Frequent Questions

I have changed my brakes in the past, should I be worried about asbestos exposure?

Because some, but not all, automotive brakes and clutches available or in use today may contain asbestos, professional automotive technicians and home mechanics who repair and replace brakes and clutches can potentially be exposed to asbestos dust. Brake and clutch dust can be seen when a brake disk, drum, clutch cover, or the wheel is removed from a car, truck, or other equipment. There are also many small dust particles that cannot be seen with the eye. If the brakes contain asbestos, the dust may contain asbestos fibers, which could be inhaled.  The greater the exposure is to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).  For more information visit:  http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/brakesbrochure.html

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