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samg.
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Mar 29, 2011, 8:49 PM

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Hey guys, hopefully this is the proper place to post this question. I have been working at a gm dealer now for 4 years, I have done all of the apprentice and I have mainly hands on and tranny classes left for my gm certification. My employer wishes to send me to take the ase tests, which is awesome and i'm ecstatic but the first one I have to take it sadly the one I know the least of.

I found a website on-line that has practice test as well as the ase study guides. I was wondering if someone who has taken this could check this site and tell me if the questions/topics are halfway true to the test?

I hate to sound like a whiner but I really don't have much knowledge in the subject yet, and haven't got much of the work for the obvious reason.

Anyways this is the site http://freeasestudyguides.com/...ansmission-test.html

Thanks a lot!


re-tired
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Mar 29, 2011, 11:02 PM

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First of all , congrats on trying to do something with your life.There will be many doors to open to become a good tech . And knowledge is the key to all of them.The ASE tests are intended to show that you have a working knowledge of the theory and principles of a subject not that you are an expert on it.The study guides and sample tests are true to life. Not always word for word but close enough . Read as many guides as you can. Do as many practice tests as you can . Go to a library or the net and read books on theory of operation , familiarize yourself with the tools and gage's used.............Heres a tip.......... when things are slow , offer a trans guy that you will help with clean up or buy lunch , nothing fancy just a sandwich and drink in exchange for some tips on the test . Remember........... READ READ READ


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Hammer Time
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Mar 30, 2011, 6:40 AM

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It's pretty surprising to me that they would start with a transmission test unless you actually work at a transmission shop. Believe me, that is everyone's weakest category and we all usually save it till last. See if you can also take one of the ones that you're more familiar with. That would increase your chances of coming out of this testing period with a patch.



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samg.
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Mar 30, 2011, 10:46 AM

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Well...basically the transmission guy we have is the longest running gm tech @ 54 years in the field. He does not have the training because he is always so busy and I guess at the end of the year he will no longer be able to do warranty work. 8 out of 10 trans issues we have are on cars 07 and newer. I assume he won't be able to because of new standards of gm, I don't know. They are pointing me in the transmission direction. He is 75 I believe and won't be around forever. I have pulled several for him and replaced a few myself.

I may just be jittery and over thinking things, I'm just worried. I have all the ase tests, rest of my gm training, and my epa certification all going on at once! I have faith I can do it with the right knowledge, I just wish they would of waited but oh well.

May 5th is my a-2 test and may 10th is my a-4 test, I don't think those would both count is same session. It's nice they don't load me up with 4 tests my first time, but it is Sh!tty the first is everyone's weak spot.

I appreciate the input and I look forward to being an active member here. Thanks again.


Side note: It really seems as though they have been trying to push him out, and it's depressing. I'm 22 and I know he has more knowledge than everyone in my shop combined most likely. They just burn him out on tranny work. I think in the 4 years I've been there I may have seem him do "something else" 10-15 times. It's upsetting, and I feel bad he will probably look at me like it's my fault.


(This post was edited by samg. on Mar 30, 2011, 10:48 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 30, 2011, 4:45 PM

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Generally we don't allow links but it isn't competing with anything. Long retired now and if that's the format now it wasn't like that when I took all mine. The idea "tech A right, tech B is right, both are right, neither are right" type thing was prevalent. Somewhat like an S.A.T. test - #2 pencil and fill in the right answer.

Quote by you">>I hate to sound like a whiner but I really don't have much knowledge in the subject yet, and haven't got much of the work for the obvious reason.<<"

Ambitious but you have to take classes, study real hard and you could pass these tests or better be an apprentice for a good while. Unless rules have changed and bet not you need two years of working with this or not eligible to take the tests. Check on that.

If this is what you want to do I'd go to the best transmission shop you know and ask about it or even a part to full time job helping out till you have enough experience to tackle this. IMO it's a field of it's own but you still have to have a clue about the engine as how it behaves will effect how transmissions behave so have to know or be able to know engines are running properly too,

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Mar 30, 2011, 7:36 PM

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I guess after reading it I kind of asked the wrong question, it has been answered by one of the other guys. I meant the questions themselves. I don't make sense most of the time haha.

I have been a line tech for 2 years, I have pretty good knowledge in the everyday stuff, just like you guys said, trans being a weak spot. I was more worried about the contents of the questions I guess. I again, appreciate the help.

I've got a month to study my butt off!!

Also and why do you guys have the button to embed a url but frown upon it? Just sayin!


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Mar 31, 2011, 12:22 AM

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I just saw that you have been working for a while now so YES you can take the test. As re-tired said, read, read, read on anything about it and go for it. Know your terms and vocabulary of components and at worst if you don't pass they should send you your results showing weak areas to work harder on and take it again the next time.

If better study guides cost a few bucks, buy them as it's worth it. As the guys said and their posts showed before my first response this is the weak link and frequently becomes a specialty such that it's all you will do with so much to know about it.

I haven't found much yet that isn't based on time tested principles however the way things are controlled changed dramatically. Haven't driven one but a Model T Ford had a bunch of pedals such that drivers were the primal beginnings of how an automatic would work but driver was making all the decisions for the conditions vs today the controls are more and more automatic and more electronic controls than vacuum controls.

Torque converters have changed from once variable pitch inside to plain locking up so you get 1 to 1 and no loss when conditions allow. If you are already working at this and have been you've seen that the aim is to get the most efficient results with the least annoying feel for the driver. Nobody completely re-invented the wheel yet meaning round still rolls. When wheels are square and somehow take over I'll go back to gardening - laugh.

Seriously, principles and know the names of how they are controlled should get you thru.

Side note: Duh - knowing I was getting any younger and watching shops frustrated with A/C I went into it lock, stock and barrel before 134a was heard of thinking it would be an easier area and less invasive on my body. Car companies had already made it about as efficient as I thought it would ever be - wrong. Then come more and more controls and styles to mess with that area too to make it more efficient thru higher tech controls. Worth it for the knowledge but not the most profitable in a cold climate with ever more expensive equipment so it really wasn't the golden goose here but have never found learning things to be a waste.

Good luck. You can do it,

Tom



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Mar 31, 2011, 4:29 PM

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Also and why do you guys have the button to embed a url but frown upon it? Just sayin!

We only frown on links to spamming sites or someone posting a competing site to try to lure members over there. As long as the links are informative, directly related to automotive repair and the subject line, and have no inkling of spam, it should be OK. Of course each link is at the discretion of the first moderator that goes to it. Some one may think it is all right to post and the next one thinks it should be deleted. Hope you understand.

Also emember on the test--the 2 words ALWAYS and NEVER raise flags. Usually both are wrong. Also go to www.asecert.org That is the site for ASE and they have a small sample of each test there.



Being way2old is why I need help from younger minds

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Hammer Time
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Mar 31, 2011, 4:35 PM

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The Mitchell study guides are most valuable for these tests. They tell you exactly what you need to know to pass the tests.

To add to the link comment, We get people all day long trying to promote one site or another and they get awful sneaky in the ways they attempt it.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Mar 31, 2011, 4:39 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 31, 2011, 5:08 PM

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About the link thing: We were specifically told not to allow them but have discretion not to mess with them. Site is FREE and you put up with some ads that allows it to hang on by fingernails. What can be a harmless looking link just takes you away into the clouds and away from here and the hits here make the ads pay better or it would crash and burn.

The objective isn't to make big bucks but earn some respect for being able to run a site with ALL volunteers and allow it to be free to use. Plain spam is just that and has to go.

That really all as I know it - now get studying - we are on your sideWink

Tom







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