TMD Friction Supports Automotive College

TMD Friction, via its Mintex brand, has donated supplies to Bridgwater & Taunton College after it was left devastated by a fire in its motor workshop.

The equipment and training resources offered by TMD Friction will ensure the college can get back on track with training the next generation of automotive technicians.

The fire affected two of the college’s automotive workshops at the Bridgwater campus leaving the students without a place to train and study. After learning about the incident, TMD Friction jumped at the chance to support the college.

Scott Irwin, MIMI Head of Technical Training at TMD Friction, explains: “We were shocked to hear about the fire at Bridgwater & Taunton college. Training is absolutely essential in the industry – and having the right supplies and support is key. TMD Friction are committed to providing training and resources for future automotive technicians.”

Equipment gifted by TMD Friction includes a touch screen TV and wall mount, friction material display board, braking tools, LED hand torches, screwdrivers, information posters, samples of friction material for brakes training, support required for staff CPD and factory tours.

Vinnie Maisey, Curriculum Manager Automotive at Bridgwater & Taunton college, comments: “We are very appreciative of the support shown to us by the automotive sector since the incident, especially TMD Friction and their generous offer of resources and training.

“The resources will in turn help us to get our workshops back up and running to the high standard previously achieved before the fire and improve both staff and students experiences within their respective teaching environment.”

Maisey continues, “The CPD offered by TMD Friction will also be significant to keep our staff trained in modern technologies. This allows us to keep our students progressing, understanding new techniques and technology advancements.”

For more information on TMD Friction visit https://tmdfriction.com

Don expands distribution network with Spartan Motor Factors

Global aftermarket brake brand, Don, has expanded its passenger car distribution network with the addition of a new stockist, Spartan Motor Factors.

Covering the south west and Wales, Spartan Motor Factors has 13 sites, with two more depots due to open in 2021. The new distributor now stocks a full range of Don passenger car products, including brake pads and discs.

Part of TMD Friction, Don’s range offers copper-free brake pads and discs are engineered to provide reliable braking at a valuable price point and available for a variety of vehicles from small cars to small vans.

www.don-brakes.com

TMD Friction launches new garage software

TMD Friction has launched a new piece of software to help garages document and evidence the quality of their work. Working with GaraShield, the new web-based platform supports the individual work steps taken during maintenance and repair tasks.

Users will find a clear task description with all the necessary steps for an inspection or repair on the specific vehicle model. Work carried out can be confirmed with a click, and vehicle defects and/or faulty parts can be described and documented with photos. GaraShield can be integrated into existing IT solutions and this information can be made available in real time, to procure the right spare parts, hand over the job or to inform the customer about the status of their repair.

The software can be used to document major, interim and bespoke servicing, MOT work and repairs (including brakes, timing belts, clutch, air con, battery replacement) and Quick Jobs can be added – such as replacing bulbs, filters or tyres. GaraShield aims to help future-proof independent garages by helping to increase efficiency and will be particularly useful for those with fleet accounts or looking to take on fleet work.

Soeren Kristensen, Vice President Global Marketing & Communication at TMD Friction, said: “To ensure enough business in the future… the independents need to win over the fleets, which have very unique requirements when it comes to quality assurance in garages. Transparency is essential if the independent garages are to become an alternative for the fleets in the first place. Only in this way can they prove that they have the required qualifications and work quality, which are the most important criteria when it comes to being competitive.” www.garashield.co.uk

New to range expanding locks

Brake brand, Textar, has grown its aftermarket product range with the addition of expanding locks to ensure reliable handbrake function.

Damage to expanding locks is common in certain drum brake designs as the condition of the handbrake can only be determined when the brake discs are removed. Most manufacturers recommend replacing expanding locks every four years.

Textar products, manufactured by TMD Friction, cover 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid available for next-day delivery.

STOP!

Brake friction servicing remains one of the most popular workshop tasks, but technology has not stood still – Rob Marshall looks at purchasing, fitting and up-selling advice.

MAKING YOUR SELECTION 

Choice is not always the best thing. Aside from practical issues, including reliability of supply from the factor, selecting brake friction components has become almost bewildering, because the market has become saturated. Despite the many options available to garages, Borg & Beck has found that most workshops stick to just one brand. However, it reasons that the typical installer needs to understand the differences between the parts on offer (see our later advice on training) and relate them to the owner/driver, because of the differences in pedal- feel and longevity that may exist between different friction brands that possess different specifications, despite all of them being compliant with mandatory R90 standards. Research is, therefore, key. Delphi agrees and states that it uses over 130 friction ingredients to create 20 friction formulations to tailor braking performance for a particular vehicle application. This compares with some suppliers that, it claims, only offer two friction specifications. MEYLE advises that it can be a positive upsell move to offer customers a choice, instead of restricting them to a single brand, but you will need to be informed enough to advise accordingly. 

