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  1. Australia has posted its third new car sales record in four years with 1,178,133 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the 2015 calendar year record. Vehicle sales in December totalled 98,763, slightly down (0.9 per cent) on December 2015. The 2016 record year also marked a continued shift in buyer preference and market dynamics with a light commercial vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, topping the national vehicle sales charts over a 12-month period for the first time in Australian automotive history. Releasing the 2016 full-year sales results, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the past decade had seen a remarkable change in the traditional composition of the Australian vehicle market as evidenced by the success of the Hilux as the nation’s top-selling vehicle in 2016, and the ever-growing strength of Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) sales. “Calendar year 2016 marks the seventh year in a row that the Australian new car market has topped 1 million sales, and this result posts the industry’s third record in four years,” Mr Weber said. “It is an intriguing and exciting time for industry watchers as there’s little doubt we are observing a significant and dynamic transition in consumer preference. While buyer demand for traditional passenger cars remains healthy, it’s clear consumers are gradually transitioning into other segments. “The growth, as was witnessed in 2016 and appears certain to continue in 2017, is in SUVs and light commercial vehicles, particularly dual cab utilities. “New models with significant performance and comfort attributes, combined with the existing vehicle mix, continued to make Australia one of the most competitive new car markets in the world. “It’s this level of competition, and the diversity of more than 400 models on offer, which drives value for the Australian consumer. “This variety of choice and value, combined with 24 quarters of national economic growth and low interest rates has created a confluence of positive factors to encourage motor vehicle sales.” Mr Weber said SUV sales, in particular, continued to grow in 2016 with that vehicle type now accounting for 37.4 per cent of the market, up from 35.4 per cent in 2015. Light commercial vehicles held 18.5 per cent of the market in 2016, up from 17.2 per cent in 2015. Among the states and territories, those that experienced sales growth during 2016 compared with 2015 were New South Wales (+4.4%), Victoria (+3.4%), South Australia (+3.9%), ACT (+4.3%), Northern Territory (+2%) and Tasmania (+0.3%). The two states to decline were Western Australia (-5.6%) and Queensland (-1.1%). Business sales increased by 13 per cent compared with 2015, and rental sales rose 6 per cent. Private sales declined 5.8 per cent and Government purchases by 1.4 per cent. For calendar year 2016, Toyota led the market with 17.8 per cent, followed by Mazda with 10 per cent, Hyundai (8.6 per cent), Holden (8 per cent) and Ford (6.9). Australia’s top-selling vehicle for 2016 was the Toyota Hilux with 42,104 sales. This was followed by the Toyota Corolla with 40,330 sales, The Hyundai i30 (37,772), Ford Ranger (36,934) and Mazda3 (36,107). The December 2016 market saw Toyota remain the top-selling brand with 20.2 per cent. Mazda was in second place with 9.9 per cent, Holden (7.8 per cent), Hyundai (7.1 per cent) and Mitsubishi (6.8 per cent). Australia’s best-selling vehicle in December was the Toyota Camry with 4850 sales. It was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 4,086, the Ford Ranger (3,367), Mazda3 (3,141) and the Toyota Corolla (2,927). Key Points: The December 2016 market of 98,763 new vehicle sales is a decrease of 853 vehicle sales or 0.9% on December 2015 (99,616) vehicle sales. December 2016 (25) had the same amount of selling days as December 2015, which resulted in a decrease of 34.1 vehicle sales per day. The Passenger Vehicle Market is down 1,787 vehicle sales (-4.0%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is down by 6 vehicle sales (0.2%) versus December 2015 Toyota was market leader in December, followed by Mazda and Holden. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 10,154 vehicle sales, or 10.3 market share points. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au Follow Bendix Workshop on Facebook.
