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Raybestos Adds New Rotor Part Numbers for the 2019 RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

MCHENRY, Ill., August 28, 2019 – Raybestos® has expanded its R-Line and Specialty line with the addition of new rotor part numbers for the 2019 RAM 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500, according to Kristin Grons, marketing manager for Brake Parts Inc LLC (BPI). 

“The increased rotor coverage in our R-Line and Specialty line provides the highest level of dependability, safety and performance to meet the demanding needs of today’s truck applications,” said Grons. “When it comes to releasing new part numbers, technicians can rely on Raybestos to be first to market with the brake products that they depend on, including popular applications like the RAM and Silverado.” 

Created for everyday driving conditions, Raybestos R-Line rotors deliver the most complete application-specific line on the market. They match OE fit, form and function as well as meet SAE standard for tensile strength. Specialty line rotors provide application-specific designs with enhanced metallurgy to keep brakes cooler in demanding situations and severe duty use. 

Raybestos® Training Update

Types of Drum Brake Systems

We recently had an H3 come into our shop with an unusual problem with the brake pads. In this video, we discuss the importance of using OEM-matched aftermarket brake pads. 

When we pulled the brake pads off the H3, we noticed the brake pads were riding higher than the rotor. In other words, part of the puck extended above the pad-swept area of the rotor. This caused a lip to form on top of the puck as the pad wore down over time. 

At first, we weren't sure what caused this. At first, we thought it might be an issue with the caliper pins. As the pins wear down, it can cause the pads to move up and down on a fixed caliper. However, the pins looked ok on inspection. 

Next, we checked the caliper itself for any malfunctions. Once again, everything checked out ok. As another step, we checked to make sure the correct rotor was installed previously, which it was. 

Finally, when we pulled out a set of Raybestos pads to perform the brake job, we noticed what the problem was. 

The pads previously on the vehicle were not OEM matched. The OE pad has a small gap between the puck and the top of the backing plate. The pad on the vehicle did not have a gap. This caused part of the puck to ride on top of the rotor, causing the lip to form over time. 

This is a great example of why it's important to buy your brake parts from a reputable aftermarket company. Quality aftermarket manufacturers take the time to research and match their parts to OE specifications.

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