Some factors have introduced their own brands, as a means of achieving economies-of-scale and building customer loyalty but, potentially, this courts confusion even further. Euro Car Parts (ECP) told us that it arranged to distribute the Pagid brand exclusively a decade ago, after it was acquired by TMD friction in 2002. Its reasoning was to combine the company’s widespread network and rapid delivery service with Pagid’s OE heritage. The strategy appears to have worked, with ECP reporting that the brand has grown phenomenally, although it is worth adding that the Pagid range extends beyond the friction components alone. 

The final word, however, has to go to Delphi, which advises that, in order to avoid inferior quality products, choose a proven quality brand that has been engineered, manufactured and tested to OE standards. 

BEYOND THE LEGAL MINIMUM 

Introduced in 1999, the ECE R90 Regulation stipulated that aftermarket brake pads should perform within a 15% tolerance of certain OE test criteria. As of November 2016, the directive was extended to cover brake discs too. ECP highlights that, because braking is a lucrative market, everyone is looking to cash-in and increase revenue, resulting in the ‘OE Quality’ statement being used to indicate that a brand complies with R90 legislation. It warns, “Many customers have started to assume incorrectly that these brands supply components to vehicle manufacturers – that is not the case. A large percentage of the brands within the braking aftermarket do not manufacture components themselves, let alone supply vehicle manufacturers.” 

Supplied to both vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket, Federal-Mogul states that its Ferodo brand meets OE standards at the very least. It reveals that R90 legislation is a minimum standard for braking parts – for example, certain R90-compliant friction parts tend to have a standard type of noise control, or none at all, whereas Ferodo brake pads are designed with OE specific noise control features, such as chamfers and shims. Federal-Mogul reveals also that R90 conformity tests tend to take several hours, whereas OE testing can take six months and include more comprehensive testing that R90 might not consider, such as wet weather performance, temperature sensitivity, wear levels, fade, thermal conductivity, judder, durability and noise. 

You might think, therefore, that only OE suppliers seek to surpass the basic R90 requirements for both discs and pads but this is not the case. The new generation MEYLE-PD range of brake friction components are also intended to perform at a far higher level than the basic ECE certification. Brake pad manufacturer, Comline, has introduced extra test procedures as well, such as hot sheer testing, wear analysis and noise tests, which it describes as R90-Plus. 

Yet, we are not downplaying the role that R90 has in making it harder for sub-standard braking components to enter the UK car parc. All pads and discs that you fit must be supplied in a sealed box, each of which should bear a unique part number, official approval mark and evidence that permits traceability of the production process, such as a date, batch number, or source code. The box should contain fitting instructions in the correct language and the brake discs should be marked with a minimum thickness specification. 

SAVE TIME BY ACCESSORISING 

Buying extra parts, or a complete kit that includes accessories, can reduce labour times. Borg & Beck’s brake shoe kits, for example, are preassembled and it claims that you save up to 45 minutes of labour fitting time, compared to assembling and fitting the separate parts. 

Dependent on the application, however, extra parts may be needed and it can be worth enquiring if they need to be ordered separately. Apec reports that braking hardware’s tensile strength reduced by 30-50% over a two-year period, so replacing shims, for example, is a wise idea, even though the old parts do not appear to have anything wrong with them. Meyle told us that 99% of its brake discs range is supplied with a new locating screw, because they tend to corrode to the hub and are unsuitable for reuse. Its MEYLE- PD brake pads kits include ancillary parts, in cases where the company views their replacement as desirable. While Delphi admits that its brake pads are supplied with calliper bolts, fixing screws and wear indicators, where deemed necessary by OE specifications, it supplies fitting kits separately in order to limit the number of part numbers in its range. Borg & Beck highlights that its brake fitting kits include all of the components necessary to complete the tasks, including clips, springs, pins and bolts. 

