Andrew Markel, Author at Transmission Digest
Manual clutch repair and diagnostics

Manual gearboxes are relatively trouble-free and long-lived, provided that they are not abused too severely. The clutch, however, is a wear component. With every shift, the clutch must be disengaged and engaged. Stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic is especially hard on a clutch because the driver is always riding the clutch pedal. After millions of

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Watch: CVT modules and programming

CVTs usually will require a reset to the basic factory programming after repairing a major component. You can typically use a scan tool to help complete this. Watch the latest video from Transtar, above, for more.

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Watch: CVT fluid diagnostics

CVT fluids are different than automatic transmission fluids. Learn why the requirements for these fluids are different and how to select the right fluid for your vehicle. Watch the latest video from Transtar, above, for the answer.

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Watch: CVT electric and communication codes

Find out if your transmission module is not sharing information properly. Different codes will indicate different issues within the transmission. Watch the latest video from Transtar for more information.

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Watch: CVT diagnostic strategy and codes

Understand the codes you may see when working on a CVT and the tools and software needed to diagnose and fix the issues. Watch Transtar’s latest video, above, to learn more.

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Watch: The basics of CVT repair

How do you know if you’re working on a CVT transmission? Let Andrew Markel explain how to spot them and some best practices when completing the job. Watch Transtar’s video above for the explanation.

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Watch: Transmission trouble codes

If you are seeing trouble codes with your transmission, it is important to understand the differences and what each separate code indicates. Watch the video above from Transtar for the details.

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Watch: Transmission pans and gaskets

In this video from Transtar, learn the difference between the various types of transmission pans and the gaskets that go with them and why it is important to know these differences. Watch above.

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Podcast: Talking CVTs with Transtar, part 2

Following part one of Andrew Markel’s discussion of the ins and outs of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) with Dave Hritsko of Transtar, part two of Andrew and Dave’s conversation gets more in depth on the topic, including a discussion on programming transmission modules for CVTs. Tune in to their conversation in the video above.

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Watch: Checking transmission fluid levels

In this video with Transtar, learn how to make sure you have filled the transmission fluid to the appropriate level after making the necessary repairs. Watch above for the details.

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Watch: Transmission filter basics

In this video for Transtar, Andrew Markel explains the basic workings and importance of transmission filters. Watch the video above for more.

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Watch: Transmission fluid specifications

With changes in transmissions and engines, along with government regulations, specifications for transmissions have evolved over time. Let Andrew Markel help explain how to find the correct fluid for your vehicle in the video above.

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