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—by David Skora
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
42/47RE Transmissions Won’t Shift
Without the Alternator
Page 4
Computer • DiagnostiCs • eleCtroniCs • reprogramming
A-1 Transmission Deals
With A Code P2123
Page 10
Playing with Fire is Changing a
Solenoid Because of a Solenoid Code
Page 14
G
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Computer Reprogramming: Making Good Money
Without Getting Your Hands Dirty
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FROM THE CEO
by Dennis Madden
Weathering
the Storm
W
hether you call it the “per-
fect storm” or just a storm
in general, what we’re wit-
nessing with today’s economy is a mess
of colossal proportions. The Perfect
Storm was a movie made in 2000,
which portrayed events that took place
in 1991. What happened was several
low pressure systems met, creating a
massive storm that sank a fishing boat,
the Andrea Gail, and took the lives of
the six sailors aboard her.
The similarity between that tragic
event and today’s economy is that we’re
witnessing the results of several events
which have combined at one time and
place to produce one of the worst econ-
omies in years. We still don’t know the
extent of it or the casualty list.
What’s important to remember is
that, just like the “perfect storm” of
1991, at some point it’s going to end.
Back in ’91, the rains finally broke
and the clouds parted; the disaster was
over and the fisherman of the East
Coast resumed their normal lives. Here,
too, the dark clouds hanging over the
economy and their effects on the trans-
mission industry will end, and we can
look forward to better days. The ques-
tion is, when?
Some of the commentary on this
subject may suggest calmer seas are
right around the corner. Consider this
article in the Eagle Tribune: www.
eagletribune.com/punewsnh/local_
story_048001406.html. It talks about
an increasing number of people hold-
ing on to their cars rather than buying
new. No great surprise there: When
the economy is bad and people aren’t
secure in their jobs, all of a sudden a
$3000 transmission rebuild looks a lot
more reasonable than going into hock
for a $30,000 car.
This information coincides with
the message in this story, which talks
about the number of dealerships clos-
ing, and the projections for more dealer
closures for 2009: www.ajc.com/servic-
es/content/business/stories/2008/11/02/
cardealers.html. Again, no great sur-
prise: New car sales have been plum-
meting and dealers aren’t able to move
their inventories. How many months
can they go without making their quotas
before they have to close their doors?
Articles like this are easy to find
and numerous: just search the internet
for “dealers going out of business” and
you’ll find more articles on this sub-
ject. Some estimates are projecting that
we could see more than 3000 new car
dealers close their doors by the end of
2009. The Automotive News web site
(www.autonews.com/) has even more
sad stories about the plight of new car
dealers.
What does all this mean to you?
For one thing, with 3000 fewer deal-
ers, that’s 3000 fewer shops to compete
with you for auto repairs. And as deal-
ers close, consumers who’ve tradition-
ally trusted their cars to the dealership
may need to look for a new place to
take their auto repairs. So, unless people
start trading in their cars for bicycles, it
means the backlog of broken cars may
be heading to the shops that manage to
weather this “perfect storm.”
But don’t forget, it doesn’t simply
mean business as usual. Today’s cus-
tomer is looking for more than simply
a competent mechanic; they’re looking
for trust, they’re looking for reliability,
and they’re looking to develop a rela-
tionship with the shop they ultimately
choose to bring their business to.
And, as we’ve discussed so often
in the past few years, more and more
women are handling their own repairs.
Many of them depended on the deal-
ers for their repairs, because, well, the
dealership was clean, it was profes-
sional, and it catered to them. As the
dealerships close, they’ll need to find
someone else to bring their cars to.
Both of these aspects of your busi-
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from the mountaintops over the past
few years. Now others are getting on
the bandwagon; check out the February
issue of Auto Inc: www.autoinc.org/
archive.htm.
Sure, times are tough, the economy
is in bad shape and there’s a good
chance it won’t recover anytime soon.
But that could well be terrific news for
our industry. This could be the begin-
ning of a fantastic year for transmis-
sion shop owners, and a rebirth for the
auto repair business as a whole. We’re
already hearing from shop owners who
are seeing an increase in business; some
are saying business is the best they’ve
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So get your foulies on (a little
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he title of this article says it
all. Every year, more things
outside the transmission affect
transmission operation. There’s no
question that fixing customers’ vehicles
is getting more complicated with every
new model.
In this article we’re going to cover
the relay control system used on late
Dodge trucks and vans. These systems
use a PCM-controlled relay to control
voltage to the overdrive, lockup and
governor solenoids. If the PCM detects
a circuit fault for the relay or any of
the solenoids, it only has to shut the
relay off.
Affect On Us
In 1997, the PCM started sup-
plying power to the electromagnetic
rotor inside the alternator. At the same
time, Dodge engineers tied a few other
devices into the same power supply…
including the transmission relay.
So the only way the relay can work
is if the alternator and charging system
are working properly, and there are no
related codes. What it also did is give
lots of people working on 42/47RE
transmissions something else to worry
about.
42/47RE
Transmissions
Won’t Shift
Without the
Alternator
by David Skora
GEARS April 2009 5
Alternator Basics
Before we get into checking the
relay control circuits, we should take
a moment to become familiar with
alternators. After all, several of today’s
hybrid cars and no doubt cars in the
future won’t use transmissions as we
know them. Instead, they’re going to
have one or more alternators to move
the car forward and generate electricity
during braking (figure 1). Guess who’s
going to fix them: You are, that’s who.
Inventors have been toying with
alternating current (AC) generators for
over 150 years. But it wasn’t until
miniature diodes were available in the
early 1960s that the modern alternator
was born. That’s enough of a history
lesson.
The reason alternators are the engi-
neers’ choice for generating electric-
ity is that they’re very efficient. Most
alternators are in the range of 60-75%
efficient. And with a little wiring modi-
fication, they can also work as electric
motors.
The two most common alterna-
tor/motor designs are the Permanent
Magnet Motor and the Induction Motor
(figure 2). They can produce 3-phase
alternating current or they can turn
AC into rotating torque to drive the
vehicle. When used for operation in a
hybrid, these alternator/motors can be
as large and as heavy as an
automatic transmission.
Automotive alternators
include a rotor (electromag-
net), a stator, and a set of
diodes that form a rectifier.
The rotor typically has six
electromagnets which vary
in strength depending on
the field voltage applied to
them. We’ll test this later in
the article.
As the engine spins
the rotor, the rotor induces
alternating current into the
stator. The stator is the coil
of wire wound around an
iron support and mounted to
the alternator housing. The
rectifier’s job is to convert
AC into DC. At this point
the alternator’s job is done.
Automotive alternators
can produce more current
than required, so a regula-
tor controls the current level
from the alternator to pro-
vide just enough current to
operate the vehicle’s elec-
trical devices and keep the
battery charged.
In case someone asks
you, there are two stator
designs. The most common
Figure 1
Figure 2
4skora.indd 5 3/13/09 12:55:17 PM
6 GEARS April 2009
design is the Delta. These alternators
typically produce less voltage but more
current than the Star design, which can
develop more voltage but less current.
For automotive use, neither design has
a big advantage over the other (figures
3 and 4).
One difference is that the Star
design begins producing voltage at
lower RPM. The alternators used on
Dodge, GM and high-output Fords use
Delta-wound stators. A few older 35-60
amp Ford alternators were Star wound.
But most of these have been superseded
by the Delta design.
Earlier, we mentioned that the rotor
is a series of electromagnets. When the
rotor spins inside the stator, the alterna-
tor produces alternating current. The
faster the rotor spins, the more current
and voltage the alternator produces.
Since electrical demands on the vehicle
vary and the rotor spins at variable
speeds, the easiest way to regulate volt-
age and current is to control the voltage
to the electromagnets.
Troubleshooting
If a late-model Dodge truck with
a 42-47RE unit comes in with a “trans
relay stuck off” code or in limp mode,
the first thing to do is troubleshoot
the charging system. Don’t forget the
basics like checking the battery condi-
tion, state of charge, and making sure
that the battery and alternator cables are
clean and tight.
• Connect a battery charge tes-
ter, voltmeter or current probe to the
battery terminals.
• Start the engine.
• Check the state of charge on
the battery and charging system with
your test equipment.
Checking Source Voltage
If the alternator isn’t charging
properly, you’ll need to check the sys-
tem, beginning with the source voltage
to the alternator (figure 7). Check the
white/dark blue or dark blue wire at
the alternator connector (pin 2) for 12.2
volts (PCM source voltage).
• If there’s no voltage present, refer
to the next heading to check for
missing source voltage.
• If voltage is present, monitor the
dark green wire at the alternator
connector (pin 1) for voltage.
When the alternator is under a
light load, a typical voltmeter reading
on pin 1 should be 8-10 volts. If there’s
no voltage, the rotor or brushes may
be open.
When you turn the headlights or
other electrical loads on, the voltage to
pin 1 should drop to 4-5 volts (figure
5). This would indicate that the PCM is
increasing alternator output.
If you need further verification
that the alternator can produce voltage
Figure 3: Delta Design
Figure 4: Star Design
Figure 5
42/47RE Transmissions Won’t Shift Without the Alternator
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and current, ground the dark green wire
(full field the rotor) and see whether the
alternator output increases.
• If alternator output increases with
the dark green wire grounded,
the alternator is good. Check the
PCM for codes or the data stream
for false battery temperature.
• If the alternator output doesn’t
increase either with the PCM con-
trol or grounding the dark green
wire, replace the alternator.
IMPORTANT — Constant heavy
use or additional load devices added
to the vehicle’s electrical system can
greatly reduce the life of the alterna-
tor. Figure 6 is an example of a burned
stator assembly from an overloaded
electrical system.
Missing Source Voltage
Perform these checks if the trans
relay is stuck off or you find no voltage
at pin 86 of the relay socket panel with
the engine running. Keep in mind that
there could be several reasons for this.
Decide which of these 4 situations is
causing the source voltage to be miss-
ing and perform the appropriate tests:
Issue 1: The PCM set an alterna-
tor-related code.
Check the rotor field wiring (fig-
ure 7) and alternator. After making the
repairs, clear codes and check for cor-
rect source voltage at the trans relay.
Issue 2: The circuit is open between
the power source and pin 86 at the trans
relay.
Test the circuits for opens or shorts
to another circuit. You may have to
bypass the faulty circuit with a new
wire.
Issue 3: Some device may be con-
suming more current than it should and
drawing the voltage away from pin 86
at the trans relay.
Depending on the situation, the
PCM may continue to supply the volt-
age and not set a code. Using the appro-
priate wiring diagram, locate all the
devices sharing the PCM power source.
Unplug them one by one, and see if the
source voltage returns to trans relay
panel pin 86. If there’s still no voltage
at pin 86, see issue 4.
Issue 4: The PCM has an internal
problem and can’t provide a voltage
signal to pin 68 at the trans relay.
At this point, you have verified
that the circuits out-
side the PCM are
capable of working.
This leaves the PCM
as the remaining sus-
pect. Use the next test
to check the PCM.
• Using a fused
jumper, connect
12 volts to the
white/ dark blue
or dark blue wire
at the PCM.
• Verify that voltage is present at
pin 86 of the trans relay panel. If
so, the PCM is bad.
The wiring diagram (figure 7) pro-
vides a general view of the circuits.
Refer to the specific wiring diagrams
for the year and model you’re work-
ing on.
Each year, more and more of the
vehicle’s control systems become inter-
woven with the transmission and its
operation. But by understanding the
systems and how they work, diagnosis
is no more difficult than checking a
switch or solenoid.
Figure 6
Figure 7
42/47RE Transmissions Won’t Shift Without the Alternator
Normal Color
Dark Color = Overloaded
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his starts like many other
days on the HotLine. But
today, one Member had a
whole new problem that was not only
interesting, but needed to reach the
pages of GEARS.
I received a call from Scott Miguel,
the owner and diagnostician for A-1
Transmission Center in Sacramento,
California. A-1 Transmission Center
was established in 1965. Scott, the cur-
rent owner, joined A-1 in 1988, after
meeting the previous owner during a
golf game at a local course. The previ-
ous owner was so impressed with Scott
that he offered him a job, which Scott
readily accepted.
Three short years later, Scott had
learned everything he could about the
transmission business and decided he
was ready to take over. He purchased
A-1 in 1991 and has been building his
business with retail customers, fleets
and local dealerships ever since.
A-1 is a small-to-medium sized
repair shop, with eight service bays
(figure 1) and three employees (figure
2): Scott Miguel, Paul Edwards and
Jack Eddy.
Scott does it all at A-1: He’s the
owner, operator, diagnostician, custom-
er relations coordinator, and quality
control person. But this time Scott had
a whole new problem to deal with.
