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Brake Pad Accessories: What do they do?

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As modern cars get more sophisticated, so do their braking systems. Many braking systems now features clips, shims, gaskets, and even sensors, all geared towards better braking and vehicle safety. Bendix supplies all that is required for a straightforward, fuss free installation.

When you open a box of Bendix brake pads, you may find additional parts in there, other than just brake pads. These items may be shims, backing plates, bolts, sensors or clips. All of these are important to ensure that your brakes are quiet, long lasting and perform at its utmost best.

Brake Sensors:
If your vehicle has brake sensors, Bendix supplies the most popular sensors with the brake pads, for a fuss free, bolt in solution. The Bendix brake sensor is designed to be plug and play,
and directly replaces the OEM sensor.

The new sensor will include all the grommets, hooks or clips for easy installation. Some vehicles may share the same brake pads, but require different brake sensors.

For the right brake sensor to suit your vehicle, contact your nearest Bendix stockist for more information.

Brake Clips:
Some cars’ brake calipers use pins, clips or springs to hold in the brake pads. These accessories are often exposed to heat, dirt, liquids and other environmental stress, causing them to lose their tension and shape due to metal fatigue. This can cause the brake pads to become loosely held in the brake caliper, and cause noise under braking.

Bendix supplies brand new clips and springs that are made to OEM exact measurements, for a perfect fit every time where required. Old clips may have rust, be out of shape, or just do not function as well as new ones, so it’s advisable to replace them alongside brake pads.

Brake Caliper Bolts:
While not as common as springs, clips and wear sensors, some cars have brake caliper bolts that require replacing after removal. Bendix has researched and made replacement bolts where required. The bolts come with thread locking fluid already applied for easy installation.

Brake Pad Shims:
Pad shims on everyday passenger cars help reduce noise by providing a barrier between the brake pad and the caliper. The shim prevents small vibrations that build up to annoying noises when the brakes are applied. Bendix’s brake pad carbon steel shims are coated with black fibre reinforced rubber, and are designed to absorb vibrations and prevent brake noise. The shims are known as Fibre Impregnated Rubber Shims (FIRS). The strong steel shim and rubber coating are engineered to last the lifetime of the brake pads.

In Bendix’s high performance brake pad, the Street Road Track, the shim is made from carbon steel, with nitrile rubber coating on both sides. The unique formulation is designed for quieter performance braking, vibration insulation, and longevity. It’ll take high pressures and high temperatures easily, meaning drivers can perform hard braking without fade for much longer, and with more consistent brake pedal feel.

Brake pad shims also prevents heat transmission from the brake pad to the caliper and its components. Brake performance and longevity is increased when heat is blocked from affecting brake system components such as fluid, lubricant and moving parts. Bendix coated shims perform this task much better than normal, ordinary metal shims.

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