Cool Solution!
While attending an automotive technical seminar recently, the topic of overheating and the various causes and current solutions came up during the lunch discussions between sessions. I heard them talk about “common knowledge” when it comes to overheating to newcomers attending their first technical seminars. I’d like to clear the air and explain what’s going on these days with overheating ...

TCRA Leads the Way for Torque Converter Rebuilders Worldwide
Torque converter rebuilders from around the world gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for the 22nd Annual TCRA Seminar this past April 26th and 27th. This year’s event started bright and early on Friday morning as the group loaded buses and headed up the road to Jasper, Indiana for a plant tour of Jasper Engine & Transmission Power Drive. Following the plant tour, a short bus ride took the a...

H&A: Setting the Standard for Quality Honda and Acura Transmissions
Back in the ’70s, G. Roland Dickason built a name for himself as an expert in automotive repairs. In 1974, he opened his first shop, Your Car Specialist, whose whole focus was repairing Hondas and Acuras. He did everything on those cars… well, everything except transmissions. So how did he turn that business model into one of today’s most respected transmission wholesale suppliers? His...


How's Your Insurance Coverage?
It’s been a busy week at your shop… very busy. So busy that you have more customer cars than usual in your lot. This in itself wouldn’t be a problem, except for the very large oak tree that just came crashing down on your parking lot and everything parked in it. Your mind races in a number of directions. How do we get this tree moved? How bad is the damage? And maybe most important, will ...

Getting to Know the 6F35 Code J
The 6F35 was introduced in 2009 in the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. The original torque converter for this transmission was a typical design with a single plate, dampered clutch system. It looks similar to the GM 6T40, as these units were a joint venture between the two companies. Later it moved onto other vehicles with little change. Most are probably building these units routinely at this...


Digging Deep into the 6L45/50 Converter
It’s no surprise that, over time, converters have become more complicated and challenging to build. In this issue, we’ll look deep into the 6-speed 6L45/50 captive clutch torque converters used in the 2013- 2015 Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS, and the 2012-2015 Chevy Camaro.And we’ll come up with a way to rebuild the captive clutch and bring it back to OE performance. After opening converter,...


How a Car Accident Sparked A Transmission Legacy
When you walk onto the production floor at ETE REMAN, it isn’t quite what you’d expect of a typical manufacturing site. The facility is brightly lit with natural light pouring through skylights. Inspiring signs in bold colors with Vince Lombardi quotes or attitude statements like “this is a bullshit free zone” adorn the walls. On one side are rows of racked transmissions awaiting service. ...

A Look Back: Adjusting the THM700-R4 Throttle Valve Cable
The 700R4 has been around for over 30 years, and yet they still show up in shops all across the country. For veteran builders this unit is pretty straightforward, but for the new guys who are thinking, “where’s the computer?” some issues might pose a problem. Step 1: With the engine off, disconnect the TV cable from carburetor or throttle body. Step 2: Have an assistant hold the gas pe...

Welcome to Expo 2018 and Las Vegas, Nevada!
For many people, Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. All of the largest hotels and casinos are here. It’s become famous for its ability to separate you from your money while you enjoy it. You may not know it, but the ATRA annual Powertrain Expo is the only event devoted exclusively to the transmission rebuilding industry, and it looks like this year will be the best Expo ever...

6L80/90 Snap Ring Popout
Using the wrong snap ring to retain the 3-5 reverse piston on a 6L80E will result in snap, crack, and pop: the snap ring pops out! There’s been a change to the snap ring and groove on the 6L80/90E 1-2-3- 4, 3-5 reverse drum. If you aren’t aware of this change and use the wrong 3-5 reverse snap ring, the snap ring won’t snap in when you install it. And later, it’ll pop out, resulting in ...

Converter Pilot Concerns and Consequences
Converter rebuilders have been challenged with torque converter pilot wear for years. A worn pilot can cause all kinds of problems if not addressed: Vibrations, leaks out of the front of the transmission, irregular noises, and cracked flywheels are just a few. Torque converter wear seems more prominent on the heavier converters. For example, it’s not uncommon for pilots on the 4L80Es to devel...

Kit Component Materials: Yesterday,Today, and Tomorrow
As automatic transmissions have evolved, so have their components. The demands on these transmissions in relation to efficiency, load capability, and technology have increased significantly. They’re running at higher temperatures and cycling more often than ever. These technological advances require that the sealing components withstand the rigors of today’s and tomorrow’s transmissions. ...

3 Ways to Build Trust Through Your Online Presence
In any industry, trust is incredibly important. In the transmission industry, that trust is vital in gaining new business. Historically, so much of this industry’s business came from word-of-mouth. With the introduction and rise of things like Google and social media, the concept of “word-of-mouth” still exists in a big way — it’s simply grown to include them. From online reviews to r...

Fluid Wars!
Sitting on the side-line for the last 15 years observing the OEM versus the aftermarket ATF conflict, (about where you source and how you use ATF) has lead me to believe the battle has taken a new direction recently. OEM’s have had their knickers in a bunch for years because the transmission aftermarket and dedicated service shops have insisted on making their own decisions about what and how to...