What to Know When Servicing EPS Systems

Posted by TransTec on January 31, 2018

While many electronic power steering systems still involve hybrid technology that pumps hydraulic fluid to assist steering, the most cutting-edge EPS systems of today and tomorrow are fully electronic. This elimination of hydraulic parts in favor of electronic motors and sensors certainly changes your job as a repairer or rebuilder, and that's something you need to be prepared for.

When power steering is all-electric, servicing EPS systems is completely different from servicing more traditional units. Keep reading to find out what really goes into servicing EPS systems moving forward.

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Topics: EPS, Power Steering

How To Identify Heavy Duty Power Steering Pumps and Gears

Posted by TransTec on January 24, 2018

The heavy duty power steering applications in commercial, construction, and other large vehicles your shop might deal with have been specially developed to perform under pressure (quite literally). However, when it comes to rebuilding those applications, you need to know what parts you're working with and what makes them different from standard, lighter duty applications, and that's not always easy.

In this article, we'll describe how to identify heavy duty power steering pumps and gears as well as what to look for when purchasing heavy duty rebuild parts. 

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Topics: Power Steering, Heavy Duty

How to Reduce the Employee Turnover Rate in Auto Shops

Posted by TransTec on January 17, 2018

Employee turnover, especially when it’s at a high rate, is a loss. It represents a potential loss in not only productivity, but in overall continuity and shop costs. But it can be tough to figure out how to reduce the employee turnover rate in auto shops. Actually, by having the right managment mindset and advanced planning in place, you can avoid the headache of high employee turnover rates all together. 

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Topics: Shop Best Practices, Employee Turnover

Freudenberg-NOK Connects OE and Aftermarket Through the TransTec Brand

Posted by TransTec on January 15, 2018

In our previous post, we discussed the ways TransTec's innovative sealing technology designs and advancements address the evolving concerns of the automotive industry: legislative regulations, environmental concerns, and fuel efficiency, just to name a few. But what does all of this mean for the aftermarket?

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Topics: Transmission, Sealing Technology

3 Main Types of Technologies In EPS Systems Today

Posted by TransTec on January 10, 2018

As more innovations in electronic power steering are implemented today, power steering shops and rebuilders are forced to address their knowledge of the various electronic systems. We know that EPS is the future of power steering and that our shops need to be prepared to service EPS, so the first step is getting familiar with the different types of technologies in EPS systems that are entering your shop. 

In this blog post, we'll go through the most common types of technologies in EPS systems as well as the features they provide. Keep reading for your introduction to the differences between electronic power steering systems. 

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Topics: EPS, Power Steering

TransTec: Bringing you Tomorrow's Sealing Technology Today

Posted by TransTec on January 8, 2018

When you see the familiar black and gold TransTec® bag, you know you can trust that you’ll find the highest quality components available inside. What you may not realize is that TransTec® is brought to you by the world’s largest OEM automotive sealing parts manufacturer. Products and solutions from Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies are usually invisible, but always indispensable. In a variety ways, TransTec is at the forefront of delivering tomorrow's sealing technology today.

With market trends being driven by both legislative and environmental forces, the company’s product portfolio and advanced manufacturing processes are helping automotive manufacturers meet demands to improve fuel economy as the industry adopts 9- and 10-speed transmissions.

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Topics: Transmission, Sealing Technology

Not All Sealing Rings Are Created Equal

Posted by TransTec on January 8, 2018

Sealing ring manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve the sealing abilities of the ring, as well as looking for ways to reduce wear. Many considerations go into ring design and material selection including fluid, temperature, rotational speeds, bore material, shaft material, surface finish & operating pressures. One design may work well when mating components are new and without wear, but not as well when wear becomes present. One design may be more forgiving than another design after wear of mating components.

In our previous post, we discussed the various sealing ring designs for the RE5R05A transmission unit. When developing the RE5R05A rings, TransTec technicians used a combination of scallop and "T" shaped designs used for the sealing rings in the center support area. But why both?

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Topics: Transmission, Sealing Technology

Freudenberg-NOK New Development Spotlight: RE5R05A Sealing Rings

Posted by TransTec on January 8, 2018

The RE5R05A automatic transmission 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, continuing to use this transmission through 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 and year. As well, JATCO designed the Subaru 5 speed also referred to as the TG5C. This unit is based on the RE5R05A with the exception that all of the Subaru 5 speeds are all-wheel drive units with the typical final drive unit incorporated into the transmission. 

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Topics: Transmission, Sealing Technology

New Development Spotlight: Low Friction Seals

Posted by TransTec on January 3, 2018

In March of 2017, Freudenberg (FST, the OEM parent company of TransTec) unveiled a brand new approach to sealing solutions with their new low friction seal offerings. While it is widely known that high friction environments can cause excessive wear and even premature failure of transmission seals, here's something you might not know: seals are responsible for nearly 25% of all mechanical energy lost in transmissions due to friction. That's what FST set out to solve when developing a totally new generation of sealing products, with the added benefit of creating potentially lower cost, environmentally friendly sealing options.

In this FST new development spotlight, we'll introduce the brand's newest low friction seals, the Levitas seal rings and Levitorq thrust washers. We'll also talk about the science behind the ways they reduce friction in transmissions as well as improve fuel efficiency. For all that, keep reading.

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Topics: Transmission, Low Friction Seals, Sealing Technology, New Development Spotlight