The TRW Electric Park Brake (EPB) has become standard equipment in many vehicle classes in recent years, causing an increase in aftermarket demand with many vehicle owners looking for an alternative to the complete replacement of the EPB brake caliper. ZF Aftermarket’s TRW brand now meets this need with the new actuator repair kit.
Like many other comfort features, the EPB was established in the upper vehicle classes but is increasingly now being used in volume models.
Advantages of the EPB include increased driver comfort, more freedom for the car’s interior designers, and allowing the possibility of new driver assistance functions.
Although the EPB variations with actuator integrated into the brake caliper are considered reliable and durable, damage can still occur, as with any technical system.
Workshops are able to make use of ZF Aftermarket’s extensive product range for repairs. Under the TRW brand, ZF’s Aftermarket organisation offers spare parts for virtually all brake repair cases, and a new service-oriented product has now been added to the EPB portfolio.
Until now, workshops have had to replace the entire EPB brake caliper, even if only the actuator was defective. The electric actuator can fail even if the mechanical part of the brake caliper is still intact, more often after a long period of the vehicle standing idle – when the brake pads can detach from the disc and thus overload the engine.
In response, ZF Aftermarket now offers the new actuator repair kit as a low-cost and resource-saving alternative to complete replacement.
The kit consists of the electric actuator, two fastening screws and an O-ring, with which the EPB can be repaired in a short time and at low cost for the customer.
The actuator repair kits will soon be launched for the following models:
• Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, TT, Q3, Q7, Q8
• BMW 5 series, X3, Z4
• Jaguar F-Type Convertible
• Seat Ateca, Leon, Alhambra
• Skoda Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb
• Volkswagen Golf VII, Passat, CC, Arteon, Tiguan, Touareg
ZF Aftermarket also has plans of extending its range of complete TRW EPB brake calipers. New to the range will be versions for the following models:
• Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8 as well as Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8 and R8.
• BMW 8 Series Coupé/Gran Coupé/Convertible
The brake calipers will be available in the same colours as used in the original equipment (OE), including black, red, grey, and ultramarine.
Some vehicle manufacturers use a colour design not only for the EPB, but also for the caliper of the service brake. Therefore, ZF Aftermarket also offers a wide range of coloured brake calipers which can be fitted to many models from the Volkswagen Group, as well as cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Peugeot and Land Rover.
The product range includes spare parts for luxury cars and sports cars. High-performance and high-quality brake calipers in OE colour are available under the TRW brand for sports cars such as the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Mercedes-Benz SLC, and also for powerful SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport and for top sports models such as the Audi S6 or BMW M8.