A new video offering training and a tech certification test has been posted online by Webb Wheel. The video is part of the company’s Training Toolbox and is accessible at www.webbwheel.com.
The new Proper Brake Drum Selection video illustrates how braking events affect a brake drum depending on vehicle speed and total weight as well as rate of brake deceleration, Webb said. It also explains how different drum designs manage the amount of heat generated at each stop.
According to Webb Wheel, vehicle use is an important factor when choosing the right drum for a particular application; this video assists in that selection process.
After viewing the video, a test can be taken on the website to certify that the technician understands how to make this determination for the vehicles they maintain.
All Webb Training Toolbox videos, files and certification tests can be accessed from the website home page. Technicians can review and test themselves on proper brake drum selection and correct wheel-end installation procedures for different hub mounting systems and the consequences of not following the recommended practices. There is also a downloadable PDF available that addresses the potential causes of the two most common warranty returns for brake drums: “out-of-round” and “cracked” as well describing what to look for to help diagnose these issues.
Videos can be viewed in English, Spanish or French.