• SureTrack Community Fix: Haunted Shifter

    Mitchell 1 SureTrack Real Fix LogoWould it creep you out if you’re driving along and your automatic transmission shifter decides to move to neutral on its own? SureTrack community member kamesautomotive had a Chevy Express van in their shop that did this but they knew it wasn’t haunted but wasn’t sure what the cause was. They posed the question to the community, and with the help of fellow community member trannyman1 and others, they were able to resolve the issue quickly.

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Flashing in the Outback

    Mitchell 1 SureTrack Real Fix LogoAutomatic transmissions don’t like to be too hot or too cold. If they get overheated, they can be seriously damaged. SureTrack community member Tech12345 had a Subaru Outback in the shop where the automatic transmission temperature light was flashing. They found and repaired some damage to the transmission but the light continues to flash. They posed the question to the community, and with the help of fellow community member ericsautomotive and others, they were able to resolve the issue quickly.

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Transmission Faults

    Mitchell 1 SureTrack Real Fix LogoWhen your customer brings their car in with the check engine light on, one of the last things they want to hear is that they have transmission faults. Follow this Real Fix to see how codes P0720, P0731, P0732 and P1790 on this 2002 Chrysler Voyager were diagnosed and the component that caused the problem.

  • How Prognostics Systems Impact Transmission Maintenance

    trucktechunderhood_featuredModern maintenance alert systems can take the guesswork out of when a system should be serviced. Here’s an overview of how prognostics systems notify technicians (or drivers) of an upcoming service need based on data about the vehicle in real-world driving conditions.

  • Don’t Believe Everything You Think

    ma_Figure-1_23In diagnosing problems with vehicles, every now and again what one thinks they know blinds them from seeing what is really causing the problem. When this occurs, it typically takes place with a vehicle known for a common failure.

  • Achieve Optimum Powertrain Performance

    ECU-Communication_FeaturedThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established standards to reduce fuel consumption and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions for the heavy duty trucking industry. These new standards have resulted in manufacturers developing every aspect of a truck’s powertrain to achieve optimum fuel efficiency.

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

    Real Fixes from Mitchell 1’s new SureTrack® expert information resource are documented issues from actual shop repair orders and community discussions. Read on to see how SureTrack can help you correct issues that are not easily diagnosed using OEM information alone. SureTrack is currently available free in our ProDemand product. SureTrack Real Fix: Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle […]

  • Hyundai F4A51 Transmission with ISS Troubles

    Hyundai F4A51 Transmission with ISS Troubles Wayne Colonna/Motor Age — The other day I was visiting a shop located in Homestead, Fla., called WiWi’s Transmissions. Alberto Rivera, one of the techs there was working on a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. This vehicle was fitted with a V6 2.7L engine and the F4A51 four speed front […]

  • These Transmissions Need to Quit Their Whining

    These Transmissions Need to Quit Their Whining Lindsey Robles/Motor Age — I don’t know how many times I’ve been driving down the road and a Honda Odyssey van or an Acura MDX will pass by and it sounds like it has a supercharger in it. Did this thing just get hopped up at the local […]

  • A look at the Dual Clutch Gearbox

    A look at the Dual Clutch Gearbox This manual transmission will send even the most experienced techs looking for a refresher course. Wayne Colonna/Motor Age — The DSG, or Dual Clutch Gearbox, is a manual transmission using a Mechatronic system to shift the transmission automatically via a double wet or dry clutch with double input […]