A Whole New Problem
Scott was working on a 2002 Saturn
Vue, equipped with a 3.0L engine and
an AF33-5 transmission, that was sent
to him from one of his local dealership
accounts. When the vehicle arrived,
Scott verified the vehicle was experi-
encing wrong gear starts and the Check
Engine light was on. His first step was
to check for codes.
Keep Those Trannys rolling
by Pete Huscher
Figure 2: Scott Miguel (owner), Paul Edwards & Jack Eddy
Figure 1: A-1 Transmission Center, Eight service bays to work with.
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Scott found code P2123 (APP sensor circuit #1, high volt-
age) in the engine control module (ECM). No other codes were
present. He tried to clear the code, but it reset immediately. He
then monitored the commands to the transmission and veri-
fied that the computer system had indeed commanded failsafe,
which is fifth gear.
Scott then monitored the accelerator pedal position (APP)
sensor circuit and found that the APP sensor #1 circuit voltage
didn’t change with the accelerator pedal position, but APP sen-
sor #2 circuit voltage did. He then inspected the wiring harness
and the connections at the ECM and the APP sensor. Everything
looked good.
Scott replaced the APP sensor (figure 3) and attempted to
clear the code again. But the code reset immediately. That’s
when Scott called the ATRA HotLine.
While talking to Scott, I looked up the code; it was setting
because the ECM was encountering a high voltage reading
(above 4.8 VDC) on APP sensor #1 circuit.
After discussing the diagnostic rou-
tine with Scott, I faxed him copies of the
transmission system wiring schematic.
He was ready to take another look at the
APP sensor circuits.
Stray Voltage
Scott called back the next day. He’d
been following the diagnostic routine
for the APP sensor circuit and ran into
something that didn’t make sense: APP
sensor #1 circuit had 7.5 VDC. How was
that possible? The APP sensor receives a
5-volt reference signal (figure 4). How
could there be 7.5 volts on that circuit?
The only thing we could figure was the
circuit was probably shorted to a power
source.
The next step was to isolate APP
sensor #1 circuit from the rest of the APP
sensor circuits to determine where the
extra voltage was coming from. I told
Scott to cut both ends of the APP sensor
#1 circuit, one end at the ECM and the
other at the APP sensor. Then he back-
probed the ECM terminal; there was no
voltage at the ECM.
Next he checked the APP sensor #1
circuit at the APP sensor. The voltage at
the APP sensor was 0.5 volts at closed
throttle and would rise to 4.5 volts at
wide open throttle. So the APP sensor
was capable of producing the correct
voltage signal.
A-1 Transmission Saves Local Dealership from Code P2123
Figure 3: APP sensor
(located on accelerator pedal)
Figure 4: Diagram of APP sensor circuit
Scott replaced the APP sensor (figure 3)
and attempted to clear the code again.
But the code reset immediately. That’s
when Scott called the ATRA HotLine.
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GEARS April 2009 13
Finally Scott backprobed the wir-
ing harness APP sensor #1 circuit; the
wire had 7.5 volts with both ends of
the wire cut. This proved that the APP
sensor #1 circuit wire was shorted to
a power source somewhere in the har-
ness.
Bypass Testing
Scott wanted to check the system
by running a bypass circuit from the
APP sensor to the ECM, to see if that
would correct the APP sensor circuit
fault. He connected a new wire to the
APP sensor #1 harness connector at the
APP sensor (figure 5) and ran it to the
APP sensor #1 terminal at the ECM
(figure 6). Then he cleared the code
and waited a few minutes to see if it
would reset. It didn’t.
Then he took the vehicle for a test
drive. The Check Engine light didn’t
come on and the transmission worked
perfectly. After driving for several
miles with no problems, he returned
to the shop and rechecked for codes.
No codes, and everything was working
perfectly.
Scott called the dealership to
explain the problem and recommended
further inspection of the main wir-
ing harness. The dealership declined
further inspection of the harness and
requested that he bypass the APP sen-
sor #1 harness circuit.
He removed the butt connectors
and wire that he had used to bypass the
circuit and routed a new wire along the
outside of the existing harness. He sol-
dered the connections and sealed them
with shrink tubing. Then he road tested
the vehicle again. Everything worked
fine: No Check Engine light, no codes,
and the transmission shifted perfectly.
After making the final checks on
the APP sensor circuit, wiring harness,
harness routing and connections, Scott
was ready to give this vehicle a big
thumbs up (figure 7) and deliver it to
the dealership.
Scott spoke with the dealership
several times since this repair and the
vehicle continues to work perfectly.
This just goes to show, with the right
information and a little bit of patience,
you, too, can work through a stray
P2123 code, and keep those trannys
rolling.
Figure 5: APP sensor #1 signal wire circuit bypassed at APP sensor
Figure 7: Scott gives a “big thumbs up” after final test drive
Figure 6: APP sensor #1 signal wire circuit bypassed at ECM
14 GEARS April 2009
W
elcome to another edition of
Playing with Fire. Instead
of discussing interchange,
we’re going to go over solenoid code
diagnostics.
It’s an all-to-common occurrence
for a solenoid to be replaced because
the code definition contains the word
“solenoid”… and then have the code
come back, because the root cause of
the failure wasn’t the solenoid at all.
We’re going to go over the differ-
ences between performance codes and
electrical codes, and see how to diag-
nose them properly before replacing a
solenoid.
Performance Codes
Just about every manufacturer has
solenoid performance codes. A solenoid
performance code might as well be
a ratio code; it means the solenoid is
working properly electrically, accord-
ing to the computer.
What isn’t working properly are
the results of the solenoid’s operation;
the gear it’s responsible for is slipping
or missing. The computer identifies
this performance problem through the
speed sensors, so the condition may or
may not be accompanied by gear ratio
error codes.
An important first step when com-
ing across any solenoid code is to look
up the code definition in your repair
manuals or software. The criteria the
computer looks for when setting the
code will be listed in the definition or
diagnostic tree.
If the code is ratio-related, you
only need to check the solenoid for
mechanical operation: Resistance or
other electrical tests aren’t necessary if
there aren’t any electrical codes pres-
ent. The vehicle’s computer has a built-
in ammeter that constantly checks the
solenoid during vehicle operation, so
it’ll set an electrical code if it detects
an electrical problem in the solenoid
circuit.
How do you test a solenoid mechan-
ically? Depending on the solenoid, you
may have to use special testing equip-
ment that checks solenoid flow using
air or fluid. Remember, you’re check-
ing the solenoid’s mechanical opera-
tion. On other solenoids, applying regu-
lated air through the working end of the
solenoid with a rubber tipped blow gun
will work (figure 1).
When checking an on/off solenoid,
energizing the solenoid will either open
or close the valve inside, and either stop
flow or let it come through. You’re just
looking for a change of state.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
by Jon Rodriguez
Figure 1
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Pulse Width Modulated
(PWM) solenoids require spe-
cial equipment to provide the
duty-cycled control signal and
measure the solenoid’s flow char-
acteristics.
What it comes down to is
this: Solenoid performance codes
are only rarely caused by a faulty
solenoid. More often they’re
caused by another part of the sys-
tem; replacing the solenoid won’t
help. So how can you determine
what’s causing the code?
The first step when
diagnosing a performance code is
to test drive the car and see what
gear seems to missing or slipping.
A clutch-and-band application
chart will help guide you to the
component that’s responsible
for the missing or slipping gear.
After you have an idea of what
component is causing the slip,
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4
Playing with Fire is Changing a Solenoid Because of a Solenoid Code
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GEARS April 2009 17
continue the diagnoses as you would
for an internal problem. (Check band
adjustments, air check individual
components, check fluid and sump
condition, etc.)
Electrical Codes
The computer will set a solenoid
electrical code if it measures incor-
rect amperage in the circuit, or sees an
improper inductive spike when operat-
ing the solenoid. The amperage that a
solenoid draws is based on the amount
of voltage being supplied to the sole-
noid, divided by the amount of resis-
tance in the solenoid. That’s Ohm’s
Law (figure 2).
In an ideal situation, the code
would indicate an existing problem
(hard code); checking the resistance
with your multimeter would reveal the
problem instantly, and changing the
solenoid would eliminate the code.
Those are the easy ones. The harder
ones are the codes that come and go,
or aren’t caused by the solenoid at all.
We’re going to go over those types of
problems.
In most applications, all three
domestic manufacturers use a system
that provides power to all of the sole-
noids from a common source. The com-
puter grounds the solenoids to operate
them, and monitors amperage from the
ground side of the circuit. Which leaves
two things that can go wrong:
1. A problem with the voltage supply
to the solenoids (ignition switch,
fuse, battery, etc.)
2. An open or shorted signal wire
from the computer to the solenoid.
We’re going to refer to ATRA
Technical Bulletin #1244. The bulletin
provides all of the wiring schematics
for Chevrolet and GMC trucks with a
4L60E, from 1993 to 2006, and high-
lights the points of interest when deal-
ing with power supply issues.
Rear wheel drive GM pickups are
a good vehicle to use for going over
these diagnoses because of the number
of switch issues that can cause solenoid
codes. Keep in mind that Ford and
Chrysler have a slightly different way
of supplying power, but you can use
the same approach to diagnose those
vehicles.
Voltage Supply
Start by logging on to www.atra.
com and print out a copy of bulletin
#1244. The bulletin pertains to solenoid
electrical codes in GM Rear Wheel
Drive Vehicles being caused by Ignition
switch issues.
Sometimes the computer will set
every code for each solenoid that’s
powered by the E wire; other times it
will only set one code. The computer
sometimes will set one electrical code
and then go into limp and not monitor
the rest of the solenoids. Other times,
you’ll get lucky and have every electri-
cal solenoid code except for the EPC
and Pressure Switch Manifold, because
they’re on their own circuits. When all
the codes are set at the same time, it’s
safe to jump straight to a power supply
diagnosis.
You’ll notice several areas circled
on the diagrams in the bulletin. These
are points for testing. For these tests
you’ll need a quality multimeter; not
a test light. A test light won’t work
because a drop of as little as one volt
can cause the code or codes to set. A
test light can only tell you if power is
present; not whether it’s low.
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First start with the battery. With the key on,
engine off (KOEO), measure and record battery
voltage; that’s your system voltage value. A new
battery should provide a no-load voltage of 12.6
volts. Use the chart in figure 3 to determine the
condition of the battery. If the battery is outside
limits, substitute or replace the battery with a
good one.
Now that you have your system voltage
value, backprobe the transmission harness con-
nector and measure the voltage supply. If it’s
below system voltage, work your way back to
the voltage source until your voltage rises to
within 0.1 volts of the system voltage.
The resistance is hiding between this last
measurement and the previous one. If it’s at a
connector, it’s most likely inside where the cop-
per wire is crimped to the terminal. You may see
green or white corrosion on the copper; that’s
all it takes to throw the system off. Clean and
retest; in some cases you may have to replace
the connector.
On GMs, it’s common for the ignition
switch to wear and add resistance to the circuit.
Here’s a shortcut for testing the ignition switch:
1. Remove the fuse that provides power to the
transmission. In GM trucks, it’s located in
the fuse compartment on the driver’s side
dash (figure 4).
2. Set your multimeter to DC volts.
3. With KOEO, connect the positive meter
lead to the fuse clip that has voltage with the
fuse removed.
4. Connect the negative meter lead to the
negative battery terminal.
5. Set the parking brake to keep the car from
rolling.
6. Place the transmission selector lever into
reverse so the engine won’t start when you
turn the key.
7. Slowly move the ignition switch through its
positions: ACC, RUN, and START — and
work it back and forth.
A faulty ignition switch will cause the voltage readings
to fluctuate as the corroded contacts in the switch make and
break connection. A good switch will have less than 0.10 volts
fluctuation during this test.
Another quick test to see if the power supply is causing
the codes is to connect a fused jumper wire from the positive
battery terminal to the E wire, as close to the transmission
connector as possible (figure 5). This will bypass the rest
of the circuit; if the codes don’t return with the jumper con-
nected, you know it’s because of a problem in the power feed
circuit.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to turn the engine off
until you disconnect the jumper wire from the E wire.
If connecting the jumper wire does not eliminate the
code(s), chances are you’re dealing with a bad solenoid,
a circuit problem between the computer and the solenoid,
or a bad computer.
A quick test to eliminate the computer is to perform a
solenoid bypass test: connecting a known-good solenoid with
the same resistance as the solenoid in question, and wiring it
directly to the computer (figure 6).
The computer has no way of knowing the solenoid is
wired in at the computer, or if the solenoid even belongs to
that transmission. It just has to be the same resistance and
have a good power supply. If the code returns, the problem is
either in the short amount of wiring between the computer and
the test solenoid, or the computer itself.
Even though we focused on GMs for this article, the
procedures and electrical theory we discussed can be used on
several vehicles that comes into your shop, and will help you
conquer the toughest solenoid electrical problems that come
your way.
