Kenworth has added Meritor s as an option on selected, class 8 on-highway trucks. As well, the company now offers the Meritor front steer non-drive axle family rated from 12,000 to 14,600 lb in standard and wide-track options for selected class 8 trucks plus the class 7 T370.
Permalube RPL drivelines feature permanent lubrication to help reduce operating and maintenance costs, and they also offer high torque capacities. Kenworth says they provide extended U-joint life, especially important when gearing is set for gear-fast/run-slow operations.
Nylon thrust washers eliminate metal contact points to prevent wear. Triple-lip seals on U-joints help keep contaminants out. Advanced sealing features include an E-coated, protective steel guard that holds the slip seal securely and guards against contaminants and debris.
The Meritor front steer axles, compatible with both disc and drum brakes, are available for applications such as linehaul, pickup and delivery, construction, refuse, logging, and mining.
According to Meritor, the new axles offer up to a 55-degree turn angle for superior maneuverability and vehicle stability. Easy Steer bushing technology helps reduce steering effort and provide longer life. Durability, low maintenance, and ease of service are provided by a combination of low-friction bushings, double draw keys, and integral thrust bearing and seal designs. Easy Steer kingpin bushings bring excellent vehicle control and longer tire life, the company says.