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS 

While coated brake discs have been available for some time, unpainted brake discs are still widespread for older cars, so enquire with your supplier. While there is nothing wrong with unpainted discs (provided that the protective oil film is removed with brake cleaner prior to fitting), the rusting process looks particularly unattractive, if it can be seen through wide alloy wheel spokes – offering a coated alternative may be a useful up-sell for a cherished vehicle. 

Comline told us that coated discs form most of the company’s range, which are salt-spray tested for up to 240 hours to ensure optimum corrosion resistance. This tough coating is resistant to petrol, oil, brake fluid and most wheel cleaners, as well. Borg & Beck says that its water-based zinc and aluminium flake coating on its BECKTEC Brake Discs not only increases the corrosion protection but also enhances the thermal exchange properties of the disc to optimise braking performance. A technician saves time, because coated discs can be fitted straight out of the box, with no cleaning/degreasing being necessary. 

In light of increasing awareness of particulate pollution, affecting watercourses in particular, brake pad manufacturers have strived to eliminate heavy metals (especially copper) from their friction materials. Delphi and Meyle (the latter referencing its MEYLE-PD ‘next generation’ brake pads) told AT that working on reducing pollution and dust formation, while maintaining brake performance, is one of the many ongoing behind-the-scenes challenges that the brake friction industry faces. 

The increased uptake rate of hybrids and EVs, however, has made drivers more aware of brake noise, because the natural sound of the friction materials working together is not masked by the noise of an internal combustion engine. Meyle reports that previously unnoticed sounds can be perceived as disturbing. Therefore, a complaint of excessive brake noise from an EV driver might be entirely normal but latest developments may provide an up-sell opportunity. Delphi advises that selecting a brand with NVH reducing technologies, such as its own, is increasingly important. As the typical driving style is modified to take full advantage of regenerative braking systems on hybrid cars and EVs, Delphi says that advanced corrosion on the braking system changes the wear properties of pads and discs and the aftermarket needs to be aware of the opportunities that this brings. Federal-Mogul adds that brake pads are more prone to glazing under light usage conditions, as well. 

Perhaps the most obvious example of this is ZF’s TRW brand introducing the Electric Blue brake pads for EVs, as pictured. Designed to reduce braking noise, the pads are claimed to produce 45% fewer particulates than conventional pads. The current range covers 97% of the European EV car parc. 

DEALING WITH NOISE COMPLAINTS 

Noise grievances tend to be the commonest issues that damage customer confidence in garages, motor factors and brake component manufacturers. Unless the issue stems from grinding, caused by serious neglect that must be dealt with immediately, most other noises are more annoying than detrimental. Comline’s Dr Keith Ellis, Director of Braking Product Development revealed that: 

“Squeal is caused by vibrations that result from the interaction between a brake disc, brake calliper and brake pad, which tends to be influenced directly by various internal and external factors, including the temperature of the disc, or pad, the ambient temperature in which they are operating, the speed that the vehicle is travelling at and the pressure being exerted under braking.” 

Installing shims to the brake pad back-plate reduces this vibration and, therefore, controls unwanted brake noise. Comline states that there are multiple different shim derivatives available across the aftermarket, with differing levels of quality and performance, which vary between bonded gasket paper and complex laminations, using layers of different materials. For example, while Borg & Beck’s BECKTEC Brake Pads are not only grooved and chamfered to reduce noise, they also possess double rubber shims for anti-rattle and noise suppression qualities. Comline reports that its multi-layer Rubber-Metal- Rubber (RMR) shim construction is particularly effective at controlling unwanted vibrations, when combined with the pads’ noise-abating friction material and pad design. RMR is a standard feature on all new to range Comline brake pads and available on over 500 of the most popular references. 

Therefore, the brake pad’s shape can influence brake noise, too, and is one reason why directional brake pads are becoming more popular. By varying the angle at which the friction material contacts the disc, both noise and vibration can be reduced. Correct installation is crucial. Directional pads being fitted the wrong way round is one of the most common installation errors that Federal-Mogul/Ferodo encounters, for example. This has prompted the company to upload a fitting video (http://bit.ly/2WvtsUC) to its website. Delphi adds that its directional pads use either a letter, indicating which side of the vehicle the pad should be fitted, or an arrow that indicates the rotational direction of the disc and, therefore, the direction in which the pad should be fitted. Consult the fitting instructions, should you identify the pads as being directional, by the presence of a chamfered friction surface, or a crescent cut out of the shim, where no arrow is provided. Incorrectly- installed pads, or not following the correct lubrication advice in the fitting instructions, can cause excessive noise, as might wear in either the disc, or calliper. An interesting method of curing squeal is provided by BG Products. Its Stop Squeal is applied to the pads’ friction material, which reduces the likelihood of the pad and disc sticking and reduces vibration.
It is claimed that braking performance is unaffected by the application. Judder, felt by a pulsing brake pedal under light braking, as well as vibration being detected and even heard, can result not only from a damaged disc but also by incorrect fitting. Apec highlights that not cleaning the hub sufficiently, and garages not performing a run-out check, are two of the most common fitting errors that it encounters. Fitting good quality parts and providing the customer with point-of-sale advice about driving techniques for bedding-in brakes will also help reduce the chance of a dissatisfied customer returning for warranty work. 

