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Hybrids and CVTs: Nissan RE0F03H (JF019E)

The Background Beginning with the 2017 model year, Nissan introduced a hybrid version of the Rogue with the RE0F03H CVT transmission behind a 2.0 L engine. Infiniti also produced a hybrid version of this transmission in the QX60 behind a 2.5 L engine. The Jatco designation for this transmission is the JF019E, which is a

Clean Cars 2030 signed into law in Washington state

Repair shops in Washington state might be facing big changes sooner than they expected, as Governor Jay Inslee recently signed a bill into law setting a date of 2030 for all new cars registered in the state to be electric. The measure, known as Clean Cars 2030, sets the most aggressive state target in the U.S. for

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KIA A6MF2H Hybrid Engine Stalls in Drive

Complaint: A 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid equipped with a 2.4L engine and the A6MF2H transmission has a complaint of the engine stalling as soon as the shifter is pulled into the drive position. When the transmission was disassembled for inspection, the engine clutch friction plates were found to be burnt and welded together, refer to

Hybrid Batteries

Some hybrid models are getting to the end of their battery life.

GM To Stop Making Gas and Diesel Cars, SUVs by 2035

According to a report by The Washington Post, General Motors announced it will end the sale of all gasoline and diesel passenger cars and SUVs by 2035. The announcement marks a major turning point for GM with a future focused on new electric vehicles. GM chief executive Mary Barra said the company will eliminate all

2012 KIA Optima 2.4 Hybrid

Not often do we get the opportunity to work with a tech that is having issues with a transmission in a hybrid vehicle. Not too long ago, Gerald Campbell had the chance to do just that with Carlos Costa from Transmission Technology. He had a 2012 Kia Optima 2.4L Hybrid using an A6MF2H transmission. There is no torque converter in this transmission. It does have an “engine clutch” and an “electrical motor” that sits in the area where the torque converter would be (Figure 1). The vehicle came into the shop with a “Stall on Engagement” complaint with repeated “Engine Clutch” burn out. In fact, when the trans was removed and disassembled, the engine clutch was smoked, and the clutch plates frozen/welded together.

BMW 530e Plug-in Hybrid

Awhile back, I compared a 2005 BMW 325 2.5 liter to the updated 2011 model and guess what? The newer one was harder to service. So the questions I ask working techs include: Do the automotive designers look at the ease of service when designing a new car? And are they getting better or worse to work on?

Serviceability Report: Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Motor Co. saw the light in hybrid technology with the introduction of the model year (M/Y) 2005 Escape hybrid. Since then, they’ve made many improvements and gained market share.

Chew on This: Curious Tech Sinks His Teeth into a Start-Stop Problem with a Prius Hybrid

I repaired the ground circuits and tested the coils. They were now all firing. I put the plugs and coils back in and cranked it again. Watching the energy monitor on the dash, I could see that the engine was cranking but not starting. This was disappointing since I thought I did well finding the ground-wire issue. The strange part about this car is that the gas engine cranks at 1,200-plus rpms and keeps cranking until it starts, sets a no-start code or you turn off the key. The coil codes were gone, but now I got a P3191 no-start code. I managed to catch some interesting crank no-start data that illustrates pretty well what I mean when I say you can’t tell the difference between cranking and starting on these cars.

The New Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

This month we will examine the Lincoln MKZ. Two years after I closed my shop to pursue my career full time in hybrid technical training, Alan Mullaly was named CEO of Ford. That was 2006. Under Mullaly’s leadership, Ford was kept out of bankruptcy court and improved its products, but did the much-improved Ford consider the working technician who has to fix their cars or do preventive maintenance?

Shops Still Shy Away from Working on Hybrids

Troubleshooting takes knowledge and a great deal of hands-on experience, yet the payoff is worth it.

It’s been a busy time for hybrids in my shop. The training schedule has been hectic and the buying and selling is starting to get some movement. The Consumer Reports rating on the Prius as the best value in used cars sure hasn’t hurt either.

Misconceptions about Hybrids all too Common

Hybrids are coming to our shops, like it or not. I seem to be getting a lot more customers lately who are asking questions about hybrids. They want to know things like: “How far can you go on one before you have to plug it in and recharge?” “How dangerous are they?” “What happens if you run into a flash flood or get into an accident?” “Could you get shocked getting out of the car?” and “How long does that $10,000 battery last?” There are a lot of technicians out there who have some pretty strange ideas about hybrids also.