Are you selling a “Phony Flush?”

Are you selling a “Phony Flush?”

Are you selling a “Phony Flush?”

Changing Brake Fluid is an important service for the safety and longevity of our vehicles. However, it can be difficult to determine when the right time is to change the fluid. Many service centers offer a “Phony Flush” by recommending an un-needed service.  Or they send customers home without properly diagnosing worn out brake fluid which does need to be changed.

Common unethical methods used to validate a need for changing brake fluid:

Looks Dirty

Rubber brake lines and fittings will often discolor brake fluid in a brand new vehicle. Changing brake fluid based upon color is too subjective and unethical. This includes using bottles, trays and paper to show the color of the brake fluid.

Smells Bad

I don’t believe many of us know what brake fluid should or should’nt smell like. The smell is surely not a good reason to change brake fluid.

Has Moisture

Moisture does not equal boiling point. Most brake fluid with up to 3% moisture will Not fail a boiling point test. There is No standard for changing brake fluid based upon moisture content. Moisture pens are known to fail brand new brake fluid.

Because I Say So

We realize there are master mechanics with an unlimited amount of knowledge, however science can now take the subjectivity out of a recommendation. It is time to get up to speed with today’s testing technology and make a proper recommendation.

Valid and ethical reasons to change brake fluid:

Intervals

Different vehicle manufacturers have different intervals for changing brake fluid. Most Ford, Chrysler and GM models have No interval for brake fluid, while most European and many Asian manufacturers have an interval of somewhere between 15K to 24K miles. Making a recommendation to change brake fluid based upon an OEM service interval is a valid reason for service.

Boiling Point

Moisture does not equal boiling point. The best method for testing the boiling point of brake fluid is to use a boiling point analyzer. The DOT FMVSS standards state that DOT 3 brake fluid should not boil below 284° F. On average less than 4 % of vehicles on the road will have a boiling point below 284° F.

Copper Testing

Using copper testing technology to determine when to change brake fluid has become the most used and recognized standard to determine when to change brake fluid. Up to 50% of vehicles on the road today have enough copper corrosion in their brake fluid to keep them from passing the DOT FMVSS corrosion test. Testing brake fluid copper levels is part of the AMRA EUICS standards and helps a shop comply with the Automotive Repair Act of California. Copper testing brake fluid is also part of the inspection process for Firestone, GoodYear, Monro, Tire Kingdom, Jiffy Lube, Pep Boys, AAA and many other service centers.

Recommending a brake fluid service based upon copper content in brake fluid will:

 #1 Deliver the most ethical and legal method to determine when to change brake fluid.

#2 Provide a much greater level of opportunity than any other test.

#3 Give a better experience for the customer to see and understand why they should change their brake fluid.

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PHOENIX SYSTEMS RETIRING BRAKESTRIP AND REPLACING IT WITH BRAKESTRIP PLUS

PHOENIX SYSTEMS RETIRING BRAKESTRIP AND REPLACING IT WITH BRAKESTRIP PLUS

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PHOENIX SYSTEMS RETIRING BRAKESTRIP AND REPLACING IT WITH BRAKESTRIP PLUS

New BrakeStrip Plus provides 2x the service opportunities and helps service centers deliver a safer and more reliable vehicle to their customer.

  1. GEORGE, Utah – With a desire to deliver more value to their customers, Phoenix Systems announces the retirement of its popular BrakeStrip at the end of 2018. The new and improved BrakeStrip Plus will take the place of BrakeStrip beginning January 2019.

BrakeStrip Plus is an innovative test strip which features a brake fluid test pad on one end and coolant test pads on the opposite end. The new strip will provide service centers 2x the service opportunities and help deliver more reliable and safer vehicles.

“We developed BrakeStrip Plus to give users the ability to determine the condition of both brake fluid and coolant in less than 90 seconds,” said Jeremiah Terry, Manager at Phoenix Systems. “BrakeStrip Plus reveals brake fluid and coolant problems before they occur and helps keep a vehicle functioning at its best. Our goal is to offer BrakeStrip Plus without increasing the price.”

For the past eighteen years, over 100 million brake fluid test strips have been used to diagnose worn out brake fluid and have produced over $3 billion in brake fluid service opportunities for service centers worldwide. The new BrakeStrip Plus will increase this tradition of service and is protected by multiple patents and patents pending. 

For more information about BrakeStrip Plus, visit www.brakestripplus.com.

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About Phoenix Systems

Founded in 1994, Phoenix Systems is committed to providing cutting-edge tools and technology for the automotive undercar industry.  The company has pioneered many new technologies resulting in more than a dozen patents to change the way vehicles are serviced. BrakeStrip with brake fluid copper testing technology is the industry leading brake fluid test.  The company’s Reverse Bleeding Technology is available in a variety of brake bleeder systems used by both auto care professionals and do-it-yourselfers. For more information, write to 1076 East Commerce Dr #400, St. George, UT 84790; call 435.673.0777; or visit www.brakebleeder.com.   

Phoenix System Announces Agreement to License and Market Ford-Branded Brake Fluid Test Strips

Phoenix System Announces Agreement to License and Market Ford-Branded Brake Fluid Test Strips

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Phoenix Systems Announces Agreement to License and Market Ford-Branded Brake Fluid Test Strips

St. George, UT: Phoenix Systems has just announced a licensing agreement to produce and market Ford-branded brake fluid test strips.

