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Raybestos® Update

New Dual Bleeder Part Numbers Added to Raybestos Element3 Caliper Line

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. 

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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