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Eaton begins aftermarket deliveries for Advantage series clutches


Friday, June 30, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

“Enhancements were made to both designs to improve durability, reduce harmful vibration and better enable smooth, effortless shifting,” said Ben Karrer, global product strategy manager, Eaton Vehicle Group.
“Enhancements were made to both designs to improve durability, reduce harmful vibration and better enable smooth, effortless shifting,” said Ben Karrer, global product strategy manager, Eaton Vehicle Group.

GALESBURG, Mich. — Power management company Eaton has begun production and shipping of the company’s recently upgraded line of aftermarket Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust and Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage heavy-duty clutches.

Twenty-eight part numbers with a wide range of torque ratings up to 2,250 lbs.-ft. are now available for replacement service for all makes and models of heavy-duty trucks in North America.

“Enhancements were made to both designs to improve durability, reduce harmful vibration and better enable smooth, effortless shifting,” said Ben Karrer, global product strategy manager, Eaton Vehicle Group. “Contemporary diesel engines and powertrains, including downsped designs, continue to evolve. This newest line of clutches, our smoothest and most durable ever made by Eaton, are designed to better support those developments.”

The 28 part numbers are a reduction from 41 previous part numbers by combining several earlier models into one. The line covers all commercial heavy-duty truck applications while allowing dealers to reduce inventory levels.  

Highlights of the enhancements include:

  • A new strap drive system, which affixes the intermediate plate to the housing on the clutches and prolongs clutch life by eliminating lug fatigue that over time could lead to failures. The design also eliminates the noisy rattle associated with the prior design, a company news release stated.
  • Eaton’s soft rate dampers effectively absorb engine vibrations to prevent driveline damage and are now standard on all clutches. This premium damper technology enables downspeeding at all torque ratings up to 1,850 lbs.-ft.
  • A patent-pending spring separator system permits cleaner, quicker disengagement with the engine for more efficient, smoother shifting.
  • A second wear tab indicator has been added to the Advantage Self-Adjust model giving maintenance professionals better access during visual inspections, and
  • Industry-best release bearing lube intervals for all Eaton Advantage heavy-duty clutches is 50,000 miles.

Eaton Commercial Vehicle components are backed by Eaton’s Roadranger network of more than 180 drivetrain professionals who provide solutions, support and expertise to fleets and dealers. For more information visit www.eaton.com/roadranger, where the latest product information is available, as well as service, parts and training assistance, 24 hours a day. Experts are available in the Roadranger Call Center by dialing 1-800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357. 

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. It provides energy-efficient solutions to effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably.

Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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