  2. It’s holiday season, and it is tradition for many Aussie families to hold long road trips to the bush, or visit relatives. It is also a very busy period for mechanics, who are flooded with vehicles getting a last-minute check over and a service before hitting the road. One of the most important safety aspects to check is the brakes. It could mean between stopping safely or not at all. Fortunately, Bendix has a checklist that’ll make a brake inspection quick and easy. 1. Spongy brake pedal – Does the vehicle have a spongy brake pedal recently? If that is the case, it’s most likely time to do a brake fluid flush. The spongy brake pedal comes from air bubbles present in the braking system. With bubbles, the brake fluid cannot provide maximum pressure to the brakes, reducing braking capabilities. Brake fluid flushes should be done according to manufacturers’ recommended intervals. However, if there is no service history for the car, a brake fluid flush should be done for peace of mind. 2. Low on brake fluid: If the brake fluid flush has been done recently, check the brake fluid reservoir and ensure that the fluid is at the maximum or full line. If there is brake fluid missing, it is normal, just top it up with the car manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid specifications (DOT3, 4 or 5). Make sure to only use brake fluid from a sealed, unopened bottle. As brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, brake fluid from previously opened containers will be unsafe to use. 3. Brake pads: Visually inspect if the brake pads require replacing. For a thorough inspection, jack the car up and remove the wheels. Check if the brake pads have reached the wear marks or has uneven wear. Replace if its past the wear indicator or has uneven wear. It’s best to replace them with new brake pads if its worn close to the indicator. As long road trips are much harsher on cars, there is a chance the pads will be very worn before the journeys are over. 4. Uneven wear on brake pads: If there is significantly more wear on a set of brake pads than the other (left to right), this usually indicates a problem with the brake caliper. Usually, it’s just a simple regrease of the sliding pins, but in extreme cases, the caliper may need a rebuild or replacement. Be sure to use Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant on all moving parts of the caliper when replacing the pads. 5. Brake rotors: With the wheels taken off, make sure the rotors are cool before inspection. Feel around for rough spots, irregular grooves, or cracking. Check for any uneven wear by visually inspecting the edges. If one side of the rotor is thinner than the other, it may have severe disc thickness variation (DTV). Ensure the rotor is not worn down to its wear markers. If any symptoms are present, the brake rotors should be machined or replaced (if its worn down to the markers). After checking the rotors and pads, ensure to clean with Bendix Brake/Parts Cleaner & Degreaser to remove any contaminants present on brakes and its parts. Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockists. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist. Follow us on our Facebook page for the latest news, technical bulletins and product releases: www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  3. Still found on many cars, especially older ones and some commercial vehicles, drum brakes may look a bit alien and outdated compared to disc brakes. Although the technology is not new, drum brakes are still factory fitted on the rear of new cars. Drum brakes have two common configurations on the rear axle; combined handbrake and foot brake shoes and handbrake only shoes. Handbrake only shoes are often fitted inside the disc rotor, like standard drum brakes, and are normally sealed away. This makes visually checking for wear and tear not easy. How do drum brakes work? Drum brakes slow down the car by pressing a brake shoe against the inside of the drum brake, the rotating component that spins with the wheels. The drum is made from an iron alloy that is specially formulated to be extremely long lasting. The brake shoes consist of a friction lining bonded to a metal backing plate. How to tell if your brake shoes need changing? Inconsistent brake pedal feel. If the rear brakes are drum brakes, the driver may feel vibrations under braking. The initial bite when the brakes are still cold may be lacking. This is because the brake shoes are so worn that they cannot firmly press against the drum. Hand brake feels loose. If the hand brake requires a hard yank to keep the car from rolling off, chances are the brake shoes need replacing. On a steep incline, if the car moves an inch or so before coming to a rest, the drum or brake shoes would need to be inspected. There is a possibility it could be a loose hand brake cable, which is a much easier fix. Scraping noise while braking. When brake shoes are worn away so much that only the metal shoe platform remains, under braking you would hear a metallic scrapping noise. Once it is this severe, you may have to machine the drum or replace it all together. When replacing brake shoes, choose Bendix Brake Shoes for stopping power, low noise and dust, and durability. Specially formulated for all driving conditions, you can put your foot down with confidence, every time. Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist. Follow us on our Facebook page for the latest news, technical bulletins and product releases: www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  4. It's the final EOMM of 2016, and it seemed like the whole of Sydney turned up! Tons of quality cars attended, from your JDM heroes to balling Euros, tough muscle cars and even nostalgic classics. Can you spot yourself or your friends in the video? Tag away! For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  5. Sydney Dragway this month played host to United We Meet, with many car clubs showing up despite the drizzling rain! Some eye-catching cars were out and about, and these are our picks for October. 1974 Volkswagen SuperBug Dave’s Volkswagen Beetle was a 16th birthday present from his dad, Steve, and built this car as a father-son project. This particular model was a 1974 SuperBug, or also known as a 1303S, with a special aerodynamic windscreen and a MacPherson strut front end. Dave and his dad fitted a 944 rear end with matching brakes to improve the chassis and handling. Its 1.6L motor has been stroked to 1.9L and breathes through twin 40mm Dell’Orto carburettors for some old-school motive power. Its headlights came from a classic Porsche 911, while the wheels are off a more modern 996. It’s clear to see a ton of love and care has gone into this Superbug. We could go on listing the mods but it’ll take up at least 6 pages, so we’ll end it here! Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 Black, sleek and menacing, Daniel’s Legnum VR4 wagon caught our attention when it drove past. Once we got Daniel to pop the carbon fibre bonnet, we realized this was not your standard Mitsi. It has twin TD04 turbos running on E85, and feeding those sweet fumes out the back was Daniel’s own fabricated turbo back exhaust. Making 230kw at the wheels, it runs an impressive 12.8 seconds down the quarter. Hauling it up are a set of Brembo calipers from the Lancer Evolution, paired with Bendix performance brake pads. Mustang EcoBoost Not loud, not garish, and we certainly did not dive out of the way when it left the meet. The new Ford Mustang is imposing, even in factory form. This model here has the Ecoboost 2.3L turbocharged inline four motor, which is good for 0-100kph under six seconds. The owner has big future plans for the car, such as a full turbo back exhaust system, intake and wheels. We are excited to see more Mustangs pop up at EOMM! Expensive Daewoo Late model camira VK Calais An immaculate Expensive Daewoo Late model camira VK Calais is a rare sight, at a meet normally dominated by Japanese imports and Euro cars. Painstakingly restored, Costa’s VK Calais has a subdued leather trimmed interior, with brand new bits used wherever possible. The old engine was swapped out for a fuel injected 5L from a VS Commodore. We love the period correct Venetian blinds on the rear window, and a set of HDT wheels with brushed metal finishing completed the whole look. Toyota 86 Tim’s Toyota 86 strikes the perfect balance between power and looks. Equipped with a full exhaust system, including extractors, the 86 brings the noise wherever he goes. With a slick tune using ECUTek, it’s got the bite to match its bark, putting down 133kw at the wheels. Programmed for flat foot shifting, rev matching, and launch control, the Tim’s 86 will take abuse all day every day, then ask for more. Handling is sorted out by a set of XYZ coilovers, and the rear is furnished with rare Junyan tail lights and the TRD duck tail. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  6. Brake shudder… You may have experienced it while driving, but what is it exactly? Brake shudder is the vibration that you feel through the steering wheel when you hit the brakes. Brake shudder arises as a result of issues with the brake discs. Namely, when the brake discs have been affected by Disc Thickness Variation (DTV). This refers to the uneven wear of brake discs and is the result of rotor run out. If your brake discs are unevenly worn the brake pads come in contact with the flat spots present in the rotor’s surface which causes the vibration that we call brake shudder. This kind of uneven wear to the discs can be the result of a number of things. For instance, the brake calipers not operating correctly, the rotors not having been installed properly or the proper bedding-in process not having been applied if new brake pads have been installed. How do we remedy brake shudder if it becomes apparent? First thing’s first, the source of the issue needs to be isolated. Generally, when shudder is felt through the steering wheel this indicates that it’s the front rotors that need to be looked at. If a shuddering pulsation is felt through the brake pedal, this usually points towards an issue with the rear brake rotors. If a brake disc develops DTV, the disc needs to either be machined to iron out the flat spots or replaced completely depending on the condition of the disc. Brake calipers that aren’t working the way that they’re supposed to can also contribute to brake shudder. If a caliper is holding the pad against the disc when the brakes aren’t applied