MCHENRY, Ill., Nov. 19, 2019 – Raybestos® has expanded its Element3™ brake caliper line with the addition of new dual bleeder part numbers, covering several popular vehicles-in-operation (VIO) applications such as the Ford 150 and Honda Civic, according to Kristin Grons, marketing manager for Brake Parts Inc LLC (BPI).
“The Element3 caliper additions are known as dual bleeder part numbers because they fit both the left and the right sides, so there’s only one caliper part number, instead of two,” said Grons. “This innovative feature was developed through a joint effort between the Raybestos planning and product departments. Our customers benefit because they no longer need to stock two different part numbers - just one part number for the axle - allowing for easier inventory management.”
With 100 percent new components, no core return and lower warranty rates, Raybestos Element3 brake calipers provide hassle-free installation and optimal performance. Designed and manufactured to strict Raybestos engineering specifications and safety requirements, these ultra-premium calipers offer original-equipment precision at a fraction of the cost of OE. The aluminum or zinc-plated castings provide superior corrosion prevention and meet (ASTM B117) 96-hour salt spray corrosion resistance test standards. The line is ideal for high VIO and problem applications, and includes plated brackets, where required.
We recently had an H3 come into our shop with an unusual problem with the brake pads. In this video, we discuss the importance of using OEM-matched aftermarket brake pads.
When we pulled the brake pads off the H3, we noticed the brake pads were riding higher than the rotor. In other words, part of the puck extended above the pad-swept area of the rotor. This caused a lip to form on top of the puck as the pad wore down over time.
At first, we weren't sure what caused this. At first, we thought it might be an issue with the caliper pins. As the pins wear down, it can cause the pads to move up and down on a fixed caliper. However, the pins looked ok on inspection.
Next, we checked the caliper itself for any malfunctions. Once again, everything checked out ok. As another step, we checked to make sure the correct rotor was installed previously, which it was.
Finally, when we pulled out a set of Raybestos pads to perform the brake job, we noticed what the problem was.
The pads previously on the vehicle were not OEM matched. The OE pad has a small gap between the puck and the top of the backing plate. The pad on the vehicle did not have a gap. This caused part of the puck to ride on top of the rotor, causing the lip to form over time.
This is a great example of why it's important to buy your brake parts from a reputable aftermarket company. Quality aftermarket manufacturers take the time to research and match their parts to OE specifications.
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