BENDIX BRAKING SOLUTIONS
Quality products to improve performance and reduce brake fade
Through its Ultimate, Ultimate 4WD and Euro+ Disc Brake Rotors, Bendix says it offers packages for a range of passenger cars and four wheel drives.
It notes that its products increase braking performance and help reduce brake fade.
Brake fade doesn’t just happen on the racetrack, it can also occur in passenger cars, four-wheel-drives and commercial vehicles particularly under heavy braking conditions and during hotter temperatures.
It leads to a temporary reduction in braking performance that’s caused by the added heat that’s generated from repeated or sustained braking or braking under heavy loads. When the heat doesn’t effectively dissipate, the braking becomes compromised.
Such conditions can arise more than we realise through the course of day-to-day driving – think of a heavily accessorised four-wheel-drive with larger tyres, or a passenger car towing a caravan descending a large hill or mountain road.
For large trucks the effects are even greater, which is why so many are equipped with secondary technology such as retarders and engine and exhaust brakes, which help to further slow them down without solely relying on friction-based braking systems.
When brake fade occurs it’s predominantly because the disc brake pads have exceeded their maximum operating temperature range, this affects the friction material which begins to deteriorate. The process can cause the pads to leave matter on the rotors, lubricating them and making braking less effective.
Brake fade can also occur if the brake fluid overheats. If the fluid boils from prolonged braking any moisture within vapourises, which makes the fluid more compressible, this results in longer brake pedal travel and reduced braking effectiveness.
Drivers can minimise the likelihood of brake fade in several ways, beginning with ensuring the braking system is in good working order – upgrading some components might also be considered if the vehicle is regularly used in situations where the brakes are worked hard.
Bendix notes that its Ultimate, Ultimate 4WD and Euro+ Disc Brake Rotors cater for a range of passenger cars and four wheel drives, providing increased braking performance and help to reduce brake fade.
In the case of brake fluid, Bendix says the quality should be regularly checked to ensure it doesn’t contain excessive moisture, which will erode performance considerably.
Bendix further warns that brake pads that haven’t been properly ‘bedded in’ can make the brakes more susceptible to fading.
However, for users of Bendix brake pads it says this won’t be a concern because the Bendix range features Blue Titanium Stripe technology, meaning there is instant pedal feel from the first brake application and longer-term protection to minimise fading.
Another important way to reduce brake fade is by changing driving habits – driving more slowly and with greater mechanical sympathy, especially in more demanding conditions, will result in less pressure being placed on the braking system.
Bendix says that with a more considered driving style and some Bendix braking system enhancements, brake fade can largely be eliminated.
For more information free call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit