Original Equipment Manufactured versus Generic Parts: An Auto Parts Blog

Hi, my name is Stan, and I want to welcome you to my blog. I love working on cars, and I have worked on them since I was a little kid working alongside my dad. Over the years, I have seen vehicles grow more complicated, and I have also seen a range of parts manufacturers enter the market. Some of them make amazing parts while others make parts that aren't quite as good as original manufacturer parts. If you want to learn about the differences between generic and original parts or if you have other questions on auto parts, this blog has the answers you need. Please get comfortable and start exploring.

Do You Need to Give Your Vehicle's Transmission a Helping Hand?


In the heat of an Australian day, you may be glad that your engine relies on a sophisticated cooling system to stop it from boiling over, but have you ever spared a thought for your transmission? If you drive a lot or may tow a trailer of some kind, you may require a separate cooling system for this crucial part. What could happen otherwise, and what should you do to rectify any potential problem?

Transmission under Pressure

Automatic transmission systems feature a multitude of internal parts that have to work under pressure and counteract a great deal of friction. This means that temperatures can rise within this casing as well and if you don't already have a transmission cooler in place, you should consider your options.

What Can Go Wrong

While both the transmission itself and the lubricating fluid are designed to cope with certain extremes, this is not to say that they are bulletproof. As mentioned, if you haul a boat or car regularly, you are putting additional strain on these components and may have already started to notice some strange issues. For example, the transmission may change between gears for no apparent reason or begin to "slip" when driving up an incline. While other issues could cause these problems, there's a chance that the system is overheating and the lubricant is not able to do as good a job as it should.

How the Cooler System Works

When you fit a transmission cooler, you will add a radiator-like device to the front of the vehicle. As with the primary radiator, this heat exchanger will have a matrix of tubes and fins that criss-cross its surface and are exposed to flowing air as you drive down the road. This device is connected to your transmission through a network of reinforced tubes. The lubricant is pumped through these tubes and forced through the matrix under pressure to dissipate the built-up heat. The fluid will then flow back to the transmission casing and be able to perform its work once again.

Fitting a Kit

There are various cooler kits for most models on the market, and you should talk with your favourite technician to find which is best in your case. Many of these products are quite easy to fit, but if you need any help, you should reach out to your mechanic for their support.

Taking Action

Don't risk a potential breakdown due to excess temperatures within your transmission casing. Think about fitting a separate cooler instead. For more information on car servicing, contact a professional near you.


21 July 2022