1. These automatic transmissions are still the weak spot on most vechicles.
2. They still use clutch bands that wear. The trannies are anything but simple. Most mechanics farm out rebuilding a tranny. I would recon that a malfunctioning automatic transmission us the number one cause of junked vechicles, besides wrecked vechicles.
3. It's straight forward weekend job to replace a clutch.
4. We all know modern engines can put close to 300,000 miles on them. Manufacturers know it. There's a reason they only give 70-100k on the tranny.
5. A modern automatic transmission is not a simple fix. Even AMCO guys are learning on your dime (notice they won't just give a price for a complete rebuild over the phone? AMCO in San Rafael, CA. Yea, I remember you slick.)
6. When checking a used vechicle, check that tranny fluid. It should be pink as a baby's butt. (Even then--there's no guarantee. The seller could have just changed the fluid. It shouldn't be black, brown, or smell burnt.
7. Sorry about my tirate on automatic transmissions. I've been to Automotive school, and worked as a mechanic for two years. The Automatic Transmission always intimided me.
If anyone could come up with clutch bands that don't wear, well let's say, you could dine with the 1 percenters? Tyat that be hell though?
(1) A suitable, existing airport at
the hub location.
(2) Good weather at the hub location,
e.g., relatively little snow, fog,
(3) Access to good ramp space, that
is, where to park and service the
airplanes and sort the packages.
(4) Good labor supply, e.g., for
the sort center.
(5) Relatively low cost of living
to keep down prices.
(6) Friendly regulatory environment.
(7) Candidate airport not too busy,
e.g., don't want arriving planes
to have to circle a long time
before being able to land.
(8) Airport with relatively little
in cross winds and with more than
one runway to pick from in case
(9) Runway altitude not too high,
e.g., not high enough to restrict
maximum total gross take off weight,
e.g., rule out Denver.
(10) No tall obstacles, e.g.,
mountains, near the ends of the
(11) Good supplies of jet fuel.
(12) Good access to roads for
18 wheel trucks for exchange
of packages between trucks
and planes, e.g., so that some
parts could be trucked to the
hub and stored there and
shipped directly via the planes
to customers that place
orders, say, as late as 11 PM
for delivery before 10 AM.
So, there were about three candidate
locations, Memphis and, as I recall, Cincinnati
and Kansas City.
The Memphis airport had some old
WWII hangers next to the
runway that FedEx could use
for the sort center, aircraft
maintenance, and HQ
office space. Deal done --
it was Memphis.
That's how the decision
was really made.
Uh, I was there at the time,
wrote the first software
for scheduling the fleet,
had my office next to that
of founder, COB, CEO F. Smith.