Diagnostic Codes as Troubleshooting Aids

A few weeks ago I was attending an automatic transmission service seminar in Atlanta. One of the many topics of discussion was Diagnostic Trouble Codes (or Service Codes). With today’s advanced technology it seems that there are diagnostic trouble codes for everything, especially pertaining to automatic transmissions. However, in this months Smart Blend Synthetics Tech Tip we are going to shift gears form transmission related problems to the subject of Fuel System Diagnostic Codes.

Flush Chemicals What is the Difference?

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.

To Change Or Not To Change, The Transmission Filter

In time all things change, and the Fast Lube Industry is no stranger to change. One of the major changes in the industry is the way that we perform Automatic Transmission Fluid services. Once upon a time when providing an ATF service we routinely removed transmission pans, provided visual inspections and replaced transmission filters prior to installing new ATF.


Seal Conditioners/Stop Leaks In Transmission Additives

I recently received an E-mail from a Fast Lube Operator that proposed a question about Seal Conditioners/Stop leaks in transmission additives. The operator simply ask “Are products that contain Seal Conditioners/Stop Leaks good or bad for automatic transmissions”?


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