this can lead to the disc wearing unevenly. If this is the case, seized slide pins in the caliper are usually the culprit. Simply take them out and regrease them with Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant. Otherwise, if the issue goes further than the slide pins, the calipers may need to be rebuilt or replaced. Another common source of brake shudder issues is an uneven mounting surface on the face of the hub. Uneven rust and scale deposits can build up onto the hub face over time, which in turn creates an uneven surface for the disc to be mounted on. If this is evident, clean the area with some sandpaper and WD40 until the rust and scale is gone. This should be common practice when replacing or refitting brake discs to help prevent any instances of brake shudder in the future. When installing a new set of brake pads, it’s important to bed them in properly. Subjecting your new brakes to abuse without having followed any kind of bedding-in process can lead to extreme thermal shock which can be a major cause of uneven wear. However, if the Bendix brake pads you’ve selected have our unique Blue Titanium Stripe, the bedding-in process is not required. Also, a small detail but one worth paying attention to is your wheel nuts. Torqueing down your wheel nuts evenly and to manufacturer specification using a quality torque wrench can help prevent rotor run out. When it comes to your brakes it’s important to keep them in top notch condition. After all, they’re the only thing slowing you down. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au
  7. The braking system is one of the main safety elements active in any vehicle. There are various components that make up an entire braking system but the two main components that cause friction are your brake discs and brake pads. Regular servicing and the use of quality parts such as brake pads, brake fluid, brake cleaner and lubricant will certainly extend and preserve the lifespan of your brakes. A quality brake system will also enhance your safety and reduce the risk of accidents. While brake wear is inevitable, how you use your brakes can increase the lifespan of your brakes. With careful use and avoiding excessive braking wear rates will reduce along with the number of costly repairs. Bendix recommends a few tips on how to preserve your brakes. When to get your brakes checked, Maintenance and Replacement Brake pads will wear at a predictable rate under normal driving conditions, but under certain conditions like towing, this wear can be extreme. If you notice that your brakes are wearing at an abnormal or accelerated pace you should have your brakes checked for faults and avoid the risk of further damage to your braking system. Each time you depress the brake pedal friction is generated between the brake pads and disc rotors over time the materials wear and require replacement. Worn components can be identified in a number of ways; such as comparison to manufacturer’s specifications to built-in warning devices. The Bendix Brake Wear Indicator is designed to make identifying worn brake pads easy. With a white wear line indicator printed on the side of Bendix brake pads you can see at a glance when you are due for a replacement. There’s also minimum thickness of the brake rotor which is indicated on the brake discs. It is important to remember that when the brake discs are replaced, the brake pads must also be changed. Brake Fluid Most brake fluids are hydroscopic, which means they absorb moisture, over time as the brakes heat and cool condensate can contaminate the fluid. Regular testing and flushing of the vehicle’s brake fluid during servicing will also help preserve brake components and minimise the risk of corrosion. Using a high quality brake fluid helps lubricate a vehicle’s brakes, making them function more effectively. Avoid Riding Brakes Some drivers have the habit of riding their brakes, especially when driving down steep hills. The more pressure people place on their brakes, the quicker they wear down their brake pads. Rather than ride the brakes, vehicles with manual transmissions can shift down a gear, allowing the engine to slow the vehicle. Drivers can also release the accelerator when descending hills and apply brakes in short spurts to slow the vehicle down. This reduces friction and heat that causes wear and tear on brake pads. Coasting The harder you brake, the more pressure and wear it puts on your brake pads. If you regularly decelerate quickly from high speeds then you could be putting a lot of unnecessary strain on your brakes. If you are driving on the motorway, try to indicate early and coast for a while to reduce your speed before you have to brake. Drive within Speed Limit By driving within the speed limit, drivers can avoid having to stop suddenly for changing lights or to avoid other vehicles that cross their path. Slamming on brakes for sudden stops generates friction and heat on brake pads, causing them to wear down