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Raybestos® Update

Raybestos Adds New Part Numbers to Specialty Line

MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. xx, 2020 – Raybestos® has expanded its Specialty line of friction and rotors with the addition of new Air Disc and Police part numbers, according to Kristin Grons, marketing manager for Brake Parts Inc LLC (BPI). 

Three additional Air Disc rotor part numbers are now available, covering the vast majority of the air disc applications on the road today. Two new police friction numbers were added to cover the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit. With front and rear Police rotors already introduced for this application, Raybestos now offers front and rear pads and rotors for one of the most popular police fleet vehicles on the market. 

“The new Air Disc and Police part numbers increase coverage in our Raybestos Specialty line, giving customers what they need to service niche markets and unique applications,” said Grons. “Raybestos is committed to manufacturing high-quality brake products that offer unparalleled performance and safety for vehicles that are pushed to the limits.” 

Bringing together innovation and superior engineering, Raybestos specifically designed the Specialty disc pads and rotors with application-specific formulas and full-line coverage for critical target categories. Special product features such as mechanical retention system backing plates, enhanced metallurgy rotors and custom designs allow for exceptional performance in high-temperature and severe duty situations across significant niche markets, including Police, School Bus, Truck & Medium Duty, Performance and Air Disc. 

Raybestos® Training Update

2014 Jeep Cherokee: Electric Parking Brake (EPB)

We recently had a 2014 Jeep Cherokee in our shop for a brake job. The Jeep Cherokee has Electric Parking Brakes (EPB) on the rear brakes.

The actuator of the EPB is not connected to the piston. It floats inside of the piston. If we were to compress the piston before retracting the actuator, we would damage the caliper. Electric Parking Brake Diagram

In order to remove the calipers on the rear brakes, we need to retract the actuator. In some vehicles, particularly older applications with EPBs, you would need a laptop program or a scan tool to retract the actuator. In this case, Jeep allows you to retract the actuator directly from the display screen.

To retract the actuator, follow these steps:

  • Turn the key to light up the display without starting the engine.
  • Hit the apps button
  • Select settings
  • Select brakes
  • Select service mode
  • The display will ask if you want to retract the parking brake
  • Select yes
  • Wait for the actuator to retract

Once the actuator retracts, you still need to compress the piston on the caliper before removing it.

After your brake job, to reset the parking brake, follow these steps:

  • Follow steps 1-5 above
  • The parking brake display will read "Parking brake retracted. To reset, press the brake pedal and activate the parking brake switch"
  • Press and hold the brake pedal
  • Pull the parking brake switch to activate the actuator
  • Hold the brake pedal and parking brake switch until the motor stops running

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