Safety concerns arise with increased use of cheap imported brakes

Companies in the brake business are sounding the alarm about imported brake pads that they say represent a safety hazard. Brake pads made with cheap materials, imported from low-cost countries and installed on vehicles when the original equipment is worn out need to be subject to safety standards and regulated, senior executives in the brake industry say. >>

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NUCAP Industries Launches a Performance Product Line

NUCAP is excited to announce the launch of a new product category and Brand “NUCAP Performance Products.” Combined with a new website and online ordering system, these innovative brake components were designed and manufactured to improve brake system performance with cost-effective solutions, said the company. >>

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Jaguars and Land Rovers to feature in 007's Spectre

James Bond may be more closely associated with Aston Martin, but Jaguars and Land Rovers have featured in 007 movies new and old. Skyfall, the most recent installment in the series, opened with Bond and Moneypenny ripping through the streets of Istanbul in a Defender and saw M being chauffeured around London in an XJ. And the upcoming feature Spectre is set to feature some of JLR's finest as well. >>

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Brake NVH: Real World Applications

First know that all brakes make noise. When the friction material makes contact with the rotor, the coupling causes the brake pad and rotor to oscillate and vibrate. The components are locked as a combined system that will ­vibrate at the combined system’s natural frequency of vibration. This is called force-coupled excitation. The driver hears these vibrations as noise. The amount of excitation and the frequency generated can be influenced by variations in brake torque, or changes in the coefficient of friction, across the rotor’s face. As the components heat up, the rotor may develop hot spots that cause different regions of friction that produce inconsistent levels of brake torque. This friction coupling is where most brake noise is generated. Just like a diagnostic flow chart, you can assess a brake noise complaint and the braking components to find a resolution. With the right combination of diagnostic knowledge and quality parts, the resolution can be productive and profitable. >>

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How To Know When To Have Your Brakes Checked

You know how to check your car's other vital systems--oil, tire air, and gas--but what about the brakes? The trouble with brakes is that they can fail anytime. Depending on the type of driving conditions they have been exposed to, their wear rates can drastically differ, too. But if you look for the obvious signs, you'll know when to get them serviced before they turn into a problem: >>

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Does Your Brake Job Measure UP?

Let’s say a vehicle had .003” of lateral runout when measured at the outside face of the rotor. If this vehicle is riding on 205/55R16 tires, in one mile, the high-spot with .003” of runout goes past the caliper approximately 836 times. >>

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The Truth About High Performance Brakes

Brakes are the most safety critical part of any moving vehicle and in the case of cars and motorcycles quite often when brakes are used in anger, standard is just not good enough. The sport street use or trackday and race use of motor vehicles and motorcycles has led to a need for higher performance brakes such as disc brake pads and brake rotors or discs. >>

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Top Gear Brake Fail

Jeremy Clarkson tries to go 0 to 60 and back to zero. >>

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Jeep gives a trio of customs an encore showing at SEMA

While Jeep certainly had some new customs on display at this year's SEMA show, it wasn't afraid to recycle a few that people might have missed from earlier this year. The maker of many beloved off-roaders already displayed the Jeep Cherokee Dakar, Maximum Performance Wrangler and Wrangler Mojo at the 2014 Easter Safari, but they all made it to SEMA for an encore. >>

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The Evolution of Brakes

There's no stopping the evolution of automotive braking systems. Just as what goes up must come down, what goes faster must eventually slow down and that’s where brakes go to work. Over the history of the car, we’ve seen the once humble brake go from hand-lever operated leather pads to electronically-controlled systems that can actually help the car turn as well as stop. >>

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DODGE HAS UNLEASHED ITS INSANE HELLCAT HEMI V8

Powered by the 707 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged engine, the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat can cover a quarter mile in 11 seconds flat and hit a top speed of 204 mph - laying claim to the titles of quickest and fastest sedan in the world. >>

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A crew of Chevrolet customs focus on style at SEMA

Not all of the customs at SEMA are about showing off huge power or wild body kits. Automakers also bring along a smattering of concepts that just display some of the styling options possible for their models. Chevrolet is no different, and it has a bunch of modestly modded bow ties on display at this year's show. >>

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