faster. People who drive within the speed limit will be able to slow down easier without putting a strain on their brakes. Careful driving is a plus when it comes to preserving a brake system’s lifespan. Unload the car We are all guilty of leaving things in the car even though we don’t need them because we just can’t be bothered to unload them at the other end or find a permanent place for them to live. However, the heavier the car is, the more strain it puts on your brake pads. Regularly driving around with far more weight in the car than is necessary could dramatically reduce the lifespan of your brake pads. Simply by taking those unnecessary items out of the boot and finding them a permanent home could make a real difference. It may be a minor inconvenience to move them but it will pay off in the long run. FOR MORE INFORMATION Freecall the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST) or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas. brakeadvicecentre@bendix.com.au www.bendix.com.au
  8. Australia’s new car sales continued their steady growth during September with total sales of 102,696 vehicles, fuelled by continuing strong demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles. Sales of SUVs during September were up by 6.8 per cent over the same month last year, and up 9.9 per cent year to date compared with 2015. Light commercial vehicle sales are driving ahead even more strongly, up by 17.9 per cent on September 2015, and 11.2 per cent year to date. National vehicle sales rose by 1.3 per cent in September compared with the same month last year and year to date sales are now at 887,076, a comparative increase of 2.8 per cent over 2015 and keeping the industry on track for a strong 2016 sales result. The Northern Territory enjoyed a 12.1 per cent spike in sales during September 2016 compared with September 15, and South Australia was not far behind with a gain of 11.8 per cent. Sales in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia declined in September 2016 compared with 2015 by 3.4 per cent, 0.8 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. The ACT and New South Wales showed only modest September growth of 1.7 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively, while Victoria fared better with a 3.9 per cent gain. New South Wales retains the strongest year to date sales growth with a 5.4 per cent gain over last year, followed by South Australia (5.3), and the ACT (4.2). The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, said that the increased model diversity of SUVs was generating an abundance of choice for consumers. “The trend in increased consumer preference for SUVs and light commercials was accompanied by a decline in sales of passenger vehicles by 8.7 per cent in September, compared with the same month last year,” Mr Weber said. “What we are seeing in Australia with the increased market share held by SUV sales, with the segment share up 2.4 per cent year to date compared with 2015, is not unlike what is occurring in other mature markets.” Sales of motor vehicles to private buyers declined by 8.2 per cent in September 2016 compared with September 2015, while business purchases were up by 14.3 per cent over the same period. Government purchases remained fairly stable with a slight increase of 1.9 per cent. Toyota remained the market leader in September with a 16.3 per cent share, followed by Mazda with 11.7, Hyundai (9.1), Holden (8.3) and Ford (7.1). The top-selling vehicle for September 2016 was the Mazda3 with 3,491, followed by the Toyota Corolla (3,423 sales), Toyota Hilux (3,209 sales), Ford Ranger (2,903), and Hyundai i30 (2,741). Key Points: The September 2016 market of 102,696 new vehicle sales is an increase of 1,304 vehicle sales or 1.3% on September 2015 (101,392) vehicle sales. September 2016 (26) had the same number of selling days as September 2015, which resulted in an increase of 50.2 vehicle sales per day. The September 2016 industry volume is up by 7,787 or 8.2% on August 2016 (94,909) vehicles. The Passenger Vehicle Market is down 4,008 vehicle sales (-8.7%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 2,529 vehicle sales (6.8%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 2,766 vehicle sales (17.9%); and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 17 vehicle sales (0.6%) versus September 2015. Toyota was market leader in September, followed by Mazda and Hyundai. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 4,707 vehicle sales, or 4.6 market share points. LINKS: www.bendix.com.au www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  9. Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s Bendix Polly survey. Your answers will help us continue to understand and assist you, our valued customers! Congratulations to Leigh Clement from Monash Automotive for winning the survey prize: a 32” Kogan LED DVD Player Combo! Stay tuned for more Bendix Polls!
