Brendan Baker, Author at Transmission Digest
Shop Profile: EMCO Gears brings motorsports tech to the street

“I read one of your latest profiles about Camargo Transmissions which just turned 100 years old, and their story was similar to mine,” says Larry Bishop, director of motorsports for EMCO Gears. “My grandfather was rebuilding transmissions and working on cars, and my dad and uncle followed him into the business. I got my start

Speedy’s Transmission Races Ahead of the Pack

Speedy’s works on all types of vehicles, from late-model vehicles with complex electronic controls to decades-old cars with complicated linkage.

Following The Supply Chain

Transtar Industries has become a significant player in the transmission industry by supplying the parts shops need to rebuild or remanufacture any unit that comes through the door. But getting the parts to your shop in time to service your customer takes a lot of planning and work behind the scenes in the ever-changing supply

Toyota Supra 8HP51 Performance Clutch Pack

The Raybestos Powertrain ZF 8HP51 Transmission Friction Clutch Pack Module, (p/n RGPZ-280) features (5) GPZ775 A, (5) GPZ783 B, (6) GPZ784, (4) GPZ778, (6) GPZ784 made-in-USA GPZ friction clutch plates. GPZ friction material is an upgraded material beyond the OE design and is manufactured with a unique blend of high-energy fibers for ultimate stress and

Canadian Shop Specializes in Honesty

The founders of B&N Transmissions in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, have had a journey that few in the industry have experienced. The shop founders are two brothers who fled their native country of Uganda, Africa in the 1970s under pressure from President Idi Amin, known as the “Butcher of Uganda.” Brian Charania moved to Canada first

GM 8L45/90 1-3-5-6-7 Accumulator Piston Kit

Sonnax has introduced a new drop-in Zip Valve kit. The 1-3-5-6-7 accumulator piston kit (p/n 154740-15K) eliminates leaks in GM 8L45/90 units. This kit restores normal shift operation and feel while protecting against premature wear for lasting results.

GM 4L60/65/70-E AX Code Accumulator Valve Sleeve

Recover hydraulic control and renew shift operation in GM 4L60/65/70-E transmissions with the new Sonnax drop-in AX code accumulator valve sleeve (p/n 77754-61). Features include: direct replacement sleeve replaces OE sleeves with “AX” code only; renews accumulator action and quells leaks; and the drop-in Zip Valve installs quickly and easily. 

6L80/6L90 3-5/Reverse Drum Check Tool

The 6L80/6L90 3-5/Reverse Drum Check Tool (p/n T45555-LEAK) from Whatever It Takes (WIT) allows you to air check the weld on the drum for cracks. It is made of billet aluminum and includes a set of sealing rings. For more, visit

Shop Profile: Ed’s Transmission of Marysville

Ed’s Transmissions has been around in one form or another in Washington state since 1952, but the original owner Dick Matson has long since sold them to separate owners of his three locations. With the original store in Everett, Washington, and two other shops added later, the Marysville store is now embarking on an ownership

ASE App Offers Technicians Remote Option to Extend A1-A9 Certifications

Automotive service professionals can sign up for a free three-day trial of the ASE renewal app at

Watch: 6R80 Pump Noise

Diagnosing noise in a transmission starts with figuring out what type it is and when it occurs. Noise can include whining, moaning, groaning, etc. Noise can occur in park/neutral, in gear setting still or driving down the road. In the case of a 6R80 a bearing growl may be heard at all times and not be the geartrain. Upgrades have been made to

Dana Bolsters Victor Reinz Brand in North America

Dana Incorporated has made a significant commitment to the Victor Reinz brand to ensure that the highest quality innovative sealing technologies are available to the North American aftermarket. “With more than 30,000 SKUs globally and a focus on problem-solving applications, Victor Reinz is well-positioned to lead the way as the premier aftermarket gasket and sealing