VIDEO: Puppet Sells BYOBP Brake Jobs, You Have Got To See This (55 seconds)

This has to be the worst business model and commercial in the world, just watch the video:

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If Bring Your Own Brake Pad Brake (BYOBP) brake jobs are the future of brake repair, kill me now. This business model is so flawed you could drive a car with brake failure through it. Looking at the QicBrake website it looks like they don’t measure anything and they will charge you a $55 inspection fee if you bring it back and the problem is not covered under their vague warranty. And it looks like QicBrake doesn’t measure rotors or replace calipers. Someone needs to shut this place down before someone is killed.

Truck Crashes With Asphalt, Brakes At Fault

Zero injuries were reported after a dump truck loaded with asphalt and towing a paver lost its brakes and smashed into a utility pole and trees, yesterday in Ithaca, New York.

According to Ithaca.com, the driver was operating the vehicle along an embankment when the brakes suddenly failed and he lost control. The truck then crossed over into the oncoming lane, hit a utility pole and landed in some thick woodland. Police said the trees prevented the truck from going down the embankment where the driver could easily have been killed.

Fortunately, the unidentified driver was not injured, but the same does not go for the dump truck that sustained heavy front end damage, according to a police report. The Ithaca Fire Department, Ithaca Fire Police, Bangs Ambulance, New York State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, city Department of Public Works and NYSEG first responded to the scene along with two large wreckers from a local towing company. Crews spent Wednesday evening removing the vehicle, trailer and paver while NYSEG replaced the damaged telephone pole.

Ithaca Police and the New York State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit are continuing their investigation, police said.

Toyotal Recall: 802,000 Called Back For Faulty Brakes

On Wednesday, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp said it would recall a total 1.67 million vehicles globally in a voluntary move to address three separate defects including a faulty brake master cylinder that could perpetuate total brake failure.

According to Reuters, Toyota was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths resulting from the defects. However some 1.05 million vehicles will be recalled in Japan the rest overseas, encompassing Toyota models Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah, Voxy, Corolla Rumion and Auris, as well as over a dozen Lexus models.

Just this past April, Toyota suffered from a 6.39 million vehicles recall globally in its second-largest recall announcement ever. Then, two months later, the company issued a recall of almost 2.3 million vehicles globally for faulty airbag inflators, a problem that has been causing trouble for other car makers.

In the latest recall, about 802,000 Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models manufactured between June 2007 and June 2012 will be called back to replace a small rubber seal ring in the brake master cylinder to prevent the brake fluid from leaking. If brake fluid has already leaked, the entire brake booster will be replaced.

Shares in Toyota closed 0.2 percent higher in Tokyo at 5,990 yen after the recalls were announced, while the exchange’s Topix index .TOPX gained 0.8 percent.

RANT: Purell, Brakes and Ebola

I don’t get it.

Since the dawn of investigative journalism, using fear to sell automotive brake services has become taboo. It is not that the threat of brake failure is a fabricated phenomenon, it happens everyday.

But, if you use fear to sell a set of brake pads or rotors, all of the sudden you are a criminal accused of trying to defraud the motoring public. But, if a doctor, building contractor or pharmaceutical company uses fear to sell, it is accepted and even celebrated. I just don’t get it. You have a greater chance of dying in a car wreck because of neglected brakes than you do from not using Purell hand sanitizer.

But, Purell can post this on Twitter:

purell:ebola:fear:twitter

Only one person has died in the US from Ebola and only two people have contracted Ebola from exposure inside the US. You have a better chance at winning the lottery than getting Ebola. During this same time period, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people will die in traffic accidents.

We need to bring fear back. Forget brake dust and lifetime warranties, I want  to bring life-or-death fear into the hearts of drivers who are looking for a cheap brake job and not the safest brake job.

If Purell can use Ebola, we can use crashes and death.

TMD Announces Dates For 2015 Quarterly Brake Training Classes

Following the success of its 2014 Training classes, TMD Friction, manufacturer of OEM and premium aftermarket brands Textar and Don, has formally released training class dates for 2015.

Fabio Jurchaks, sales and engineering director at NAFTA, stated: “As we wrap up the last training of 2014, we are pleased to announce our training dates for next year. Interest in the training continues to grow. We take a unique approach for brake training by starting with a ‘deep dive’ on friction materials: formulation, evaluation, testing and certification of brake linings and pads. Production processing also is covered. Training on drum and disc brake theory, function, air system components and fleet spec’ing to optimize the material for the application also are discussed. Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) is an important topic, with many RSD1 vehicles coming up on their first brake reline. Common myths in brake linings are presented as well. We had lively discussions in the 2014 classes and look forward to many more in 2015.”

The one-day class is free to all who attend. Lunch and training materials are also provided at no cost.

2015 training dates are:
• Feb. 4
• April 29
• Aug. 12
• Nov. 11

Opportunities to attend the last training of 2014 on Nov. 12 are still available. Contact John Thompson at 248-635-4850 or [email protected] to reserve seats.

For the original article, please visit our friends at Brake And Front End

BMW Blames Bad Brakes For Crash In Mumbai

According to sources, a BMW suffering from brake failure crashed into the front of a garment store and fled the scene Monday night in Mumbai.

Official reports stated the driver was crossing through an intersection when the brakes on his vehicle suddenly failed, propelling him into the front of a garment store leaving shards of broken glass everywhere. The suspect fled the scene of the accident but was later apprehended by police and charged with reckless driving and hit-and-skip.

The driver paid a hefty fine and was eventually let go. No casualties were reported and damages were said to be at a minimum, excluding a flattened bicycle that was propped in front of the store prior to the crash.