posted by Marks33527 @ 12:14 PM
April 10, 2014


The late model Honda Accuras come with a heat exchanger ontop of the transmission.  It works to cool the transmission but not well enough with stop and go driving.  There is an after market adapter that allows a real cooler to be installed.  Kings Transmission Seattle, Transmission Repair Seattle.. 206-624-1859

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New Beetle

posted by Marks33527 @ 13:05 PM
April 7, 2014

Kings Transmission of Seattle just rebuilt a automatic transmission (09G) in a 2005 VW New Beetle.

After the rebuild we still had the code of 01045 – Tiptronic switch (F189), implausible signal. 

For those of you with tiptronic trans, if your PRNDL display blocks out and you have the inplausible signal DTC, here is something to check for.

The tiptronic switch asm uses HAL sensors and magnets. There are two magnets, a very tiny brick shaped one, and a cylinder shaped one. The cylinder shaped one is in a little bracket that slides/snaps to a plastic carrier strip. What will happen is the bracket that holds the cylinder magnet will pop loose and move back about 1mm, just enough to screw with you.

I had a brand new car with that DTC, my wiring tested out perfect. I order a new Tip switch and install… same issue. Hmmm… maybe I got a dud out of the box, order another switch… again, same problem. Turns out ALL THREE OF THEM had the same problem. I took the tiptronic switch asm all apart (simple, just snapped together) and put a dot of superglue on the cyclinder magent bracket and snapped it into place. Did this to all three of the tip switches, now they all work perfect.

So, before you run off and replace said switch, check that cyclinder shaped magnet, see if you can push it in (the bracket is kind of “wedge” shape), if you push in on it (towards the center of the asm), you should feel it click into place and the edge will be even/flush with the part it is fitted to.

Or you can bring it to us and we will take care of it for you. Kings Transmission Seattle

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Why is my check engine light on????

posted by Marks33527 @ 13:02 PM
April 7, 2014

On some cars it’s called a Check Engine light; others use a Service Engine Soon light. Still others just have a light with a picture of an engine on it. The industry calls it a MIL — Malfunction Indicator Lamp. All scary names for the same thing… something that isn’t scary at all. Basically the light means that the car’s computer has identified a problem in the system that needs attention.

What kind of attention? Professional attention, from a professional technician. It needs to have the computer system scanned and checked to identify any areas that have shifted outside of the normal operating range.
Sounds confusing, but in reality that light is just the computer’s way of telling you to have your car checked. It found a problem — often one that you wouldn’t even notice during normal driving — and it needs to be checked before it becomes serious.

Why does the system need a Check Engine light? Because the more complex the system is, the more it has to help you monitor its performance and diagnose problems. And the computer system on today’s cars is highly complex. So the system is designed to monitor operation and set codes when it identifies a problem.

Most of the time a Check Engine light indicates a problem that’ll increase emissions. And those emissions don’t have to increase much to turn the light on: Today’s cars are designed to run a lot cleaner than those of just a decade ago.
But even if you don’t really care all that much about your car’s environmental impact, a Check Engine light is still something you’ll want to have checked. Keep in mind, anything that increases emissions probably also burns more gas. And at the price of gas today, that’s not something you want to ignore.

What’s more, pumping additional fuel through the engine can force the catalytic converter to work overtime to burn off the excess carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. That can overheat the catalytic converter and burn it out in just a few miles. And replacing the catalytic converter can be an expensive repair you’ll have to take care of before you’ll be able to pass your next emissions test or smog test.

Your local ATRA Member shop is equipped with the latest test equipment for diagnosing today’s computer systems. They’ll be happy to scan your car’s computer system and check for any codes stored in memory. And their technicians can examine the circuits and systems to track down any problems, and bring those systems back into proper operating condition.

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VW Transmission repair

posted by Marks33527 @ 12:35 PM
April 7, 2014

2000 VW Jetta 2.0 came to us shifting all over the place.  On test drive it never did the same thing twice.  Scanned for codes and found that it had a speed sensor failure.  On the 01M transmissions there are two speed sensors.  As the speedometer was working we knew which of the two were bad.  $150.00 dollar repair and a very happy customer.