  10. Here’s to another chilled out night down at Sydney Dragway for EOMM! Ever the showcase of Sydney’s quality automotive scene, here are our picks for September. Luke’s MY16 Subaru WRX has had a fair bit done to it thanks to the guys down at the Rumble Shack in Wetherill Park. A lot has been done by way of bolt-on modification, running an Inividia TI turbo-back exhaust, a Grimmspeed 3-port boost controller, Process West verticooler and cold-air intake. Tuned through a Cobb Access Port, this WRX has a decent amount of poke to say the least. Of course, handling hasn’t been ignored with Luke adding a Cusco brake stopper, Cusco Zero A coilovers and Whiteline lower control arms and sway bars both front and rear. To top it off, this WRX is rolling around of Lenzo Spec E rims wrapped in super-sticky Achilles 123S semi-slicks. With the amount of work done to this impressive WRX, it’s sure to be an amazing car to drive. Everyone loves a clean AE86 and some might say that Alex’s Trueno is the perfect example. With a 20V 4AGE swap, a genuine J-Blood body kit, pumped front and rear guards, an aggressive set of Work Meister rims and that legendary ‘panda’ colour scheme, this AE86 makes for the perfect retro street car. Alex has some big plans for it in the near future so stay tuned. There’s no denying that the Datsun 260Z is a timeless classic. In a gleaming hue of dark metallic blue and rolling on some aggressively-fitted rims, this was a nicely restored and well-looked after example. Did someone say ‘Devil Z’? Of all the cars M-badged cars that BMW has come out with over the years, the E46 M3 has to be up there as one of the greatest. This particular M3 was painted in the eye-catching Phoenix Yellow, a factory colour offered by BMW at the time of the E46’s release, making it a popular choice for photographers that were out and about during the night. This M3 also looked as though it was set up for some track use, having been treated to a meaty set of tyres, a healthy drop and as well as some functional negative camber dialled in both front and rear. The Team Australia Forza Dream Machine came out to play! Prepared by our friends at Tekno Performance, this VF Series 2 HSV GTS certainly stood out here at EOMM with its specially designed green and black Forza livery. Having been fettled with by the guys at Tekno, there’s a good chance that it’s got a bit more poke than it did when it first left the assembly line which is saying quite a lot when talking about the HSV GTS which is already pretty mental in factory form. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  11. Here’s to another chilled out night down at Sydney Dragway for EOMM! Ever the showcase of Sydney’s quality automotive scene, here are our picks for September. Can you spot yourself or your friends in the video? For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  12. Dual cab utes are perfect for those who refuse to compromise between family useability and workhorse functionality. Andrew's Mitsubishi Triton fits that bill perfectly and is our participant for this month’s Bendix Test Pilot Program. The Triton is renowned as one of the best duel cab utes that money can buy but to keep Andrew and his family safe, it's important to match his driving style and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation to achieve the best possible braking performance. Andrew commutes in his Triton during the week which includes frequent stop/ start city driving, while on the weekends the rear tray is often loaded and he also does a fair bit of towing. Based on Andrew’s driving style, the most suitable Bendix product is the Heavy Duty Brake pad. The Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads are ideal for those who find themselves in load carrying situations and demand heavy duty performance. They have been designed for situations involving frequent braking under load, such as towing and have been tested to ensure that you get the toughest brake pads on the market for the job. Given that this Mitsubishi Triton is fitted with drum brakes in the rear, it’ll need a set of brake shoes and Bendix has you covered on this front as well. Engineered for all road conditions, Bendix Brake Shoes are Triple Tested to ensure low noise, heat resistance and low dust. This means cleaner and quieter performance, improved stopping power and greater strength and durability. Along with that, Bendix brake shoe technology provides greater drum and brake wear life. Check out Episode #61 of Bendix TV to hear what Andrew had to say about his new Bendix brake setup: Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  13. Sales of new motor vehicles for August 2016 continued the trend set earlier this year with an increase of 4.6% over the August 2015 figures. To date this year Australians have purchased 784,380 new motor vehicles, up 3% over the volume for the same period in 2015. “Australians purchased 94,909 new motor vehicles in August 2016, led by strong demand for SUVs and Light