Did Frankenstorm Sandy Soak Your Customer’s Transmission? Here’s What You Can Do

Posted by on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

It’s been all over the news, weather channels and the Internet.  Super storm Sandy is a once-in-500-years type storm of biblical proportions.  A thousand mile wide hurricane, combined with an arctic blast heading east, made for the perfect storm. Surges along the coast were as high as 14 feet, inundating coastal communities.  Many people have lost their lives.  Those that did evacuate made it out with the bare essentials, often taking one family vehicle while leaving the others to ride out the storm. The aftermath is not pretty.  Thousands of vehicles have been left totally or partially submerged in sea water. Of course, sea water is heavy with salt, a major contributor to corrosion and rust. The water damage is going to affect many systems in your customer’s vehicles. Let’s talk transmissions.

Vehciles in water after storm Sandy

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Learn How To Prevent Transmission Problems In A 2002 Toyota Sequoia

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2012

When Toyota first introduced its full size Sequoia SUV it was an immediate hit. It was sleek and modern, got great mileage (compared to other SUV’s of the same time period), had a car-like ride, an appealing interior, and a great fit and finish. It received rave reviews from many of the automotive magazines and the public in general. Hundreds of thousands of Sequoia’s were built through the first decade of the new millennium.

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Improve Your Ford Hot Rod With A Ford Transmission

Posted by on Friday, October 26th, 2012

Let’s cut straight to the point. The majority of early hot rods are Fords and the majority of those hot rods do not have a Ford transmission or engine.  Henry Ford built a lot of cars in the early years. They were good looking, plentiful, inexpensive and easy to outfit. As a result, most early hot rods are Fords. With the introduction of the small block Chevy in 1955, hot rods found their ideal motor.  They are cheap, make tons of power, get decent mileage and are available in almost any size you can imagine. Over the years they have built millions of them. There are thousands of aftermarket companies that make parts too. This explains why most Ford hot rods have Chevy engines.

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Don’t Let Your 4L80E Transmission Overheat. Discover The Importance of Keeping It Cool

Posted by on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

General Motors first started using the 4L80E 4 speed automatic transmission in 1991.  It was an option in heavy duty pickup trucks, vans and bare chassis’ (think motor homes) from General Motors brands Chevy and GMC. They could be found behind all sizes and kinds of different motors, including small blocks, big blocks and diesel engines. Since vehicles equipped with these transmissions were often designed as work vehicles and heavy duty vehicles, they are subject to heavy use and is some case abuse.



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Are Your RPM’s Too High? Lower Them With A Re-Manufactured Overdrive Transmission.

Posted by on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Classic muscle cars built in the 1960’s and 1970’s were often built to do one thing real good; go quick in the quarter mile. Gas was cheap and gas mileage was not a big concern. It was not uncommon to find a muscle car with 4:10 or higher gears. While this was great for quarter mile performance it really hurt the car’s gas mileage.

Classic 1969 Camaro Z28 Muscle Car

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Trick or Treat? When Problems With Your Honda Civic Transmission Start Surfacing

Posted by on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Your customer is the coolest kid on the block with his hopped up Honda. He’s put every penny he has in the thing. He’s been invited to the coolest Halloween party in town and his date is the home coming queen.  As he backs out of his driveway to pick up his date his Honda Civic transmission starts acting up. His car will hardly move. He’s a cool cat and knows you own the best repair shop in town so he manages to get the car to your shop.

2001 Honda Civic


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Want to Go Racing? Put An Automatic Transmission In Your Race Car.

Posted by on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

We all love race cars, especially those equipped with a high performance, race prepped automatic transmission! Have you ever wonder why most of the racers in the Sportsman classes of drag racing run automatic transmissions? Well, there is a good reason. First, an automatic transmission helps the cars run consistent quarter miles times. It does a very good job making each pass repeatable, a key to winning races on a consistent basis. Second, they can be modified to hold a ton of torque without destroying themselves.  Third, there are thousands of aftermarket companies that make all sorts of accessories for these transmissions, ranging from special race-certified shifters, to manual valve bodies to high stall torque converters.

Power Glide Equipped Race Car


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Warning: If You Own a Transmission Repair Shop Your Business Will Explode

Posted by on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Good parts are hard to come by these days. A lot of auto parts are manufactured in countries that are hostile towards America, and the ones that aren’t hostile, still use cheap materials that tend to break. When you get a customer in your shop chewing off your ear about transmission woes, you need to prescribe something that will give them peace of mind. What you want is a transmission that is built right here at home in America that will far exceed your expectations.

Reman transmission

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Spooky Transmission Noises: Sounds that Keep You up at Night

Posted by on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching and that means it’s time for scary screams, pumpkin picking and jaw-dropping jack o’ lanterns. Right now you may be in the beginning phases of costume design, either for yourself or your little ones. However fun it may be to get scared by harmless faux ghouls on Halloween, you probably don’t want to be scared by your transmission.

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How a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Could Leave You Stranded

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012

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About halfway through the last decade, Chrysler started to notice their numbers were down. So in 2007 they started offering an unlimited powertrain warranty on all new cars. This was great news for wary customers, concerned with the notorious reliability issues of the past. Of course, this warranty was only good for customers who bought the car new and kept up with a strict maintenance schedule. But if this was you, you were golden.

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