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Westrans joins CVSN

CVSN LogoWestrans is pleased to announce that the company has joined the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), an association of Canadian and American independent parts and service aftermarket distributors serving the transportation industry.

In an ever-evolving industry, it’s critical for independent distributors such as Westrans to stay on top of changes in technology, the business landscape, and government regulations. As a member, Westrans has access to CVSN training and education, business growth opportunities, and awareness of legislative issues. One of the current legislative issues affecting the heavy duty vehicle aftermarket is the Right to Repair agreement, which seeks to allow independent distributors and service providers the same access to vehicle information as the original equipment manufacturer, similar to legislation that already exists in the automotive industry.

Westrans looks forward to being a part of CVSN’s strong membership base, and leveraging new industry knowledge and connections to better serve our customers. 

New product round-up: March 2017

Take a look at some of the new products now available at Westrans. 

Dynatex GTX Trailer Sealant Grey 49392

 

In response to customer demand, Westrans is now stocking products from Dynatex. Dynatex GTX Multi-Seal Adhesive Sealant is an ultra-synthetic polymer that resists on-the-road flexing and vibration. Use it on trailer seams, joints, tears, and holes. As well, Westrans is stocking Dynatex’s Minimal Expanding Foam, an easy-to-apply, paintable, mildew-resistant polyurethane foam.

Part numbers: White GTX Multi-Seal Adhesive Sealant 49391, Grey GTX Multi-Seal Adhesive Sealant 49392, Minimal Expanding Foam 56200

 

KenTool Socket Wrench SAE 35775Ken-Tool has a new, patented 8-in-1 Wrench, available with SAE or metric meaurements.  It’s a compact 7.5 inches in length, with a slide-twist-slide design that makes it easy to change wrench sizes. The “stud-through” feature allows studs and bolts to pass through the opening, making for easier use in tight spaces. The metric version has sizes 10 mm., 11 mm., 12 mm., 13 mm., 14 mm., 15 mm., 16 mm., and 17 mm. The SAE version has sizes 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, 1/2”, 9/16”, 5/8”, 11/16” and 3/4”.

Part numbers: SAE 35775, Metric 35776

 

Conmet aftermarket hub top verticalWheel-end repairs can be time-consuming, costly, and hold the potential for errors, as the mechanic replaces the bearing cup, bearing cone, and the wheel seal, and then manually adjusts the bearing. But with a ConMet PreSet hub assembly, the mechanic simply slides the pre-assembled hub onto the spindle, torques the retaining nut, and adds lubricant. Repairs are faster, easier, more cost-efficient, and have a reduced potential for errors. ConMet PreSet hub assemblies are OEM-approved and come with a full factory warranty. Westrans has PreSet hub assemblies available for front, drive, and trailer axles, as well as conventional assemblies.

 

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Have you upgraded your headlamps to LED yet? The new Grote 4” x 6” LED headlamps appear brighter to the human eye than halogens or HIDs, and closer to the colour of natural sunlight. And like all LEDs, they last longer, and draw less power. The headlamps are available in high beam and low beam models.

Part numbers: Low beam 94421-5, high beam 94411-5

 

To find out more about these products, or any other Westrans items, contact your local Westrans parts department

Introducing a new authorized Westrans distributor

Westrans is pleased to announce Stax Truck & Trailer Service Centre as a new authorized distributor of Westrans products.

Stax Truck & Trailer Service Centre is owned and operated by Polar Industries, the freight company made famous by the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers television series. Stax has a full service truck and trailer repair facility, as well as a retail store and showroom with a wide variety of parts from Westrans. 

You’ll find Stax at 210 Transport Road, just inside Winnipeg’s East Perimeter. 

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Preventing frozen brake pads

snowy day
The following tips are intended as general information only. Please follow all appropriate safety precautions when working on a vehicle. Westrans is not responsible for these errors, injuries, or damage arising from or related to reliance on the information contained here.

Frozen brake pads are a hazard of winter driving. This happens when there is too much ice, snow, or slush in the wheel well, and the brakes are allowed to set while still wet. The freezing-over can happen while the vehicle is parked, or even while the vehicle is still in operation, especially if the brakes aren’t being used frequently. A brake pad that is frozen to the brake drum can be a frustration on a cold winter’s day, as well as a significant safety risk, so it’s best to be aware of the potential problem, and prevent it whenever possible.

The best way to solve the problem of brake shoes frozen to the drum is to not let it happen at all. Some tips to avoid iced-up brake shoes and drums are:

  • Eliminate slush.
  • Apply your brakes regularly, even while moving.
  • Use a device to continuously monitor that the wheels are turning. There are several low cost options, such as Skiddd wheel indicators.
  • When you park, don’t immediately set the parking brake. Set up wheel chocks, and then give your brakes 30 minutes or more to cool down. That way, the any moisture left on the brake pad will freeze while not in contact with the drum. Once the brakes have sufficiently cooled, set the parking brake.
  • If your vehicle goes through the car wash, brake frequently afterward.
  • Use a dust cover on your brake drum.


If your brake pads have already frozen, you have a few options to remedy the situation:

  • If they’re only mildly frozen, try repeatedly releasing and applying the parking brake, or try rocking the truck back and forth.
  • Use a handheld propane torch to heat the brake pads. Be careful to avoid getting too close to any brake valves, as the heat from the torch could damage the internal components of the valves. Also keep the torch away from any fuel source. Keep a fire extinguisher handy as a precaution.
  • Many drivers keep a ball peen hammer on hand to help manage frozen brakes. As a first step, properly set up wheel chocks to prevent any accidental movement. Then release the brake. Carefully tap the brake drum with the ball peen hammer. Make sure you only strike the drum, and never the brake pad, as brake pads can fracture easily, especially in very cold conditions.
  • Do not use hot water to melt the ice on the brake pads. This will make the wet brakes at risk for re-freezing as the water cools off.


With all of these tips, make sure you follow appropriate safety precautions. 

Happy winter driving! 

For more winter driving tips, see "Preventing frozen air brake lines."

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