Around the aftermarket: Dana introduces new u-joints, Mitchell1 adds new features and more

The new Spicer Life Series Plus premium line features upgraded materials and enhanced features to provide superior overall strength and extended product life at high operating temperatures.

Dana Incorporated has introduced Spicer Life Series Plus (SPL Plus) u-joints for light-vehicle applications. The new premium line features upgraded materials and enhanced features to provide superior overall strength and extended product life at high operating temperatures.

“Exhaust systems on today’s vehicles are often placed closer to the driveline, creating more stress on driveline components due to greater temperature fluctuations,” said Bill Nunnery, senior director, sales and marketing, global aftermarket for Dana.  “We developed the new premium line of SPL Plus u-joints to provide enhanced maximum temperature capabilities, improved bearing life, and overall durability for vehicles requiring an increased heat range.”

Among the unique features found on SPL Plus u-joints are a journal cross that is engineered with a cold-formed body to ensure better overall strength; enhanced spacer material, including a thrust washer that eliminates friction, end galling, and metal-to-metal contact; and the bearing cap is case-hardened and precision-ground for added strength and durability.

For more information about Spicer Life Series Plus (SPL Plus) u-joints contact a Dana sales representative or visit or

Mitchell 1 Adds New Features to ProDemand Advanced Interactive Wiring Diagrams

With the latest release of ProDemand auto repair information, Mitchell 1 has added exclusive features to its award-winning wiring diagrams, enhancing diagram navigation and making connectors, grounds and splices not only searchable, but also interactive.

“Over the past few years, we have made significant improvements to the wiring diagrams in ProDemand, streamlining navigation and linking diagrams to component information,” said Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1. “Building on those enhancements, we are pleased to introduce the latest interactive features to our customers to help them save even more time when working on complex electrical issues.”  

The new enhancements to the ProDemand Advanced Interactive Wiring Diagrams streamline navigation within a diagram set or from one diagram set to a completely different diagram set, as well as add interactivity to connectors, grounds and splices. Improvements also include a dropdown history that shows the previous 10 diagrams viewed in a session.

ZF Aftermarket announces launch of passenger car air compressor under WABCO brand at AAPEX

ZF Aftermarket continues to expand their portfolio through the acquisition of WABCO as they released passenger car air compressors at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX). The WABCO brand is a global market leader in air suspension compressors and has almost 40 years of experience in design and production of air supply modules.

The WABCO branded air compressor product line of 24 SKUs, applies to vehicle types such as Audi, Dodge, Jaguar, and Porsche, and is full ACES/PIES compliant. The OE-designed compressor is the heart of the Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) supporting advanced driving capabilities, enhancing driving comfort and vehicle safety. The product offers a plug-and-play solution with a single compressor to repair the Air Supply Unit in the most cost-efficient way. 

“When it comes to expanding our product portfolio, it is imperative that ZF Aftermarket does its due diligence on ensuring a quality made product to release to our customers,” said Mark Cali, Head of ZF Aftermarket, United States and Canada. “The new WABCO air compressor for air suspension systems meets our global standards of engineering excellence and quality for your vehicle.”

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