Transmissions: Repair or Replace?

The factors to consider before deciding the best option.

While the lower cost of a remanufactured part compared with a new part often appeals to end users, Mance points out that remanufactured parts also have a warranty advantage over used parts.

“We follow the same robust release process as an OE product, so we’re testing and remanufacturing to the most current OE specifications,” he explains. “Because of that, we are able to guarantee the remanufactured part for the same period of time as the OE product warranty.”


Growth in the remanufacturing industry reflects its appeal. Mance notes that remanufacturing for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks and trailers in North America was a $3.1 billion market in 2010, and that is expected to grow to $4 billion by 2015.

The Bendix remanufacturing unit also enables the company to bring to market remanufactured components originally manufactured by other brands. Since not all product cores make their way back to their original manufacturer, Bendix engineers can now use parts from those product cores to bring remanufactured parts as close as possible to their OE specifications.

He says Bendix plans to build its remanufacturing business not only by branching out into products beyond braking systems, such as powertrain components, but by sharing its remanufacturing strategy with its parent company, Knorr-Bremse, a worldwide producer of pneumatic, hydraulic and electronic braking systems and chassis management systems for commercial vehicles.


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