Figure 5
Figure 6
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S
ince most leads are by tele-
phone, you need to become
a master at converting those
leads into actual shop visits. Because,
no matter how good you are at selling
jobs, if you don’t get the car into the
shop, you don’t get the chance to make
the sale.
Your primary objective with any
lead is to get the car into the shop
— not to sell the job, quote a price, give
an estimate, nor for that matter, to get
the customer into the shop. You need to
get the car into the shop!
This is not a debate about giving
prices on the phone. Today’s Internet-
savvy consumers are more informed
and more vigilant when it comes to
major purchases. But I do believe pric-
es should only be given after an effort
to get the car in without giving a price.
My first sales job involved mak-
ing cold sales calls on businesses. The
primary objective was to speak with the
decision maker. Most decision makers
have a gatekeeper to screen and run off
salespeople. The first rule when speak-
ing with the gatekeeper was, “Don’t
spill your jelly beans in the lobby.”
In other words, don’t make your sales
pitch to the gatekeeper. Just say enough
to create some curiosity.
When it comes to the telephone,
if you give a price, you’ve spilled
your most precious jelly bean: curios-
ity. Price is what every caller is most
curious about; they want to know the
price, and they want to know it now, if
possible.
Another important jelly bean is
hope. All callers are hoping that it’s
going to be simple and inexpensive.
If you guess at a price for a rebuild,
you’ve lost your hope jelly bean.
Remember; no matter what the
customer says or asks, what they really
want to know is, “What do I have to do
to find out how much it will cost to fix
my problem?” In the previous article I
gave you a short script that will work
most of the time.
So now let’s look at how you can
handle those callers who don’t agree
to an appointment… yet. Since you’ve
offered flexible times, a free check,
and to do it while they wait, this caller
is going to require a little more finesse.
Here are a couple of responses that
have worked for me:
1. I want to help you, and the best
way to do that is to check the car
first. (Choose one:)
a. You see, there are many dif-
ferent things that can cause a
problem and even more ways
to solve that problem. Some
are more expensive than oth-
ers, but at the end of the day,
the price is what you pay while
value is what you get.
b. The most expensive repair you
could ever buy is the one you
didn’t need or one that didn’t
fix the problem.
c. The reason we do that is
because once we’ve quoted a
price, it’s a guaranteed firm
price with all parts and labor
included. I’m sure you can
understand that we couldn’t
do that without first checking
your car.
(After using a, b, or c, go to #3 below.)
2. Let me see if I can give you some
idea and then when you bring it in
we can pin down a firm quote for
you. First I’ll need some informa-
tion… (Ask a – f)
a. What’s the year and make of
your car?
b. Is it automatic or stick shift?
c. And the engine size or VIN
number?
d. Describe exactly what it’s
doing.
e. When does this happen, once
in a while or most of the
time?
f. Is there any noise from the
transmission yet?
I. Based on what you’ve told
me, I’d still rather see the car
first. Let’s hope for some-
thing we can fix without
removing the transmission
from the car. If we can, it
normally would be less than
$XXX. But if it’s something
that requires removing and
disassembling the transmis-
sion, it’ll normally be at
least $XXXX.
II. It’s possible that it’s not even
your transmission. Many
times the transmission can
act up simply because of
electrical or computer prob-
lems that can be fairly minor
by comparison.
3. Always close by asking a question
like: “Since there’s no charge for
our checkout and we’ll do it while
you wait, why wouldn’t you want
to bring it in so we can check it and
give you a price? When is best for
you… today or tomorrow?”
If you want a little coaching on
this or anything related to sales and
marketing, feel free to send me an
email or give me a call. My email
is Thom@CertifiedTransmission.com
and my phone number is 800-544-7520
ext 173.
Don’t Spill
Your Jelly Beans
(Continued from the last issue)
by Thom Tschetter
Director of Marketing
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22 GEARSApril2009
O
ne of the more common
failures in the AW55-50SN
series transaxle is bushing
failure. A major contributor to this
problem is low lube volume or pres-
sure caused by a worn main regulator
valve bore, which feeds the second-
ary regulator valve.
Lube and converter pressure
originate from the main regulator
valve. Wear in the secondary regula-
tor valve bore will have the greatest
effect on low lube pressure.
You can check lube pressure
at the pressure tap located on the
rear cover (figure 1). Normal lube
pressure can be as high as 30 PSI at
temperatures below 0ºF, and as low
by Mike Souza
AW55-50SN
Bushing Failure
Figure 1
Figure 2 Figure 3
GEARS April 2009 23
as 5 PSI in drive and 8 PSI in
reverse with temperatures at or
above 150ºF.
Lube pressure readings that
start low and drop lower as the
unit heats up can indicate a worn
pressure regulator valve bore,
worn bushings, or low pump out-
put. Another cause that isn’t as
easy to see is wear in the main
case where the drive gear bearing
outer race spline is fitted (figures
2 and 3).
The amount of clearance
between the outer race and the
case for a slip fit is only a few
thousands of an inch, and allows
for a certain amount of move-
ment. The difference in the heat
expansion rate between the alu-
minum case and steel outer race
can increase the movement by
0.005” or more.
The additional wear in the
case is caused by constant force
between the transfer gear assem-
bly and the drive gear pushing
away from each other in all ranges
(figure 4). Excessive wear will
place the entire drivetrain off cen-
ter, causing the bushings to become
side loaded. This side-loading
effect will cause the planetary
bushing to walk out of the bore,
which can increase the loss of lube
and cause drivetrain failure.
The outer race is held in by a
snap ring and can be removed eas-
ily for case wear inspection (figure
5). Omega Machine & Tool has
a repair for this problem, which
requires machining the case to fit a
steel sleeve into the worn area.
(Special thanks to the Sonnax
Tasc Force for providing the tech-
nical information and wear pho-
tos.)

Figure 5
Figure 4
The additional wear in the case is caused by constant force
between the transfer gear assembly and the drive gear pushing
away from each other in all ranges (figure 4).
24 GEARS April 2009
S
ome 2005-2007 Corolla and
Matrix vehicles equipped with
an automatic transaxle may
end up in your shop with a complaint of
harsh shifts and the MIL lit. A computer
system check will reveal diagnostic
trouble code (DTC) P2716 in memory.
Toyota has made improvements to
the engine control module (ECM) and
powertrain control module (PCM) to
reduce the possibility of this condition.
Here’s a diagnostic procedure you
can use to repair the vehicle; we’ll be
working on a 2005 Corolla with DTC
P2716.
Pressure Control Solenoid
D Electrical
(Shift Solenoid SLT)
Circuit Description — Throttle
pressure applies to the primary regu-
lator valve, which modulates the line
pressure. This causes the solenoid
(SLT) to modulate line pressure accord-
ing to the accelerator pedal position and
engine output.
DTC Detection Condition (figure
1).
Upon receiving a throttle position
signal, the ECM controls line pressure
by adjusting the duty cycled signal to
the SLT solenoid to control line pres-
sure.
Monitor Description — The lin-
ear solenoid valve (SLT) controls the
transmission line pressure for smooth
transmission operation, based on sig-
nals from the throttle position sensor
and the vehicle speed sensor.
The ECM adjusts the duty cycle
signal to the SLT solenoid to control
line pressure from the primary regula-
STREET SMART
Toyota with
Harsh Shifts
and MIL On
by Mike Brown
Figure 1
Figure 2
When the ECM detects
an open or short in the
linear solenoid (SLT)
circuit, it identifies
the fault, lights the
MIL, and sets a code
in memory.
24-mikebrown.indd 24 3/18/09 11:23:03 AM
GEARS April 2009 25
tor valve. This assures smooth shifting
under all engine operating conditions.
When the ECM detects an open
or short in the linear solenoid (SLT)
circuit, it identifies the fault, lights the
MIL, and sets a code in memory.
Typical Malfunction:
Solenoid Status (SLT)
Failure (Open or Short)
Shift solenoid (SLT) resistance
should be 5.0 to 5.6 ohms
See wiring diagram (figure 2).
Step 1: Inspection Procedure
a. Disconnect the transmission
connector E-1 from the trans-
axle.
b. Measure the resistance
between pins 1 and 4 (figure
3) on the transmission side
of the connector. Resistance
should be 5.0 – 5.6 ohms.
• If okay, go to step 2.
• If higher or lower, go to
step 3.
Step 2: Checking Harness and
Connector from the ECM
a. Reconnect transmission con-
nector E-1 to the transaxle.
b. Disconnect ECM connector
E-4.
c. Measure the resistance
between pins 12 and 13 on the
harness side of the E-4 con-
nector (figure 4). Resistance
should be between 5.0 – 5.6
ohms.
Figure 3
Figure 4
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• Ifresistanceisokay,replace
theECM.
• If resistance is out of
range,repairtheharnessor
replacetheconnector.
Step 3: Inspect the Shift Solenoid
(SLT)
a. Removetheshiftsolenoid.
b. Measure the resistance
between pins 1 and 2 on the
solenoid(figure5).Resistance
should be between 5.0 – 5.6
ohms.
• Ifokay,continuetoc.
• If not, replace the shift
solenoid.
c. Connect the positive (+) bat-
tery lead to a 21 watt bulb
then to terminal #2 of the
solenoid valve connector and
the negative (-) battery lead
to terminal 1 of the solenoid
connector (figure 5-1). Listen
foranoperatingnoise.
Instep1wecheckedthetransmis-
sioninternalwiringandsolenoidresis-
tance. Step 2 we checked the external
wiring from the ECM to the transmis-
sion. Then we moved to step 3 and
manually checked the solenoid operat-
ingcondition.
Toyota has improved the engine
control module (ECM/PCM; Toyota
Technical Service Bulletin TC015-07)
to reduce the possibility of this condi-
tion.
Warranty Information
This repair is covered under the
Toyota Federal Emissions Warranty,
which covers the vehicle’s emission
system for 96 months or 80,000 miles
fromthedatethevehiclefirstwentinto
service.
Check the chart (figure 6) to see
whetheryouhavetheupdatedECM.
Repair Procedure
1. ReplacetheECM.
2. Register the VIN into the
replacementECM.
3. Test drive the vehicle to con-
firmtherepair.
The proper diagnostic proce-
dures will save you time and money.
And that’s not only smart… it’s street
smart!
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28 GEARS April 2009
W
e’re working on a proj-
ect to produce a unique
Operations Manual for
your shop; one that will enable your
successor to carry on when you leave
for good.
In the last edition of GEARS, I sug-
gested that you organize your thoughts
in a notebook with 18 sections. At the
top of each section, you were to write
the subject title using the list of sub-
jects that I gave you as a guide to your
thoughts.
Many of the subjects are simple to
address. These include how the day-to-
day activities are organized. Most of it
refers to the unwritten procedures that
your employees work with to avoid
confusion and to get things done.
So the Operations Manual is large-
ly a matter of writing down what is
presently unwritten. You don’t need a
lot of help from me as you write about
these subjects. But before you get into
the nuts and bolts of these subsections,
you need to provide an introduction
— an overview.
Step back from the day-to-day
operations and look at the bigger pic-
ture. Consider the first two subjects that
I suggested for your notebook. These
relate to understanding the transmission
repair business and your involvement
in it. The subject titles are:
1. What is a transmission shop?
and…
2. Why am I in the transmission
business?
A thoughtful answer to the first
question will provide an effective
overview of the transmission repair
business. A thoughtful answer to both
questions will define that part of the
transmission repair market that you’re
targeting. Once you’ve answered these
two questions you’ll have a clearer
explanation of why you do things the
way you do. So let’s start with the first
question:
by Paul Mathewson
The Opening
Chapter of Your
Operations Manual
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What is a transmission
shop?
There are very distinct repair solu-
tions for transmission problems. When
a vehicle owner experiences a per-
ceived transmission problem, he or she
must decide where to take the vehicle
for analysis and repair. For simplicity
I’ve divided the transmission repairers
into six categories. Any of these could
be a transmission shop alternative for
someone needing a transmission repair.
As you read the list, ask yourself which
one best defines your shop. I think I
already know what you’ll answer, but
let’s see what you have to say.
1. OEM Solution: This is typ-
ically the route for affluent owners
who seek high-profile service facilities,
without regard for the cost of repair.
Usually these owners believe that only
the dealer is able to provide proper
service. Some believe that the dealer
should do something for them because
the problem might be settled by a recall,
or as a goodwill gesture for a good cus-
tomer. The OEM “transmission shop”
usually consists of one service bay and
one factory-trained transmission tech.
2. Franchise Transmission
Shop Solution: This solution draws
transmission repair work from vehicle
owners who are influenced by nation-
wide advertising. The perception of
big-company professionalism with
inter-center warranties is appealing.
