There is no worse feeling for a tech than to have performed a straightforward, uncomplicated brake job and see the vehicle return with a concern or a complaint. The customer can raise his concerns immediately after the repair or in the weeks or months following.
A comprehensive new brake system diagnosis and repair guide for professional technicians is now available from Tenneco Inc.’s Monroe Brakes brand.
The usual complaint after performing a brake service is typically going to involve noises — squeaks, squeals, squawks or vibrations. You name it, brake noise under moderate to light applications is a common complaint, but what causes it? And why don’t they make noise under a hard application?
Brake service requires more than simply replacing rotors and pads. Rather than repairing the obvious issue(s), we need to determine the cause of the concerns to avoid repeating the problem. Taking the time to inspect the system will avoid comebacks and result in a satisfied customer. This brief article provides service guidelines as well as a variety of tips to aid in your diagnosis.
Centric Parts has released the print edition of its Centric Parts 2014 Brake Systems Catalog (2000-2009) covering model year 2000-2009 import and domestic vehicles.
When a vehicle’s brake pads and/or rotors wear faster than expected, a host of variables need to be considered, including materials, prior installation methods, driver abuse, etc. In this article, we’ll discuss potential issues and offer suggestions for checking and correcting customer concerns regarding brake life and performance.
Permatex says its new Permatex single-use Rotor Cleaning Wipe towelette makes it easier to clean and prepare new brake rotors for installation.
On 2009-2010 Jaguar XF vehicles fitted with 326 mm (13 inch) front brakes, the brake pad wear warning lamp may be illuminated in the instrument cluster. This may be caused by the front brake pad wear sensor harness being chafed by the left front wheel.
Honeywell Friction Materials, a business unit of Honeywell International Inc., grew its aftermarket line by more than 125 new model numbers – covering more than 44 million vehicles – in the second quarter of this year. These new parts will enable technicians to offer premium brake service on a wide range of new and late-model vehicles from both foreign and domestic automotive manufacturers, the company says.
Centric Parts has once again been awarded a Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI) Award for contributions to the automotive industry. This is the 11th year in a row that Centric Parts has been so honored by FMSI dating back to the award's inception in 2003.