The Parts Alliance announce new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion

The Parts Alliance has teamed up with Delphi for the second time in 2017 to run their new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion.

‘Best of Brakes’ aims to build on the record-breaking success of spring’s ‘Dream Drive’ promotion which saw surging sales and six lucky garage winners taking memorable Route 66 road trips.

This time around there are six spectacular holidays to be won during September and October, to destinations throughout the world.

Garages buying from The Parts Alliance members Allparts, BBC Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, CES, CPA, Dingbro, GMF, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors, Qualvecom and The Parts Alliance South West branches during September and October will receive a brake pad shaped scratch card with each set of Delphi brake pads.

The main prizes are action-packed two week holidays to Australia, Canada, Cuba, Italy, South Africa and Vietnam, including flights, transfers, hotel accommodation and where necessary, car hire.

“We’re delighted to be working with The Parts Alliance again on the ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion,” said Julian Goulding, UK Marketing Manager at Delphi. “The scale of the trading group gives us the perfect platform for communicating the benefits of Delphi’s braking solutions to UK garages.”

Delphi pads are manufactured using no less than 20 different friction formulations. Other premium technologies include heat absorbing underlayers, noise reducing chamfers and dampening shims as well as pressed steel back plates. The result is pads that not only meet OE standards but also closely match the performance characteristics of individual vehicles.

“The ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion brings 25,000 prizes for garages to win,” said The Parts Alliance’s Head of Marketing Simon Moore. “We’ve been able to build on the success of ‘Dream Drive’ as customers continue to really embrace Delphi’s braking programme which marries a trusted brand, a quality product range and competitive pricing.”

The ‘Best of Brakes’ prizes will include Delphi and The Parts Alliance branded beanie hats, snoods, drinks bottles, retro enamel mugs and tins of sweets to share.

Throughout the duration of the promotion, Delphi and The Parts Alliance will be touring garages too. In the meantime, garages can find out more by visiting

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How to replace a brake pad and disc

Understanding & preventing brake judder

What is brake judder?

A major cause of brake judder is disc thickness variation (DTV). This is often misinterpreted as ‘warped discs’. Disc thickness variation (DTV) is the term used for the variation in thickness on the friction faces of the brake disc. DTV occurs when the Brake Disc becomes worn in a single area of the disc surface.

This wear is caused by excessive run-out during installation of the disc due to corrosion of the hub face and /or wheel studs, elongated bolt holes or the presence of foreign matter or debris, for example those found in copper based grease products.

What are the symptoms of brake judder?

Initially none, but ‘run-out’ will cause DTV and then judder and vibration during braking, typically after approx. 2000-4000 miles.

Although excessive run-out is a major factor in the generation of DTV It is equally important to check the following:

  1. Check the brake caliper pistons for any signs of sticking or seizure.
  2. Check the brake caliper slide pins and bushes, where fitted, for excessive wear or stiction.
  3. Where pad guided calipers are fitted, check the caliper mounting bracket pad abutment faces for wear.
  4. Check all steering and suspension joints / bushes for excessive play.
  5. Check the front wheel bearings for correct adjustment and excessive play, ( Refer to manufactures’ workshop manual for adjustment procedure).
  6. Check for damaged wheels / tyres, incorrect wheel nut / stud torque and wheel imbalance.

Installation tips to avoid brake judder

  • Always replace discs in axle sets to ensure even braking.
  • Clean away debris trapped between hub and disc mounting faces which will cause run-out, leading to DTV (thick/thin) and Judder.
  • Check that the disc thickness is not less than that indicated on the edge-marking of the disc.
  • Check the braking surface of the disc for damage or scoring – replace as necessary.
  • Thoroughly clean the faces of the new discs to remove the protective coating (not painted discs).
  • Ensure that the caliper carrier is clean, and that the pads are able to move freely in the caliper.
  • Check discs for run-out with a DTI.
  • Avoid heavy braking for the first 200 miles to allow your new pads to bed in and maximise their performance.