The automotive industry is currently going through massive changes designed to help reduce carbon emissions and boost sustainable efforts. Automotive seals can help the industry prevent leakages, exclude contaminants, and contain pressure, effectively reducing emissions that trigger climate change.

Notably, there are several types of seals used in the automotive industry for varying applications. Finding the ideal sealing solution for your specific needs can be challenging. However, the team at MSP Seals is here to offer their expertise and range of sealing products that are best suited for your needs and budget.

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Types of Automotive Seals

There are several types of automotive seals with unique design features and advantages. However, the two main types of seals used in the automotive industry include:
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O-rings come as donut-shaped gaskets commonly utilized in automotive and other industries as protection against fluid and air leaks. Their circular cross-section design offers reliable sealing under pressure in any direction. This bidirectional sealing capability makes them ideal for several automotive industry applications. O-rings are also designed to withstand extreme pressure, temperatures, and corrosive gases and liquids.

Oil Seals

Oil seals are also known as rotary shaft seals or lip seals. They are flexible rings of elastomer designed to secure boundaries between moving and stationary components in a machine. Although these rings are flexible, they are durable enough to withstand wear, tear, friction, and exposure to oil. These attributes enable oil seals to keep lubricants in a machine while preventing contaminants from getting in. By ensuring moving parts receive adequate lubrication needed for optimum performance, oil seals help prolong the lifespan of precision bearings and rotating shafts.

Engineered and Molded Seals

Custom Engineered seals help ensure your equipment and systems operate exactly as you expect. This can include boots, bellows, diaphragms, grommets, and other custom shapes. If you need a custom sealing solution for your facility, the experts at MSP Seals are here to help. Our custom sealing solutions are available in single pieces to high-volume production quantities. We also offer a variety of material options to suit different application requirements.


Application of Automotive Seals

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Automotive seals offer unmatched reliability and durability. They work silently while withstanding heavy-duty use and extreme vibrations typical of running vehicles. Undoubtedly, vehicular parts will not work as intended without automotive seals, meaning vehicles will not function or run at all.

Automotive seals are used in various applications, including cars, motorcycles, ATVs, and off-road, heavy machinery and equipment. Below are just a few of the functions of seals in vehicles:

  • Enclose gas and liquid within the chamber: Vehicles’ gas tanks must be sealed with hydraulic seals to enable seamless fuel use without wastage. Hydraulic seals are also used in crucial systems such as brake systems to enclose fluid within chambers.
  • Keep contaminants away: Automotive seals can also be used to stave off contaminants from accessing sensitive vehicle components. Seals prevent dust and other debris from reaching the engine and other crucial parts of a vehicle.
  • Separates liquids and gases: Automotive seals also help keep liquids and gases separated from one another. Some of the vehicular components that utilize liquids and gases to function optimally include brakes for brake fluid and engines that use coolant and engine oil.
  • Protection of bearing: Bearings have lubricants that protect parts from corrosion and elements of wear and tear. For the bearing lubricants to function optimally, they must be spotless and free of any contaminants. Automotive seals are often utilized to protect the bearing by preventing dust, powder, and other contaminants from entering the assembly.

Partnering with MSP Seals for Automotive Seals

MSP Seals strives to meet the changing needs of the modern automotive industry. We provide several types of automotive seals, such as oil seals and O-rings, which come in various materials. Our experts can also offer unmatched custom solutions to provide you with seals purposely built for your specific needs. We pride ourselves on an exceptional customer service team who will work with you to understand your needs and find the optimal sealing solution for you.

Contact MSP Seals Today for Exceptional Sealing Solutions

MSP Seals is a ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, and a leading supplier of all types of seals for a range of automotive applications. We boast unique new products designed to offer high functionality while guaranteeing minimal carbon emissions. Some of the exceptional items on our product offering include hydraulic/pneumatic packings, O-rings, oil seals, other types of seals, lathe-cut shapes, and molded rubber products. MSP Seals also offers PPAP capabilities.

Whether you need seals for your engine, driveline, suspension, or wheel-end applications for traditional or hybrid/electric vehicles, MSP Seals has you covered. Our goal is to help you find the ideal sealing solution for your specific application requirements and commercial needs. Contact one of our Seal Specialists today to help you find the ideal sealing solution for your project needs.

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