Confidence in calipers from Brake Engineering

brake-caliperADE caliper supplier Brake Engineering has highlighted the importance of quality in the remanufacturing process and is stressing that not all remanufactured parts can match up to its own high standards.

Increasingly the automotive aftermarket is seeing the economical and environmental advantages of choosing remanufactured parts over new and costly equivalents. However, Brake engineering points out that companies that use ‘reclaimed’ or ‘reused’ parts in the remanufacturing process could be making dangerous compromises.

Brake engineering stress that when remanufacturing calipers, only the core should be reused, having been subject to strict acceptance criteria and undergoing a stringent quality remanufacturing process that involves its inspection, dismantling, cleaning, rebuild and test. Brake Engineering calipers are also electroplated with a chrome 6 free finish to extend the life of the caliper.

At the rebuild stage Brake Engineering’s technical experts stress that items such as pistons and seals need to be replaced with new parts. Brake Engineering also replaces the piston boot with a brand new version with an integral steel insert for long life. This also improves the reliability of the caliper. Brand new soft piston boot retaining rings, typically manufactured from spring steel without any sharp corners causing accidental damage by human error are then used as well as new caliper bolts. This is because used bolts could have been over tightened and stretched beyond their design limits, which may lead to complete brake failure.

Brake Engineering’s offers a range of fixed and sliding calipers with the handbrake mechanism where appropriate. It says that their is a danger of potential damage to the circlip and spring cages when removing so again new components are essential. Internal seals also need to be replaced. New return springs must be used on the caliper as old ones suffer from corrosion and possible loss of temper.

When remanufacturing brake calipers, Brake Engineering adds an anti-corrosion coating, which is key to preventing rust, peeling, and corrosion.  Each Brake Engineering piston has an improved anti-corrosion coating and has undergone a 450-hour salt spray resistance test proving their suitability for use in cold climates, as well as having a hardness of 500vickers. The piston surface finish is improved too and therefore reduces wear on the seals.

Brake Engineering reconditions, re-engineers and remanufactures brake calipers to the highest possible quality before putting them into the range. It says for peace of mind it makes sense to chose Brake Engineering callipers and avoid any callipers where ‘reclaimed’ or ‘reused’ parts are used.