GEARS June 2017 published 2017-06-01 Read Now The June issue of GEARS features a Shop Equipment and Tools section showcasing some of the most essential tools from some of the biggest names in our industry. This month’s issue also features a special editorial from Lubegard on how they’ve positioned themselves for growth. Plus, technical articles on Toyota’s U150 and U250vShift Troubles, GM’s 6T40 Solenoids, and Tackling a 4ET50 hybrid. Our Smart Exit series continues in the management section. Along with more informative and motivational articles from Jim Cathcart and Nancy Friedman and Thom Tschetter. In this Issue: - Select Article - Acres of Diamonds ATRA's Powertrain EXPO 2017 Show Guide BACK ON THE BENCH: Gear Ratio Codes vs Solenoid Performance Codes FROM THE CEO: To The Class of 2017… IT CAN MAKE FOR A BAD DAY: Tackling a 4ET50 Hybrid LUBEGARD: POSITIONED FOR GROWTH ON THE ROAD: Correcting Toyota U150/U250 Shift Troubles POWERTRAIN INDUSTRY NEWS SHOP EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS SHOWCASE SHOP PROFILE: Aus-Tex Transmission SHOPPERS AND CLASSIFIED SMART EXIT: Who Might Buy My Shop? TALES FROM THE BENCH: Understanding GM 6T40 Solenoids UP YOUR BUSINESS: 5 Steps to Boost Technician Efficiency You Can’t Take It With You! You Can’t Take It With You! by Nancy Friedman Nancy Friedman made quite a splash when she spoke at Expo a few years ago. This year she’s back, with plenty of advice on how to prepare to spend less time working and more time on what you’d like to do with your life. SHOPPERS AND CLASSIFIED by GEARS Staff SMART EXIT: Who Might Buy My Shop? by John E. Anderson The third article in a series designed to help you prepare for the day when you decide it’s time to move on. Covers specific points you need to understand when trying to find a buyer and set a value for your shop. UP YOUR BUSINESS: 5 Steps to Boost Technician Efficiency by Thom Tschetter Sure, you have terrific technicians working for you, but are they performing up to their capacity? Follow these five steps to analyze their work habits and help them reach their performance potentials. POWERTRAIN INDUSTRY NEWS by GEARS Staff ON THE ROAD: Correcting Toyota U150/U250 Shift Troubles by David Chalker A look at some of the more common problems that come into the ATRA HotLine for the Toyota U150/U250 transmissions. Covers basic diagnosis and the repairs for these common problems. SHOP PROFILE: Aus-Tex Transmission by Steve Bodofsky Pepe Torres has built a business model around a clearly defined set of processes and procedures, and it’s working well for him in his new shop in Round Rock, Texas FROM THE CEO: To The Class of 2017… by Dennis Madden Acres of Diamonds by Jim Cathcart Sometimes you can search the world for your pot of gold, only to discover it’s always been right in your backyard. Maybe you have a diamond-in-the-rough already in your shop, just waiting to give it a polish. ATRA's Powertrain EXPO 2017 Show Guide by GEARS Staff LUBEGARD: POSITIONED FOR GROWTH by Lubeard IT CAN MAKE FOR A BAD DAY: Tackling a 4ET50 Hybrid by Steve Garret Hybrid vehicles are starting to show up more and more at shops all across the country. So it’s becoming more important than ever to understand how they work, so you can diagnose and repair these vehicles effectively and safely. TALES FROM THE BENCH: Understanding GM 6T40 Solenoids by Jared An overview of the solenoids and pressure switches used to control GM’s 6T40 solenoids, with a detailed explanation of how each solenoid works and how to analyze common problems in these very common transaxles. SHOP EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS SHOWCASE by GEARS Staff BACK ON THE BENCH: Gear Ratio Codes vs Solenoid Performance Codes by Rob Faucett Today’s performance codes are similar to yesterday’s ratio codes: They indicate a problem in the result; not the cause. So a solenoid performance code may not have anything to do with the solenoid itself.