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.
There are numerous ways to help ensure that your transmission shop is ready for any vehicle that needs service and any transmission that needs to be rebuilt. But even if you have overhaul kits on hand, train and prepare your technicians, and optimize your shop effectively, you can still run into unexpected challenges. One of the issues many shops and rebuilders face is the dilemma of transmission application variations.
When you have a lot on your plate in your rebuild shop, it can be tempting to go with the easiest option when it comes to transmission overhaul kits. Whether you buy the first kit you find, stick with the same sub-par brand just because it's what you've always used, or just let your distributor make the decision for you, you could be missing out on a lot of value the right provider could bring.
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.
Every decision you make for your transmission rebuild shop should be in favor of reducing risk — both for you and your customers. That's why you use high-quality parts, offer a good warranty, invest in your team's continuing education, and more. You can optimize just about every aspect of your auto shop business, from your workflow to your processes, but what you do next once you've outlined these strategies is crucial: you have to commit to following them. It may sound simple, but ensuring that your team can implement your rebuild process on every single vehicle is a big but important commitment to make.