The BrakeStrip System
Step 1. Test every vehicle with BrakeStrip. It is almost impossible to determine which vehicles will require a brake fluid exchange. You cannot rely on visual inspection (color), mileage or age of the vehicle to determine if a brake fluid exchange is needed. BrakeStrip will accurately identify if brake fluid should be replaced in about 60 seconds. Simply dip the BrakeStrip into the master cylinder reservoir for one second, shake of the excess fluid.
Step 2. Determine if brake fluid exchange is required. Compare BrakeStrip pad color to determine the copper level
with the chart on the side the BrakeStrip tube. * Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) UICS require brake fluid replacement at 200 ppm copper.
Step 3. Show the strip and the card to your customer (regardless of the test result) and let them compare the strip
color to the card themselves. This is very important and one of the most important things you can do to earn your
customers trust by proving “If and When” brake fluid replacement is required.
Step 4. Staple the strip to the work order and give the customer the card to keep.
Step 5. Perform a high quality brake fluid exchange service. For most vehicles it takes 1 quart – 1/2 gallon of brake fluid to properly flush the system. Vacuum flushing is the least effective technique. Pressure flushing is best and it is important to open each wheel individually and flow a fairly equal amount of fluid through each wheel. It is okay to flow a little more fluid through the first two wheels. Follow the manufacturer’s bleed sequence for flushing. Hint: while pressure flushing the brake system, depress the brake pedal approximately 1 inch, this opens a low/no pressure zone in some master cylinders and provides a much more efficient brake flush. No matter what tool you use for the brake fluid exchange, finish the procedure using the Phoenix Reverse brake bleeder, which not only ensures complete removal of (trapped) air, but also has the added advantage of requiring only one tech to complete.
Step 6. Perform an “after test”. Test drive the vehicle and press the brake pedal as frequently as possible. Perform an “after test” with a second BrakeStrip test strip to make sure you properly flushed 80- 90% of the copper from the brake system. Remember, BrakeStrip works perfect every time and never lies. If you fail a test soon after a brake fluid exchange was preformed, it means that the exchange was not performed properly and you need to improve your brake fluid exchange technique.
Step 7. Show the “after test” to your customer so they can feel good about the hundred bucks they just spent to
Safeguard their Stopping Power. Most importantly, Test, Don’t Guess!