Brake Transmission Repair

How do you reset your transmission?

If its a Ford (works for a few other manufacturers too) disconnect your battery terminals while your headlights are on. Then get a wire and connect the two wires together temporarily for at least 10 minutes. Do not let these wires touch the terminals of the battery while you are doing this. The battery should be fully disconnected. DO NOT CONNECT THE TERMINALS OF THE BATTERY TOGETHER! After the time allotted remove temporary wire and reconnect terminals and start the engine, let it idle for 10 minutes to relearn fueling strategy (for fords at least). I have to do that twice a year on my f150 because the trans can get jerky for some unknown reason. Its very easy to find this on youtube.


Resetting Automatic Transmission Control Module

Maintenance of automatic transmissions can be fiddly and is usually ignored based on the experience I have seen in a lot of used cars. It gets forgotten about until something goes wrong. And the fixes can usually be quite expensive – especially if you need to get it serviced or rebuilt at as transmission specialist. But after you have done the preventative maintenance like flushing the fluid and changing the filter, sometimes it is true to the gear change timing can get jerky, or out of sync. This sometimes happens when the car has been driven unusually for a period of time (hard or soft) or when the battery has been changed and/or flat.

There is a process you should try which is known as resetting the part of the car’s computer which governs the running of the gears. Check your car’s service book and/or instruction manual. The process may be detailed in there. Probably not though, so check online forums. Some cars, like Mercedes Benz have a much more cryptic process than the more generic one detailed below. They require various procedures be done before and after to determine the steps of the process including depressing of brake pedal 3 times and other weird stuff.


Step by Step Resetting Transmission Control Module

Step 1: Turning Key Position

The first step of resetting the transmission control module is to go through the key position. First of all, you have to turn the key position and settle it to 2.

Check the dash lights of your car. Make sure that the dash lights are visible. When they are visible, you are ready for the next step.

But in the first step, you don’t need to push the accelerator and start the car. Please don’t do it in the beginning. After setting the key position, be careful.

Keep your ears open. You will listen to sounds. There will be two clicks. And after that, the dash lights will get turned on. Even in this position, do not turn the engine on.

Step 2: Pressing the Gas Pedal

Now that you are done with the key position and the dash lights, you have to move to the next step. Here, you will go through the gas pedal.

Make your move and press the gas pedal. Make sure you are pressing it down. It would help if you pushed the accelerator pedal to the floor because it will help activate the kick-down switch.

In this position, activating the kick-down switch is all you need. Don’t remove the force from the gas pedal. Keep pushing it downwards.

Step 3: Keep Waiting

Now, if you are here to reset the transmission control module for your Chevy, you have to be a little patient. You cannot expect faster changes.

However, you only need 10 minutes in this step. We have said before, don’t remove force from the gas pedal.

In this step, all you need to do is wait. 10-12 seconds will be enough for the gas pedal to start working for the resetting process. Push it and wait!

Step 4: Turning the Key Off

After you are done pushing the accelerator pedal for about 10-12 seconds, you have to go ahead and move to the key again. But don’t release the pedal.

Remember that you have to do this whole step keeping your feet on the pedal. Do you remember you had turned the keys to 2 before? Yes, and now, you have to go through them again and put them back to their previous position.

All you need to do is turn them the key off. With your hands, turn the key to zero. You might have a habit of turning the key to zero and removing the key. But in this case, you cannot do the same thing. You cannot remove the key. After turning the key back to its previous situation, you have to keep the key there.

Please do not remove it. However, this method of not removing the key doesn’t go with every model. So, check your model and know if it is required to remove the key or not. Nevertheless, in most of the Chevy models, the key is not removed.

Step 5: Releasing Gas Pedal

When you have already turned the key back to zero, you can remove the force from the gas pedal. Some people often get careless and remove the pedal even before turning the key off. But we don’t want you to repeat the same mistake! So, make sure you have kept your feet on the pedal throughout the previous step. And only remove the force from the gas pedal when you are done turning the key back to zero.

Step 6: Wait Again

We understand you don’t want to wait. But doing it will help you in making the reset process easier. After you remove your feet from the gas pedal, you have to give your Chevy some rest. Your engine needs to rest for about 2-2.5 minutes. Ensure that you have kept the key to the left in the ignition where the OFF position is. Don’t move the key. Take some time and then move into the next part.

Step 7: Ready, Steady, Go

So, you are almost done with the process. You have already done the Engine Control Unit process along with the Transmission Control Unit process.

All you have to do now is drive! The TCU process, along with the ECU, will work cooperatively. They will try to learn your driving method. They will monitor the driving pattern you have and cope with that. When you’re done with the TCu and ECU programming, you have to take your car to a drive. The drive can be 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

You have to remember that you are teaching your engine how you drive. So, do not try to go for a race. You don’t race your car every time, do you? If not, then make sure you go for decent speed. The speed you usually run your car will be the speed in this case too. Make sure that the transmission you are selecting is normal and smooth. In this way, you can easily shift your transmission and have something new in your car!


