For many years, Midwest Rubber has supplied steering column seals for cars and trucks. More recently, weight reduction goals, higher heat in the engine compartment, and ease of installation for the assembly have made it increasingly difficult to compete. In one recent program, Midwest Rubber was asked to create a seal that would allow the steering shaft to be raised into an acute angle while the seal remained locked into place.
Our engineering team developed an adaptable seal, created of molded or dipped rubber, that was able to meet increasingly stringent assembly requirements and helped our customer remain competitive in an ever-changing environment. The final steering column seal provided the flexibility our customer required, and eliminated two previous components from the assembly process. The complexity and weight was reduced, and the assembly process was simplified.