As most of us in the automotive aftermarket and service industries know, OE manufacturers don't always get things right the first time. But when subsequent attempts to improve a product or part continue to fail, where can you turn for a better solution?
In March of 2017, Freudenberg (FST, the OEM parent company of TransTec) unveiled a brand new approach to sealing solutions with their new low friction seal offerings. While it is widely known that high friction environments can cause excessive wear and even premature failure of transmission seals, here's something you might not know: seals are responsible for nearly 25% of all mechanical energy lost in transmissions due to friction. That's what FST set out to solve when developing a totally new generation of sealing products, with the added benefit of creating potentially lower cost, environmentally friendly sealing options.
In this FST new development spotlight, we'll introduce the brand's newest low friction seals, the Levitas seal rings and Levitorq thrust washers. We'll also talk about the science behind the ways they reduce friction in transmissions as well as improve fuel efficiency. For all that, keep reading.