December 2008 Archives - Transmission Digest
More Centerline Issues

Maintaining the proper centerline during the torque-converter rebuild process is very important. How well the centerline was maintained during the process can be measured by how much balance weight needs to be added at the end of the process.

Serviceability Report: Toyota Tacoma – How Are They to Repair?

We aren’t going to compare a 1972 to a 2008, but we will look at the 2008 vs. the 2002 model. The most popular is the V-6 with 4WD, but with gas prices not going below $4 a gallon, the four-cylinder is looking pretty good these days, and in regard to AWD – do I really need that?

Another Case of Mistaken Identity

When he removed the valve body and started to compare it with his original valve body, he noticed that the manual valves were different lengths. Since the valve bodies looked identical in every other way, he decided to use his original manual valve in the replacement valve body. When he installed the valve body it worked flawlessly.

‘Where Is all that Noise Coming From?’

This recent experience was brought to my mind as I spoke with a customer who told me of an issue he was having with a Ford Freestyle that seemed to be emitting an unrelenting noise similar to what I’d expect from our five boys and one girl (the “one girl,” by the way, is an “angel” and is never loud – HA!). The noise was unrelenting, not because it was loud but because it just wouldn’t stop.

December 2008 Issue

In This Issue
Dodge 48RE: Valve-Body Hydraulic Differences

Narrowing Your Marketing and Sales Focus

Although you may want to keep doing every bit of promotion, you really need to question the generation of profit vs. the cost. If you are investing in forms of advertising just because you always did, you need to know whether they are still viable. Every ad you run needs to bring a good return on investment. If the results of any initiative can’t be measured, should you continue it?

Toyota U140/U240 Series Diagnostic Information

This transmission has some unique problems that can cause you to scratch your head. Add the lack of information available from the manufacturer and your frustration level can skyrocket. Here are some common problems and suggestions on how to resolve them.

A Different Differential: the BorgWarner 44-82 Transfer Case

Beginning in the 2003 model year, General Motors introduced a new transfer case into its full-size-truck line. The Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and Yukon XL all feature the BW 44-82 transfer case (figures 1, 2 and 3), which is a full-time unit.