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Diagnosing Chrysler transmission max line pressure and P0933, P0869, P1745 codes

This article applies to Chrysler RFE, RLE and TES transmissions that utilize pressure control solenoids (PCS) for line pressure control. The subject is a rather common electrical fault that may occur on the PCS line pressure solenoid circuit, which results in max line pressure. Diagnosis and correction of a max line pressure condition may become

How to fix GM 8L45/8L90 no-move and no-pressure conditions

By now you may have heard of, or even experienced, a GM 8L45 or 8L90 transmission with a no-move or no-pressure condition. Conditions of no movement or no pressure after repair have plagued this unit since its inception. Here’s what you can do about them. Condition 1: No movement after fast learn or programming If

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Stop/start accumulators: What you don’t know can hurt you

It’s no secret that the auto industry is making big moves these days, but while a lot is new, one thing that never changes is that the men and women servicing vehicles need to be learning almost constantly in order to do their jobs safely and effectively. Everybody knows not to touch hot exhaust parts,

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How to get started with OE ECU reprogramming

The conversation goes like this: I have been paying mobile programmers or remote access programmers (RAPs) far too long. I believe I can save money and time by doing this myself. What type of equipment is needed and what is the cost to get up and running? Let’s find out! In a nutshell, four basic

Troubleshooting Ford 6R80, 6R140 2-3 shift quality issues

We are all too familiar by now with the numerous band numbers on Ford 6R80 and 6R140 transmissions. We know that — unless you are programming in a new calibration code — it is best to replace a solenoid with the exact same band number as what was taken out of that position on the

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Ford 6R80 & 6R140: Troubleshooting timing-related shift issues

As the old saying goes: “timing is truly everything.” Or is it? Either way, we know for sure that this is extremely true in the world of transmissions. Timing problems with clutch apply or with combined clutch apply and clutch release can create all kinds of complaints from flared shifts to harsh shifts to a

Ford 6R140: Identifying unique torque converter features and avoiding application pitfalls

The Ford 6R140 was introduced in 2010 (for 2011 model year trucks) as a six-speed used in Super Duty gas- and diesel-powered applications. Today, these units are in high-value, hard-working trucks at the peak of the repair cycle. Aftermarket programming (especially with the diesel variants) is pulling additional power from the engines, putting further loads

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Ford 6R140: Repairing the elusive intermittent neutral condition

The 6R140 has been in large Ford trucks since 2011 and is now considered a common unit in most shops. Our discussion today concerns the elusive intermittent neutral condition. At one particular time, this complaint was so common at one particular California utility company with a fleet of trucks that there seemed to be no

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Ford 6R140 separator plate identification: How to identify changes and interchangeability

Ford introduced the 6R140 transmission, paired with the 6.7L diesel, in early 2010 for 2011 model year production. This has created confusion when trying to identify valve body components, as new model year release is usually near the end of the previous year. Valve body and separator plates have gone through numerous updates since the

Diagnosing the infamous GM 8L45, 8L90 3-4 neutral

Today we are examining what we’ll call a “Twilight Zone” transmission complaint: an issue that appears out of nowhere while performing a small, insignificant repair and initially makes little sense. The 8L45 and 8L90 3-4 Neutral condition, which has been baffling many shops/techs, is one such complaint. Problem: 3-4 Shift is Neutral after installing a

Troubleshooting Ford 6F35 torque converter one-way clutch failure

It is Friday afternoon at Cooter’s Transmission, and the last of the day’s jobs are being wrapped up. Everyone is getting ready for spirits and good food at Buster’s Pub. A Ford 6F35 from a 2015 Ford Explorer rebuilt earlier in the week is installed, and something is not right. John, the installer, puts it

How to set up a Snap-on scanner for Dodge Secure Vehicle Gateway protocol

If you have tried to scan a 2018 and later Chrysler/Dodge vehicle, you may have found a notice on your scanner saying that the Secure Gateway is locked; you can only read codes and are unable to perform clearing of codes or resets. Chrysler is the first company to implement this, and others may follow

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