You've heard it before: "You get what you pay for." But when you're looking for the transmission overhaul kits you need in your rebuild shop, what does it mean to invest in quality? Often times in the automotive aftermarket, a true quality component or kit will come with a higher price tag than a lower quality option, and you might wonder why. Once you know what quality means for your rebuilds, it's much easier to see why spending a little more on your kits up front actually saves you time and money in the long run.
Aftermarket kit providers have their work cut out for them when it comes to developing transmission overhaul kits and getting the right ones into the hands of rebuilders. Unfortunately, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) don't release a convenient list of their applications and when they need to be serviced or rebuilt. Kit providers can only determine that information from research and analysis of the industry data available to them. And in the end, not all kit providers choose to put in the time and effort it takes to anticipate which kits rebuilders need and when.
Some of the most common causes of transmission rebuilds are issues related to seal failure inside of a transmission. When you consider the number of miles an average transmission you rebuild can last, you must be able to trust that the parts you install inside can hold up for just as long. Though they're some of the smallest parts in the system, transmission seal and gasket failures are highly likely to lead to full transmission failure, thanks to fluid leaks that can burn up the unit.
Vetting suppliers for your transmission shop is an investment of time and resources, but so is buying the seal kits you use in your rebuilds. While it can feel like a chore to properly research and find the right kit provider, your choice can mean the difference between comebacks and satisfied customers. With your shop's reputation at stake, it's time to put some real thought into the overhaul kits you're using and who provides them.
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.