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Gabriel develops new misting reduction seal

Gabriel diagramGabriel has developed an improved misting reduction seal for its heavy-duty shock products, which the company says will extend service life.

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

Gabriel says it estimates that oil escape will be reduced by up to 70 percent over time with the improved misting-reduction seal technology.

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