.5160

Equipment Manufacturing Corp.

$4,995.00 In Stock
$4,995.00
In Stock

888-833-9000

www.equipmentmanufacturing.com

Corp. $4,995.00 In Stock 888-833-9000 www.equipmentmanufacturing.com GEARS October/November 2013 67
Corp. $4,995.00 In Stock 888-833-9000 www.equipmentmanufacturing.com GEARS October/November 2013 67
Corp. $4,995.00 In Stock 888-833-9000 www.equipmentmanufacturing.com GEARS October/November 2013 67
Corp. $4,995.00 In Stock 888-833-9000 www.equipmentmanufacturing.com GEARS October/November 2013 67

SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADS

GEARS Shopper advertising costs $325.00 for a one time insertion ad, (2 1/4 X 3) 2.25 X 3. Larger ads can be placed elsewhere in the magazine and are charged at comparable rates. Check or money order must accompany all orders. For information on Shopper advertising in GEARS, contact GEARS , 2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030, or call (805) 604-2000.

TRANSMISSION & TRANSFER CASE PARTS www.QUALITYGEAR.com
TRANSMISSION &
TRANSFER CASE
PARTS
www.QUALITYGEAR.com
* Complete Remanufactured* *Individually Tested* *SONNAX Updates* * 1 YR Warranty* *Tech Support* *Family Owned
* Complete Remanufactured*
*Individually Tested*
*SONNAX Updates*
* 1 YR Warranty*
*Tech Support*
*Family Owned & Operated*
*Nationwide*N
Shipping*
NOW OFFERING
*SONNAX Updated Pumps*
(877) 337 - 4681
www.reamman.com

Equipment Manufacturing Corp.

$4,995.00 In Stock
$4,995.00
In Stock

888-833-9000

www.equipmentmanufacturing.com

Fix it in less than fifteen minutes with one of our easy to use kits.
Fix it in less than fifteen minutes with one of our easy to use kits.

Fix it in less than fifteen minutes with one of our easy to use kits.

No machine

shop required.

Northland Transmission Inc.

Phone: 715-458-2617

Fax: 715-458-2611

www.servobore.com

Phone: 715-458-2617 Fax: 715-458-2611 www.servobore.com HARD PARTS FOR Domestic and Foreign AUTOMATIC
HARD PARTS FOR Domestic and Foreign AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS Late and Early models WE HAVE OVER
HARD PARTS FOR
Domestic and Foreign
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
Late and Early models
WE HAVE OVER 500,000 PARTS IN STOCK
CALL 602-971-0477
getithardparts.com
WE SHIP UPS DAILY
WE HAVE WHAT YOU NEED FOREIGN & DOMESTIC Standard Transmissions Transfer Cases New & Used
WE HAVE WHAT YOU NEED
FOREIGN & DOMESTIC
Standard Transmissions
Transfer Cases
New & Used Parts
Rebuilt Units
*ONE CALL DOES IT ALL*
CALL
BRIAN OR ALBERT
866-571-GEAR
4 3 2 7
www. kbcores .com
www. kbcores .com
NEED QUALITY CONVERTERS? Overhaul System! ® Call for a free catalog 877-298-5003 www.atiracing.com 6747 Whitestone
NEED QUALITY
CONVERTERS?
Overhaul System!
®
Call for a free catalog
877-298-5003
www.atiracing.com
6747 Whitestone Road • Baltimore, MD 21207

• Transfer Case Assemblies with Encoder Motors • Reman Transmissions • New & Reman Engines
• Transfer Case Assemblies with Encoder Motors • Reman Transmissions • New & Reman Engines

Transfer Case Assemblies with Encoder Motors

Reman Transmissions

New & Reman Engines

3 yr./100,000 Mile Parts & Labor Warranty

Nationwide Delivery

• Truckload Pricing Only at
• Truckload Pricing
Only at

GREEN BAY, WI

800-242-2844

1285 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 600 Bruckner Road Spartanburg, SC
1285 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA
600 Bruckner Road
Spartanburg, SC
Expect the Best! Quality Remanufactured Torque Converters Distributorships Available Visit our website:
Expect the Best!
Quality
Remanufactured
Torque Converters
Distributorships Available
Visit our website:
www.cvcconverters.com
800.727.4461

GEARS

October/November 2013

SPRINTER Transmissions Remanufactured Sprinter 722.6 Transmissions Updated with latest Sonnax performance parts
SPRINTER Transmissions
Remanufactured
Sprinter
722.6 Transmissions
Updated with latest Sonnax
performance parts
3-year/100,000-mile warranty
866-464-1871
www.sprintertransmission.net
warranty 866-464-1871 www.sprintertransmission.net Leading The Industry Since 1978 www.Trans-Tool.com 69
Leading The Industry Since 1978 www.Trans-Tool.com 69
Leading The Industry Since 1978
www.Trans-Tool.com