Remanufactured Driveline Components Q&A with Valley Truck Parts
The following questions about remanufactured driveline
components have been answered by Steve
Burman, Business Development Director of Valley Truck Parts.
Vicki's questions are in bold font face and Steve's
answers are in regular font face.
components are part of a truck's driveline?"
Transmission thru to the differential and wheel ends, all gearing,
- "Do you
have a copyright-free image that shows the various components of a
looked up "driveline" on Wikipedia, which
raises important questions:
is the difference between a 'driveline' and
a 'drivetrain', if
just different terms-generally referring to same
true as Wikipedia states, that a driveline/drivetrain consists of 'the
parts of the powertrain excluding the engine and transmission'?"
in our world it includes transmission but excludes engine.
- What is
the quality of remanufactured
driveline components compared to new?
If a higher
percentage of OE parts are used, or 100% in the case of Eaton
authorized, the quality is the same as new, for a much reduced price.
are most likely to need replacing on which trucks and when?
This varies by industry, but generally a transmission
will need replacement 1st, followed closely and sometimes replaced in
1st by a differential. Both of these are due to many conditions, such
as driver habits, construction/logging/related industries are much
harder on equipment that over the road, etc.
will a professional truck driver know when it is time to replace part
of his/her truck's driveline?
Does the truck give 'clues' about
the need to replace parts (such as an odd sound, lower fuel mileage or
it just quits working) or is there a service interval at which certain
parts are recommended for replacement?
Good maintenance procedures will extend drivetrain components, but some
will begin to howl or grind, others sometimes just break with no
should a trucker look for when getting ready
buy remanufactured driveline components?
When looking for remanufactured components, don’t just
look for price! The old adage you get what you pay for is very true.
Ask for what percentage of Original Equipment parts do you use in your
rebuild-many remanufacturers are under 50% in this category. Valley
Truck Parts is consistently at 75% and above, and our Eaton
Authorized transmission is 100% OE parts. Our failure rate on
remanufactured units is consistently than others, due to our quality
control and use of OE parts in our units.
much money can a trucker save on
components compared to new?
Savings vary on the type of transmission needed, and the
quality/origin of the parts used, but you can expect a 25% minimum
savings on your remanufactured transmission purchase.
kind of a warranty (if any) should a trucker
remanufactured driveline components?
This varies as to use and automatic/manual-but a 1 year
warranty/unlimited miles is a minimum standard that should be accepted.
If a remanufacturer will not give at least this, question the
reliability of the parts they use, and their quality control.
consumer protection standpoint: "What dealer 'tricks' -- to try to get
a trucker to pay more than he/she needs to -- should a professional
truck driver be on the alert for when getting replacement driveline
replacing more components than is necessary. May be just a differential
issue, but wants to replace more components.
Thanks, Steve, for answering our questions about
remanufactured and replacement driveline or drivetrain components!
Truck Parts has an extensive inventory of new and
remanufactured components such as Rockwell, Fuller, Spicer, Holland
Hitch, Timken, Dana, and many more. They are also an authorized Allison
Reman center. With many remanufactured units assembled and in stock,
they can get you the unit that you need.
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