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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix Systems LLC   435.673.0777

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.   

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