Meritor's Aftermarket business recently added heavy-duty truck and trailer oil-bath wheel seals to its wheel-end parts offerings. The new additions continue the company's "complete solutions" approach to expanding its aftermarket product portfolio.

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, Ontario, beginning in July.

"Adding the wheel seals will serve to strengthen our comprehensive all-makes, wheel-end offerings to fleets, dealers and distributors across North America," said Tim Bauer, business unit director, Undercarriage Products, Meritor.

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

"Customers have the ability to install this product by hand or use a third party installation tool," said Adam Kretz, product manager, Meritor.

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 utilizing the Meritor PlatinumShield™ coated brake shoes with MA friction materials.

The standard model is manufactured to exacting engineering standards set by Meritor 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.

For the aftermarket and the original equipment vehicle markets, Meritor is a leading supplier of hubs, drums, automatic slack adjusters, and new and remanufactured brake shoes and kits, and drivetrain components in North America.