Federal-Mogul warns about misdiagnosing the brake pad as the source, when noise could emanate from many other parts, from the wheel bearing to the ball joint. This is more of an issue on newer vehicles, where increased non-braking components are produced from aluminium, which tends to resonate more than steel. 

FITTING A MATCHED PAIR 

Federal Mogul advises that it encounters many garages installing new pads but not replacing worn discs. This tends to result in mushy brake pedal feel, increases the risk of noise and hot spots developing on the pad. Yet, when installing new pads and discs together, avoid mix-and-matching parts, because the friction surfaces are designed to work best together for optimum performance, longevity and anti-noise/vibration characteristics. Delphi Technologies, for example, offers an extended warranty only when its pads and discs are installed together. 

TRAINING FOR YOU AND YOUR CUSTOMERS 

For information on APEC’s IMI approved Light Vehicle Manual & Hydraulic Braking Systems, contact its Techmate Team on 01174 288090. Federal Mogul, meanwhile, offers Garage Gurus, a dedicated resource that provides training and technical support. Its ‘Gurus Online’ provides a 24/7 online training portal that encompasses over 30 courses, all of which are completely free of charge. ‘Gurus On-Call’, sees technical specialists provide fast answers for product and diagnostic questions either via telephone or Skype. You can also check-out over 40 on-line tutorial videos on the Garage Guru’s YouTube channel. 

For 2019, Delphi continues to develop its range for newer models especially, to provide garages with an opportunity to repair newer vehicles sooner. It highlights that new components will be supported by its usual comprehensive training and technical support. Comline has extended its range of coated brake discs to cover the Ford Fiesta (2017-onwards), Jaguar F-Pace, XE and post 2015 XF models, the Honda HR-V (from 2015), the current production Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage. 

Meanwhile, Borg & Beck is emphasising its new point-of-sale materials, pictured. Aside from its ‘Brake Disc Installation Best Practice’ poster for the workshop for easy reference, it has added a rear-view mirror hanger in its brake disc boxes to help educate the driver to observe the critical bedding-in processes, such as avoiding heavy braking during the first 400 miles. It also advises that technicians pass on hints about poor driving practice, such as sitting stationary, often after heavy brake applications, with the footbrake applied firmly, which creates hot spots and increases the risk of judder developing. This can be an issue particularly with both automatic transmission vehicles and those featuring ‘Stop:Start’ technology. 

‘WHO’S F1RST?’ promotion winners revealed

Pagid, braking brand of TMD Friction, has revealed the lucky winners who will be jetting off on luxury breaks following its ‘Who’s F1RST?’ promotion.

The winners have each won a luxury trip for two people. To qualify, they were entered into the prize draw for every £500 they spent on Pagid products at Euro Car Parts.

Dave Thomas, service manager at Stoke Mandeville Auto Centre in Aylesbury, is heading stateside for fun in Florida; Mark Slater at Wearside Auto Centre in Hendon in Sunderland is jetting off to Mauritius to enjoy some 5-star luxury; and Natalie Sopp at Unbeatablecar in Crawley, is taking her family on a villa holiday to Florida.

Pagid’s Phil Woodcock, says: “We wanted to reward garages that make Pagid their first choice. Of the thousands of entries, we picked our winners at random and would like to offer them our sincere thanks for supporting Pagid and congratulate them on winning a well-deserved luxury break.”

Covering 99 per cent of the UK’s vehicle parc, Pagid’s programme of brake pads and discs are complemented by a full range of professional braking tools, exclusively available through Euro Car Parts, delivered usually within 30 minutes.

pagid.com

Win VIP tickets to Silverstone

Pagid has teamed up with its sponsored racing team Black Falcon Racing, to offer UK workshops the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the Blancpain GT Series (Endurance Cup) at Silverstone on 12 May 2019.

