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Origin of the Problem Solver

MOOG® has the reputation as “The Problem Solver” that can be traced all the way back to 1937.

That was the year the company first produced a front-end replacement part recognized by mechanics as outperforming the factory original.

As years passed and MOOG continued to innovate, the company became known for its ability to consistently develop “problem-solving solutions.”

Today, hundreds of innovations later, MOOG is recognized and respected throughout the automotive industry as The Problem Solver. It continues to earn that reputation by providing not only problem-solving parts, but award-winning technical support and training materials.

MOOG Problem Solver bulletins are one of the helpful tools technicians have come to count on. Click here for the Complete Problem Solver Library.

Today, hundreds of innovations later, MOOG is recognized and respected throughout the automotive industry as The Problem Solver.

our history

An American Success Story

2016

MOOG Continuous Product Innovation – U.S. Patents Granted

MOOG engineering team is granted two additional patents – 48 to date. MOOG constantly introduces design enhancements that extend product life or simplify installation and replacement. We earned our reputation as the chassis industry problem solver for nearly 100 years.

2015

Official Steering & Suspension of NASCAR; MOOG wins its 50th straight NASCAR Championship

As MOOG celebrates its 50th year in NASCAR, the racing organization mandates the use of MOOG ball joints and tie rod ends on every Sprint Cup race car, making MOOG the Official Steering & Suspension of NASCAR; Kyle Busch wins MOOG’s 50th straight NASCAR championship. 

2014

Record-breaking coverage expansion

MOOG completes a record-breaking expansion of application coverage, with 835 new part numbers – including nearly 600 additional control arms and assemblies, and 47 wheel hub assemblies. 

2013

Exciting innovations

MOOG announces two new parts: A sway bar link with an easy-to-thread barrel lock nut makes a difficult task easier. A patent-pending vertical control arm bushing utilizes a ball-and-socket design to prevent failure. 

2012

Championship streak extended to 47

MOOG extends its Sprint Cup winning streak to 47 as Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge clinch the title. The Penske Racing-owned team finishes the year with five wins, 13 Top-5 and 23 Top-10 finishes. 

2011

MOOG brand franchise expansion

MOOG broadens its undercar product offering with the introduction of Hub Assemblies, Complete Strut Assemblies and Universal Joints.

2010

Johnson wins 5th straight, new parts introduced

Jimmie Johnson makes history yet again, winning his fifth straight title, and doing it on MOOG parts. The brand introduces hundreds of new part numbers, and launches the “Totally MOOG” technician rewards program.

2009

Johnson’s 4th championship is MOOG’s 44th

Riding on MOOG parts, Jimmie Johnson wins an unprecedented fourth straight NASCAR championship. It is the 44th straight championship for a MOOG-equipped vehicle.

2004

MOOG rebounds to high fill rates following fire

A fire at the MOOG distribution center in Smithville, Tennessee, destroys the facility and the MOOG inventory it housed. But the brand steps up its production and is able to return to its standard fill rate within weeks.

2000

M2 Technology introduced

MOOG introduces “M2 Technology” chassis parts designed to improve steering response by allowing smoother operation through a component’s full range of motion. 

1990s

Federal-Mogul buys MOOG Automotive

Federal-Mogul Corporation purchases MOOG Automotive from Cooper Industries. 

1980s

"Hub” MOOG inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Hubert Moog inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1988.

1970s

Training center opens

The MOOG steering and suspension training center – the first in the industry – opens to provide a high-tech facility for training salesmen and customers alike. Over 17,000 people, most of them customers, pass through.

1960s

The winning streak begins

MOOG begins its long standing NASCAR® relationship and over 50 year winning streak starting in 1966 with a Championship victory by David Pearson.

1950s

Birth of the MOOG “gusher” bearing

The MOOG “gusher” bearing is introduced, providing a new means of reducing friction in ball joints without compromising strength. Glenn “Fireball” Roberts becomes the first racer to put a MOOG decal on his car.

1940s

MOOG uses slowdown to improve quality

The company’s fortunes are impacted as demand for replacement parts falls off due to more people purchasing new cars instead of repairing older ones. MOOG uses the time to focus on continued product quality improvements.

1930s

Shift to front-end parts, origin of Problem Solver

H.P. and Alva decide to manufacture front-end parts, starting with parts for the new knee-action GM suspension. Their superior parts, now branded “MOOG,” lay the groundwork for MOOG’s eventual “Problem Solver” status.

1920s

“Electrically heat treated spring”

St. Louis Spring buys and installs an advanced electrically fired draw furnace, which delivers a more consistently tempered spring. This begins the long Moog heritage of forward-looking technology and quality.

1919

Moogs purchase Jenkins-Vulcan

Brothers Alva and Hubert Prater (H.P.) Moog purchase the St. Louis branch of the Jenkins-Vulcan Spring Company. Jenkins-Vulcan makes and distributes automotive leaf springs mostly for Ford Model T cars and trucks.