The reputation of a local franchise
shop is primarily based on the national
image; not necessarily the reputation of
that particular shop. Generally, franchi-
sors prefer to sell franchises to people
who aren’t transmission technicians.
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30 GEARS April 2009
3. Independent, High Tech
Transmission Shop Solution: These
are the shops that keep pace with OEM
technology. They serve the needs of
owners who can afford quality work,
drive vehicles less than ten years old,
want warranty coverage when they
travel, need technical expertise because
they are technically incompetent, and
need a repair facility with a solid repu-
tation. This shop will probably be a
member of ATRA and AAA, and will
participate in the local community col-
lege motive power trade program.
4. Low-Ball Transmission Shop
Solution: These shops cater to the price
market sector. Such shops usually lack
the sophisticated diagnostic equipment
needed to diagnose newer vehicles.
Most of the vehicles they work on are
older ones. Their mechanics seldom,
if ever, take training classes, and have
little or no access to online technical
help. Their market is the price shopper
who is uninterested in out-of-town war-
ranty coverage.
5. General Repair Garage
Solution: These shops provide service
for any and all vehicle repairs encoun-
tered. Some of these shops attempt
transmission repairs; others work in
conjunction with a local transmission
shop. Still others simply install remans,
regardless of the cause of the trans-
mission problem. These shops usually
don’t have hot flush machines or proper
diagnostic equipment.
6. Salvage Yard Solutions:
These shops are usually at the low end
of the low price market. They provide a
desperate solution by way of a question-
able used unit. This is the do-it-yourself
solution. This is where transmissions
are often replaced only to find that the
real problem is a faulty PCM or TPS.
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Okay, so where does your shop
fit in the above categories? I suspect
you’re somewhere around category 3
— High Tech Independent. If you agree
with me on this, include this informa-
tion in your own written description of
your transmission shop. Go ahead and
steal my wording if you’d like; I won’t
fault you for plagiarizing!
That wasn’t too hard. Now let’s
move on to question 2 in your note-
book: “Why am I in the transmission
business?” Now we get personal. This
is where you find out how you got
where you are today, and what your
business objectives are. And now you
get to analyze how you’ve developed
that simple transmission shop concept
into something distinctly yours.
Why Am I in the
Transmission Business?
So how did you get there? Only
you can answer that question. You
know the path that led you to where
you are now. You alone know the
circumstances and opportunities that
you responded to, which brought you
to this point in your career. You may
have inherited the business rather than
chosen it. If you chose it, it may be for
one of several reasons.
Tom Fortune suggests that the
best business opportunities are found
in doing things that others don’t want
to do. Tom believes that transmission
techs are drawn into this trade in an
endeavor to prove they’re able to do
what others are afraid to attempt. By
solving transmission problems which
baffle the general repair techs, we
achieve personal success in the motor
vehicle repair business that’s second to
none. And we get paid nicely for our
success, too.
Another reason for choosing a
career in transmission problem solv-
ing has to do with our genes. Some
enquiring minds want to know how
that automatic transmission works and
why it stops working. So some of us
are drawn toward the mystique of this
unique mechanical device, almost as if
we were created to solve its problems.
Write a few paragraphs about your
personal journey that brought you to
your present situation. Let the reader in
on what floats your boat as you apply
yourself in the transmission business.
The kind of person you are is
reflected in the way you do business.
The kind of facilities you operate from,
the kind of customer lounge you pro-
vide, the kind of advertising you do,
the kind of uniforms your employees
wear, the kind of trade associations you
maintain, the kind of repair orders and
warranty forms you use — in fact the
kind of everything related to your shop
is an expression of the vision you have
for your shop.
The Ancient and Current
History of My Shop
Now write a few paragraphs about
the history of your shop. This isn’t an
expose about the transmission repair
business international; it’s an explana-
tion about how your business started in
your town. So write about the advent of
automatic transmissions in your town.
Who were the first mechanics in
the ’40s and ’50s to try their hand at
fixing them in your town? Which trans-
mission shop was the first on the block?
When did yours start and how did it
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32 GEARS April 2009
Write a brief story about the way
your shop developed over the years.
Write about the challenges your shop
faced as transmission design changes
took place. Who were the principal
players in your shop through these
years? Include notes about the physical
shop, equipment acquisitions, training
methods and anything else that enables
a newcomer to get a perspective on the
history of your transmission shop.
Now that you’ve defined your
transmission shop from its infancy
to the present, it’s time to add your
thoughts about the changes taking place
in the market.
You know that the transmission
used to be a standalone unit with almost
no attachments that would affect its
performance. Now the transmission is
an integral component of the entire
powertrain, which has changed diag-
nostic and repair procedures. You need
to brief your successor on how you are
coping with these changes.
What electronic diagnostic equip-
ment do you use and who’s trained on
it? Do you work in cooperation with
OEM shops for information, use of
their specialty tools, or scanning and
reprogramming? Is your shop expand-
ing repair services to include electron-
ics, fuel systems, and engine repairs?
Objective: Defining Your Shop
Please don’t limit yourself just to
responding to my prompts. The object
is to define your transmission shop in
the context that you find yourself in:
Your Town USA. You’ll eventually
rewrite this overview and give it the
title of Introduction to the Operations
Manual.
The task of defining your market
and defining your desired market share
requires some deep and honest thought.
It’s important to remember that you
may be writing to someone who is
completely ignorant of the transmis-
sion repair industry, and why you focus
on a particular part of the market and
have developed a specific way of doing
things.
If you’re with me this far, you’ve
made a big leap toward preparing your
successor to take the controls when
you leave. To help you move on, here
are some starter sentences that you can
use as you define your transmission
shop, and as you explain your particular
involvement in it.
Kick-Start Sentences to
Get You Writing
This manual is intended to be an
all inclusive explanation of how our
transmission shop operates. It’ll enable
anyone taking over to be able to dupli-
cate the successes that we are proud
of.
But before we go into details,
here’s what you need to know about
what transmission shops are all about
and where we fit in the larger scheme
of things. There are different kinds of
transmission repair facilities in our
town. These include… (various kinds of
places in your town where a transmis-
sion might get fixed).
Then you might use these next sen-
tences to identify your shop’s position
in the market:
Our shop’s history goes back to…
(story of your shop’s journey to the
present).
Our focus is different from the way
transmissions are repaired at the new
car dealerships and from how they’re
repaired elsewhere. We serve that part
of the transmission repair market best
described as… (description of your
market targets).
Next Article in this Series
Once you’ve finished this exercise,
you’ll have provided your successor
with an overview of your business.
This overview will help explain the
way you run your business, just as you
will eventually record it in the next 16
sections of your notebook.
In the next edition of GEARS, we’ll
select one of these 16 subjects and
show how your way of doing things
was thought through and implemented.
As always, I will try to abide by the
KISS principle, and keep it short and
simple.
Until then, be thinking about your
place in the industry as a whole and in
your little corner of the world. That’s
the key to your identity, and it’s where
you’ll want your successor to begin.
The Opening Chapter of Your Operations Manual
If you’re with
me so far, you’ve
made a big leap
toward prepar-
ing your succes-
sor to take the
controls when
you leave.
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34 GEARS April 2009
T
he next generation of transmis-
sions to enter the marketplace
has been introduced for the
2008 model year. Known as a 2-mode
design, the transmission was designated
as the 2ML70 (RPO M99), and was
introduced on the Chevrolet Tahoe and
GMC Yukon for 2008.
In 2009, it expanded into GM truck
and additional SUV applications. The
T-model transmission will be designat-
ed for rear wheel drive applications, the
C-model will be an upscale rear wheel
drive application, while the F-model
will be a front wheel drive application.
In addition, the 2ML70 is also used
by Dodge and BMW in some of their
vehicles.
The 2-Mode design offers several
advantages over conventional automat-
ic transmissions, including substantial
gains in performance, fuel economy,
and significant reductions in emissions.
Overall, fuel economy improvement for
C/K trucks range between 25-40%.
In addition to the common trans-
mission functions, the 2ML70 also
eliminates the need for and alternator
and a starter for the vehicle.
Specifications
• Type: 2-Mode continuous electric
ratio hybrid transmission; 4 fixed
gear ratios; 2 electric motors pro-
vide infinite variable ratios, with
engine on/off operational capabil-
ity (Figure 1)
by Steve Garrett
A New Kid on the Block:
2ML70 (RPO M99)
2-Mode, Part 1
34-garrett.indd 34 3/16/09 9:43:44 AM
GEARS April 2009 35
• GearRatios
1
st
—3.69:1
2
nd
—1.70:1
3
rd
—1.00:1
4
th
—0.73:1
EVT#1—Infinityto1.70:1
EVT#2—1.70to0.50:1
Reverse—Infinityto1.70:1
• Maximum engine torque 380 lb-ft
(515Nm)
• Maximum engine power 369 bhp
(275kW)
• 2, 65kW electric motors (drive
motor #1, drive motor #2); Y-
wound,3-phase,300volts,perma-
nentmagnet(figure2)
• Motor cooling accomplished by
transmission fluid circulation sys-
tem
• Electric motor torque 242 lb-ft
(320Nm)
• 300-volt, 40-cell nickel-metal
hydride battery (located under the
2
nd
rowseats)
• 3planetarygearsets
• 4multiplediscclutches
• 2 shift solenoids used (on/off
design);SS1,SS2
• 6 variable bleed solenoids; PCS,
PCS2, PCS3, PCS4, PCS5, TCC
(only5areused)
• A Bosch-built, 32-bit TCM
(TEHCM) mounted inside the
transmission on the valve body
(referredtoasthecontrolsolenoid
valve assembly). TCM (TEHCM)
incorporates solenoids, pressure
switches,TFT and is bolted to the
valvebodyusing6bolts.
• Outputspeedsensor(2HallEffect
sensorsinonehousing,capableof
sensingbothspeedanddirection)
• Electronic range selection (no
manualvalve)
• IMS(rangeposition)
• Vane-style oil pump (3 selective
slidesandrotors)
• 12-voltACauxiliaryfluidpump
• 3-piece,die-castaluminumcase
• Wetweight374lbs(170kg)
• DexronVIrequired
• Fluidcapacity
Fluidandfilter—11.5quarts
(10.88liters)
Overhaul—13quarts(12.30
liters)
• Torquedampener347mm(no
torqueconverter)
• Pressuretaps:Line,Auxpump
• Manufactured in the GMPT plant,
Baltimore
External Components and
Function
The 2 mode system requires sev-
eraldifferentcontrolmodulesandsub-
systemsforoperation,including:
Drive Motor Generator Control
Module (DMGCM) —The DMGCM
contains the APM (Accessory Power
Module) and PIM (Power Inverter
Module)fastenedtogetherasanassem-
bly. Cooling for the assembly is pro-
vided by a separate cooling system.
Thestandalonecoolingsystemrequires
Dexcool and uses a heat exchanger
mounted in front of the vehicleand an
electriccoolantpump.Thedrivemotor
control module is connected to the
poles of the drive motor battery. The
high voltage system is controlled by a
high current contactor relay, mounted
in the drive motor generator battery
assembly.
Power Inverter Module (PIM)
—ThePowerInverterModuleconverts
high voltage DC to 3-phase, 300-volt
AC. Six, high-voltage shielded cables
connect the PIM to the two electric
drive motors mounted in the trans-
C M Y CM MY CY CMY K
36 GEARS April 2009
mission. The high voltage cables are
orange for easy identification.
The PIM also contains the Hybrid
Powertrain Control Module (HPCM)
and two Motor Control Modules
(MCM). The PIM, HPCM and the
MCM are flashable.
Accessory Power Module (APM)
— The Accessory Power Module con-
verts high voltage DC to low voltage
DC (14 volts) and intermediate volt-
age (42 volts). The system charges the
standard vehicle battery and provides
power for the 42-volt power steer-
ing system. The intermediate voltage
cables are blue and shielded.
Hybrid Powertrain Control
Module (HPCM) — The Hybrid
Powertrain Control Module is the main
controller for the hybrid transmis-
sion system. The HPCM determines
which mode/motor will operate and
controls features such as auto stop and
regenerative braking. The HPCM oper-
ates together with the Battery Energy
Control Module (BECM) and the Motor
Control Module (MCM) to operate the
two transmission electric motors.
Motor Control Module (MCM)
— The Motor Control Module con-
trols each of the transmission electric
motors/generators. Each MCM con-
trols its respective IGBT driver circuit
to control each motor separately. The
MCM output is 3-phase, 300-volt AC
to operate the motors. The MCM is
located in the PIM.
Battery Energy Control Module
(BECM) — The Battery Energy
Control Module is located in the bat-
tery pack compartment under the 2
nd

row seats. The BECM controls the
40-cell drive motor generator battery.
