Every transmission that comes into your shop - even ones that you've worked on before - will have different needs. Your inspection will reveal the level of damage the unit has suffered, and then you have a decision to make. What type of service should you complete to get this unit back in the vehicle and back on the road?
While several options are available to replace a broken transmission, they each come with their own set of pros and cons. Purchasing a used transmission is no different in this respect. Used transmissions are defined as complete units salvaged from a donor car, often a wrecker that still has working parts. We're writing today to address why you might be tempted to purchase a used transmission instead of installing a new, rebuilt, or remanufactured one, as well as the risks of used transmissions that might cause you to reconsider that option.
Automatic start-stop technology is one of the ways automakers are hoping to make cars more fuel efficient. This, in turn, will help to meet both consumer demand and increasingly stringent government CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. And it's coming to every single future car manufactured, whether you're ready or not. So you may as well buckle up and prepare yourself properly so you're ready. This starts with fully understanding the basics of start-stop transmission technology, so we've compiled a quick guide to start-stop technology for you. (For information on more emerging transmission technology, see our blog post on the advancements just over the horizon.)
With the right care, any well-made transmission can last for years inside a vehicle. The same goes for the transmissions you rebuild in your shop. All that work of pulling a transmission out of a vehicle, replacing the old or worn parts, and reinstalling into the original vehicle can provide incredible value to your customers. And just because a transmission has broken down in the past, that doesn't mean your shop can't provide long-term results with your rebuilds.
To remain successful in this business, it's vital that you keep up to date on the latest technological advancements when it comes to transmissions. Today, we're taking a look at some newer transmission technologies as well as some emerging advancements on the horizon. So sit back, buckle up, and take notes!