Commercials” the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said. “Demand for SUVs and Light Commercials continues to drive the market, with both these segments increasing sales by over 10% compared to August 2015” Mr Weber said. Sales of Passenger Motor Vehicles declined by 4.2% in August 2016 compared to the August 2015 sales, with year-to-date sales now down by 5.5% compared to the same period in 2015. “While Passenger motor vehicles continue to lead the market in terms of overall volume with 41.3% of total 2016 sales, the quite discernible trend towards SUVs and Light Commercials continues. SUVS now account for 37.3% of the total sales year to date 2016, while in 2015 this figure was 34.8%. Similarly, with Light Commercials the current market share year to date is 18.7% compared to 17.4% in 2015”, Mr Weber said. August also saw strong growth in business sales, with sales up 21.5% over August 2015. Sales of Light Commercial vehicles to business customers increased by 34.4% and sales of SUVs to business were up 31.2%. Most states and territories had increased sales in August 2016 compared to 2015, with New South Wales up 4.1%, Northern Territory up 14.9%, South Australia up 13.7%, Tasmania up 1.9% and Victoria up 10.1%. Sales in the ACT, Queensland and Western Australia were down 2.7%, 0.7% and 2.7% respectively. Toyota continues to lead the market with 19.7% of total sales. Toyota is followed by Mazda (9.8%), Holden (8.1%), Ford (7.2%) and Hyundai (6.9%). The Toyota Corolla was the highest selling vehicle in August 2016 with sales of 3,554, followed by the Toyota Hi-Lux (3,311) Ford Ranger (2,964), Mazda 3 (2,818) and Toyota Camry (2,458). Key Points: The August 2016 market of 94,909 new vehicle sales is an increase of 4,204 vehicle sales or 4.6% on August 2015 (90,705) vehicle sales. August 2016 (27) had one more selling day than August 2015, which resulted in an increase of 26.5 vehicle sales per day. The August 2016 industry volume is up by 3,578 or 3.9% on July 2016 (91,331) vehicles. The Passenger Vehicle Market is down 1,728 vehicle sales (4.2%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 3,496 vehicle sales (10.6%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 2,330 vehicle sales (16.2%); and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 106 vehicle sales (3.9%) versus August 2015. Toyota was market leader in August, followed by Mazda and Holden. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 9,392 vehicle sales, or 9.9 market share points. LINKS: www.bendix.com.au www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  14. Your vehicle’s braking system plays a very important role in keeping you safe. And because of this, it’s especially important to maintain your braking system properly to keep it working in order. This system employs a number of components and one of the most important of these components are the brake pads. Brake pads sit inside your brake calipers and clamp down onto the rotors, acting as a source of friction and providing you with stopping power. Brake pads fall under the consumable category when it comes to car parts. They wear down over time and eventually need replacing. Because of this, it’s important to keep an eye on the amount of brake pad material that remains on your brake pads, keeping both yourself and your family safe on the roads. The rate of wear depends on a wide range of variables. Everything from choice of brake pad, driving style, to the condition of your brake rotors or if your brake calipers are working as they’re supposed to. There are a few signs to look out for that indicate that your brake pads are reaching the end of their service life or wearing unevenly. If your brake pads are on their way out, chances are you’ll start to feel them not working as well as they used to. Another obvious indication you might come across is a squealing sound when you hit the brakes. This is usually a tell-tale sign that your brake pads are nearing the end with that squealing being the wear sensors coming in contact with the rotors. On the more extreme side of things, more of a metallic scraping noise might arise if your brake pads are worn to the point where the metal backing plate is coming in contact with the rotor. Another symptom you might experience is vibration under braking. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it pays to have a look at the condition of your brake pad. In most cases you should be able to get a good enough look without even having to take off the wheel. Simply have a look inside of your brake calipers and try to gauge the level that your brake pads are sitting at. With Bendix’s new Brake Wear Indicator, this is as simple as checking the imprint on the edge of the pad marked ‘REPLACE’. This will give you a clear indication on how much life your brake pads have left. If you notice that one pad has worn down a considerable amount more than another pad, then you have uneven brake pad wear. What are causes uneven brake pad wear, exactly? A common root of the problem is DTV (Disc Thickness Variation). Variation in the thickness of your rotors chew away at the brake pad as they come in contact with flat spots in the disc, causing the pad to wear unevenly. Depending on the extent of the impact of DTV on your rotors, they can be machined to iron out any flat spots. Rotors can only be machined so many times though so be mindful of that. It’s also important to hit your newly-machined rotors with Bendix Brake/ Parts Cleaner & Degreaser to get rid of any machine dust. The key to avoiding the effects of DTV is taking measures to prevent it in the first place. If you’re installing a new set of rotors, preparing them properly beforehand is an important step to take. Make sure to give them a hit of brake cleaner before installing them to clear any dirt and anti-rust coating. Issues with the operation of the brake calipers are also major contributors to uneven brake pad wear. Often, components within the caliper, such as the guide pins, can seize and cause the brake pad to drag along the rotor whilst the brakes aren’t applied which in turn leads to uneven brake pad wear. If it’s come time to replace your brake pads and you’ve found there to be some uneven wear, check the caliper guide pins. If one or both of the guide pins are seized, it’s time to pull them out and regrease them with Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant. If they’re a bit worse for wear, it’d be a good idea to replace them. If this doesn’t rectify the problem, the issue might require a caliper rebuild or replacement. Your brake pads are one of the most important components of your vehicle’s entire braking system. Being a wear item, it’s important to make sure they’re in good condition and replaced when need be. Performing regular maintenance on your braking system will help ensure you get the most out of your brake pads so that you can put your foot down with confidence. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au
  15. Despite a relatively smaller turn out compared to previous months, August’s EOMM was a fantastic, chilled out night. When it comes to gathering quality rides, EOMM always delivers – and this month was no different! Here are our picks for August’s edition of Cars of Bendix! Mazda’s last incarnation of the rotary-powered sports car was the RX8 and it certainly did not disappoint. With its sleek lines, unique four-door layout and trademark rotary power delivery, the RX8 is a car that dares to be different - and it’s all the better for it. This RX8 GT proved that less is more with these cars, rocking nothing more than a sizeable drop and a beautiful set of staggered Work Meister wheels. Check out the size of that rear dish! It doesn’t take much to turn the Honda Accord Euro from the sedate luxury family hauler that it was intended to be into something wild. Riding on a set of airbags, this Accord was built with stance in mind – and with that huge front lip and a crazy wheel and tyre setup, it pulls it off perfectly. Just look at that wheel tuck! Crawford’s definitely taken a unique approach in modifying his Subaru BRZ. Modifications are kept to a minimum with a set of aftermarket tail lights, an upgraded exhaust system to open up the BRZ’s vocal chords and lowered on a set of Enkei RS05RR wheels. Then there is of course, the party piece… That enormous chassis-mounted rear wing. This insane piece of aero makes sure that Crawford’s BRZ turns heads wherever it goes. Godzilla earnt its name out on the circuit, dominating the racing scene back in its heyday. To this day, the R32 Nissan Skyline GTR remains a popular choice for anyone who indulges in the odd track day. Take this silver ’32 decked out in track gear for instance. Those aggressive BBS LM wheels look right at home underneath the GTR’s enormous guards and coupled with the right set of tyres, ensure endless amounts of grip. With the addition of a GT wing and a rear diffuser, there’s plenty of downforce to be had – especially important for running quick laps on its home course of Wakefield. Affectionately dubbed ‘SUSBUS’, Ryan’s Toyota HiAce is definitely something you don’t see every day. Being such a bare bones vehicle from the factory, the Toyota HiAce is essentially a blank canvas for modification. Ryan’s made some simple changes to his van to make sure it stands out amongst the pack. With the addition of an LED bar and angel eye headlights, the HiAce shined bright and had eyes all over it here at EOMM. Long gone are the factory steel wheels and in their place, a big set of aftermarket 6-spoke rims. As well as having the bumpers colour-coded and rocking a set of JDM plates, this HiAce makes for a unique ride. That’s a wrap for this month’s Cars of Bendix. Make sure to come down to Sydney Dragway for next month’s EOMM for the chance to win a Bendix prize pack and to be featured in September’s edition of Cars of Bendix! For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au