How to Disconnect a Battery to Reset a Transmission

Once a transmission repair is completed on a vehicle, the last step to carry out is to reset the “check engine” light and error codes recorded in the vehicle’s computer memory. One option is to drive the vehicle to a shop and have the computer reset, using an OBD reader. The other option is to disconnect the vehicle’s battery in order to reset any error codes, including a transmission error code. Disconnecting the battery and resetting the computer may be faster, but it may create potential problems.

Step 1

Open the hood of the car.

Step 2

Disconnect the negative cable from the battery, using a wrench to loosen the lug nut on the terminal and pulling the cable off the post. Pull the cable out of the way to eliminate any risk of the cable accidentally falling and touching the battery post.

Step 3

Disconnect the positive cable from the battery, using a wrench to loosen the lug nut on the terminal and pulling the cable off the post.

Step 4

Open the driver’s side door, press and hold down the horn until the sound of the horn stops completely. This will discharge the stored charge in the engine’s control module capacitor and clear any error code from the control module’s memory.

Step 5

Reconnect the positive cable to the positive terminal of the battery and tighten the lock nut, using a wrench, until it is hand-tight.

Reconnect the negative battery cable to the negative terminal of the battery and tighten the lock nut, using a wrench, until it is hand-tight.


How to make your benz transmission brand new for free in 5 minutes

Readers will learn how to reset the transmission of their Mercedes-Benz cars in 5 simple steps.

We would learn a Mercedes-Benz DIY today but you have to promise to not be selfish with the knowledge. This DIY helps your car’s transmission reset its shifting points to suit the exact way you drive for better gas mileage.

Transmission Control Unit (TCU) Reset

The ECU (Engine Control Unit/Brainbox) of your Mercedes monitors your driving habit over time so that the TCU can take note of how you drive and adapt the transmission to shift automatically based on how you drive.

For instance, if you race with your Benz car often, the TCU learns that it should take a longer time before upshifting as you drive but if you are a slow city driver, it will change the gears faster.

The German car brand puts this reset feature on Mercedes-Benz cars because they want them to appeal to younger car buyers.

To prepare your Benz to listen to how you drive so that it can adapt the transmission to your style, you have to follow the following steps.

Step 1:

Insert the key and put it in position 2, this is the position where all the dashboard lights come on but the engine doesn’t start. Do not start the car.

Step 2:

Press the gas pedal all the way down for 15 seconds to activate the kick-down switch. Try your best to keep your foot steady as you do this alright? it’s just 15 seconds. Enough time to say your name 35 times isn’t long.

Step 3:

Turn the key to position 0 and do not remove the key. Position 0 is the point you switch off the car.

Step 4:

Take your legs off the gas pedal and wait for two minutes. Do not open the door or touch any button on the car. It is best you take a short nap at this stage.

Step 5:

Start up the car and drive the car for 15 minutes the way you would drive the car on a daily basis. Do not perform this process on a rough/bad road that doesn’t allow freedom to move as you want except you plan to always drive on this kind of road.

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Car Buying Tips From A Car Dealer

Professional juggler

A professional juggler once told me that the only way to learn to juggle six balls at the same time is to try to juggle seven. In today’s retail environment, the position of general manager requires specialized expertise and diversity of knowledge. It is not uncommon for a qualified GM to command an annual income north of $500,000 and into the seven digits; they can virtually write their own pay plan.

I know what you’re thinking right now: “What in the hell is Ziegler smoking?” You know plenty of general managers who make good money, but not that kind of money. The truth is that most GMs are not executives. They are glorified general sales managers. Are you among them?

There is a reason some of the large public companies struggle with acquisitions of new dealerships and expansion of their brands: There is a huge shortage of executive general managers who can successfully run a large-volume dealership or dealer group

Get to Work Early.

I am one of the first to arrive at the dealership, every morning. My day begins before normal business hours.

Drive the Lot.

One of the primary responsibilities of the executive GM is the condition of the overall facility — cleanliness, display and safety. My first task is to drive the dealership from both directions, then slowly weave through the inventory. I am looking for uneven rows and obvious “lot rot” — especially in pre-owned — as well as litter, loose equipment and other safety hazards.


ways to haggle a lower car price

Maybe that’s because, unlike in other cultures, we don’t do it very often, so we haven’t gotten very good at it. I’m here to tell you that it’s worth it to learn, given that the two things we do have to negotiate for are the most expensive things we buy: our homes and our cars. In fact,

New cars sell for just over $34,000 on average, according to Kelley Blue Book, so that’s a potential savings of about $5,000. How often in life do you have an opportunity to save four figures? “You work hard for your money and therefore have a right — and a responsibility — to reduce your costs,”

Get outside financing first: Car dealers don’t make money just by selling cars. They make money selling financing. It’s another moving part that complicates your negotiation. That’s why it’s essential to get preapproved for a loan at a bank or credit union before you ever talk to a dealership. After you’ve negotiated a price for the vehicle, you can see whether the dealership’s financing is any better than your own.

