By Liz White, ERJ staff
Dana Corp. to supply drivetrain, sealing systems for redesigned Explorer
Toledo, Ohio-US based automotive supplier Dana Corp. is to supply seals and gaskets, as well as the front axle assembly and driveshafts for the redesigned 2006 Ford Explorer.
Dana said the Explorer's front axle has been redesigned for increased fuel efficiency, while its axle assembly, "incorporates a new best-in-class sealing system for improved durability."
The 4.6-litre version of the engine includes a Dana oil-pan gasket, front cover gaskets, exhaust gaskets, cylinder-head gaskets, and valve-stem seals.
Also the 4.0-litre version of the Explorer engine features a Dana thermoset cylinder-head-cover module-designed, said Dana, to "help meet noise, vibration, and harshness demands, as well as deliver lower emissions, produce less engine distortion and provide higher temperature resistance."
Dana provides all of the vehicle's front driveshafts, as well as the rear driveshafts for the V-8 and 4x2 Explorer models.
"With more than 300 000 units produced last year, the Explorer was the top selling SUV in the US," pointed out Michael Burns, Dana chairman and ceo, in a company announcement on the contract.