MOOG® Re-engineers OE Design of VW Suspension Wishbone to Reduce Premature Wear of Parts

Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ steering and suspension brand MOOG resolves inherent design issues to increase durability

26th November, Bradford, UK… Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), has released its latest MOOG® Easy Solutions Bulletin (ESB), detailing a common issue found with Volkswagen wishbones for vehicle applications including the Lupo and Polo models. The steering and suspension specialist has redesigned the component to solve the issue and improve durability.

“We are constantly developing our products to improve the MOOG range, enabling us to offer longer lasting, more cost effective components for our customers,” said Jonathan Allen, Marketing Manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Our ESBs provide workshops with an added level of technical support and instant access to additional product information. It enables our customers to be more competitive in the market place.”

MOOG identified that the bushes were wearing prematurely due to excessive movement within the wishbone’s bush housing. To solve the problem, the vertical bush has a new design that features an enhanced rubber compound, significantly improving the lifetime of the parts. Additionally, larger welds are used to strengthen the joint of the bushes to the arm.

The models affected by these issues include: Volkswagen Lupo (6X1-6E1) 05/97>06/04. Volkswagen Polo (6N1-6NF) 09/94>12/99, and Polo (6N2) 10/99>10/01.

MOOG provides its customers with support and information on common issues found in the aftermarket through its ESBs. The free document highlights inherent design issues with the original part, such as component fatigue or fitting issues, and the problems they can cause both the technician and vehicle owner. The document outlines the changes MOOG has made to its own aftermarket products to rectify these issues and make products easier to install.

To find specific parts or download this ESB and previous versions, visit www.moogproducts.com where you can also access the bulletins in multiple languages.

About Federal-Mogul
Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world’s manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company’s products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.

Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20** of the world’s most recognised brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers. The company’s aftermarket brands include BERU®* ignition systems; Champion® spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral® and Payen® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Wagner®, Beral®, Necto®, Duron®, Jurid®, Stop® and Abex® brake products.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.

Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 50,000 people in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.

*BERU is a registered trademark of BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gmb
**All other trademarks shown are owned by Federal-Mogul Corporation, or one or more of its subsidiaries, in one or more countries.

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