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee no 2nd Gear

posted by Marks33527 @ 12:27 PM
April 7, 2014

Past month a customer came in with a complaint that her Jeep wasn’t shifting right.  On the test drive we found the transmission was shifting 1st to 3rd gear.  It made no attempt to engage 2nd gear.  Upon pulling the transmission we found the apply band end broken.  Kings installed a new band resealed the transmission and put it back into the vehicle.  For the cost of a band and labor new fluid she got out of here under six hundred dollars.  Far cry of the cost for a rebuild.  Let Kings Transmission help you,  206-624-1859

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Ford Escape Transmission Problems

posted by Marks33527 @ 12:19 PM
April 7, 2014

If you loose reverse or second gear in your Ford Escape the problem might be a broken part called a sprag.  Without going into great detail this problem often does not require the transmission to be rebuilt.  If you however take it to the dealer its exactly what you will pay for.  Get a second opinion.  Kings Transmission Seattle  206-624-1859.  Rebuild transmission Seattle

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GM Early 4L80 Truck Transmission

posted by Marks33527 @ 10:33 AM
April 7, 2014

More often than not we have taken in a early 1993-1995 GM truck with shifting issues.  The owners all believe that the only fix is to replace or rebuild the transmissions in their trucks.  But we mostly find that the problem can be found with the transmissin wire harness.  These were updated by GM in later years.  The repair is less that three hundred dollars compaired to a rebuild of several thousand dollars.  Kings Transmission of Seattle  206-624-1859.  Seattle Transmission Rebuild

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Saturn Transmission Problems

posted by Marks33527 @ 10:25 AM
April 7, 2014

Time and time again we have had people bring us in their Saturn cars all depressed knowing their transmissions needed to be rebuilt.  They would explain that their cars wouldn’t back up or was missing a gear on upshifts.  But take heart, eight out of ten times the only thing these cars need is the valvebody repaired.  This does not require that the transmission be removed.  Saturn put the Valvebody on the top of the transmission.  It has easy access and isn’t a hard repair in the least.  If you have a problem with your Saturn in Seattle call Kings Transmission at 206-624-1859 and let us help you.


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Chevy, GM Rear Differential Problems.

posted by Marks33527 @ 9:58 AM
April 7, 2014

This past week a customer brought us in his 2005 Cadillac Escalade with a rear differential problem.  He discribed the problem that when he turned the rear end crabbed or bound up.  A common problem with possi rear ends when the clutches break down or the fluid in the rear end gets old.

We pulled the cover on the rear end and found no damage.  Changed the fluid added possi additive and road tested.

On the road test we felt the same crabbing.  With a little more research we found the problem with the viscous clutch assemble in the transfer case. 

Like the possi unit in the rear differential when this assembly wears out it will cause the same problems.

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Common Problems Associated With The ZF 6HP26 Automatic Transmission

posted by Marks33527 @ 9:37 AM
April 7, 2014


Common Problems Associated With The ZF 6HP26 Automatic Transmission


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Regis F.



 The   6HP26 is a 6 speed automatic transmission made by ZF in Germany. When it was originally put into production in 2001, it was the first 6 speed automatic installed into a passenger car. It was used in a variety of cars, including BMW, Land Rover, Roll-Royce, Ford, Maserati, Kia, Hyundai and Jaguar vehicles. One interesting fact to note is that this transmission has the capability to lock the torque converter up in all forward gears. I am not aware of another automatic transmission that has this capability. While the ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission is a strong (440 ft-lbs capacity)and well-built transmission, there are still some common problems that you should be aware of. Here are a few of those problems.



Water gets into the transmission cooler (Ford). While not a direct problem with the transmission, it does effect the transmission in a negative way. The transmission cooler is located inside the factory radiator on most late model cars, include the Ford vehicles that use the 6HP26 transmission. What happens on these Ford vehicles is that the internal cooler develops a small leak. The anti-freeze in the radiator is hot and under pressure, and the pressure forces water into the hole in the leaking transmission cooler. This is very bad for the transmission. A sure way to tell if anti-freeze fluid has leaked into the transmission is to pull the transmission dip stick and look at the fluid. 

Service interval recommendations are too long (BMW). On BMW vehicles equipped with this transmission, the factory rates the fluid to last a lifetime. The unfortunate fact is that this is simply not accurate. Tests have shown that the fluid starts breaking down at around 62,000 miles. It is therefore recommended that the fluid be changed every 50,000 miles. Doing so will assure you a long transmission life span.

The car goes into fail-save mode. The 6HP26 is designed with a fail-safe mode to protect the transmission in the unusual case that a failure is detected. Sometime a vehicle equipped with this transmission will go into fail-save mode without suffering from an actual failure. This is usually caused by the Metronic unit failing (the transmissions computer). There is detailed instruction in the factory shop manual that outline how to test the unit to see if it is operating properly.

In the event that your 6HP26 has made its final shift, seriously consider replacing it with a re-manufactured transmission over one that has simply been rebuilt.


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