Many of today’s vehicles feature advanced technologies including anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability programmes (ESP). As these technologies develop, complementary products, such as brake fluid need to act quickly to maximise safety and performance.
Whenever a vehicle’s brakes are used, the brake fluid heats up and, as brake hoses get older, the amount of moisture that gets into the system increases, resulting in a lowering of the brake fluid’s boiling point.
If the brake fluid reaches boiling point, ‘vapour lock’ can occur, potentially resulting in brake failure.
ZF Aftermarket is recommending workshops regularly check a vehicle’s brake fluid, with annual changes advised.
Available from ZF in Oceania is the TRW brake fluid range, which caters for a wide range of vehicles, including those with drum brakes through to high-performance vehicles with ABS and ESPs.
Driven by safety, all TRW brake fluids are tested to the extreme and exceed international DOT specifications.
The range incorporates the latest technology to make vehicles safer, with a blend of advanced lubricants, stabilisers, antioxidants and corrosion inhibitors to help minimise wear and maximise performance.
TRW DOT 3 is designed for vehicles with front and rear drum brakes, as well as hydraulic clutch systems. Some Japanese car manufacturers recommend DOT 3 for their vehicles with ABS and ESP.
TRW DOT 4 is recommended for vehicles with disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is also suited for vehicles with disc brakes all round, and those fitted with ABS.
The DOT 4 ESP is suited for vehicles fitted with ABS and ESP, while the DOT 4 GT is for high-performance vehicles.
TRW DOT 5.1 is designed to complement the very latest ESP and is ideal for heavy, high-performance car with its low viscosity.
For more information on the local TRW braking range and technical advice visit www.trwbraking.com.au