Two Important Tips for Clutch Discs

Posted by on Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you’re familiar with clutch replacement jobs, you know that most of the time you simply replace a worn out clutch disc with a new one and down the road you go! But today, I would like to discuss with a couple important factors about clutch discs that you should keep in mind.


Different types of clutch discs


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Common Problems and Troubleshooting for the 4T45E Transmission

Posted by on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The 4T45E is an automatic transmission made by General Motors. It is an electric four speed trans-axle used is vehicles weighing up to 4500 pounds. The transmission is sometime also referred to as the MN5. It was first introduced in 2005 and remained in use through the 2010 model years. The 4T45E transmission could be found in the Chevy Cobalt and Malibu, the Pontiac Pursuit and Grand Am, and the Saturn Ion and Vue. It was mainly used behind the 3 – 3.5 liter V6 engines, although it did find its way behind a few four cylinder engines.


4T45E Automatic transmission

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Top Tips On Transmission Adapters For Your Next Project

Posted by on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Have you ever wished you could replace the transmission in your car with a better one, but the transmissions available to fit your engine were all equally bad? Sweat no more. There are many different types of transmission adapters available to match up almost any engine with any transmission.

typical transmission adapter


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Shifter Knobs: How Do You Choose the Right One?

Posted by on Monday, January 28th, 2013

You probably haven’t given much thought to what type of shifter handle to install on your car, or your customer’s. After all it’s only a small piece of the puzzle, right. Wrong! It’s one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. It’s the point where humans make contact with their shifter and take control of their transmissions. It’s where the gear head can express their individualism.

Let’s take a look at a few of the things you’ll want to consider:

custom knobs for transmission shifters


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Top Tips for Using a Car Show to Promote Your Repair Business

Posted by on Friday, January 25th, 2013

Although our blog is typically about the transmission side of the business, this advice can be used by any repair shop. In today’s market it takes a lot to have your business stand out from the rest of the repair shops in your area. You need to really think outside of the box when it comes to promoting your services. That’s why I recommend you host a car show at your place of business.

Hosting a car show to market your repair business



Here are some pointers and tips to help you out:

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4 Ways The New 2025 CAFE Mileage Standards Will Change Future Transmissions

Posted by on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

It was recently announced that the new 2025 CAFE Mileage standards for 2025 will be 54.5 mile per gallon of gas. That’s beyond the 37.8 mile per gallon standard that they must meet by 2016, and that’s only three short years away. Currently the CAFE standards are 27.5, the same that they have been back to the 1990’s.

So what is the CAFE standard you ask? CAFE stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy. Automotive manufacturers must take the average mileage of all cars and trucks they sell over a given period of time and make sure that average is at or above the CAFE standards or face stiff fines from the government. The fine currently stands at $5.50 per 0.1 mpg they fall below the standards. The number is multiplied by the number of cars and light trucks they sold. CAFE only applies to cars and light trucks. The regulations cover trucks such as the Ford F 150, which are approximately 75 square feet or larger. Long distance transport truck drivers with their foot to the pedal have other problems, and other regulations to abide by.

This new standard is going to have a profound effect on the entire industry and on every component that goes into making a vehicle. Let’s take a look at how this standard will affect future transmissions.


Graph of upcoming CAFE standards



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Why Transmission Repairs for a GM 4T60E are a Major Headache!

Posted by on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The 4T60E is a four speed automatic transmission made by General Motors. The “4” stands for 4-speeds, the “T” for traverse, and the “E” for electronic. It was first put into production in 1991 and lasted through the 1996 model year. The transmission was widely used by General Motors during this time and was used in almost every front wheel drive model they made during this period, except for some of the smaller compact model vehicles. Because this transmission was so widely used in the General Motors line up, there are many vehicles that need repairs done or their transmissions replaced with a remanufatured unit. Let’s take a look at some of the issues associated with this transmission.

different gear ratios in the 4T60E transmission


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Paranoid about a Faulty Solenoid: Troubleshooting for Automatic Transmissions

Posted by on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Shift solenoids became popular in automatic equipped cars in the early 1990’s. In older transmissions the valves inside the valve body are all hydraulically moved by some type of mechanical device that releases fluid into certain parts of the valve body. In a move to gain more control over the shifting quality and timing of the transmission, auto makers started using electrical solenoids to dictate how the transmission behaved. The solenoids were energized by a relay that received an electric signal from the computer. The use of solenoids ushered in a new period of electronically controlled transmissions.

typical automatic transmission solenoid


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Remanufactured VS Rebuilt: 4 Reasons Why a Reman Trans is Your Best Option

Posted by on Monday, January 21st, 2013

As a shop owner your first priority should be to make money, after all that’s why we’re working, right? Your second priority should be to deliver to your customer the most bang for their buck. Doing so will help spread the word that you’re an up and up shop, and you’ll keep your customers happy with your quality services and products.

While we could take this subject to a whole new level, let’s just concentrate on one component in the car, the one component that your customers, on average, probably know the least about. The one component, that when it breaks, leaves the customer in the dark and vulnerable to dishonest shop owners. That one component is the automatic transmission.

The automatic transmission is usually largely forgotten by the customer. They know they need to change the engine oil, get new brakes every so often and rotate their tires. But they only think about their automatic transmission when it leaves them stranded.

re-manufactured transmission being torn down


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Troubleshooting Transmission Problems: The Toyota U140F

Posted by on Friday, January 18th, 2013

The Toyota U140F transmission is made by the Toyota Corporation. It is a 4 speed automatic transmission used in four wheel drive and all-wheel drive Toyota vehicles including the 2001 -2003 Highlander, the 2000 – 2010 RAVE4, the Lexus 1999 -2003, RX 300 and the 2009 to present Matrix. The U140F is part of the U1xx family that includes the U140E, U142E, U151E and the U151F.

The U140F transmission


Toyota is known for making quality, well made and reliable cars and components, but the U140F is not without fault. Let’s take a look at some of the common problems that the U140F is known for. The next time you’re faced with a U140F equipped vehicle in need of repairs, I hope this helps you to be better prepared to find the problems quickly!

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