Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC recently rolled out a new remanufactured brake shoe hat contains what it calls the “same proven friction and coating” spec’d on its original equipment (OE) brake shoes – accompanied by a five-year warranty against rust jacking, which matches the one Bendix offers on its OE shoes.
“We are intently focused on offering reman brake shoes that maximize safety and performance by resisting premature lining wear and rust jacking to provide full service life. This, along with value, is what our customers require in a reman brake shoe,” noted Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), which is a joined venture between Bendix and Dana Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.
“The Bendix OE-level reman shoe with extended warranty is part of our commitment to meet these needs. We also just passed the six-million-unit production milestone for reman brake shoes; the latest benchmark in our effort to provide truck operators what they need to compete in today’s industry.”
To help vehicle operators maintain performance of commercial vehicles required to comply with reduced stopping distance (RSD) rules – basically those built after 201 – Bendix offers both original equipment and aftermarket RSD-certified friction options. The company’s newest reman brake shoe combines Bendix OE friction with the same E-coat originally spec’ed only on Bendix OE shoes., it said.
Bendix stands behind the OE shoe and its OE coating with an extended five-year warranty against rust jacking, identical to the warranty on its original equipment shoe.
“There is demonstrated value in choosing OE-level reman components, and brake shoes are a prime example,” McComsey said. “They offer fleets continued RSD performance and wear characteristics, and contribute to lower cost of ownership (TCO). Buying an OE-level product results in OE-level value. For our OE-level reman brake shoe, we’re backing it up with OE-level support on the warranty side.”
The brake shoe’s coating is engineered to protect against rust jacking, which occurs when rust builds up on the steel beneath the brake lining and exerts upward pressure on the friction material, eventually causing it to crack.
Although rust jacking can occur year-round, the combination of wet roads, temperature swings, and chemical de-icers – such as road salt or chemical compounds (for example, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride) – makes winter conditions ideal for corrosion to take hold on a brake shoe. For this reason, rust jacking is most prevalent in regions with cold-weather climates, McComsey said.
“[But] rust jacking protection is about much more than a quality coating,” McComsey said. “We also ‘coin’ 100% of our reman shoes to return them to OE geometry – so they will perform as designed by OE engineers. Many brake shoes are relined – not truly remanufactured. And most re-liners don’t ‘coin.’ The coining process removes the gap between the shoe and friction, where rust jacking can initiate more easily.”
According to McComsey, the combination of Bendix coating, along with coining and high flexural strength friction that resists cracking, adds even more rust jacking protection. “It’s a powerful combination delivering a longer lasting brake shoe that provides consistent brake performance and reduced maintenance costs,” he noted