It contains two, high-voltage contactor
relays, a high-voltage limiter relay, a
battery fan relay, and the battery vent
fan. The BECM monitors control the
relays and fan, and monitors current,
A New Kid on the Block: 2ML70 (RPO M99) 2-Mode, Part 1
The front motor is used to
start the engine and also
reacts to torque input from
the rear motor for
EVT operation.
Figure 1
Figure 2
34-garrett.indd 36 3/16/09 9:44:08 AM
GEARS April 2009 37
voltage and battery temperature.
Auxiliary Fluid Pump Control
Module (AFPCM) — The Auxiliary
Fluid Pump Control Module is mount-
ed in the engine compartment. It con-
trols the auxiliary fluid pump based on
commands from the Hybrid Powertrain
Control Module (HPCM).
Hybrid Battery Pack — The bat-
tery pack is located under the 2
nd
row
seat. The nickel-metal hydride battery
pack consists of 40, 7.2-volt cells. The
combined static output of the battery
is 288 volts DC. The battery pack pro-
vides current for the motors and other
vehicle systems.
Internal Components and
Function
Drive Motors — The 2ML70 con-
tains two, 300-volt, 3-phase, 65kW
AC motor/generator assemblies (fig-
ure 2). The two permanent-magnet
motors are mounted from each end
of the transmission and are supported
by the shafts/bushings and a support
assembly. Three, high-voltage (orange)
cables are attached to the transmission
via rigid conduit around the transmis-
sion, which then transitions to flexible
cable to attach the transmission to the
Drive Motor Generator Control Module
(DMGCM).
Transmission fluid is used for nor-
mal transmission operation and to cool
the drive motors. The motors have a
seal around each end of the assembly so
transmission fluid can circulate around
the motor.
The motors provide these func-
tions:
• Engine cranking
• Battery charging
• Transmission reverse
operation
• Two modes of electronic
variable transmission (EVT)
operation
The front motor is used to start
the engine and also reacts to torque
input from the rear motor for EVT
operation. The rear motor drives the
vehicle in reverse or when auto stop is
activated and the vehicle is operating
only on electrical power. Motor speed
and torque is controlled by the Motor
Control Module via motor position sen-
sors mounted in the motors.
The Motor Control Module (MCM)
monitors the speed, direction and angu-
lar position using resolver position sen-
sors. The resolver position sensor con-
tains a drive coil, two driven coils, and
an irregularly-shaped rotor assembly.
The rotor is attached to the drive motor
shaft.
The Motor Control Module sends
a 5-volt AC, 10kHz bias signal to the
resolver drive coil. The Motor Control
Module then monitors the output from
the two driven coil assemblies. Since
the rotor tooth offset varies, the Motor
Control Module can determine the
exact speed, angle and direction of
each motor.
Accessory Power Module — The
auxiliary fluid pump is mounted to
the front of the transmission assembly.
The pump is a 12-volt, 3-phase AC
motor which is controlled directly by an
Auxiliary Fluid Pump Control Module
via the Hybrid Powertrain Control
Module (HPCM). The function of the
pump is to provide pressurized fluid
for lube, cooling and clutch operation
when the vehicle is being operated in
electric or auto stop modes.
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I
s computer reprogramming
for you? There are many good
reasons to offer computer
reprogramming:
• Increasing profits.
• Correcting customer problems
without getting dirty (that
transmission may not need a
rebuild after all).
• Updating the computer after
rebuild (Such as running
updates on a Windows PC
application).
• Increasing profits.
• Updating the computer to cor-
rect a known problem.
• Replacing the computer.
• Eliminating false trouble
codes.
• Increasing profits.
Besides the major point of increas-
ing your shop’s profits, let’s look at just
a few of these other important points.
Many customer complaints have
been handled by reprogramming the
car’s computer. The engine may run
rough or the transmission may have a
shift timing issue. Reflashing the com-
puter can often correct these problems.
It takes very little time, which can make
the customer very happy, particularly
if he thought he was bringing his car
in for a lengthy, expensive stay at the
transmission shop.
Here at the ATRA Technical
HotLine I use a computer every day.
Sometimes, when I turn my computer
on, it tells me that recent updates have
been installed. Sometimes it tells me to
restart my computer.
Most times I can’t tell the differ-
ence in the way my computer performs,
but I always install the updates. I’ve
been told it isn’t a good idea to ignore
updating your work computer. The
same goes for your customer’s vehicle.
Why would you ignore an update that
could make your customer’s vehicle
perform better?
Sometimes it is necessary to install
a new computer. That new computer
may need to be programmed for the
vehicle, such as engine and antitheft
information. If you don’t have the capa-
bility, you end up having to tow the
vehicle to the dealer… and they get to
make the money.
How Much to
Reprogram?
The money you send off to the
dealer each time you don’t reprogram
a computer can add up to a tidy sum.
After a comparatively small investment
and a bit of practice, the money is there
FUN WITH TRANSMISSIONS
by Bill Brayton
Computer Reprogramming:
Making Good Money
Without Getting Your
Hands Dirty
Figure 1
Figure 2
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GEARS April 2009 39
to be made. The tables in figures 1 and
2 show the possible earnings in the
short and long terms.
In the beginning, reprogramming
five vehicles a month isn’t unrea-
sonable. Even in good times, adding
between $7,000 - $8,000 to your bot-
tom line isn’t chicken feed!
Which Computer?
You may want to focus your search
on a laptop, mainly due to its portabil-
ity. Most if not all laptop computers on
the market should meet the software
manufacturers’ requirements.
Just check out the Sunday paper.
You’ll be amazed at how cheap even
a decent laptop is (figure 3). The
Panasonic Toughbook is great for our
type of rough-use environment but it
does come with a hefty price tag (fig-
ure 4).
The choices are limitless. A small
shop can be run on a computer like
the Dell Vostro (figure 5). This model
from Dell has a 10 key built into the
keyboard and a large, 17-inch screen.
The computer on the right in figure 5 is
the one we use at ATRA for reprogram-
ming computers.
I Got the Computer.
Now What?
Once you have the computer there
are still two more components required:
the J2534 interface device and internet
access. Let’s look at the J2534 interface
device first.
J2534 refers to the document
number of the SAE standard for
Recommended Practice for Pass-Thru
Vehicle Programming. The standard
can be purchased by going online to
www.SAE.org. From there, search
Figure 3
Figure 5
Figure 4
Once you have
the computer
there are still two
more components
required: the
J2534 interface
device and
internet access.
40 GEARS April 2009
J2534 standard. The original text runs
$61.
The J2534 interface or pass-thru
device and its software provide a way
to communicate with the vehicle’s on-
board computer system. Depending on
the software provided by the J2534
interface manufacturer, the laptop com-
puter is now equipped to reprogram the
vehicle’s computer, and in most cases
be used as a scan tool as well. Check
on line for more info on J2534 interface
manufacturers (figure 6).
When shopping for a J2534 inter-
face and its associated programs, the
single most important feature to look for
is customer support. You may trip up on
things like program installation, wire-
less communication, etc. Unless you’re
an IT (information technology) guy,
you’re going to get a little sideways.
Don’t worry about it; it happens to all
of us. It may be frustrating at first and
it does get easier. Remember your first
THM-125? What’s that solenoid for?
After a while you got used to it, and
became familiar with how it worked.
Then you started experimenting with
how to make it better. Reprogramming
is the same kind of operation.
Manufacturer Web Address
Allison http://www.allisontransmission.com/
Aston Martin http://www.astonmartintechinfo.com/
Audi http://www.ebahn.com/index.htm?ticket=null
http://www.audi.ddsltd.com/
Bentley http://www.bentleytechinfo.com/bsi_web_v1/pages/index.asp
BMW http://www.bmwtechinfo.com/.
Daimler Chrysler https://techauthorityonline.extra.daimlerchrysler.com/service/mds2002/talogin/talogin.html
Chrysler Connectors http://dto.vftis.com/mopar/platform_select.asp
Ferrari http://www.ferraritechinfo.com/
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/retail/default.asp?menuIndex=2
Ford Cal. Search http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/PCMflash/default.asp?pageid=calibration_pub&gutsid=calibration_menu
Ford Cal. Spreadsheet http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/PCMflash/Latest_calibration.xls
Ford Connectors http://www.motorcraft.com/products.do?item=23
General Motors http://www.acdelcotds.com/acdelco/action/login
GM Calibration Info http://calid.gm.com
Honda/Acura https://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/logon.asp
Hyundai http://www.hmaservice.com/
Isuzu https://isuzusource.com/main_frame.asp
Isuzu Truck http://www.isuzutruckservice.com/login.php?type=AfterMarket
Infiniti http://www.nissan-techinfo.com/infiniti/
Jaguar http://www.jaguartechinfo.com/extjagprod/index.jsp
Kia http://www.kiatechinfo.com/index.asp
Land Rover http://www.landrovertechinfo.com/extlrprod/index.jsp
Maserati http://www.maseratitechinfo.com/
Mazda http://www.mazdatechinfo.com/
Mercedes http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/
Mini http://www.minitechinfo.com/
Mitsubishi http://www.mitsubishitechinfo.com/epacarb/
Nissan http://www.nissan-techinfo.com/nissan/
Porsche https://techinfo.porsche.com/techinfo/index.jsp
Saab http://saabtechinfo.com/
Subaru http://techinfo.subaru.com/html/index.jsp
Suzuki http://www.suzukipitstop.com/home/home.asp
Toyota http://techinfo.toyota.com/
Volkswagen http://www.ebahn.com/index.htm?ticket=null
http://www.vw.ddsltd.com/
Volvo https://www.volvotechinfo.com/
ZF http://www.zf.com/na/defaultz.asp
Figure 6
Figure 7
The J2534 interface
or pass-thru device
and its software
provide a way
to communicate
with the vehicle’s
on-board computer
system.
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GEARS April 2009 41
The producers of this software
have done a great job of making the
whole process as simple as possible.
The instructions that come with the
software are very easy to follow. Follow
them to the letter!
Internet Aaccess
The main reason for having the
internet is that’s where the update pro-
grams are. Almost all of today’s auto-
makers have the programs necessary
for reprogramming available on the
internet (figure 7). The majority of
these are “pay to play” web sites. That
is, you pay for access to the web site
for a certain period of time — gener-
ally in 24- or 36-hour increments. If
you do a fair amount of work on just
one brand of vehicle, longer subscrip-
tions are available (figure 8).
There are several different ways to
access the internet. Mostly it depends
on your local Internet Service Provider
(ISP). This could be your phone com-
pany, your cable company, or perhaps a
WiFi provider.
The most important thing about
your internet connection is that it must
be reliable and as fast as possible. A
connection that isn’t reliable can be
very dangerous. If the connection is
interrupted during reprogramming, it
could damage the computer perma-
nently!
A slow speed connection, such as
dialup, is just too slow and is unaccept-
able for reprogramming computers.
Connecting the Pieces
There are two different ways to
hook the laptop to the J2534 device
Figure 8: Prices may vary, chart used for sample purposes only.
If you do a
fair amount of
work on just
one brand of
vehicle, longer
subscriptions
are available
(figure 8).
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(figure 9). One way is with a hard wire.
This is okay if your computer can be
connected to the internet at the same
time, either through a hard wire or
wireless connection.
The other way to hook up to the
J2534 device is through a wireless
connection. This can be a lot more
practical: With a wireless connection,
the J2534 device sits in the vehicle and
your laptop can be anywhere from 50 to
100 feet away while you’re reprogram-
ming the computer (figure 10).
It’s a good idea to practice using
the laptop as a scan tool to get the feel
of how it works. Practicing with the
laptop will help you become familiar
with the different functions and how the
screen is laid out (figure 11).
One Last Caution…
Reprogramming a computer isn’t a
substitute for sound diagnosis. Always
be sure of your diagnosis before repro-
gramming:
• Have you checked all the
inputs?
• Have you checked all the
power sources for proper
system voltage (12.45v or
more)?
• Have you checked for good
grounds? Are they all less than
0.1v?
Remember reprogramming isn’t a
crutch for sloppy diagnosis!
Put That Laptop to
Work
You’ve determined that the com-
puter in the vehicle you’re working on
needs to be reprogrammed. First go to
Figure 9
Figure 10
Computer Reprogramming:Making Good Money Without Getting Your Hands Dirty
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GEARS April 2009 43
the factory web site to access the appro-
priate programs. Once you’ve found
the updates, you’re ready to begin the
programming process. You can view
a video of an actual reprogramming
in progress on the tech center in the
technical videos link.
A shop owner once asked me,
“Why should I invest in all the equip-
ment for reprogramming when I don’t
see that many cars that need it?” My
answer went like this: “If you aren’t
looking for vehicles that need repro-
gramming, chances are you won’t find
many.” It reminds me of a line from the
movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it,
they will come.”
These days most shops are looking
for opportunities to increase revenue.
