Press Release

New seal technology proven to reduce oil escape by up to 70% over time, extending service life

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Gabriel® (Ride Control, LLC), the inventor and industry leader in automotive ride control technology, announces that it has developed an improved misting reduction seal for its heavy-duty shock products, thereby extending service life and reducing overall downtime for maintenance. 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,” said 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. 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.

With Gabriel’s improved misting-reduction seal technology, oil escape is reduced 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.

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

About Ride Control, LLC

Ride Control, LLC operates in both the aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (commercial, industrial and recreational vehicle) segments under the brand names Gabriel® (U.S. and Canada) and GRC® (Mexico). The company offered the world’s first automotive shock absorber, “The Snubber,” in 1907, and continues to be a leader in the design, engineering, development and production of ride control technology in North America today.
Ride Control, LLC has approximately 1,500 employees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company maintains engineering, design, manufacturing, warehouse, sales and management offices throughout North America including Farmington Hills, Michigan; Chickasha, Oklahoma; Brentwood, Tennessee; and Queretaro, Mexico. For additional information, please visit www.gabriel.com.

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