Mevotech has developed a solution for the premature wear of bushings on a popular police fleet vehicle.
The bushing is a part of the Mevotech Supreme brand, known for application specific upgrades above the OE designs.
The development was initiated by a call to Mevotech’s Technical Services hotline for repair professionals. A shop that services the fleet of a major municipal police force was enquiring if Mevotech had any advice to extend the service life of the OE part. The shop owner noted that the rear upper control arm bushing for the Police Interceptor Sedan and SUV was wearing out as early as 22,000 miles.
Mevotech jumped on the opportunity to innovate an upgraded engineered solution. After analyzing the OE design and the failure points of the worn bushing, Mevotech engineers developed a steel bracket that would allow the use of sintered metal bearings for increased durability and adding a grease fitting to make the part serviceable.
The result is a simple, yet effective design that was initiated by listening to customer feedback and creating application specific upgrades based on vehicle and platform needs. The new bushing design will be available to order from Mevotech Supreme in early 2020.
“This innovation is a fantastic example of Mevotech collaboration,” said Victor Moreira, manager of technical services. “We really value the user experience and 360-degree feedback that comes from our field representatives, technical services hotline, product development teams, our customers, and the professional technicians who work with our parts every day. This process not only helps our engineers develop solutions for stronger more durable parts, but it reinforces our connection to the technician’s experience.”