Computer reprogramming is an easy,
effective way to increase your shop’s
bottom line. And when your business is
profitable, it’s always so much easier to
have Fun with Transmissions.
Figure 11
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46 GEARSApril2009
I
just switched to a new cell phone
company.
There was nothing really
wrong with my old company. They
provided me with cell phone service,
and I paid them a monthly fee… every
month for over 5 years. So why did I
switch?
Last week I dropped my phone and
broke it. So I called my provider and
asked for a new one. They offered to
sell me a phone.
“But your ad says you’re offer-
ing a free phone with your service,” I
protested.
Turns out that was only for “new”
customers. I was an old customer, so if
I wanted a new phone, I’d have to pay
for it.
So I switched to a new cell phone
company. The new company offered
me more minutes, better services… and
a new, free phone.
And my old company — the one
that’s spending enormous amounts of
money, and offering all sorts of special
deals in an effort to pick up new cus-
tomers — just lost a customer.
I wish I could say they were unique
in their lousy business practices. But
they’re not. My old cable company lost
my business last year — an account
they held for over 20 years. And I’m
"Techly" font
Old Friends —
and Customers
— are the Best
by Steve Bodofsky
GEARS April 2009 47
Old Friends —
and Customers
— are the Best
getting ready to switch my medical
coverage again, because my old com-
pany keeps raising my rates, without
ever paying a claim.
It doesn’t make much sense: Why
spend all that money to pick up new
customers, while chasing away existing
ones? Aren’t the old customers worth
as much as new ones? Isn’t their money
just as good?
Here at GEARS, we use a lot of ink
trying to help you discover better ways
to attract new customers. It’s a natural
part of the business world. But don’t
forget about your loyal customers…
the ones who already use your services.
They’re your real bread and butter.
Most marketing specialists agree
that it can cost up to 10 times more
to attract a new customer than it does
to keep an existing one. They’re both
customers… they both spend money
in your shop… so doesn’t it just make
sense to keep the existing customer
happy?
In fact, a happy customer has long
been considered to be the most valuable
source of new customers for an auto
repair shop. That’s where those refer-
rals come from. And there’s little doubt
that customer referrals are an important
ingredient in the process that brings
new customers to your front door.
What’s interesting about this is
that, in most cases, it doesn’t take much
to keep a customer happy. ATRA’s
What’s Working study revealed that
most customers are simply looking to
develop a relationship with their repair
shop. They want that “friend-in-the-
business” feeling that lets them know
they can trust you.
Very few customers are looking
for a free ride; they just want an honest,
capable job for a fair price. And they
want to know that you appreciate their
business, and care about them and their
concerns.
Believe it or not, that’s a lot easier
than it might sound. In most cases it
isn’t anything more than what you’d
expect from any other business.
It’s about taking the time to listen
to their problems, and make a real effort
to correct those problems. It’s about
selling what they really need, and offer-
ing those services at a fair price.
It’s about providing a clean, com-
fortable environment for them to wait
for their cars. And it’s about returning
their cars fixed properly, with a clean
carpet and steering wheel.
It’s about getting to know them,
and greeting them by name when they
come by for service. And it’s about
thanking them for their business, and
making sure to cater to them even more
carefully when they have a complaint
with your work.
Complaints? If you’re taking such
good care of your customers, why
would they have complaints? Of course
there’ll be complaints; there always
are, whether they’re your fault or not.
But make no mistake about it: How
you handle those complaints can turn
a so-so customer into your biggest sup-
porter.
These days consumers have come
to expect resistance when they have a
problem with someone’s work or prod-
uct. Try calling just about any customer
service department, for anything in the
world, and you’ll immediately know
why. If you’re lucky, they’ll speak
English well enough for you under-
stand why they’re refusing to honor
your warranty.
So few things can turn a dissatis-
fied customer into a customer for life
than going that extra mile when he has
a problem. What does that mean to
most customers? It’s actually simpler
than you might think:
1. Apologize for the inconvenience…
even if the problem isn’t your
fault.
2. Really listen to his complaint. Ask
specific questions to make sure he
knows you’re listening.
3. Jump on the repair as quickly as
possible.
4. If you can’t fix the car immedi-
ately, make sure you do everything
possible to relieve the customer’s
inconvenience, such as driving him
home and picking him up when the
car is done.
5. Fix the problem… and make sure
it’s fixed.
6. Once you have the problem cor-
rected, ask whether there’s any-
thing else you can do. Remind him
that if he has any other problems,
not to hesitate to call.
7. Apologize again for the incon-
venience, and thank him for the
opportunity to make things right.
What if the complaint isn’t really
your fault, or has nothing to do with
your work? If it doesn’t take a lot of
effort to fix, such as a broken wire
or cracked vacuum hose that’s right
out in the open and easy to find, fix it
anyway. If it’s something big, explain
the problem carefully and completely.
Make sure he knows that the problem
has nothing to do with your work, and
offer him the most cost-effective and
practical solution.
Why would you make a repair
for nothing when it isn’t your fault?
It’s called “advertising” — this is the
free cell phone that you need to give
away to keep your customer. And it’s
still a lot cheaper than you’d spend on
advertising to bring in a new customer
to replace him.
Imagine what that customer will
have to say about your shop tomorrow
at lunch: “He showed me the problem;
it had nothing to do with the work
they did, but they fixed it anyway…
for free!” You can bet that guy will
be recommending your shop to all his
friends. And those recommendations
will pay for that little freebee over and
over again.
Sure, new customers are great,
and they’re important to have if you’re
going to remain profitable. But don’t
forget your existing customers. If you
do, it won’t be long before you start
being referred to as their “old shop”
while they explain their problems to the
folks at their new shop.
What if the complaint
isn’t really your fault,
or has nothing to do
with your work? If it
doesn’t take a lot of
effort to fix, such as a
broken wire or cracked
vacuum hose that’s
right out in the open
and easy to find,
fix it anyway.
48 GEARS April 2009
T
he transmission industry is comprised of many different
businesses: retail repair centers, manufacturers, reman-
ufacturers, distributors and service companies and
organizations; all working together to provide the end user; the
motoring public, with reliable transmission service and repair.
ATRA and TCRA have been working together to bring
transmission rebuilders and torque converter rebuilders closer
to that end; working together to help the transmission industry
provide outstanding service to the motoring public.
Please take a moment to complete this survey regarding
your buying habits and experiences with torque converters.
ATRA will share these results with the torque converter rebuild-
ing industry in an effort to address industry-wide concerns
related to torque converters.
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Tuition Cost:
$225 for Members
$175 each additional member from the same firm
$275 Non-Members
$250 each additional non member from the same firm
Included in the cost will be the tour of Dacco,
bus transportation, a sit down served steak
lunch on Saturday, as well as breaks and a
cocktail reception.
Sponsored in part by Sonnax and Super-Flow.
HTG
HI TECMETAL
GROUP
Platinum
Sponsors:
Gold
Sponsors:
May 15, 2009
Tour of DACCO CONVERTERS
May 16, 2009
Expert Speakers and
Technical Presentations
50 GEARS April 2009
Driving Yourself Back
into Business During
the Recession
R
ecession, recession, recession.
No matter what you read or
watch on television today,
that word is inescapable. America’s
economy is hitting a low point and this
low point has trickled from the top of
the food chain all the way down to the
bottom.
Times are certainly hard and that
is especially true for businesses who
are trying to stay afloat. Fortunately,
some companies are still trying to help
businesses stay alive. Some communi-
ties were created specifically to ensure
that businesses are still giving the best
services they can without falling victim
to a failing economy.
ATRA, the Automatic Transmission
Rebuilders Association, is a great exam-
ple of this type of community. ATRA is
doing everything we can to help our
members thrive during these challeng-
ing times. When you are a part of
ATRA you become family and families
know that oil is thicker than water.
Why ATRA?
With the recession, more and more
new car dealerships are closing their
doors. Some reports actually estimate
that as many as 3,000 dealers will go
out of business by the end of 2009.
This, of course, means that many con-
sumers will have to hunt for new places
to take their cars and find new people
to trust. It also means there are huge
opportunities waiting for anyone in the
transmission repair business as well
as those looking to open transmission
shops of their own.
Trust is a huge issue when it comes
to consumers and the companies they
choose to work with. Whether a man is
doing his best to take care of his favorite
vehicle or a woman feels like easy prey
when she steps into an unknown shop,
trust plays a critical role in automotive
care. Businesses and consumers need to
trust each other to keep any company
running like a well-oiled machine.
By joining ATRA or continu-
ing your membership, you’re adding
another level of trust to your business.
Membership with the association helps
to build the same trust and confidence
in consumers that the dealers may have
once had. Plus, with the ATRA Golden
Rule Warranty that offers coverage
nationwide, everyone involved can
have some peace of mind.
Anybody looking to join a trade
association should feel confident that
ATRA members are a group of profes-
sionals who are all:
• Required and expected to uphold a
standard Code of Ethics
• Expected to apply Minimum
Rebuilding Standards
• Removed from membership if their
shop causes many problems or has
valid complaints from consumers
These criteria are all excellent
ways to build trust between shops and
customers, thus making everybody
feel more confident and comfortable
about their business choices. When you
become a part of ATRA, you quickly
see that trust and professionalism go
hand-in-hand.
ATRA Memberships
In this time of financial distress,
saving money is imperative and that
is what ATRA aims to help others
do. By visiting www.atra.com/join, you
can check out our four member types
as well as some of the discount ben-
efits available exclusively for ATRA
Members.
In the meantime, you can read
about the member types here:
• Rebuilder Membership
The “heart” of the association’s
membership that is offered for
shops who service, repair, and
rebuild automatic transmissions.
This membership includes access
to ATRA’s extensive online techni-
cal library, ATRA technicians sup-
port through the ATRA Technical
HotLine, vote and participate in
association elections, and partici-
pate in the Golden Rule Warranty
Program. (Proper facilities must
be provided in order to become
a Rebuilder Member that partici-
pates in the Golden Rule Warranty
program).
• Technical Subscriber
A group for those who do not need
the full range of services offered
by the ATRA but do have access
to the same technical information
and assistance that the Rebuilder
members do.
• Supplier Membership
A membership for those who man-
ufacture or offer products or ser-
vices to the transmission industry.
• International Online
Membership
A membership for those located
outside of the United States and
Canada that require technical sup-
port via internet access.
As you can see, ATRA has a mem-
bership plan to suit everyone.
ATRA Benefits
The benefits of joining the
Automatic Transmission Rebuilders
by Kelly Hilmer
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Association are countless. Opportunity
is hard to come by with the current
state of the world’s finances, but ATRA
has a lot to offer those who join for an
extremely small fee. And when a small
fee saves loads of money in the long
run, it is hard not to sit back and smile
while you watch your business thrive.
Here are some benefits crafted to
help members of ATRA:
• Golden Rule Warranty
♦ The Golden Rule Warranty
offers nationwide coverage
for consumers to have repairs
done throughout the country.
There are one, two and three
year warranty options offered
to give your customers the
peace of mind they are search-
ing for their vehicle.
• ATRA Forums – Management
and Technical Forum
♦ The Management Forum
(What’s Working) –ATRA
members participate in discus-
sion forums to discuss every-
day issues that are happening
within their own shops and
allow other members to dis-
cuss what works and doesn’t
work for them. Whether it be
a discussion on management
skills or the right type of cus-
tomer service, businesses from
all over get a chance to talk
it out with others who have
similar interests and concerns.
♦ The Technical Forum (Fix-It)
–ATRA members also partici-
pate in discussion offers in
the form of a technical group
where rebuilders can discuss
tricks of the trade and prob-
lems that they may need help
facing. It is a great spot for
those in the industry to come
together and work together for
the best solutions possible.
• Website Bonuses
♦ With ATRA’s Tech Center
online, members have access
to monthly bulletins, techni-
cal manuals, tech videos,
training materials, and the
archives of GEARS Magazine.
Additionally, the online Tech
Center offers a quick reference
section for codes and defi-
nitions, check ball locations,
band adjustments, cooler line
locations, pressure specs
and speedometer calibrators
among many other topics.
♦ Members also get the great
advantage of printing directly
from the Internet, making this
the best place to receive fast
and easy help.
• Consumer Help
♦ With Shop Finder online, the
ATRA displays your shop con-
tact info along with your email
and website addresses. A free
certified ATRA logo for certi-
fied shops appears along with
the information for members
and businesses to see high-
er rankings. And rebuilder
members have Golden Rule
Warranty logo as well giving
them the extra advantage.
♦ *Member Exclusive* - For
$10 a month, ATRA will set up
and host a website for member
shops. This includes domain
name purchases and domain
name renewals, which ordi-
narily run hefty fees. This deal
also includes three templates
and more than a dozen colors
to choose from, all at the tip of
your fingers.
