WHEEL SEAL

Meritor’s aftermarket business recently added heavy-duty truck and trailer oil-bath wheel seals to its wheel-end parts offerings.

The new product – available in a standard and a premium version – will be distributed from Meritor’s North American distribution centers in Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ont., beginning in July.

These wheel seals feature a wide-seal band, a multi-zone labyrinth design, unique low-friction bumpers, plus what is claimed to be the industry’s thickest steel casing (0.07-inches) that helps prevent installation damage.

You can install this product by hand or use a third-party installation tool, the company says.

The warranty for the seals will be one year or 150,000 miles for the standard model, and two years or 300,000 miles for the premium model. Warranty extension is possible by using Meritor PlatinumShield coated brake shoes with MA friction materials.

The standard model is manufactured from nitrile rubber, also known as NBR, while the premium model uses hydrogenated nitrile rubber or HNBR. The premium model is compatible with all lubricants, including synthetics.

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