Lubrication plays a vital role within the braking system

While the major contributor of braking performance comes down to the design of a vehicle’s braking system and the use of quality components such as brake pads, shoes and other parts, the installation process of new components at the time of servicing is also extremely important.
Braking systems are quite complex with many moving parts. Brakes also function under extreme conditions – think of the scorching operating temperatures, and being located close to the road they’re exposed to dirt, water and debris. They’re also impacted by the road surface which can be rough and cause vehicle vibration.
Lubrication is probably not something that immediately comes to mind when thinking about braking and combating these conditions, after all, it is the friction that will slow a vehicle down, and lubrication is not a friend of friction. But behind the scenes, lubrication plays a vital role within the braking system.
Bendix says the use of a high-quality lubricant such as Bendix’s ‘Ceramasil’ Brake Parts Lubricant is ideal to apply to a variety of braking components, and should be used at every brake pad replacement or brake shoe change, as part of installing new components.
Bendix explains that Ceramasil is ideal for use in the following scenarios:
• On caliper hardware, pins, slides and bushes
• Metal to metal contact areas
• Metal to rubber contact areas
• Backing plates of brake pads or brake shoes
• Between the shim and backplate of the brake pad
The product was specially developed for braking systems. It uses a silicon-based formula that’s gentle on rubber components.
Bendix explains that some earlier style braking lubricants can react with the modern EPDM rubber used in modern vehicles, leading to potential swelling of the rubber but states that Ceramsail however has zero effect on EPDM rubber and also provides a high level of thermal stability and holds its viscosity during heat cycles for prolonged periods.
Another benefit of the product is that it delivers corrosion and rust protection, while also having a noise dampening effect to help silence noisy calipers and other braking components.
Additionally, Bendix says Ceramasil acts as a boundary film that helps repel moisture and is formulated to withstand the extreme temperatures under which brakes operate.
When Ceramasil is used, Bendix says drivers can expect longer-lasting, quieter and more efficient braking with even wear – stating that this ultimately reduces vehicle upkeep costs while ensuring the braking system is working at the optimum level.
To learn more about Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant, including its application to braking components, you can view a short clip on the Bendix Youtube channel.

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