A 2007 Dodge Charger equipped with a 5.7L V8 engine and 722.6 transmission was brought to a transmission shop. At the time of the visit, the vehicle had more than 88,000 miles on the odometer. The customer told the service writer that the vehicle had previously been to four different repair shops in a failed attempt to eliminate a downshift shudder and cold-stall condition. A technician road-tested the vehicle and described the condition as a vibration when coming to a stop and — since it was February in the Northeast — the cold-stall condition also was quickly verified.
When GM and Ford collaborated to develop the new FWD six-speed transmission family, the results differed due to design and suppliers used, and each company subsequently made different modifications.
Do you have a basic philosophy for your business? If you went to a banker to borrow money for expansion or new equipment and were asked to describe the basic philosophy of your business, how would you answer? How would you convince this lender to loan you money based on the way you do business and what you see in your future and that of the industry? What could you tell him or her that would show there’s a high probability you will be able to repay the loan?
A few months ago I wrote an article about Diesel tuners in reference to keeping the software updated and some of the issues that can arise if they aren’t. This go around I will touch on something similar but different at the same time: vehicles that have third-party programming installed, but there is no tuner that you can hold onto or plug in and update. This is hardware that has the ability to pull the factory calibration from the ECM/TCM in order to be edited, and then flashed back into the ECM/TCM. HP Tuners and EFI Live are the “big two” so to speak, and there are a few up-and-comers entering the market, but for the most part these are the brands that are the most widely used and can give us some headaches.
Branding can function just like traditional marketing. Take a print ad, for example. Ultimately, a customer will go to your website or pick up the phone because what was on paper was compelling, interesting, memorable, or just a really great deal. When you approach branding a B2B business the same way, your customers think of you and the feeling and/or service you give them when their customer is right in front of them. Branding contributes to the actions of a sale.
In 1973 Jeep introduced the QuadraTrac transfer case, designed and built by Borg Warner. Jeep, now part of Chrysler, which is now part of Fiat, trademarked the QuadraTrac name and continues to use it today. In 2011 Jeep introduced several new transfer cases for the Jeep Grand Cherokee models. There are three systems available providing 4-wheel drive: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II Active on Demand, and Quadra-Drive II equipped with an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD). This gives us three new transfer cases to learn about.