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ZF adds electric axle drive repair kits

Electric motors are considered to be particularly low-wear and have only a few moving parts compared to combustion engines. However, it would be wrong to deduce from this that electric cars will not require any repairs to their drive systems.

After years of use, damage to components can also occur here – whether due to dirt or corrosion of contact points, loss of sealing, animal bites or accidents.

Often, it is not the central components like the electric motor or power electronics that are affected, but only peripheral parts such as sensors, plugs, housings or cables. Until now, spare parts were only available from the car manufacturer because most electric cars were still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. However, this is changing as vehicles get older.

Independent workshops are now increasingly dealing with repairs of electric cars and need the appropriate spare parts to do so.

As one of the leading producers of electric drives worldwide, ZF is now making its products available to the independent aftermarket for the first time via its aftermarket division. It says these are initially specially compiled kits for a total of 43 repair scenarios on electric axle drives.

With the new kits, ZF says workshops can carry out the following repairs, for example:

  • Replace leaking coolant connections
  • Repair defective parking locks
  • Replace engine mounts (e.g. after an accident)
  • Change speed or temperature sensors
  • Replace drive shafts

The kits contain all the spare parts, fastening elements and tools required for the respective repair. ZF notes that none of this work requires the electric motor or the electric axle drive to be removed. However, workshops must ensure that only people with high-voltage training carry out the relevant work.

The 43 Electric Axle Drive Repair Kits from ZF Aftermarket are already available to order. The exact contents of the individual repair kits and all vehicle models for which they are available can be viewed in the ZF Aftermarket online product catalogue.

ZF Aftermarket has planned further repair kits for various vehicle manufacturers in the future.