The video is a recording of an IAME (Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers) Trade Education event held in the Hunter Valley, also supported by Penrite and Capricorn.
The video outlines the two accepted methods of CHECKING brakes (both are on-road tests). These are the ADR test – driving the vehicle at 100 km/h and measuring the distance it takes to stop, and the Tapley meter (or decelerometer), which is a pendulum device measuring the vehicle’s stopping.
The video then covers TESTING brakes with rollers and with plate brake testers. It shows the advantages of measuring the effectiveness of braking on each wheel to show imbalances, which can cause dangerous vehicle responses in an emergency situation. The results gained from testing a vehicle on the SafeTstop are printed onto a report the motorist can understand, and which helps to diagnose issues such as blocked brake hoses, leaking master cylinders, seized callipers, leaks, and proportioning valves that are not working. Testing in the workshop is also a quicker and safer method than road testing brakes – a test on a SafeTstop takes a little as 10 seconds.
With the support of IAME, the members attending enjoyed a BBQ (provided by Capricorn), education (Penrite and SafeTstop) and networking. Thanks to Wubbels Automatics for hosting in their workshop.