It is easy to see why so many com-
panies and shops have decided to join
the ATRA family. ATRA aims to save
you money when it comes to advertis-
ing and gaining knowledge that is not
always so easy to come by. By banding
together with ATRA, you can become a
part of trustworthy professionals which
customers have been depending on and
trusted for over fifty years.
Now is the Time
In this type of economy every
penny counts, which is why we at
the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders
Association are doing everything we
can to keep our members businesses
thriving.
With the changes being brought on
by the closing of dealerships, there is a
new audience for existing independent
repair shops as well as new shops that
are opening. People want to trust who-
ever’s hand is fixing their vehicle. With
an ATRA logo, you can be sure that
your company is the one people trust
by giving customers the same level of
service and trust they were receiving
from the dealer.
After more than fifty years, ATRA
has proven that it is a trustworthy,
secure, stand-up kind of association
that can only benefit those who join. It
also helps that consumers tend to feel
that same sense of security and trust
from those who hold the ATRA mem-
ber logo and want to give their business
to someone with such high standards.
The Automatic Transmission
Rebuilders Association is here to help
shop owners build their businesses
while simultaneously spending as little
money as possible. No one wants to see
a crashing economy or be a casualty
of one. By joining together and help-
ing your fellow members within the
ATRA, this newly topical recession
could soon be a thing of the past for
you and yours.
To learn more about ATRA’s
mission and achievements, please visit:
http://www.atra.com/about
Opportunity is
hard to come
by with the
current state
of the world’s
finances, but
ATRA has a lot
to offer those
who join for
an extremely
small fee.
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52 GEARS April 2009
Recently in the January/February issue of GEARS, we published Figure 2 incorrectly.
Please refer to the following illustration changes when rebuilding the 4L30E:
Figure 2: Correct Version
4L30E Pump Interchange
Part II: Ending the Myth
PLAYING WITH FIRE
by Jon Rodriguez
CORRECTION
Figure 2: Incorrect
Order a 4L30E Solenoid
(P/N 8-96042-666-0) or install the
lighter TCC control valve spring from
the PWM application.
Order a 4L30E Solenoid
(P/N 8-96042-666-0) or install the
lighter TCC control valve spring from
the PWM application.
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Without Customers...
Where are you?
ATRA helps you...
(866) GO-4-ATRA • (866) 464-2872
www.atra.com/join
&
Find Customers
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Certification Designation
Pre-designed Advertisements
Newspaper Ads
Radio Spots
Professional Website Design
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Technical Seminars
Technical HotLine
ATRA’s Online Tech Center
Testing & Certification
Books & Monthly Bulletins
GEARS Magazine
ATRA’s Powertrain Expo
Technical Training
Apply for ATRA Membership Today
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54 GEARS April 2009
Whether you are located in California or New
York, you are most likely facing the same prob-
lems another shop is facing. The demographics
do play some part on issues you face, yet the
basics of running a shop are part of the everyday
process that all shop owners have to find solu-
tions.
With the support of the ATRA What's Working
Forum, ATRA Members have the ability to post
topics and receive many replies to their questions
or concerns that other shop owners have already
found the solutions.
Each day the What's Working forum receives
several new topics and several posts on the exist-
ing topics from shop owners around the world
looking for help and just a general support to
know that you aren't facing these issues alone.
Recent topics being discussed on the ATRA
Forums include:
• Marketing letters
• Marketing your Warranty
• Women's Care Care Clinic
• Effective Advertising
• Website Improvement
• And more new topics posted daily!
What's Working is about sharing business
ideas, processes and methods for running your
shop and reaching new customers. If you've been
thinking about any of these topics consider dis-
cussing them with other business owners
• New process for running your shop and mak-
ing it more efficient and profitable.
• New sources or methods of reaching new
customers.
• Methods of increasing customer satisfaction.
• Ways of tracking your business.
• New advertising approaches that have drawn
attention to your business.
• New features to your web site that customers
have commented on in a positive way.
• Ways to reach your community that is cost
effective and maybe will result in a press
release or news coverage.
• Perhaps you've made physical improvements
in your shop that has received positive com-
ments from customers, and you'd like to share
them.
• Have you attended any classes or been
involved with any trainers or consultants that
have had a positive impact on your business
or personal outlook about your business, that
others could benefit from?
• Have you discovered or implemented any
employee program that has resulted in better
out put and spirit in your work team?
These are just some of the ideas that are regu-
larly posted on What's Working forum.
For information on how to start participating
in these informative discussions, visit ATRA's
website at www.atra.com/ww and get started
solving business problems today!
But that's not all. ATRA has two other forums,
designed for technical and general industry dis-
cussions. You'll find them both at
www.atra.com/ww
We've just completed our recent internet sur-
vey of over 1000 customers related to their buy-
ing habits and how this current economy has
effected their buying decisions. These results,
along with ideas generated from the What's
Working forum will steer the content of this
year's What's Working program at Expo. The pro-
gram details
will be out in
the May issue
of GEARS
Magazine.
www.atra.com
ATRA Forums Discussion Topics
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Last year, I ventured out on a
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been looking forward to the trip for
six months, right?
Are you tired of paying more for
gas than you should? GasBuddy.com
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your city or any-
place you decide to
go.
GasBuddy.com is
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sumers work togeth-
er to fight high gas
prices. The website
works by having
consumers report
local gas prices so
that everyone can
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gas and save money
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The GasBuddy.com network is a
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gas prices. In a typical city, gas prices
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priced stations to lower their gas
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Map Gas Prices displays gas prices in
your area on a detailed map.
In effect, it makes gas stations more
competitive.
All gas prices on the
GasBuddy.com websites are reported
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combining the efforts of 700,000
national members (and growing), it
makes it easier to find the cheapest
gas prices. Much of the time, you can
save 15 cents per gallon (7c/L in
Canada) without having to drive for
20 miles.
Some Features of
GasBuddy.com
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starting point and endpoint of your
trip and get detailed information for
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trip, based on your particular year,
make and model vehicle. I wish I had
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code to receive a list of the different
gas stations and their most recently
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ATRA CEO, Dennis Madden presents Creating A Customer based on ATRA's What's Working study - Dennis will
share and discuss three years worth of data collected by ATRA all geared towards creating true customers! Discover
what your future customers are thinking about you and your business today! Find out what successful shop owners
are doing now to bring in more customers each and every day!
• Data from over 400 shop owners
• Survey results from over 500 consumers
• Focus group insights (actual video clips of recently conducted focus groups)
• The 5 things you must do to be successful in our industry today
"Outstanding!....everyone in our industry needs to hear this message.¨ Brad Benrud, Allen Automatic
Transmissions, La Cross, WI
"This program changed my whole attitude and saved my business ÷." Blake Lunsford, Nationwide
Transmission, Fayetteville, NC
"Ìt's not just theory, but solid data backed up by proven results ÷ it truly is What's Working in our industry today.¨
Sam Burrage, Santa Rosa Transmissions, Santa Rosa, CA
F
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A
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i
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UTI Norwood
1 UpIand Rd
Norwood, MA 02062
For more information caII Bruce McKinney (802) 786-9008
Or visit www.atra.com
Boston Seminar
What's Working Management Presentation!
March 28
Begins at the end of the TechnicaI seminar
Whatʼs Working
Management Presentation
Coming to Your Area!
ATRA will be presenting Creating A Customer in conjunction with select technical seminars throughout the
2009 seminar season. Creating A Customer is based on ATRAʼs Whatʼs Working study and explores what
successful shop-owners are doing everyday to sustain their profitability. We will share and discuss three
years worth of data collected by ATRA all geared towards creating true customers! Discover what your
future customers are thinking about you and your business today! Find out how to bring in more customers
each and every day!
• Data from over 400 shop owners
• Survey results from over 1500 consumers
• Focus group insights (actual video clips of recently conducted focus groups)
• The 5 things you must do to be successful in our industry today
“Outstanding!…everyone in our industry needs to hear this message.” Brad Benrud, Allen Automatic
Transmissions, La Crosse, WI
“This program changed my whole attitude and saved my business.” Blake Lunsford, Nationwide
Transmission, Fayetteville, NC
“Itʼs not just theory, but solid data backed up by proven results - it truly is Whatʼs Working in our industry
today.” Sam Burrage, Santa Rosa Transmission, Santa Rosa, CA
Contact your local chapter today and request a
What’s Working Presentation in your area!
For More Information Call: 805-604-2000
Automatic Transmissions Rebuilders Association
2400 Latigo Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030
Or visit www.atra.com
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GEARS April 2009 57
Two of the leading
international automotive
associations have agreed to co-locate
their respective expositions at the
Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,
Nevada. ATRA’s Powertrain Expo will
be held October 29 – November 2 while
APRA’s International Big R Show will
be November 1 and 2.
ATRA’s CEO, Dennis Madden,
stated, “We’re pleased that we were
able to co-locate our exposition with
the International Big R Show, which for
the last seven years has been held in Las
Vegas just prior to Industry Week fea-
turing the AAPEX and SEMA Shows.”
APRA’s President, Bill Gager,
added, “Both associations believe very
strongly that this will provide each
other’s attendees and suppliers with
new opportunities and will help them
reach more people. Both associations
will continue to offer their broad range
of technical seminars and workshops.
We’re pleased that the Riviera Hotel
was able to accommodate the meeting
needs of both associations.”
Madden continued, “This com-
bined exposition will be good news for
everyone. Initial comments from poten-
tial exhibitors and attendees have been
very positive. Both associations look
forward to working together to make
this a major event for the remanufactur-
ing industry.”
Gager concluded, “We also look
forward to welcoming other remanu-
facturers and rebuilders from a variety
of product lines from around the world
to this major event.”
For details on exhibiting with
ATRA, please contact Diane Bland at
805-389-0353 or dbland@atra.com.
To exhibit with APRA, please contact
Jeanie Magathan, Senior Vice President
of APRA at Magathan@buyreman.com
or 703-968-2772, ext. 104.
High attendance is anticipated for
this year’s joint event. Complete details
of each association’s program content
will be announced separately in the
near future.
Go Green with Certified
Transmission
Certified Transmission of Omaha,
Nebraska is going green in more than
one way, and so can you. President and
CEO Peter Fink, stated, “While we’ve
always taken the high road on being
environmentally green, we’re actually
talking about green like the grass and
green like money.
“We’ve launched a grassroots
distribution program that we call The
Network of Success. We’re offering
independently-owned transmission
repair shops throughout America the
opportunity to add more green to their
bottom lines with an exclusive Certified
Transmission Distributorship in their
market area.”
CT offers distributors what Fink
refers to as a “3-legged stool business
model for boosting sales and profits.”
He points out, “In addition to their
existing business, our distributors make
money through three revenue streams:
retail to their own customers, wholesale
to other shops, and nationwide warranty
sales and service.”
One of the most appealing and
unique aspects of the program is that dis-
tributors get an inventory of about 200
transmissions that they don’t have to pay
for until they use. For more details, you
can visit www.CertifiedTransmission.
com or call Terry Cash, national sales
director at 800-544-7520, extension
170.
Certified Transmission remanufac-
tures high-quality, competitively-priced
transmissions and transfer cases for the
automotive aftermarket. CT is the recip-
ient of the prestigious BBB National
Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
and the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Award
for Automotive Aftermarket Industry
Leadership.
Industry Pioneer
Nelson Sosa, 69
The transmission industry said
farewell to another pioneer this past
March when Nelson Sosa succumbed
after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is
survived by his wife, Magali, a daugh-
ter of the same name, and two sons:
Nelson Jr. and Max.
Nelson began his transmission
career in 1972 when he bought his first
Lee Myles franchise in Puerto Rico.
Over the next couple years he bought
a second Lee Myles center. He sold his
transmission shops in 1976.
During those early years he began
buying core units from the local junk-
yards. From those cores he developed
an inventory of used parts which formed
the beginning of his parts business.
In 1975, Nelson opened Puerto Rico
Transmatic Parts, a transmission parts
store in Puerto Rico. Today Puerto Rico
Transmatic has six locations around the
island, plus a torque converter rebuild-
ing center. Nelson Jr. and Max took
over the family parts chain three years
ago.
Throughout his career, Nelson was
always something of a visionary…
always working ahead of the curve.
But for Nelson, seeing the need for
change wasn’t enough: He devoted his
life and his energy toward making a
difference… to making those changes
a reality.
What kind of difference? Six dif-
ferent Sonnax Transmission Specialties
were designed by Nelson, including the
AOD stator sleeve and the E4OD plan-
etary sleeve.
Many of the characteristics we see
in today’s transmission kits are thanks
to Nelson’s interest and intervention.
He’d see the need for an extra part or
a subassembly, and he’d pick up the
phone and speak directly to the kit
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.
