Source: ZF Aftermarket announcement

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — The TRW Electric Park Brake (EPB) has become standard equipment in many vehicles in recent years, causing increasing aftermarket demand. However, more and more car owners are looking for an affordable alternative to the complete replacement of the EPB brake caliper for repairs. ZF Aftermarket’s TRW brand now meets this need with the new actuator repair kit.

Like many other comfort features, the Electric Park Brake was first established in the upper vehicle classes but is increasingly now being used in volume models. Its advantages are impressive: Increased driver comfort; interior designers are given more freedom, and new driver assistance functions become possible.

Although the EPB variations with actuator integrated into the brake caliper are very reliable and durable, damage can still occur – as with any technical system. Workshops should make use of ZF Aftermarket’s extensive product range for repairs. Under the TRW brand, ZF’s aftermarket organization offers spare parts for virtually all brake repair cases. A new service-oriented product has now been added to the EPB portfolio.

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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. This is why ZF Aftermarket now offers the new actuator repair kit as a low-cost and resource-saving alternative to complete replacement of the EPB.

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 kit is available for the following models:

  • Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, TT, 03, 07, 08
  • 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

EPB spare parts for many new models

ZF Aftermarket has also extended its range of complete TRW EPB brake calipers: New to range are versions for the following models: Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8 as well as 03, 05, 07, 08 and R8; BMW 8 Series Coupé/Gran Coupé/Convertible.

The brake calipers are available in the same colors as used in the original equipment (OE) – for example: black, red, grey and ultramarine.

Colored brake calipers for many vehicle models

Furthermore, some vehicle manufacturers use an attractive color design not only for the Electric Park Brake, but also for the caliper of the service brake. Therefore, ZF Aftermarket also offers a wide range of colored brake calipers. They can be fitted to many models from the Volkswagen Group, but also to cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Peugeot and Land Rover.

TRW spare parts for prestige models

The product range of the world’s leading brake supplier also includes spare parts for luxury cars and sports cars. High-performance and high-quality brake calipers in the OE color 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.