Rob Filer, Oates 1959-1962, found his niche with a “repair rather than replace” system for all ball joints, tie rod ends, king pins, & all similar joints, found in the steering and suspension of virtually any kind of vehicle – if it has wheels, Rob’s system can help save money against the cost of replacement.
The system, called RE-NEW-IT, is now in use in 33 countries and has been known to:
- Increase the life of truck king pins by well over 300,000 kms
- Increase the life of car ball joints and tie rod ends by more than 100,000 kms
- Increase the life of agricultural tractor joints by over two years
The RE-NEW-IT System is used by companies and individuals, such as wheel alignment specialists, tyre suppliers, all vehicle workshops, roadworthy workshops, in-house workshops, large fleet owners, mines, military, government, as well as out on site by traveling mechanics and so on. Repair is only done on MARGINALLY WORN joints, NOT totally worn out ones, so the judgment of the mechanic is important. The operating principle has been in use for many years, in the form of plastic extrusion and moulding equipment, and so the technology and the raw material are well proven.
Using specially developed tooling and the prescribed RE-NEW-IT process, a molten polymer is injected into the joint through a newly drilled grease-nipple hole under high pressure. Once injected, the polymer becomes an exactly fitting, greaseable, high compression capability, impact absorbing bush which has in effect, taken over the job no longer done by (now slack) inner springs, wear, etc. It now fully supports the ball (in ball joints) over nearly half of its circumference. It is also possible to do the repair more than once on the same joint, provided the joint is properly checked again initially. It is left as a greasable joint, which it probably wasn’t before.
With the ‘normal’ replacement method of repair, stripping must be done to fit the replacement parts, and the labour and parts bill is therefore much higher. This is unnecessary with the RE-NEW-IT System. The work is done quickly (only 10 to 12 minutes per joint when done on the vehicle, or less than 10 minutes when done on the bench), so vehicle “turn-around time”, (through the workshop) is therefore substantially improved, (very important with commercial and military vehicles). On construction equipment and other heavy vehicles, or industrial applications with large joints to be repaired, additional thought might be necessary to decide on the best, most effective place to inject the polymer.
Cost savings should be 50 to 80% (and sometimes much more), of what it might have been by replacement. At the same time, there are excellent profits (or savings) to be made (80 to 120% +) for the sub-agent (the applicator or mechanic), which makes the whole process a ‘Win-Win’ situation.
Rob is more than happy to explain more (and maybe offer special deals) to any FOBs in the auto trades, or even FOBs who would like their garage to start using the system!