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Shift pointers: High-mileage transmissions and the aches and pains of age

Among the most common four speed-transmissions keeping shops busy today are the Ford 4R70E/W, the GM 4L60-E and the GM 4L80-E. In most cases, this typically equates to working on high-mileage vehicles. Aches and pains come with age and/or high mileage. In fact, when we see a person who looks beat and tattered, some may

Shift Pointers: Nissan’s no throttle response

Nissan vehicles using continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) are notorious for defaulting to a no throttle response when the vehicle is engaged into gear. There are several malfunctions that can cause this protective failsafe feature to be initiated. A brake switch (stop lamp switch) stuck on, a double-footed driver, blown or incorrect brake bulbs, and wheel

Shift Pointers: Shift rod displacement in a luxury car

When owning a luxury vehicle, one cannot be faint-hearted when the time comes to pay a repair bill. Even if you bought a used luxury car at a very good price, this doesn’t change the price of new components required to make that repair. Such was the case with Kevin at Sampson Transmission. It began

Shift pointers: Tricky sensor situations

Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug—a phrase many of us have heard and experienced. It’s inevitable. The idea is to be the windshield as much as possible. Shane from Cottman Transmissions had a helluva day but in the end, he was the windshield. In his shop he had a 2016 Explorer using

Shift Pointers: Getting the 10R80 shaft

The Ford 10R80 family of transmissions has become known for the CDF clutch cylinder sleeve moving out of position. An updated drum has been made available by Ford with a “no-walk” backing lip to prevent repeat failure. After this cylinder has been replaced, there still may be another problem still lurking in the transmission that

Park Wiggle Movement (En Español)

La transmisión 6F35 utiliza un sensor interno de rango de transmisión digital (TR) (figura 1) para proporcionar un ciclo de trabajo de frecuencia fija al módulo de control de la transmisión (TCM) para cinco posiciones diferentes de la palanca de control manual. ellos siendo; Estacionar, reversa, neutral, conducir y baja. El TCM usa esta entrada

Shift Pointers: Park Wiggle Movement

The Ford 6F35 transmission uses an internal Digital Transmission Range (TR) sensor (Figure 1, above) to provide a fixed frequency duty cycle to the Transmission Control Module (TCM) for five different manual control lever positions. They are Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Low. The TCM uses this input to influence line pressure control, shift scheduling

Shift Pointers: A Peculiar Problem Syndrome

An interesting scenario arose recently at Performance Transmissions, where Rick was faced with a 62TE pressure control problem in a 3.6L 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. The Line Pressure Solenoid is a Normally Vented Solenoid designed to lower line pressure when it duty cycles as the hydraulics show in figure 1, above. The theory of operation provided

When a transmission problem isn’t a transmission problem

Let’s take a look at three examples of times when a car’s issue seems to be a transmission problem, but a closer look reveals another culprit. Case study 1: Ford 5R44E A 2009 Ford Ranger 2WD 2.3L with a 5R44E transmission and 110,000 miles on the odometer comes to the shop with a concern of

Shift Pointers: No ball, no reverse

Yoram Levy from Israel gave us a call with a 2022 Chevrolet Traverse using a 9T65 that suddenly lost reverse. He had found a check ball missing in his valve body which he points out in figure 1 (above). Figure 2, below, shows how bad the plate was where this ball passed through. GM usually

Shift pointers: A 4T65-E that wants to move in Park and Neutral

When conducting ATSG seminars, as we are usually covering a specific piece of tech, we’ll often tell attendees that if they put this together wrong, they should let us know what happens. Just recently, Ricky Hodgkinson from AACTION Transmission did just that. He was kind enough to share an incident he recently had with a

Shift Pointers: Reassembling GM pumps with cam failure

For the past several years, GM has used a binary positive displacement vane type pump. The compact design allows for it to be utilized in off-axis applications such as the 8L90 transmission and the third generation 6T40 transmission. Figures 1 (above) through 4 display a view of this style pump in the 6T40 applications. The