Pagid Racing is the official braking partner to the Black Falcon team and the exclusive motorsport brand of TMD Performance, part of the TMD Friction Group. 90 pairs of VIP tickets are up for grabs as first prize and there are also 100 exclusive, limited edition Pagid/Black Falcon jackets available as second prizes. With full hospitality in the track-facing Woodcote Apex Suite, first-prize winners will be able to enjoy ‘access all areas’ privileges, including the Silverstone paddock, the Black Falcon pit, pre-race Grid Walk access and the opportunity to meet the drivers.

For every £250 garages and workshops spend on Pagid brake discs and pads at Euro Car Parts during the promotion period, 1st March to the 13th April, they will receive one entry into the prize draw.

Phil Woodcock, Pagid Key Account Manager for UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Black Falcon again this year to offer customers the chance to enjoy an exciting day at the home of British motorsport as VIP guests of Pagid. It’s simple, the more customers spend on Pagid brake discs and pads, the greater their chance of winning.

www.pagid.com/silverstone

Luxury city breaks up for grabs with Pagid

Braking brand Pagid (part of TMD Friction), is pushing the boat out in its ‘Who’s F1RST?’ autumn sales promotion, with sensational city breaks up for grabs.

Four winners will get to choose their ideal experience for two people – from non-stop excitement in the ‘Big Apple’, romance in Paris, skiing in St. Moritz or the beautiful game in Barcelona, or they can even design their own perfect getaway, up to the value of £4,000.

For every £500 garages and workshops spend on Pagid products at Euro Car Parts before the end of October, they will be automatically entered into a prize draw, so the more they spend, the more chance they have of winning.

Phil Woodcock, Pagid Key Account Manager for UK & Eire, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Euro Car Parts to bring this first-rate competition to our customers. Garages work so hard to deliver a first-rate service for their customers, so we wanted to reward four garages that make Pagid their first choice with the opportunity to jet off on a first-rate city break.”

The city breaks Pagid customers could win are:

There are also bundles of Pagid goodies guaranteed for every workshop ordering at least £1,500 worth of Pagid products, and the more they spend, the better these get, with bronze, silver and gold level merchandise packages available.

Covering 99 per cent of the UK’s vehicle parc, Pagid offers the widest range of brake pads and discs on the market, complemented by a full range of professional braking tools. Exclusively available through Euro Car Parts, workshops benefit from unrivalled availability and service, with delivery usually within 30 minutes to ensure fast turnaround.

For further information about the ‘Who’s F1rst?’ Autumn promotion and full terms and conditions visit www.pagid.com/whosfirst or ask your local branch of Euro Car Parts.

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Pagid gives UK garage a game-changing £10,000 makeover through Workshop Winners

Pagid, a UK braking brand and part of TMD Friction, has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its ‘Workshop Winners’ campaign, which took place this summer.

ABP Motorsport’s Chris Meredith entered the Workshop Winners competition after purchasing Pagid brake parts from his local Euro Car Parts. After over 12,500 entries, Chris was drawn as the grand prize winner.

Chris was presented with the cheque for £10,000 by Head of UK Sales for TMD Friction Nick Hayes and Euro Car Parts Marketing Director, Bill Stimson.

The cheque allows ABP Motorsport to choose from Euro Car Parts Workshop Solutions range – with Pagid picking up the tab.

Chris Meredith, Managing Director of ABP Motorsport, commented:

“I’ve been purchasing Pagid for over six years now. They were the first to coat their brake discs to prevent corrosion when standing still. I admire the OE quality, availability and the premium packaging. Our customers appreciate the way they look too.

“Lots of our equipment here at ABP needs upgrading, especially our MOT bay. The money will help us to make the necessary improvements and will kick start our bigger plans to make substantial investments to benefit our team and loyal customers.”

Sylvie Layec, Sales Director, IAM at TMD Friction, commented:

“Workshops across the UK are working tirelessly day in, day out to serve their customers. Through our Proud to Fit garages, we already reward hard-working mechanics, but this summer we wanted to go one step further.

“Through the £10,000 ABP Motorsport has won, we expect to see a significant impact that will reward the garage for all their hard work. We are looking forward to seeing the effect this prize will have and the upgrades they make.”

Pagid will continue to support and reward UK garages with further promotions throughout the year. Keep up to date by visiting pagid.com and signing up to the newsletter.