NASHVILLE -- SKF is expanding the warranty options for its premium wheel end system packages to five or seven years under its new SKF Trouble-Free Operation (TFO) program for Trailer OEMs. With the TFO program enhancement, Trailer OEMs can now customize warranty periods based on the products in the package that are more in line with their customers’ demands, company officials announced at the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting Sunday.

To qualify for the expanded warranty options customers must use the SKF ScotsealPlusXL, the SKF TF hubcap and Hyatt branded tapered roller bearings. The SKF wheel end system products can be used with proven industry spindle nut designs and approved lubricants.

SKF's TFO warranty package is also compatible with the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by P.S.I.

“The industry has been asking for wheel end products that both work together and complement each other, especially when it comes to warranties,” said Scott Simmonds, vice president of heavy duty sales at SKF. “Fleets want to know that they can use the best products without having to worry about conflicting warranties later on.”

The expansion of SKF TFO warranty wheel end system package options offer several advantages for OEMs and fleets. The package options do not require customers to purchase pre-assembled kits. Instead, customers can continue to purchase and install product as they do today. Fleets can reduce sourcing by using SKF wheel end components on both truck and trailer applications. SKF will also manage the warranty program with minimal inconvenience to the trailer OEM or fleet sales manager.