International Truck and Engine Corp. has rolled out a new brake system on select medium-duty truck models that it says will provide enhanced braking capabilities.
Yesterday, a new full power hydraulic brake system with anti-lock brakes was made standard for International RXT, 3200, 4200 4x4 and 4000 Series 4x2 models, with the exception of the mid-cab tractor. This new feature provides optimized braking power and reduced stopping distances, International said.
The new brake standard utilizes electric pumps to generate hydraulic pressure, a departure from older systems that used pressure from the power steering system to boost the master cylinder pressure output. Stored pressure in the accumulators allows the full power system to build pressure at the brake calipers significantly faster than the previous system, International said.
“Through the combined efforts of our world-class engineering teams in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and the brake system experts at Meritor Wabco, we are providing customers with the best available braking options as a standard offering on our key product lines,” said Tom Cellitti, vp & gm of the company's Medium Truck Vehicle Center.
International's full power brake system also provides two new optional features to customers: a powered parking brake and automatic traction control (ATC).
The ATC works at low-speed conditions to send brake pressure to wheels that are spinning to provide better traction.
Powered parking will be available as an option on medium-duty trucks with full power and will utilize the spring-apply air-release (SAAR) parking brake chamber. This chamber includes stoke indication, which identifies any damage or out-of-adjustment conditions with the parking brake. A service park brake indicator lamp on the dash will be lit should any such out-of-adjustment conditions be identified, International said.
For more information, go to www.internationaldelivers.com