Choose either in-person or online : You know what it’s like to do it the old-fashioned way and visit the dealership. But there is another way. In the 1990s, dealerships created “Internet departments” to respond to online shoppers. These departments interact with customers via phone and email and are often quicker to reveal their best price for a vehicle. Plus, they frequently strive for volume sales rather than milking each transaction. This can make for a lower-pressure experience. Choose the method that suits your personality, then proceed to the next step.

Know what to pay: How can you set your opening offer and maximum offer and know you’re getting a fair deal? I like to use Edmunds’s “True Market Value” pricing because it’s free and based on actual prices people in your area are paying for the same car. TMV pricing is available for new and used vehicles. Let’s take a three-year-old Ford F-150 pickup as an example, because it’s the most popular vehicle in America. Edmunds gives you four TMV levels of pricing for a used vehicle


Ways to Avoid Car-Buying Gotchas

New car sales jumped 17 percent last month, to 1.5 million, the highest level since the beginning of the Great Recession. Consumers are buying cars even while they remain reluctant to spend on other big-ticket items, and it makes sense – drivers can only put off buying a new car for so long. The average age of cars on the road today is 11.4 years, a record. So as millions of Americans trudge for the first time in years into dealerships during this, the traditionally best time of the year to get a deal on a new car, it’s time to remember this hard truth — the house (almost) always wins.

Buying a car is still an inherently risky process, full of mine fields and booby traps that work only one way — in the house’s favor. The Internet, once seen as a great equalizer for consumers in the car-buying process, is now a part of those booby traps, and can hurt as much as it helps.

Never forget: Dealers are much better at selling cars than you are at buying them. They are professionals and do it every day. You do it once every 5-7 years. Start from this humble, skeptical angle and you’ll avoid getting screwed.

only to overpay for car registration or some other tack-on. It’s about getting a fair deal. Many people think they are good at buying cars, but like a good wrestler, dealers are very good at using their alleged strength against them. Not long ago, I had to counsel a friend who called me bragging, “every single salesperson was shaking their heads saying I’d taken them for a great deal,” but when I did the math on his monthly payments, and I had to tell him something was wrong. He’d agreed to a $2,000 extended warranty without realizing it, and about $30 extra had been snuck onto his monthly payments right under his nose! (I’ll explain how to get out of those).

The world is now full of consumers who think they’ve scored a great deal by getting “invoice price” off the Web, only to get screwed by tack-on delivery fees, expensive financing or back-room shenanigans like window etching. So here is a guide to the gotchas of car sales you might not see anywhere else.


Buying A Car From One Dealership, Servicing It At Another

but it was quite a distance in heavy traffic. She didn’t mind the drive to get a new car, but servicing was going to be a real problem. Besides helping people with auto advice on Car Pro Radio Show, I also recommend good dealerships from which to purchase. I handpick these, and I only have one or two dealers per brand, per market. That means that often, my listeners have to drive to get a great deal and have a good experience.

The truth is that dealers make a lot of money servicing vehicles. In fact, their service departments are way more profitable than their new vehicle departments in a huge majority of dealerships. Dealers don’t advertise their service departments often, commissions and salaries are much less than sales commissions, and overall, the expenses in a service department are much lower than on the sales side. That means that for every dollar of sales in service, or in warranty revenue, much more of the sales dollar goes to the bottom line of the dealership.

What does this mean for the consumer? It means that a dealer has a lot of incentive to keep you coming back for service. Think about it, a dealer could see you dozens of times for service, but maybe once every five to ten years to purchase a vehicle.

Make no mistake, dealers are paid handsomely for doing warranty work. The factory usually pays the dealership its customary retail labor rate for performing warranty services, and also gives it a nice markup on any needed parts. The dealership is on your side when you take your car in for warranty work since in some markets, it is being paid $150 per labor hour to perform the work.

Smart dealers also know that if they take care of you on service, there is a chance they might sell you your next car. Dealership service departments are usually busy places, and most pay no attention to where you bought your car, they just want to take care of you and see you again. They also want to make sure that if you are sent a survey from the factory, you can honestly give them good scores.


Things to Know When Buying a Used Car

Buying a new car, or a car that is new to you, can be an exciting (and exhausting) experience. It’s a lot to take in—going for test drives, comparing different options, and picking out the car that is right for you. However, a lot of people rush into to purchasing a vehicle without making sure they are getting a good deal and that they are buying a car that will last them for years to come.

You may have heard that you have a 30, 60, or 90-day grace period to return a used vehicle after you have purchased it. This is a myth! Unless you have it in writing that you are being given a grace period or warranty of some kind, once you sign the paperwork, that vehicle belongs to you.

There are two, free resources online where you can look up the current market value of used vehicles.

You’ve heard the commercials on the television, “ask to see the CarFax!” Although there are several different companies that offer this service, asking to view a used vehicle’s history report can tell you if the vehicle has ever been in an accident, what service has been done to the vehicle, and if the vehicle has a good title or a salvage title.

If possible, always have a mechanic look at and drive any used car that you are considering purchasing. Many times a good mechanic can diagnose possible future problems with a vehicle simply based on its condition, the way it sounds, or the way it drives. This could literally save you thousands of dollars in the long run!

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