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Ride Control Develops New Seal Technology for Heavy-Duty Shocks

Ride Control says the new mist reducing rod seal in its FleetLine and GasSLX heavy-duty shock absorbers reduces oil escape by up to 70% over time.
<p>Ride Control says the new mist reducing rod seal in its&nbsp;FleetLine and GasSLX heavy-duty shock absorbers reduces oil escape by up to 70% over time.</p>

Ride Control LLC has developed a misting reduction seal for its Gabriel brand heavy-duty shock products designed to extend service life and reduce overall downtime for maintenance.

The company says the improved misting-reduction seal technology reduces oil escape by up to 70% over time. This leads to extended service life for the company’s heavy-duty shock absorbers, as well as improved performance over time as compared to competing technologies.

The enhanced seal will be available in the company’s FleetLine commercial truck, trailer, and bus shocks and GasSLX adjustable shocks this fall.

“We wanted to solve one of the main problems that fleet operators believed to be an inevitable headache: oil escape from shock absorbers,” says Joan McMath, director of OE, service, and HD sales at Gabriel. “With the introduction of the enhanced misting reduction seal technology to our GasSLX and FleetLine products, we have proven that it is possible to reduce misting significantly in shock absorbers, and therefore to keep customers’ fleets on the road more consistently.”

The company says demanding conditions present in heavy-duty vehicle applications cause misting in all shock absorbers over time. Misting occurs when the oil within the shock absorber, critical to ride control performance, slowly leaks out of a seal in the product, cots the outside of the shock absorber, and accumulates dust and debris. This oil escape causes diminished shock absorbing capabilities and eventual product failure.

Visit www.gabriel.com for more information about the company’s heavy-duty ride control technology.

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