Are More Gears the Answer to Improve MPG?
In case you haven’t noticed, many automotive manufacturers now offer transmissions with eight to ten different gear ratios. This has been a major change in the past decade where four-, five-, and six-speed transmissions dominated the market. The additional transmission gearing is mainly due to the increased demand for fuel economy, where the automotive manufacturers are challenged to achieve ...


Rise of the MAF
From the beginning of the electronic era, we’ve been chasing inputs and outputs as root causes for failures. In this case, we’ll talk about how no line rise can cause the 3-4 clutches to burn in a 4L60E. Here’s the customer complaint: The driver gets in his truck, gets ready to take off, and puts his foot to the floor in his heavily loaded, half-ton pickup. As the vehicle pulls away, t...

Getting to Know More About the 6L80/6L90E
Introduced in late 2005 to become the 6-speed replacement for the 4-speed transmissions such as the 4L60E, the 6L presented several new challenges. The early release of this product line was introduced in Cadillacs and Corvettes, but before long it became mainstream for GM’s light duty pickup and SUV lines. What does this mean to all of us in the industry? Well, if your focus is domestic torq...

Acura DCT8 Electronic and Hydro-Mechanical Control
Honda/Acura transmissions have evolved quite a bit over the past couple decades. When looking back to the five-speed transmissions from the early 2000s, you’ll find a fairly complicated electronic and hydraulic system that uses shift solenoids to position shift valves, where either line pressure or clutch pressure control (CPC) pressure is directed to the clutches. The shift solenoids states ...


You're In Full Control
The term “You’re in full control” isn’t something you hear getting thrown around a lot when talking automatic transmissions. But wait! What is now available is a new smart phone enabled standalone transmission controller from HGM Automotive Electronics or “Compushift” as many of you may know them. There is no doubt that transmission controllers have come a long way, but few would have ...

Acura DCT 8-Speed Transaxle
Modern Honda and Acura vehicles have their fair share of transmission options. The most familiar transmissions are the 5- and 6-speed units, with constant mesh gearsets that resemble manual transmissions. This is how we’ve come to know Honda and Acura transmissions and, along with the many aftermarket enhancements, the Honda 3-shaft, 5-speed is a good moneymaker. So what does the future hold ...

Handling the Irate Customer
Admittedly I am not very familiar with transmissions. In fact, the first time I even saw one; was when I spoke at ATRA in 2015. But that’s OK - it’s not my job to be familiar with transmissions; it’s YOUR job. My job is to be familiar with your customers and how people, primarily your customers, like to be treated. And I’m as good at that as you are working with transmissions. Fair enou...

Introducing Standalone Controllers for 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-Speed Transmissions
As we reflect on all the modern transmissions that we now deal with on a daily basis, and look back on the old 2- and 3-speed automatics that most of us cut our teeth on, it makes you think about how things have changed in our lifetimes. While many of us are already working on 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-speed transmissions, with even more gears to come over the next few years, there’s one area that’...



The Rise Of The 300
Since the 1980s, the relentless pace of technical change to the automotive industry has had no better example than the evolution of automotive lubrication. The availability of new additive and base oil technologies over the last 25 years has influenced change in how lubricants are researched, fabricated, marketed, and, in the end, specified by OEM engineers as suitable for use in today’s engines...

You Can't Take It With You!
FACT: I’m not an expert on transmissions. Never really saw one until I spoke at Expo a few years ago. FACT: I am an expert on people. I’ve spent a lifetime creating programs, ideas, tips, skills, and techniques for people on the topics of sales, customer service, and communications. So, when I got asked back to speak at this year’s Expo, it was an honor and certainly a compliment. What...


Don't Miss TCRA 2016
The 2016 Torque Converter Rebuilders Association (TCRA) seminar and industry meeting will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th, at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. As always, this year’s event will be more than just talking about torque converters. It’ll kick off on Friday the 15th with a tour of Boeing’s Everett ass...

The Importance of Online Reputation Management
Word of mouth has always been important for growing any business, especially in the automotive industry. But as technology has evolved, the internet and social media have easily become the biggest mouths out there. As a transmission shop owner, you can harness these powerful media to control your business’s online reputation. In web marketing, this practice is known as Online Reputation Manag...

TransTec® …Bringing You Tomorrow’s Technology Today
When you see the familiar black and gold TransTec® bag, you know you can trust that you’ll find the highest quality components available inside. What you may not realize is that TransTec® is brought to you by the world’s largest OEM automotive sealing parts manufacturer. Products and solutions from Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies are usually invisible, but always indispensable. With mar...

Don't Be Duped by Factory Diagnosis...
We have a shop in Michigan where we work on just about anything. We keep up with training and try to learn as much as possible about newer vehicles and testing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do; sometimes the factory dupes you without trying. Here’s what happened: A shop we work with brought us a 2007 Dodge Charger. It came in “not shifting right.” There were no transmission code...