Many Valve Body problems are due to solenoid issues. Typically, a Solenoid tester is similar to a Valve Body testing unit - it is offered by the same manufacturing companies with similar software and hardware changed to do job only on Solenoids. It comes as an efficient solution to smaller-scale transmission repair businesses looking for a more affordable solution to improve their Valve Body rebuilding quality and general automatic transmission rebuild standards as well.
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Solenoids can become a hot topic of conversation at transmission shops. Some say the best way is to treat them like a soft part and replace them on every rebuild, whereas other say that you can check them and only replace the ones that are faulty or worn out. The first group will say any reuse leaves you open to
Over the years I have heard several different philosophies when it comes to flushing and cleaning transmission solenoids. Most hydraulic solenoid test machines have either flush mode or an external cleaning system for solenoids. It is easy to think of it like you are putting the solenoid in a dishwasher of sorts and
In our last article we talked about transmission solenoid frequency and how it relates to the mechanical response of a solenoid when Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is used to control a solenoid. We discussed some of the theory, but what does this look like with an actual solenoid? How does frequency affect the response of a solenoid and how critical is matching the OEM frequency when driving a solenoid, especially when we start talking about testing and reclaiming solenoids.
In the last couple of articles, we used terminology relating to pressure control solenoids such as PWM, Frequency, and Duty Cycle. In this article I thought I would go into depth on what these terms really mean and how they relate to
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