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FAG extends wheel bearing range


Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd has introduced a range of new FAG wheel bearings for light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

The new additions have further strengthened the FAG brand’s offering for the UK and takes the total vehicle parc covered by new part numbers released so far in 2012 to more than 3.16 million.

New arrivals include an FAG Gen 2 RIU wheel bearing for a vehicle parc of nearly 63,000 vehicles including the Mercedes Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter 30-35, 30-50 up to 1850kg, 2006-, front, another for more than 46,000 vehicles including the Mercedes Viano, Vito 3.2, 3.5 CDi 09/2003-, front, and one for more than 2100 vehicles including the Mercedes Sprinter 3.5t 4×4 03/2009-, front.

There is also a range of Gen 1 FAG bearings for more than 80,000 vehicles including the Iveco Daily II, 2002-, rear, the Iveco Daily II 2002-, front (refer to catalogue for details), and the Iveco Daily II, III 1999-, front (refer to catalogue).

Conceived especially for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Vito and Viano models, and for the VW Crafter, the new Gen 2 RIU repair solution reduces the time it takes to remove and reinstall the wheel bearing unit by up to 60 percent. This offers garage owners a real benefit because if a light commercial vehicle needs new wheel bearings, only the wheel bearing unit itself needs to be replaced, and not the complete knuckle.

The core element of the new repair solution for light commercial vehicles is a Generation 2.1 wheel bearing unit with double-row angular contact ball bearings – all components in the same OEM quality FAG is renowned for. This compact wheel bearing unit also possesses defined and pre-set bearing play, plus life-long lubrication and sealing. Integrated as well are the wheel hub, ABS encoder and an innovative snap ring on the wheel hub side.

Because of its design and the way it’s mounted on the car, this wheel bearing unit cannot be removed and reinstalled using standard tooling.

This is why Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd offers a special removal/reassembly tool (Part No 400619910) to enable repairers to apply pressure evenly on the wheel bearing outer race during installation, so that the snap ring securely latches into the groove.

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd Technical Services Manager Malcolm Short said: “We have been consistently expanding our range of FAG wheel bearings throughout 2012 and are delighted to be able to offer further assistance to LCV owners and specialists.

“Solutions that minimise repair times are an important factor in a customer’s purchase decision and in customer loyalty. This is because – for companies and fleet operators – longer repair times don’t just mean major delays, but loss of revenue as well.”

More information for exact applications for these new FAG LCV wheel bearings is available at www.schaeffler-aftermarket.com while the new fitting tool is available from the company’s stockists.

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK)’s FAG, LuK clutch and INA tensioner brands are supported by technical support and repair installation tips through the RepXpert website (www.RepXpert.com) and a technical hotline; UK Tel: 08457 001100, Ireland Tel: +44 (0)1432 264264.