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Old 12-10-2015, 05:17 PM   #41
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I've always wondered if the start of the trans problems of my previous car was non-OEM from transmission fluid. But then again, the car wasn't on the reliable side. I do know what you mean by difficult to pinpoint.
Yes, most, if not all, automatic transmissions start to wear out and head towards failure the minute they feel the engine torque right after leaving the new car dealer's lot.
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I'd venture to say most aftermarket auto parts are made in China These days. Recently, I bought a MANN oil filter for my VW; top OEM brand/supplied by a European company. Even had a VW 9 digit part number on the box AND THE FILTER. Also had a "made in China" sticker on the box.
True, but if a brake rotor, for example, is labeled "Wagner" or "Bendix", I've a lot more confidence that the metallurgy and machining are closer to OEM than if the part has no identification what so ever. The brand name would indicate to me that someone is monitoring the quality control, if only to limit their own liability in the USA.
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True, but if a brake rotor, for example, is labeled "Wagner" or "Bendix", I've a lot more confidence that the metallurgy and machining are closer to OEM than if the part has no identification what so ever. The brand name would indicate to me that someone is monitoring the quality control, if only to limit their own liability in the USA.
I understand that, and agree, but I was making the point that many name brand parts are made in China these days. Like you, I do not by knock off parts. The last set of rotors I bought were Brembo, a top Euro maker and those possibly are made in China or India these days.

Two months ago, I was in Spain at a plant that made shock absorbers and axles. This was part of a private company that had about 30 plants (none in the US). They were being bought by a US private equity firm. Most of their customers were big, name brand trucking firms and some auto firms. Names like Volvo and Audi sound familiar? Interestingly, they supplied Bilstein, a maker of aftermarket suspension parts.
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I understand that, and agree, but I was making the point that many name brand parts are made in China these days. Like you, I do not by knock off parts. The last set of rotors I bought were Brembo, a top Euro maker and those possibly are made in China or India these days.

Two months ago, I was in Spain at a plant that made shock absorbers and axles. This was part of a private company that had about 30 plants (none in the US). They were being bought by a US private equity firm. Most of their customers were big, name brand trucking firms and some auto firms. Names like Volvo and Audi sound familiar? Interestingly, they supplied Bilstein, a maker of aftermarket suspension parts.
I think we are in violent agreement.

But back to the OP's question, it can be difficult to know for sure if a non-OEM fluid or part is adequate, but it helps if there is national branding behind the fluid / part to give some confidence that someone takes responsibility for its suitability for the intended usage.
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