Friday, 21 May 2010 15:24

LKQ Says its Reconditioned Wheels Pass Rigid Testing

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Keystone Automotive Industries and Transwheel Corp., subsidiaries of LKQ Corp., said a recent series of tests confirmed their wheel reconditioning technologies. All of the wheels tested met or exceeded the SAE J2530 and SAE J175 Technical Standards for dynamic radial and dynamic cornering fatigue, and impact testing.

Keystone and Transwheel employ Independent Test Services (ITS) to monitor their wheel reconditioning capabilities. The reconditioned wheels of Keystone and Transwheel are analyzed by ITS under conditions that are more extreme than those specified by SAE International. All three fatigue and impact tests are performed on each wheel, and at double the required rotation levels for the dynamic cornering fatigue test. Frequent testing enables the subsidiaries of LKQ to ensure their production processes meet or exceed the industry's technical standards.

"We stand behind the quality of our wheel reconditioning program," stated Jim Devlin, vice president of manufacturing for LKQ Corp. "We want installers and auto insurers to feel confident that they are using the highest quality wheels to repair their customers' vehicles. Our wheels are reconditioned using production processes validated to meet SAE's demanding testing requirements."

SAE Technical Standards serve as the fundamental and comprehensive set of common design requirements for the wheel manufacturing industry. Independent Test Services (www.wheeltest.com) has been providing testing services to Transwheel since 2000.

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