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Entries from February 2015

The Difference Between Open and Locked Differentials

February 25th, 2015 · No Comments

A vehicle’s differential is a complex mechanism that allows the wheels of the vehicle to rotate at different rates when turning a corner. If you watch a front or rear wheel drive vehicle moving in a circle, you’ll notice the inside wheels make a slightly tighter circle than the outside wheels. Further, if you watch that […]

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Common Transfer Case DTCs for GMC Pickups & SUVs

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Having trouble with your 4-wheel drive not operating or your 4-wheel indicator light flashing? If you have a General Motors Pickup with a NV246 or NV263 transfer case, or a General Motors Sport Utility Vehicle with a NV126 or NV226 transfer case, the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) often occur. Any of these codes may […]

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Employee Spotlight: Loren Kispert

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Meet Loren Kispert, the shop supervisor at Zumbrota Bearing and Gear (ZBAG). Loren was originally hired to rebuild transmissions back in 2002. He now oversees 16 expert builders who produce a wide variety of rebuilt transmissions and other units every day. Loren recalls that Merle Hendrickson, a ZBAG builder with many years of experience, showed […]

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The Manual Transmission Is Alive and Well!

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Mark Twain once said, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said for the manual transmission. Here at Zumbrota Bearing and Gear, we agree with Mark Twain. Rumors of the death of the manual transmission have been greatly exaggerated. The auto industry is turning the notion of the manual […]

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2014 ZBAG Christmas Party Recap

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

ZBAG employees celebrated the Christmas holiday with a party on Jan. 24 and 25. ZBAG president Mark Mangan treated everyone to an overnight stay at the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN. Nearly forty employees, most accompanied by a guest, went to Red Wing to check in at the St. James and enjoy […]

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How Transfer Cases Release the Power of 4-Wheel Drive

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

When you shift into 4-wheel drive, you want your truck or SUV’s transfer case to make that happen smoothly every time. Whether you’re blasting through a foot of snow, crawling your way out of a muddy work site, or deep in the back country, there’s nothing like shifting into 4-wheel drive and going where no […]

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Employee Spotlight: Lorry Kispert

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

If you call ZBAG looking for a rebuilt transmission or components for a rebuilt transmission, there’s a good chance you’ll talk to Lorry Kispert, who has been a member of the sales team since 2002. But Lorry’s experience with ZBAG goes back even farther than that. He was first employed here as a transmission rebuilder […]

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