Spicer opens new recon facility
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• A NEW all-models commercial vehicle transmissions reconditioning unit has been set up by Spicer Transmissions-Dana at its Wolverhampton assembly plant.
The new programme, set up to give improved service in the face of increasing demand, will be available initially through vehicle manufacturers' service parts departments.
Transmissions to be reconditioned include the mid-range T-Series units T5-200, T5-300, T5-400, T6-400, T6-500 — used for a considerable time by Bedford (AWD). ERF, Ford, Leyland, R1'1 Dodge and others.
The heavy-duty SST 1410, 1310 and 8010 constant-mesh splitter transmissions used in Leyland Daf Roadtrains, Constructor 6 and 8 models, and by ERF, Foden and Seddon will also be reconditioned.
The new purpose-built cell at Wolverhampton will also recondition the Bedford four-speed transmission and two-speed transfer case made by Spicer for AWD. Spicer sees a considerable market for these recon units in the general haulage sector as well as among municipal operators and the military.
Later, the programme will include Spicer Compact Transmission sold to off-highway manufacturers across the world.
15-290 and T5-250 transmissions will continue to be reconditioned at Spicer's Eurosteer plant in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
Each reconditioned transmission is rig tested before dispatch and covered by a full 12-month warranty.
"Ultimately," says sales and marketing manager Barry Deacon, we would like to be able to provide a 24-hour service for VOR emergencies where a reconditioned unit is not available off the shelf from the vehicle maker's parts department."