Keeping Cool

SUMMER IS HERE AND THINGS ARE HEATING UP. THIS TECH TIP WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A FEW QUICK DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION IDEAS THAT COULD ASSIST TECHNICIANS IN IDENTIFYING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID OVERHEATING PROBLEMS, PRIOR TO PERFORMING A TRANSMISSION FLUSH SERVICE.

Heat is the number one reason for automatic transmission failure. By implementing the following pre service diagnostic procedures in your facility, Fast Lube Owners and Managers can greatly reduce the number of heat related transmission failure claims, by identifying pre existing fluid flow problems.

Eliminating The Confusion

Many Original Equipment Manufactures commonly refer to transmission fluids and lubricants by utilizing letters or symbols like SLF, Type F, Diamond SP, Diamond SP II, ATF -3, ATF-4, CVT, Type T, Type T-II, Dex II, Dex III and Type A just to name a few. Below is an example of a frequent transmission fluid identification problem. Example: What is (SLF) fluid? Many Fast Lube Managers and Lube Technicians are perplexed by the (SLF) automatic transmission fluid recommendation listed in some original equipment manufacturers service manuals.

Chemicals, Chemicals, & More Chemicals.

Exactly what is the difference between Transmission Flush Chemicals and will transmission flush products harm or cause damage to a transmission?

This is the most frequently asked question by Fast Lube Operators and Service Tech’s.
Answer: There are basically two different types of Transmission Flush Chemicals available. Solvent Based and Synthetic Oil Based, and depending on which one you choose to use they can or can not cause harm to a transmission.

Transmission Service for the new Ford 5R55N

In the ever-changing world of automotive technology, professional automotive service providers must be prepared for whatever curve ball is thrown their way. This months tech tip deals with just this sort of thing as it relates to transmission services for the new Ford 5R55N transmissions, found in the 2000 and newer Lincoln LS and some Jaguars. Some technicians may be thinking, now how many Lincoln LS and Jaguars does the common fast lube facility service each month? The other thought process is that this new type of transmission application must start somewhere.

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What is Torque Converter Shudder?

Torque Converter Shudder occurs when the clutch inside the converter on an automatic transmission is being applied and the transition from slipping to locked up does not occur smoothly. The clutch locks up for a brief moment and then slips, or breaks away, because it could not hold enough torque to complete the lock up. The ability of the clutch to hold torque is the converter’s torque capacity, which is a function of the oil pressure applied to the torque converter clutch combined with the friction characteristics of the oil and friction surfaces.

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Correct Diagnosis

Recently, a Lube Manager requested technical assistance regarding automatic transmission slippage or late shifting, on a vehicle that his facility recently serviced. The lube Manager explained that they performed a transmission fluid exchange service on a late model Chevrolet truck. A week after the service had been performed, the customer returned to his facility complaining that the vehicle's transmission was slipping or late shifting while pulling a trailer. As you would expect, the vehicle's owner stated that the vehicle performed fine prior to the fluid exchange service.

Increase Value And Profitability By Providing A Differential Service

Often in our daily activities whether it is in our personal or professional lives, people can become very comfortable in a routine way of doing things. While an organized structured way of performing daily tasks can be a good thing, we must ask ourselves, can we do more? Yes, especially when it pertains to increasing profitability in our business. In today's Fast Lube marketplace we offer and provide a wider variety of services than ever before. Many of the services that we offer to our customers are derived from Auto Manufacturers Recommended Services Schedules.

Improving YOUR BOTTOM LINE With a Power Steering Service

In recent years Fast Lube operators have identified that by offering power steering flush services they can increase the bottom line, and is relatively simple service to perform. Recent surveys show that at least 30% of Fast Lubes surveyed currently offer power steering flush services, with an average service price of about $45.00. The cost of goods for performing power steering services is low and is relatively simple to perform. Often this service will provide a measurable tool of customer satisfaction by eliminating the irritable whining sound that resides under the hood.

ENHANCING A CABIN AIR FILTER SERVICE!

Often customers may complain of an strange or foul smelling odor when their vehicle's A/C or Heating system blower is turned on. You can just blame it on the kids, but the real cause is mold and bacterial growth on and around the A/C system evaporator core. During normal A/C operation, condensation (water) forms on the evaporator from humidity in the air. This condensation allows mold, fungi and bacteria growth which produces the bad odor and poor air quality inside the vehicle's cabin. It can also affect the occupant's breathing.

Keeping Transmissions Clean, For Extended Service Life

In today's world of rising costs, everything seems to be higher priced and more technically advanced than ever before. The same is true for automobiles and automotive drive components such as automatic transmissions. Innovative technology and complex engineering have replaced the basic hydraulically controlled automatic transmission of old with the new more advanced electronically/computer controlled automatic transmissions, which can sometimes mean more expensive components to replace and or repair.

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