Nelson Sosa
ATRA and APRA
to Co-locate
Their Expos
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58 GEARS April 2009
POWER INDUSTRY NEWS
manufacturers. And he’d show them
why an addition here or there would
make sense for everyone.
According to his son, Max, Nelson’s
chief contribution to the industry was
his ability to combine kits. He’d see
two or three kits with nearly identical
components, and show the manufactur-
ers how they could save money — and
shelf space — by creating a single com-
bination kit.
Today, with new transmissions
showing up almost every day, most
parts stores couldn’t remain afloat with-
out kits being combined to keep their
inventory under control. But back in
the ’70s, combining kits wasn’t nearly
so critical. Recognizing the benefits
of combining kits back then required
a unique vision; a vision that Nelson
shared with the industry.
Probably the one truly universal
memory of Nelson that his friends and
family are quick to acknowledge was
his inherent honor. “Nelson didn’t need
a piece of paper to do business with
you,” they’d say. “He was a man for
whom a handshake was enough. He
was a good man.”
I can’t think of a better way to be
remembered.
TCRA Announces
2009 Seminar Details
The Torque Converter Rebuilders
Association (TCRA) has announced the
venue and program for its 12
th
annual
seminar and meeting. This major indus-
try event will be held in Nashville, TN
on Friday and Saturday, May 15
th
and
16
th
. Mark your calendars now and
plan to attend this important event.
On Friday, May 15
th
, attendees
will be bused from the Renaissance-
Nashville Hotel, the host hotel, to
Dacco Incorporated, in Cookeville
where they’ll receive a guided tour of
this major torque converter rebuilder.
After a catered lunch at Dacco, you’ll
return to the hotel for a TCRA mem-
ber meeting. The meeting agenda will
include the election of TCRA directors
and officers for the next term.
Saturday, May 16
th
will open with
a classroom format seminar, with fea-
ture presentations by industry experts,
vendor representatives, and technical
organization speakers. A sit-down steak
luncheon and coffee breaks will be
included in the fee, as will a recep-
tion at the hotel following the seminar.
These activities will be sponsored in
part by Sonnax, Tri Components and
SuperFlow Technologies.
Details on hotel rates, tuition and
presentation schedules will be avail-
able shortly, and will appear in GEARS.
In the meantime, for updates on the
seminar and to review other aspects
of TCRA membership, log on to the
TCRA website at www.tcraonline.com
or contact Len Wack at 973-293-8925
or lenw@embarqmail.com.
This promises to be to the best
TCRA meeting and seminar ever…
don’t miss it!
Precision International
and St. Jude Children’s
Hospital
As part of Precision Internationals
ISO-9001 Certification they are required
to send out Customer Satisfaction
Surveys out at the end of each year. In
an effort to boost the number of sur-
veys returned, Precision International
announced that they would be donating
$25 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for
every survey returned.
Precision International is pleased
to announce that they will be donating
$2,525 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
this year. They would like to thank all
of their customers who took the time
to return the survey and help make this
donation possible.
To learn more, visit Precision
International’s web site at www.trans-
missionkits.com.
VBX Names Tony LaCerra
2008 Employee of the Year
ValveBody Xpress (VBX) is proud
to announce and honor Tony LaCerra as
its 2008 Employee of the Year.
Tony began his employment with
VBX in 2005 as an assistant valve body
technician and quickly proved himself
to be a valuable asset to the VBX team.
He is now one of their lead valve body
builders and trains new members of
VBX’s ever-growing production team.
Tony is always willing to go the
extra mile to tackle whatever task is
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Sonnax Introduces New
5L40E Reverse Lockout Kit
Sonnax has developed another
solution for a common ailment known
to plague 5L40-E transmissions.
Wear at the reverse lockout valve
allows reverse oil and TCC signal oil to
cross leak or leak to exhaust. Common
complaints of no reverse, burned
reverse clutches, and TCC overheating
are caused by this leak.
Sonnax Reverse Lockout Kit,
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hydraulic control.
Installation of this repair requires
the use of 55211-TL tool kit in con-
junction with the Sonnax valve body
reaming fixture, VB-FIX. This is the
same tool kit previously developed and
released for installing the 55211-01K
AFL Valve Kit.
For more information about this or
other Sonnax Solutions, visit their web
site at www.sonnax.com.
The 48RE Shift Correction
Package
Superior Transmission Parts is
proud to announce the release of the
newest addition to the Shift Correction
product line, item K48RE. This new
correction package works on 2005-up
diesel 48REs using the throttle valve
actuator.
Designed to improve overall per-
formance and prevent comebacks, this
kit addresses all these problems:
• Code 740
• Inadequate line pressure
• Premature clutch or band fail-
ure
• Slow engagements
This kit includes a few unique com-
ponents such as the rapid-fill manual
valve, no-stick throttle valve, no-crawl
tool, and boost valve plate and clip.
For the 2003-2004 48RE gas or
diesel without the throttle valve actua-
tor, use Superior item K500-618-L.
Like all Superior products, this kit
was designed of high quality compo-
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and offers consistent results.
For more information on this or
any other Superior Shift Correction
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visit www.superiortransmission.com.
6L80E Center Support
Retaining Ring Removal
Also needed for servicing the
6L50E in the Cadillac CTS and the
6L90E in GM 2500 pickups
The 6L80E ushered in a new era
as GM’s rear-wheel drive workhorse.
A fascinating design that uses a
Lepelletier-inspired geartrain, it also
uses a large aluminum center support
which must be removed to gain access
to the low/reverse clutch pack and the
rear planet assembly.
The center support houses the 2-6
clutch pack on the front side and the
low/reverse on the rear. The size of
the support and the amount of stress
of the two clutch packs it contains
made it necessary to use a rather large,
extremely stout snap ring to hold it
firmly in place. So a rather large and
stout pair of pliers is required to remove
or replace it.
Until just recently none was
available. To remove the snap ring,
many found it necessary to cut into the
case from the bottom to gain access
with a screwdriver and hammer, and
pop it out of the groove. Leverage is
the name of the game when this much
pressure is in play.
The engineers at Adapt-A-Case
burned the midnight oil working through
many designs before arriving at their
new snap ring pliers. The heavy-duty
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another solution from the engineering
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For more information visit their
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New Torqueflite Throttle
Valve Kit from Northland
Transmission
Northland Transmission is pleased
to introduce its new TFTV throttle
valve repair kit. The TFTV kit fits all
Torqueflite valve bodies from early
904s (small valve) to late 48REs.
These transmissions, particularly
47REs behind 24 valve Cummins, tend
to wear the valve body. The resulting
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accelerator pedal. The kit allows you
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with a slightly oversized set.
The replacement valve train retains
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stock springs, or your favorite aftermar-
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For more information contact
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2617 or visit their web site at www.
servobore.com.
Tracer Introduces New
J2791-Certified Refriger-
ant Leak Detector
Tracer Products has unveiled the
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POWER INDUSTRY NEWS
TP-9364 PRO-Alert 2791™ electronic
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Its three-position sensitivity switch
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for easy leak diagnosis. The unit is
sensitive to R-12, R-134a and all other
HFC refrigerants, and is certified to
meet the new SAE J2791 standard for
electronic refrigerant detectors.
Unlike heated sensors on competi-
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throughout its life, and won’t become
contaminated by exposure to large
amounts of refrigerant. Sensor life is an
incredible 1000 hours or more!
The unit’s high-efficiency air sam-
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easily into tight places and holds its
position. An audible alarm and multiple
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The PRO-Alert 2791 is powered
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provides over six hours of use between
charges. On-board diagnostics indicate
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For more information about the
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Outside the United States and Canada,
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Microflex Announces the
First Disposable
Flock-Lined Gloves
Microflex Corporation, a division
of BarrierSafe Solutions International
(BSSI), a leading provider of latex
and synthetic hand protection, has
announced the launch of Dura Flock™
nitrile gloves. Dura Flock™ gloves
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The unique feature of Dura Flock™
gloves is the flock lining, which is a
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gloves. By absorbing moisture, the flock
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improving the grip, which is essential
to automotive technicians, maintenance
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there have been flock-lined gloves for
many years, never before have they
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Dura Flock™ gloves are made
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to be more comfortable than the standard
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Corporate Accounts LeeAnn Nejedlo
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For more about Dura Flock™
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ZF Services North America
Expands Product
Management and
Marketing Department
ZF Services — the strategic
aftermarket business unit of ZF
Friedrichshafen AG — is pleased to
announce the recent expansion of its
Product Management and Marketing
Department to better serve its customer
base and position the organization for
future growth.
Immediately following the
merger of ZF Sales & Service NA,
LLC and ZF Trading NA, LLC on
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st
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ZF Services North America began the
process of combining product lines
and restructuring the organization,
including the Product Management and
Marketing Department.
During the process of combining
product lines into automotive, heavy
commercial vehicle and off-highway
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new opportunities existed via cross-
selling and new business development.
“In order to successfully meet
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capacity to our Product Management
and Marketing Department,” said John
Edwards, President.
ZF is a leading worldwide sup-
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Written by Ralph Kramer, who
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Full benefits package for the right person.
Mon-Fri work week. Pay DOE. Please con-
tact (719) 494-8098 –leave message, or
fax resume to: (719) 494-8097. If you ever
wanted to live in one of the most desirable
places to hunt, fish, 4 wheel in USA, NOW is
your chance!! ATRA Mbr
HELP WANTED: Seattle, Washington
– Transmission rebuilder needed in well es-
tablished, well equipped transmission shop
of over twenty years. Rebuilding and diag-
nostic experience required. Monday through
Friday, benefits include paid vacation, holi-
days and health insurance; pay $30 to $35
dollars per hour depending on experience.
Contact Mark at (206) 624-1859.
ATRA Mbr
HELP WANTED: Twin Cities Transmission
in Niceville, Fl is looking for a SwingMan.
Medical available! We work 5 days. Please,
call Brandy at (850) 729-6629. You can also
email or fax your resume to tctransmission@
embarqmail.com or fax (850) 729-1529.
ATRA Mbr
HELP WANTED: SuperFlow Technologies
Group, www.superflow.com has an immedi-
ate need for a Sales Executive. Sales expe-
rience in capital equipment market a must.
Degree in automotive field or equivalent
work experience preferred. Mechanically
and electrically inclined, ability to read blue
prints. Must be able to travel. Contact: hr@
superflow.com, Fax: (515) 254-1656.
ATRA Mbr
HELP WANTED: TransTeam Employment
USA, The National Employment Headquar-
ters for the transmission industry wants you!
We offer a low cost internet recruiting ser-
vice for our registered transmission shop
owners and deliver nationwide job opportu-
nities to our registered employees. Always a
free service to all industry employees. Visit
our web site www.transteam.com 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week to see how it works
or call (888) 412-TEAM (8326). We make it
easy to relocate! ATRA Mbr
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ADVERTISERS
Name Page Name Page
ATRA ............................................................... 27,33,53
www.atra.com
ATRA's Powertrain Expo ...................................... 44,45
www.atra.com
Certified Transmission ............................................... 21
www.certifiedtransmissions.com
EVT Parts .................................................................... 9
www.evtparts.com
First National Merchant Solutions ............................. 31
www.fnms.com
Heffernan Group ........................................................ 37
www.heffgroup.com
Jasper Engines & Transmissions ........................... IBC
www.jasperengines.com
Life Automotive Products Inc. .................................... 17
www.smartblend.com
LUBEGARD
®
By International Lubricants, Inc. ..... OBC
www.lubegard.com
Power Pusher By Nu-Star, Inc. ................................. 31
www.powerpusher.com
Precision European Inc ............................................. 67
www.peius.com
Precision International ................................................. 7
www.transmissionkits.com
Seal Aftermarket Products-
Parker Hannifin Corporation ...................................11
www.parker.com
Slauson Transmission Parts ...................................... 41
www.slauson.com
Sonnax Industries .................................................... IFC
www.sonnax.com
SuperFlow Technologies Group ................................ 29
www.superflow.com
Superior Transmission Parts ..................................... 15
www.superior-transmission.com
TCRA ......................................................................... 49
www.tcraonline.com
Transtar Industries, Inc. ............................................. 35
www.transtarindustries.com
TransTec By CORTECO ............................................ 19
www.transtec.com
TRNi Inc. ................................................................... 30
www.transbuilder.com
Whatever It Takes Transmission Parts, Inc. ................ 3
www.wittrans.com
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locations to come!
4/4/09 Minneapolis, MN
4/18/09 Salt Lake City, UT
4/25/09 Fremont, CA
5/2/09 Toronto, ON
5/9/09 Denver, CO
5/30/09 Des Moines, IA
5/30/09 Dallas, TX
6/13/09 Vancouver, BC
8/1/09 San Antonio, TX
8/8/09 Los Angeles, CA
8/22/09 Cincinnati, OH
8/29/09 Chicago, IL
10/17/09 New York, NY
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