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Brake Sales Mathematics
The problem for most service dealers is that equipment, training and information costs are rising by the day. For this reason, routine brake service is a high-income producer for most dealer shops because it requires the least equipment, training and information resources to perform. more
Friction: Say Hello To Low-Copper Pads
Brake manufacturers that have been using copper in their friction materials have developed new, low-copper and copper-free brake pads. Most brake manufacturers are way ahead of the deadline and have already introduced their new reduced copper product lines to the aftermarket. more
Reman Calipers: Changes In Modern Brake Service
Since the disc brake caliper has the least number of moving parts of any major brake system component, it should be the most reliable. more
Brake Rotors Should Be Replaced In Pairs
Rotors must be replaced if they are cracked, damaged, worn to minimum thickness specifications or cannot be resurfaced without exceeding the discard or minimum service thickness marked on the rotor. more
Mechanic Connection: Drums And Rotors
Clean and distortion-free mounting surfaces at the hub/rotor interface are required for good brake rotor performance. more
Disc Brake Calipers Come In Several Variations
Most floating calipers are single-piston units designed for light-duty applications. Special anchor bolts are used to not only fasten the caliper to the steering knuckle, but also to allow the caliper to slide horizontally to center the pads on the brake rotor and compensate for pad wear. more
Don’t Overlook Brake Hardware
New brake hardware is recommended for high-mileage vehicles when the brakes are re-lined. more
Not All Brake Friction Materials Are The Same
A large, full-size SUV obviously has different braking requirements than a small economy car. Likewise, a performance car will require a more heat- and wear-resistant type of friction material than your average daily driver. more
Brake Noise? Don't Be So Quick To Blame The Pads
Movement allows vibration, which causes squeals and rattles. Brake noise can also occur if the pads are not held securely in the calipers, or the noise shims or anti-rattle clips for the pads are missing, severely corroded or installed incorrectly. more
Remember Brake Hardware When Making A Sale
On vehicles that have disc/drum brake systems, the front disc brakes do most of the work. more
Ceramic Takes Center Stage
Recently, some friction suppliers have reformulated their ceramic brake pads to reduce the amount of copper in the friction material. more
On vehicles equipped with antilock brakes (ABS), additional parts include up to four wheel-speed sensors, the ABS hydraulic modulator unit and control module, a pump motor and accumulator (which may not be used on some older systems) and an ABS warning lamp. more
What’s the difference between economy, standard and premium rotors?
Good brakes are essential for safe driving. One of the key components in a disc brake system is the rotor. more
Figuring Out Which Friction Is Best For Your Customer
Brake pads must be replaced when they are worn down to minimum thickness specifications, or when their built-in wear indicators scrape against the rotors. more
How Long Should A Brake Job Last?
According to R.L. Polk, in 2012, the average consumer held onto a vehicle for 57 months. This is up from 38 months in 2002. If a customer drives 15,000 miles a year, the customer will accumulate 23,000 more miles before they trade it in. more
Reman Caliper 101: The Symptoms Of A Defective Disc Brake Caliper Haven't Changed
During the early 1970s, disassembling the caliper was always frustrating because the caliper pistons were normally rusted into the caliper bore. more

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