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‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ CALLIPERS ON THE MARKET SAYS REMANUFACTURER

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‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ CALLIPERS ON THE MARKET SAYS REMANUFACTURER


Not all brake callipers are remanufactured to the same standard’ according to Wrexham-based Brake Engineering. 

In a statement issued to CAT, the firm says that it has seen problems in this category in the market. 

“Not all callipers available in the market today are remanufactured the same” the statement reads. “Several competitor units we have tested are being sold with reclaimed pistons, which could result in component failure or splitting the piston seal”. 

“These callipers also have had mounting holes and castings machined. A machined mounting hole could alter the critical dimensions of the calliper and increase the wear and strain during use. Machined castings could again alter the critical dimensions of the unit, increase the original pad gap and create uneven pad wear, which would result in brake squeal or brake judder”.

The firm also reported that the quality of new-in-box callipers was variable. “Currently, there are also a number of ‘new’ callipers entering the market. We have also tested a number of these callipers being sold on to independent garages. While these products may appear fit for purpose there performance has been found to be severely questionable. While aesthetically they look fine, under closer testing all units were shown to have “porosities” (holes) and oxides in the material and all had partly inhomogeneous microstructures, which could result in weakening of the unit and be extremely dangerous when braking under normal driving conditions” the statement concluded. 

We’ll be following up the company’s assertions in September’s remanufacturing feature. 

 

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MAN ARRESTED IN FAKE SPARK PLUGS RAID

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MAN ARRESTED IN FAKE SPARK PLUGS RAID


Trading Standards in East Sussex has uncovered a haul of fake spark plugs, valued at nearly £40,000

Istvan Lorincz of Hailsham was found to be in possession of bags of the engine components, along with sophisticated label making equipment and cartons. He had been passing off the fakes as authentic parts on internet auction sites.

Fake plugs found in raid (Photo: East Sussex Trading Standards)

Hove Crown Court found him guilty of 25 breaches of the trademarks act and handed down a four-month prison sentence, suspended for eighteen months.  

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council told local paper, The Eastbourne Herald: “This unscrupulous individual was caught with counterfeit motor parts with a very high value”.

“He was knowingly selling these items online to unsuspecting consumers and businesses around the country, to the detriment not just of the buyers, but of the manufacturers whose products he claimed to be offering and to genuine traders trying to make an honest living”

Rumours of fake spark plugs in the market have been floating about for a while.

 

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TRADING STANDARDS SEIZE FAKE BEARINGS

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TRADING STANDARDS SEIZE FAKE BEARINGS


A raid by West Yorkshire Trading Standards has resulted in the seizure of a stockpile of fake bearings, weighing around 1.5 tonnes.

Members of SKF Bearing Brand Protection team were present to help identify the forgeries. Other than bearings, a number of other automotive and industrial components were seized.

Paul Dysiewicz, SKF’s Engineering Manager, says: “Counterfeit industrial products like bearings are still a major concern for our UK customers who purchase them in good faith, believing them to be the genuine article. Customers who accidentally purchase counterfeit products are being cheated financially, risk damage to their machinery and incur expensive downtime as a result. They may also be liable to third party damages. We always recommend that, in order to safeguard authenticity, customers carefully select their supplier and always source their SKF bearings from trusted, authorised distributors.”

Fake bearings have become such a problem around the world that the seven largest producers have come together to tackle it. Between them they have formed the World Bearing Association and set up a website stopfakebearings.com to raise awareness.

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