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Do You Want to Be a Millionaire?
Up Your Business is an exclusive GEARS Magazine feature in which I share stories, insights, and reflections about business and life. How did I become a millionaire? Well, on my 30th birthday, my dad gave me a million dollars and said, “Don’t blow it?” Of course, I’m kidding, and most of us don’t get a million dollars handed to us – we’ve got to earn it. But, what does it take to a...

Shoppers and Classified
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Scan Tool 101
In the transmission industry, there’s something new to learn every day. Some of the simplest things can be challenging, but that’s what we enjoy: fixing problems and overcoming challenges. Gathering information and saving it is just as important as working on the cars themselves. In this article, we’ll discuss an easy way of gathering and saving data that you can use to find the informati...

Alfred State Automotive and ATRA: A Perfect Parnership
Alfred State College is a small technical school, with about 3500 students, in the Southern Tier of Western New York State. The college is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and offers a variety of two and four-year degrees. The automotive department resides in the School of Applied Technology, which also offers Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) programs in building tr...

Ring Ring, RE5R05A Calling!
The RE5R05A was first introduced to the market in 2002 in the Infinity Q45. Several other vehicles used it in later years with some models such as the NV, still using this transmission for the 2016 production year. Since its inception, the transmission designer, JATCO has used rigid sealing rings produced with PEEK material in several locations within the transmission assembly depending upon model...

2017 Buyer's Guide
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The Mystery Behind Nissan/Jatco CVT Pulleys
There’s always a bit of mystery the first time you work on a Jatco CVT about how to take the pulleys apart. Everyone’s heard about the very strong spring in one of the pulleys, and how and you have to be careful getting it apart to avoid getting hurt or damaging the pulleys or other parts. In last month’s issue of GEARS, we discussed how to remove and replace the belt or chain from these...