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The multi-functional Clutch 1 in Nissan’s CVT, part 1

Nissan’s Hybrid RE0F02/3H CVT transmission by Jatco (JF019E) can be found in vehicles such as the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder as well as the Infiniti QX60. It has its traction motor located where the torque converter would normally be (as you can see in Figures 1, at the top of the page, and 2, below).

Being tuned in: The value of transmission tuning

Tuning a vehicle to optimize its performance is nothing new. This customized process is used to provide fuel efficiency and improve other driveability concerns. Tuning for torque is especially desirable by diesel owners.Those who are proficient at tuning know that the transmission will need serious upgrades to survive the increased force it will receive from

How to service the Honda 10-speed transmission

With Honda’s 10-speed front wheel drive transmission (see Figure 1, above) going into its fifth year on the roads, it’s feasible that one may show up in your shop for service. (One note: this transmission does not have a typical name; it’s simply known as “the Honda 10-speed automatic transmission” in all OEM materials.) One

Searching for the source of an unexpected transmission fluid leak

As the installer was pumping fluid into the transmission from the right side of the vehicle, he was having a difficult time getting it full.

A 3D printing solution for 948TE offset pump access

The Chrysler 948TE has an offset pump mounted in a housing that is retained by round internal snap ring that must be squeezed to release the pump from the housing (seen in Figure 1). The difficulty in doing so: there is a double tension plate located at the bottom side of the pump (Figure 2).

Having a fit with a Honda Fit

A Honda Fit utilizing a GTAA continuously variable transmission will set a DTC after reaching about 30 miles per hour. When a scan tool is used to pull the code or codes set, a U0401-68 code appears in the scan tool with the explanation of it being a TCM failure. If a tech uses the

Chrysler 948TE: It’s a doggy dog transmission

The Chrysler 948TE transmission (seen in the above image) stands out for its unique use of two dog clutches: dog clutch A and dog clutch F. Dog clutch A (Figure 1) is used to drive an annulus/sun gear while dog clutch F (Figure 2) is used to hold a double sun gear stationary. In a

Diagnosing diagnostic codes

The codes being diagnosed in this article are: P0507: Idle speed performance higher than expected P0871: OD pressure switch rationality P0934: Line pressure sensor circuit low A 2006 Jeep Commander using a 545RFE transmission arrived at our shop from an independent muffler and general repair facility with three codes: P0507, P0871 and P0934. The codes

Transmission programming modules: When to reprogram and when to replace

Programming modules have been an essential aspect of the complete repair and service experience (Figure 1) within the automotive industry for quite some time now. Not providing this service shortchanges both the shop and the customer; yes, the repair has been performed, but the vehicle is still not working as well as it could be.

Technically Speaking June
10R80 gear ratio errors after rebuild

A 2018 F-150 Raptor using a 3.5L EcoBoost in front of a 10R80 transmission developed a noise at the rear of the transmission. The shop eventually diagnosed this as a rear case needle bearing failure. When road tested after repairs, the computer detected gear ratio errors immediately. This took the shop through a time-consuming process before

The ins and outs of the Hydraulic Selectable One-Way Clutch

A Hydraulic Selectable One-Way Clutch (SOWC) is used in GM’s 9T50 (figure 1, above) and Ford’s 8F35 transmission (figure 2, below). Its function and design are quite clever. The center plate inside this selectable one-way clutch lugs to the Overdrive Carrier. On the top side of this center plate are spring-loaded struts. Integral to the

Shift adaptation issues: Potential causes of a 2-3 shift bump

For shift adaptations to perform adequately, all required inputs must be functional. Of course, the solenoids and transmission components must also be functional. The type of inputs required for shift adaptations to function as designed will have some variations based on year, make and model.  For example, when Chrysler pioneered their 41TE clutch to clutch