Universal Joint Assembly optimizes dynamic bearing capacity.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to meet needs of low-emission trucks in Class 8 market, Spicer® Life Series® Model 250 features bearing package with large needle bearings, Viton® synthetic seal, and thermoplastic seal guard. Permanently lubricated spline with booting offers protection against environmental contaminants, while spring tabs optimize bearing retention and minimize wear. Replacing strap design, cold-formed bearing retainer minimizes bearing movement which may result from overloading.

Original Press Release:

Dana Holding Corporation Announces Enhancements to Its Spicer® Life Series® Driveshafts

MAUMEE, Ohio, -- Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE:DAN) announced today enhancements to its Spicer® Life Series® (SPL®) Model 250 universal joint assembly, resulting in significantly improved product performance and durability.

Designed to meet the needs of new low-emission, high-efficiency trucks in the Class 8 market, the SPL-250® universal joint assembly offers customers more than a 40-percent improvement in dynamic bearing capacity - in the same compact package - to create a driveline with 70 percent more power density compared with it nearest competitor.

"As a trusted partner for innovative technologies and unrivaled service for more than 100 years, Dana is constantly seeking ways to improve our products to meet customers' needs," said Tom DeHaven, Dana senior manager of Driveshaft Products. "As the world's leading driveshaft supplier, these changes reflect our continued commitment to designing products and processes that deliver value, innovation, and best-in-class performance."

The new SPL-250 universal joint assembly utilizes a new bearing package that includes larger needle bearings for increased capacity, a special Viton® synthetic seal for improved grease retention and serviceability, and a thermoplastic seal guard to exclude contaminants. In addition, a new premium synthetic lubricant provides further improvement in bearing life through the initial three-year/350,000-mile lubrication interval.

The assembly is also offered with the Spicer Quick Disconnect(TM) feature making it easier to service the powertrain.

About Dana Holding Corporation

Dana is a world leader in the supply of axles, driveshafts, sealing and thermal products, and genuine service parts. The company's customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 22,000 people in 26 countries and reported 2009 sales of $5.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.dana.com.

Viton is a registered trademark of DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC.

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