March 2005 Archives - Transmission Digest
A First View of Borg Warner’s Interactive Torque Management System

The quest for better technology never rests. The cars being produced today are perhaps the best ever for durability, emissions control, fuel efficiency, handling, braking and power. You don’t have to be in our industry for very long to realize that, across the board, the manufacturers are building great products. If the car owner follows the prescribed maintenance schedules, there is an excellent chance that his vehicle will easily exceed 100,000 miles without a major component failure.

Water, Water Everywhere

Many of us are familiar with the “strawberry milkshake” you see when a transmission cooler ruptures in the radiator and mixes engine coolant and transmission fluid. In recent years we have seen other problems that can be traced back to water intrusion. A massive leak is easy to find. Let’s look at some causes that often are less obvious.

A Case of Mistaken Identity

The recent JATCO five-speed automatic transaxle shown in Figure 1 can be found in a variety of vehicles. In the Mazda6 and MPV it is known as the JA5A-EL; in the Jaguar X type it is known as the JF506E; in the VW Golf, GTI and Jetta it is known as the 09A; and in the Land Rover Freelander it is called the JF506E as in Jaguar vehicles.

March 2005 Issue

Issue Summary:

We provide exploded views of the valve body and identification of components in AW50-42LE units.

After overhaul, the speedometer on a Volvo/SAAB vehicle equipped with a 50-40 LE series transaxle may register in the Park position, and there may be no Reverse when the driver selects Reverse from the Park position.

Point of Vue

I happened to be looking through some newly received factory bulletins from GM and came across an interesting one concerning the Saturn Vue and Ion. These models that are equipped with the AF33/23-5 five speed automatic have been around since 2002.

Advertising – for Those Who Think They Can’t Afford It!

You have to advertise regardless of whether you think you can afford it. It’s one of the few ways you have to bring new customers to your business. What you can’t afford is making expensive mistakes. Advertising is supposed to be an investment in your business that pays you a return. You buy an ad; new customers call – at least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Many times it doesn’t work that way for any number of reasons.