The most interesting aspect of the test strips is the innovative thinking behind them. Though automobile brake lines are made of steel their bores are coated with copper, which eventually deteriorates and contaminates the fluid. The test strip alerts you to the degree of contamination, if any.

A brake fluid test strip takes seconds to conduct, provides proof of a needed brake fluid service and often results in additional business for a shop. If, indeed, the fluid needs to be renewed there’s the added benefit that, during the process, evidence of frozen calipers, torn seals or seized ABS units might be detected and addressed.

Brake fluid is regularly renewed in race cars, particularly road race cars though less so in passenger cars. However, the practice toward regular checks is gaining ground. Motivated by a simple color test that takes approximately 60 seconds to mature, it provides a visual indication of brake fluid health.

Phoenix developed the Ford product with the understanding that the brake fluid test needed to show the exact condition of brake fluid—no more guessing. Changing brake fluid when appropriate halts corrosion, extends the life of brake parts and improves safety.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for 100-count bottle of test strips is $81.99

Background: Phoenix Systems originally blazed their trail in brake bleeders and more recently introduced the reverse bleeder, which was also licensed under the Ford brand name. A one-person operation the reverse bleeder is a light, portable device that bleeds brake and clutch systems in fewer than 10 minutes.

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For further information contact:

Phoenix Systems, LLC

1076 East Commerce Drive. Suite 400

St. George, UT 87490

Telephone (866) 760-5842 or email JT@brakebleeder.com or visit: www.brakebleeder.com

Editors’ Contact: Victor Moore (706)531-0058 or Vic@MooreGoodInk.com

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S&E Distributors now distributing the new Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips from Phoenix Systems

S&E Distributors now distributing the new Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips from Phoenix Systems

In a new agreement, S&E Distributors has agreed to begin distributing the Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips available from Phoenix Systems. These test strips allow shops to test both coolant and brake fluid quickly and affordably when servicing customer vehicles.

St. George, UT (PRWEB) January 01, 2016 — S&E Distributors will be offering a new product to their customers in 2016 with the addition of Phoenix Systems’ Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips, an innovative product that provides a cost-effective way for shops to test these important fluids and provide customers with better service. Through the distribution agreement, S&E Distributors will be offering the test strips to its quick lube and auto repair companies throughout the United States.

Through the agreement S&E will be offering its customers Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips, a double-ended test strip that tests both coolant and brake fluid to determine if they need to be replaced. The strips provide automotive technicians with visual evidence of the quality of the fluid, increasing authority and customer service for them as they educate customers about the need for replacement.

This is not the first time S&E has taken on a Phoenix System product. S& E has partnered with Phoenix System to distribute its products since November of 2012. This year it will add the Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips to continue in its goal of providing quality products and superior customer service to its customers. “We are thrilled to offer Coolant + Brake Fluid Test Strips to S&E Distributors and their customers,” said a Phoenix Systems spokesperson. “S&E has such a great reputation in the automotive service industry, and adding our newest product to their lineup will be a great fit.”

The S&E team also expressed excitement over the distribution partnership. “Our customers have loved the other Phoenix Systems products we have offered, especially the Brake Strip testing strips,” said Sean Malmstrom of S&E. “Now, the newest test strips offer one strip that will test both coolant and brake fluid, saving time and money for the shops that come to us for products. We feel that our customers will appreciate this new product, as it will help their bottom lines and their customer service.”

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Phoenix Systems, the makers of Brake Fluid and Coolant Test Strip Technology, focus on creating the innovative products that automotive technicians need to perform their jobs well. With over a dozen patents for its industry-leading products, Phoenix Systems is leading the way in bringing new, innovative products to the automotive industry. Learn more at www.brakebleeder.com

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S&E distribution provides a one-stop shop for automotive industry products. With same-day shipping and easy terms, S&E Distribution helps modern repair shops and automotive supply stores provide their customers with superior service. To learn more about S&E, visit www.selubeproducts.com

Another Recall Due to Corrosion Is it Time to Test Your Brake Fluid?

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Consumer Affairs recently shared news of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) recalling 74,836 vehicles due to corrosion inside the anti-lock brake system.

To determine whether your brake fluid is potentially corrosive simply ask your shop to use a copper corrosion test strip from Phoenix Systems. In 60 seconds or less the test strip will provide an extremely accurate measurement of the corrosivity of your brake fluid.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi recall visit: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls/mitsubishi-recalls-eclipse-and-eclipse-spyder-vehicles-062615.html

To learn more about testing corrosion levels in your brake fluid visit: http://www.brakebleeder.com/products/brake-fluid-testing/brakestrip-2-strips-per-card-retail-packaging/

Hyundai Fined $17.35 Million by Feds Over Brake-Fluid Recall

Hyundai Fined $17.35 Million by Feds Over Brake-Fluid Recall

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.

The defect involves corrosion in critical brake system components that can reduce braking effectiveness and increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA said. Hyundai was aware in 2012 that brake fluids used in the model year 2009-2012 Genesis cars did not sufficiently inhibit corrosion in key components of the vehicle’s brake system, the agency said.

Read more about the Hyundai fine and recall here:  http://blog.caranddriver.com/hyundai-fined-17-35-million-by-feds-over-brake-fluid-recall/.

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