The OE, or "original equipment," components in a new transmission are always carefully designed and installed with the intent to last for tens or even hundreds of thousands of miles on the road. In order to do the best transmission rebuilds you can, you want to be able to guarantee that your work can perform just as well, and for as long, as a brand new unit. Here's the catch: you can only make that kind of promise if you're rebuilding with OE components — that is, rebuilding it with the parts that built it.
When it comes to transmission service, sometimes you can run into the unexpected: unfamiliar diagnostic codes, unexplained symptoms, or surprising application variations, just to name a few. However, one thing you should always count on is for your transmission rebuilds to last a long time thanks to the quality of your work and the parts you install. But just how long can you expect transmission rebuild kit seals to actually last? As it turns out, that all depends on what overhaul kits you use and what brand produces them.
When you're comparing transmission overhaul kits, there are so many elements to consider before you make your purchase decision. While all the different specifications can seem overwhelming, it's important to remember that the highest indicator of an overhaul kit's quality is the percentage of OE components inside it. But while you're looking for any brand's OE content, you might notice some different terminology popping up. Some offer OE transmission seals, while others claim that their seal are "OE quality." So what's the difference?
It's no surprise that you always want to make the best choices when it comes to your transmission shop. It's always best to consider what's in the best interest of your customers, your employees, and your business. One of the most important choices you have to make is what parts you'll use in your rebuilds--that includes what kind of parts, and where you'll get them. And on top of that, all the parts you use are important, from larger mechanical parts and new technology all the way down to the transmission seals.