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Do Severe Duty Brake Pads Trade Power For Longevity?

Accepting reduced component life for better braking power in severe-duty applications may be a thing of the past.

Spray Now or Pay Later

Time measures the profitability of both a shop and technician, and experience is the best tool for profitability and productivity. The more you work on cars and trucks for a living, the more realize that some things might cost you pennies, but not using it can cost you dollars—this is certainly the case with WD-40

VIDEO: Brake Pads Deconstructed

Brake pads are thoroughly developed to produce the best result. This video is sponsored by ZF Aftermarket.

ChrisFix Talks FMSI And New Z Numbers

ChrisFix, the world’s largest automotive DIY YouTuber with more than 7 million global subscribers, enjoys helping car owners with the nuts and bolts of automotive ownership and repair.  In his latest video, ChrisFix offers some good news from the Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI), which maintains the standardized part numbering system for aftermarket brake pads.

Akebono’s Euro, Performance Lines Already Compliant With 2021 Low Copper Regulations

Akebono Brake Corp. has announced that both its EURO and Performance brake pad lines are already fully compliant with state regulations that require low copper content in brake pads beginning in the year 2021. According to Akebono, these pads have been compliant with the stringent formulae called for in the regulations since the product lines were launched in 2005.

Consumer Rebates Of Up To $30 Available On Wagner ThermoQuiet Brake Pads

Available Feb. 24 through May 31, 2014, the popular Wagner Brake spring promotion offers mail-in consumer rebates of $15 per front pad set and/or $15 per rear pad set on the brand’s “best-ever” brake pads – new Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT pads featuring Wagner OE21(TM) low-copper formulations – and ThermoQuiet semi-metallic pads.

Honeywell Friction Materials Expands Portfolio To Cover An Additional 82 Million Vehicles

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.

New Environmental Regulations To Change The Parts You Sell, Install

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.

TMD Friction Reveals Complete Overhaul Of Mintex Brand

Brake friction specialist TMD Friction has announced a new face for its longstanding Mintex brand. According to the company, the complete brand overhaul builds on the rich heritage of the Mintex name with a global rollout of new brand identity, packaging and advertising.

TRW Increases North American Friction Coverage By 8 Million Vehicles

TRW’s North American aftermarket division announced that it has increased its friction coverage by 8 million vehicles, including many 2014 models. With a range of more than 860 SKUs, TRW says it now provides premium friction material for a number of the latest models, including: 2014 Audi Q5; 2014 Honda Odyssey; 2014 Chevrolet Impala; 2014 Ford Taurus; 2014 Nissan Murano and 2014 Buick Encore.

Current State of Brake Pad Copper Legislation

The California Brake Pad Law (Passed)Reformulation Bill
Limits on the copper content of brake friction materials are essential for California cities, counties and industries to comply with federal Clean Water Act mandates. California would need to pay billions for noncompliance to the Federal government if this was not enacted.

Performing A Brake Job On A Volkswagen Routan

The 2008-2012 Volkswagen Routan is a rebadged variant of the Chrysler mini van platform with revised styling, suspension tuning and brake service procedures. So this van has a bit of a split personality when it comes to servicing the brakes.