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ArvinMeritor Introduces Meritor MXL(R) Driveline with 100,000 Miles Lubrication Interval

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 19, 2009: ArvinMeritor, Inc today introduced the Meritor(R) MXL (Meritor Extended Lube), a new series of greaseable drivelines with 100,000-mile lubrication intervals and a three-year, 300,000-mile warranty in linehaul service. The product was designed for truck operators who seek reduced maintenance costs and a longer warranty.

The new driveline - with the same product ratings and application guidelines as the popular Meritor 17N, 176N and 18N series -- was announced here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The Meritor MXL will enter production this summer and be available on new trucks or able to retrofit using genuine parts from authorized Meritor aftermarket channels. The new driveline joins the RPL permanently-lubricated driveline in the Meritor family of driveline products for commercial vehicles.

"The MXL combines the simplicity and durability of the proven RN U-joint design with the premium sealing capability of the RPL permanently lubed product," said Joe Plomin, vice president - Truck business unit, ArvinMeritor. "We've set the bar higher for drivelines in terms of performance, ease of maintenance, and warranty coverage - all highly valued by the customers."

Extended Lubrication: A New Standard

An extended lubrication interval reduces maintenance costs and increases truck operators' uptime. At 100,000 miles, the MXL's lubrication interval is twice as long as other conventional, greaseable drivelines. It also aligns with recommended lubrication intervals of other chassis components in linehaul vocations.

With Meritor MXL, extended lubrication intervals become "the new standard in greaseable drivelines. This will help customers more effectively manage routine preventive maintenance and control expenses," offered Plomin.

The main and interaxle slip assemblies combine an advanced nitrile seal to keep contaminants out with a protective guard that resists road debris, increasing slip assembly operating life. The u-joint builds upon the proven high-strength Meritor RN series design. Its needle-bearing package with contoured ends minimize axial (side) loading, and the glass-reinforced nylon thrust washer prevents metal-to-metal contact, all of which result in greater reliability.

Interchangeable Driveline - Greater Flexibility

The MXL's RN Series yoke configurations are compatible with other industry standard yokes, making it completely interchangeable with most greaseable drivelines in linehaul use today. Truck operators may standardize on a single greaseable driveline regardless of vehicle make or model.

The product offering will be available with both easy service and full round yoke designs.

Meritor Driveline Family

For almost 100 years, ArvinMeritor has engineered and manufactured u-joints and drivelines for a host of commercial vehicle applications - buses, military vehicles, and trucks and tractors.

Today, the company offers a Meritor brand family of driveline solutions: the MXL for truck operators who value extended lubrication intervals, long life and greater warranty coverage, and the premium RPL for operators who seek the lowest life cycle cost with a permanently-sealed and permanently-lubricated design, as well as the longest warranty coverage. The RPL remains an industry-exclusive product from ArvinMeritor.