Transmission Shops: Installation

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Putting what you learn in training into practice

We all have those family members and loved ones who need our help and expertise when it comes to cars, and I am no exception. I purchased a 2001 Honda CRV AWD with a possibly bad transmission for my daughter to replace the worn-out vehicle she was driving. After determining that the transmission was indeed

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It’s the little things: Double-checking and doing the basics in transmission repair

As transmission technicians, problem-solving is what we do. We see that box that says “customer states” and we already have an idea of what is wrong, and 99% of the time we’re right. After all, it’s the eighth 6L80 we have seen this month. But with an endless list of components and ever-evolving technologies it

Mystery transmission problems: When the code doesn’t match the complaint

This one was a learning experience for me, and I hope my journey will help others if they run into this same scenario. A 2012 Nissan Quest with a 3.5L engine and the RE0F09B transmission came into our shop with the complaint that the CEL was on, there was a loss of power and the

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Simple fixes for bad battery connections

In this article we will discuss bad connections, starting with the battery and ending with, well, the battery. Seemingly every week, we at Certified Transmission get a vehicle in that has an issue at the battery terminals; and if it isn’t causing an issue right now, it will sooner or later. All the following cars

The diagnostic value of the scope

There was a time in my career when replacing a computer was touch and go. I always tried to do my due diligence and eliminate everything else as a possible cause before replacing the computer, but sometimes that wasn’t enough, and I would miss something along the way. That was long before I learned how

Troubleshooting tips: Narrowing down the reasons for a no-shift situation

A customer brought their 2013 Ram 1500 equipped with a 5.7L/65RFE powertrain to our shop in Omaha, Nebraska, with a complaint that it “will not shift at times.” A quick scan of the truck revealed a P0750 (Low/Reverse Solenoid Circuit) code. I took the vehicle for a road test and was able to duplicate the

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Easy fixes to common transmission problems

Transmission makers are always throwing the repair industry curveballs. The challenges seem endless. Sometimes manufacturers will let us know of changes they are doing, while other times they let us figure it out as we go. I would like to go over a few examples we’ve encountered that may help you on a simpler installation

You can’t learn everything from a manual: Ram ProMaster City test case

Today’s adventure starts with a customer coming into the shop with a 2015 Ram ProMaster City van with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and a 948TE 9-speed transmission. The customer came to our shop because the battery went dead, and after the new battery was installed, a bunch of warning lights came on. The odometer was

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R&R Tech: 62TE transmission not shifting correctly

This article is in reference to a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country equipped with a 62TE transmission and 3.6L engine. While this might not be a technological breakthrough, this case is worthy of discussion as we have seen this issue on numerous occasions over the years. The transmission in this vehicle was one of our

Hyundai CV axle / PTU: A fresh set of eyes

One of the things I have always enjoyed about this job is when we are able to help another shop out with a problem that they have been fighting for a while and just have not been able to find the source of the problem. The following story is one of those situations, while it

Recalibrating Nissan CVT8

Over the last decade and a half, the industry has become very familiar with the Nissan/Jatco CVT. The market has been flooded with these affordable commuter and passenger cars providing impressive fuel economy. It is partly achieved through the efficiency of these transmissions, but they also have become known for failing within 100,000 miles. These

Erratic Downshifting Ford F-250

Our shop recently took in a 1995 Ford F-250 with erratic downshift concerns. I started the initial evaluation with a visual inspection, fluids check, and a code scan. When scanning for codes, I was a little surprised that there weren’t any stored; per the customer concern, I was expecting an MLPS or a VSS code