Technicians

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After rebuilding a ZF6HP26 transmission, it is frustrating to say the least when you discover harsh, bumpy or clunky type shifts on a road test. If your scan tool is capable of resetting the adaptations you try that. When that doesn’t work, you bite the bullet and...
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The JF011E (as it is called in Dodge and Jeep applications), is a JATCO-made CVT, which is also referred to as the RE0F10A in Nissan and the F1C1A in Mitsubishi (Figure 1). With this transmission having such a presence on the road today, it comes as no surprise that many...
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I must admit, when I was repairing other people’s cars fulltime the last thing I wanted to do on the weekend was work on my own. But for the last 5 years or so, I find myself spending more time behind a computer keyboard and less time under a hood. It is vitally...
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A new spacer plate is available for the 6L80 series transmission due to an 8th ball being added to the upper valve body (Figure 1). This ball is in what GM designates as the CBR1 hydraulic circuit. This hydraulic circuit feeds the outer diameter area of the Low/Reverse...
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Whether you’re a muffler/undercar specialist working on exhaust systems every day or a drivability tech working on them occasionally, you’ve inevitably banged your head on a few tough exhaust system problems and technology changes haven’t made the exhaust...
MOTOSHOP Technology ToolsSM, a product portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. launched a contest for commercial garages and repair shops that will award one grand prize winner up to $10,000 in new technology equipment and services to provide a shop technology makeover....
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TORRANCE, CALIF — Knowing new automotive technology is out in the market, and actually getting a chance to see, touch and learn about something new are entirely different things. Just ask Paul Barnhart of Connie & Dick’s Service Center in Claremont, Calif....
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A 2006 Nissan XTERRA with and RE5R05A transmission was rebuilt a couple of years back when it returned to the shop with a sudden “no move” condition. The transmission was removed and disassembled for inspection. Nothing was visibly wrong. In fact the words used...
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A 2002 Tacoma come into the shop with an intermittent no reverse, second gear starts and no shift to fourth gear.  May or may not store code P0755. In this case the truck was scanned and a DTC P0755 for S2 solenoid performance was stored in memory. The code was...
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The light truck sector is one of the most competitive sales segments in the U.S. auto industry.  Sporting lofty price tags and higher profit margins, pickup trucks are the bread and butter for many manufacturers and their dealers. It’s easy to make money selling...
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When it comes to any modern automotive system, you can accurately say some things never change. You can also say with equal accuracy some things are not only always changing – they are changing faster than most of us are able to keep up with! If you’ve found...
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Auto designers would love nothing more than to remove every accessory drive you see on the front of the engine. Each one pulls power away from the rear wheels and reduces fuel economy to some extent. But until they do, it is important that we, as professional technicians,...
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A 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x2 with a 5.7L engine and a 545RFE transmission comes into the shop in failsafe. Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Codes P1794 for a Speed Sensor Ground...
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The TST/ATTS training center is also a full-time shop located north of New York City. Even though my days are long and my free time short, keeping my hands dirty keeps me current on the problems my students (and my faithful readers) are facing. Here’s a few we had...
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The acronym for “continuously variable transmission” is CVT. Amusingly enough; there are many other titles that use the CVT acronym. For those who have not had a good experience trying to repair a CVT might relate to “Center for Victims of Torture.”...