Centric Parts has released the latest additions to its award-winning library of brake system catalogs – the Centric Parts 2014 Medium Duty Brake Systems Catalog (CMD2014), along with the supplemental Centric Parts 2014 Medium Duty Brake Systems Program Guide (CMDB2014).
Harsh winter weather across the country has been not been kind to vehicles. Plastikote Undercoat can help protect the underside of vehicles against the ravages of winter. Available in both professional (273) and rubberized (272) undercoating, PlastiKote Undercoat provides durable protection against rust, corrosion, moisture, fumes, dust, heat and cold, the company says.
In response to legislation requiring the reduction of copper in friction formulations, Bosch has announced the use of its first copper-free ceramic material in the premium-grade QuietCast line of braking products. Bosch provides full coverage for domestic, Asian and European cars, vans and SUVs with one out of every three vehicles on the road today using Bosch braking components, according to the company.
A digital version of the January issue of Underhood Service is now available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Fuel Pump Tank Cleaning, Diagnosing Driveability Concerns, Nissan VQ Water Pumps, Diesel Regen Cycles, Gapping Plugs, A/C Compressor Balancing, a host of Tech Tips, and more!
Federal-Mogul has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Affinia’s chassis components business. The Affinia business serves leading U.S. aftermarket customers with branded and private label chassis product lines. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Arnott Inc. has announced the release of a new, heavy-duty air suspension compressor for the 2003-2012 Bentley Continental GT, and the 2006-2012 Bentley Flying Spur (OE part No. 3D0616005K). According to Arnott, the addition of this OE Bentley pump further bolsters the company’s line of high-quality, affordable air suspension replacement parts.
Honeywell Friction Materials, makers of Bendix and JURID branded brake products, and now its Stop by Honeywell branded disc pads, has added 185 new model numbers in the fourth quarter of 2013. The new parts expansion covers an additional 82 million vehicles on the road today.
For every 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight, there is a 5 to 7 percent fuel savings. Since 1990, there has been a steady increase in the weight of vehicles due to airbags, structural components and convenience features like heated seats. This fattening in some areas forced suspension components to go on a diet.
The purpose of oil balancing is to make sure the amount of oil in the A/C system remains at the correct level. The first thing to consider when performing the process is the amount of oil contained in the replacement compressor. This can vary from a full charge of oil (8 oz./236 mL), to a half charge of oil or no oil at all. If oil is contained in the replacement compressor, it will have to be removed and reinstalled in the correct amount to properly balance the system.
New legislation is changing what parts can be installed on your customers’ vehicles. The goal of these mandates is to reduce emissions and prevent harmful chemicals from reaching waterways. The spirit of the new regulations is to preserve public assets like parks and streams that improve the quality of life for the citizens of the state.
If you confirm a “groan” or “growl” noise coming from the front brakes, replace the front brake pads with the new ones noted in this bulletin. This noise may occur after the vehicle has been stopped several times using moderate-to-hard braking effort. The noise might then be heard during the last few feet of braking when coming to a stop.
Fuel pump replacement comebacks can be costly and can hurt your reputation. One of the leading causes of failure is the tank. If a vehicle gets 20 miles to the gallon, then more than 5,000 gallons of gas (from many stations) will go through the tank in 100,000 miles. During this time, sediment, rust and debris from the pump can find its way into the tank. Removing all contaminates is critical.