It cannot be stressed enough just how important your car’s braking system is to your safety; It is the system that does all the stopping for your car after all. Making sure that the brakes work in your vehicle is perhaps one of the biggest responsibilities of car ownership, and that includes sourcing the right brake pads for your car.
Unfortunately, finding the right brake pads is not as simple as a cut and dried purchase. Several variables have to be factored in to ensure that your car stops on a dime. What type of car do you drive? How often do you drive through inclines or steep hills? How regularly do you use your vehicle? Do you subject the car to stop-and-go traffic often? All these and plenty other details may determine what specific pad to use on your vehicle. Cumbersome research work, yes. But at end of the day, we can’t cut corners when it comes to safety.
Thankfully Bendix has a wide range of pads with varying compounds for each specific vehicle. With a host of pads ranging from general OE replacements, to heavy duty, and even to high performance, Bendix may have just the pad to suit your needs across the board.
For starters, Bendix has the General CT line of brake pads for general use. These will pretty much cover any Asian vehicle in the market and serves as an upgrade from conventional OEM pads. The General CT uses advanced ceramic technology for its compound to provide consistent adhesion leading to better and more consistent stopping power.
Larger vehicles may avail of Bendix’s 4WD/SUV line of pads. These were designed not only to stop a heavier mass, but were also developed with rugged off-road use in mind. That said, the 4WD/SUV pads have improved structural integrity and heat resistance that account for downhill descents, heavy stop-and-go use, and for use on vehicles pulling a trailer.
European vehicles can avail of the Euro+ line of pads from Bendix. These pads were developed with minimal noise and dusting in mind as compared to conventional OEM brake pads. Given stringent specifications by most European manufacturers, each set of brake pads come with shims, bolts, and other pertinent materials specific to each vehicle when making the installation.
Drum brakes are often considered an inferior system against conventional disc brakes. Despite this however, plenty of vehicles today still use drum brakes for the rear as they require less friction as compared to the front axles of cars. Bendix offers brake shoes for drums that have an advanced shoe platform design as well as unique bonding technology that allows the compound to stick better onto the drums. All this gives Bendix brake shoes improved wear and longevity down the line.
For vans that carry heavy loads or pull trailers often, Bendix offers the Heavy Duty line of pads that will match the load of any van or truck. Heavy Duty pads have cooling shims and insulation in place to manage the high temperatures involved with stopping heavy loads. Better cooling means lesser brake fade as well as improved wear – ensuring safety and convenience for the hard working driver.
Should you wish to get the most stopping power out of your car’s braking system, Bendix’s Ultimate lineup has an even more aggressive compound for hard stops and emergency situations. Best suited for sports or high-speed touring use, the Ultimate pads have a high performance friction material that allows the pads to maintain consistent pedal feel aside from delivering optimum stopping power.
Considering that Bendix has a wide array of pads to choose from, it is important to note that the installation of brake pads is not a “one size fits all” affair. Not only do they differ in shape and size, they also offer different levels of abrasion depending on your vehicle’s weight, mode of useage, and many other variables. It is important that you take into account how you use your vehicle, and once you are ready with that information Bendix will surely have the right pad for your application.
Bendix’s current lineup of pads benefit from Blue Titanium Stripe technology that saves the trouble of having to ‘bed in’ the brakes in order to get optimum stopping performance. These allow the brake pads to translate positive pedal feel and achieving maximum friction off the bat once they’re installed.
Bendix currently employs Hybrid Fusion Technology into their pad lineup as well. This tech mixes new friction material into the compound to allow several benefits during the use of their brake pads. Aside from improved wear characteristics, Hybrid Fusion Technology allows for quieter use of the brakes as well as considerable reduction of brake fade when the pads get too hot; All this while maintaining the ideal amount of friction necessary to stop your vehicle.
Bendix’s wide array of brake pads can surely offer better safety through improved pedal feel and stopping power. In order to feel the effects of these pads best, a fresh set of Bendix brake rotors will surely supplement the stopping power of your new brake pads.
No service on a braking system is complete without cleaning and degreasing. Given the considerable amount of dust, gunk, and debris your system is exposed to it is only proper for your brakes to get a good cleanup with every service. That said, Bendix also offers their own brake cleaner and degreaser to bring your system up to spec with its newly installed parts.
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