What is a Reman Transmission?

Repaired, rebuild, overhauled, remanufactured, performance, exchange, reman are all terms you will hear when talking to a transmission service shop.  They all become interchanged when a service advisor is trying to “sell” you on what their technicians are going to do to your transmission….. so what are you really getting versus what do you need.
Well actually, there are industry standards for what defines these various ways or processes for restoring life back in to your transmission. The standards are set by the “factory” or the cars original equipment manufacturer (ie. Ford, GM, Toyota etc.). They define their replacement transmissions from this list as “remanufactured”. There is actually no NEW transmissions even made available to service your car with anyway (check out the article related to this, click here).

We at Russ Moore use this standard for the basis of our remanufactured transmissions; after all they did engineer the transmission in the first place. However on top of this, they didn’t just finish the engineering once they build your transmission unit, they often carry on; perhaps fixing failures that got missed the first time around, updating components so they last longer and upgrading the electrical system & its software. Then, on top of these improvements, the independent aftermarket takes over as a vehicle gets out of the original warranty period and works to build in even more life to these transmissions. Well, we have all of this information and use it to set the standards for our remanufactured transmissions.

The “factory” also tests every transmission once it’s been assembled, before it goes into a vehicle, so of course we do that to, we are not going to use your vehicle as a test machine….. A Russ Moore remanufactured transmission is built with exacting standards, that starts with a complete disassembly of every internal component part and thorough cleaning process. Every part is reviewed and inspected to determine if it needs to be replaced; every worn item is replaced with a new or re-machined part, every “soft” part, including all the internal & external seals, gaskets, bushings, sealing rings etc., are replaced, often with new & improved designs that get better life than the original parts. Because the industry is continuously re-engineering the transmission after it was originally produced, all of those updates and improvements will be incorporated in a Russ Moore remanufactured transmission.

The automatic transmission of today has many sub-components and electronic sensors, actuators and solenoids that are a vital set of the internal parts in a transmission, because of this Russ Moore conducts a full set of specific pre-tests. These tests are performed on engineered test machines that look for electronic continuity, current draw, load-based testing and cycle-based testing. The Russ Moore process also calls for very specific leak based air-testing and wet-check testing to be performed prior to any assembly work on a transmission. Then we come to the exacting standards set by the factory for assembling a transmission, there are checks, clearances and “torque” standards that must be adhered to, so of course it goes with out saying that we do all of this too. Finally another significant component of the transmission is the torque converter; this too is fully remanufactured, by Russ Moore to a similar type of specifications.

Testing is a vital part of any remanufacturing process, we at Russ Moore utilize engine dynamometer test stands, or dyno’s, that simulate the transmission working in a vehicle that is running down the road. It should be no surprise by now that this is the same process that the factory used when they built the transmission originally. It has to be said that without “dyno-ing” a transmission, it truly can not be called a “remanufactured” unit. This dyno process tests all of the transmissions function, electronic components; it runs all of the new components against each other essentially marrying them together for their next life cycle. This includes the newly remanufactured torque converter that stays with this transmission when it is installed in your vehicle. All new transmission fluid is used to complete this test, which is then drained using a micro-filtering process that removes any initial “wear-in” particles that get formed anytime new parts are mated together.

So, no matter what label is used or description given from a company offering you transmission service, unless they follow these strict industry recognized standards, you’re not going to get a high-quality “remanufactured” transmission.

Russ Moore has been in business since 1955, using similar standards of workmanship for over 50 years and during this time these standards have been adapted as the automotive industry has evolved. It is an undisputed fact that today’s vehicles have improved significantly in their quality and longevity, driven by car manufacturers engineering and much needed quality improvement efforts. Just as the cars you drive to day have changed and are now a much improved version than twenty years ago, what defines the needs of your vehicle have too and therefore so has Russ Moore. If you need a remanufactured transmission, then look to a company that will provide you with what is today’s standard of excellence, not yesterday’s definition.

It is also appropriate to recognize that not every situation or vehicle repair warrants a remanufactured transmission, this applies to many cases today and especially in the vehicles of our future. The only way to determine what’s required is via an accurate evaluation and diagnosis process, when we perform our Moore-Tek Vehicle Evaluation, we find that 2/3rd’s of our customer don’t actually need a new or remanufactured transmission, but an expert repair or rebuild can take care of the problem at a much reduced cost (check out the article related to this, click here).

However, the advantages of using a remanufactured transmission can still be a strong option, they are the highest quality product available and thus the long warranties they come with. They are often available right out of stock or off the shelf and ready to go, often making them the fastest solution. But we strongly caution our customers to understand when making their decision for what type of service to opt for, that warranty coverage is often used as a misguided gauge of “quality” which it is certainly not; it is just a commitment to support you financially for a period of time after you’ve made a significant purchase. Each type of service choice you ultimately make carries a different expense, thus quality and subsequently warranty coverage. To help you understand these options, you can trust the Service Managers of Russ Moore Transmission Specialist to fully explain the implications, click here to contact us directly.


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