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  1. Are OEM serviceable parts better than aftermarket parts? When it comes to brake pads, it’s a clear, resounding, no. OEM brake pads are usually more expensive, exclusively sold by dealerships, but are outperformed by aftermarket brake pads, in every way. Different Brake Pads for Different Driving Styles and Needs OEM brake pads are good for all round usage. Designed to be quiet, effective on the road, and long lasting, it works well off the showroom floor. However, aftermarket brake pads will stop even better, last longer, and in most cases, cost much less than OEM brake pads. Aftermarket brake pads also come in different formulations that will better suit your driving style and needs. For example, you may have a big sedan that does a lot of towing. Brake pads like the Bendix Heavy Duty can handle heavy loads and frequent stops, without losing braking performance or stopping power. Specially formulated to handle heat build-up generated from towing, the Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads would provide safer, better braking for a longer period of time, compared to the OEM brake pads. Aftermarket brake pads also provide more features when compared to OEM brakes. For example, many of Bendix’s brake pads come with a Blue Titanium Stripe, which removes the need for bedding in. Just install and drive normally, for instant stopping power. Other features such as Bendix’s propriety Stealth Advance Technology reduces vibration and noise at the source. Specially designed shims and backing plates by Bendix also help increase brake efficiency and reduce noise. Quality and Ease of Installation Bendix brake pads are also designed to be easily installed, with the right backing plates and auxiliary parts. For modern European cars, electronic brake sensors are also included, where applicable to ensure fuss free installation. Bendix brake pads are tested to SAE and ISO standards, and these international tests define the highest standards of braking performance. With proven quality and OE fitment, Bendix brake pads easily qualifies for OE logbook servicing, so you won’t void the manufacturer’s warranty. Widely Available, Biggest Range Older, rare or imported cars may have problems finding spares or parts. Not brake pads though, as Bendix has over 2500 applications for cars, trucks, vans or utes. With the widest range of brake pads in Australia and New Zealand, there’s no longer any need to order or wait for brakes to fit your car. For more information, visit the Bendix website HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  2. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. The General CT is the Bendix’s brake pad for everyday driving. Designed to eliminate brake dust and noise, the General CT brake pads suit the commuter who needs quieter, cleaner and more consistent performance for everyday driving. Patented STEALTH Advanced Technology reduces noise and vibration by using diamond-shaped pads. Bendix General CT also features a Blue Titanium Stripe for instant friction without the need for bedding in. Available for over 95% of cars on the road today, the General CT promises dust-free, quiet and reliable braking performance. Find out more about the General CT HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  3. Everyday driving for the everyday commuter can be demanding. Slogging through traffic, picking up kids, doing the groceries may all be simple tasks, but all the wear and tear adds up over time. In this Test Pilot program, we will be helping out Josh and his Suzuki SX4. For Josh, the Suzuki SX4 is a versatile daily car, with a spacious interior, good safety rating, and great fuel economy. Check out Episode #67 of Bendix TV to find out more about Bendix’s General CT brake pad range: As part of our Test Pilot Program and for this month’s Bendix TV episode we’re going to be helping Josh choose the right brake pad to suit his Suzuki SX4. When selecting brake pads it’s important to match the right brake pad formulation to suit your driving needs and vehicle. To achieve the best possible braking performance and stopping distance we asked Josh how he uses his vehicle. “I use it to commute to work, drive around the city, pick up the groceries and do the school run.” “It’s really cheap to run, yet it’s safe, spacious and very practical” says Josh. With its tall body, frugal 2.0 litre engine, and massive boot, the Suzuki SX4 handles anything you could throw at it. It even has switchable all-wheel drive to take on any road or weather. Based on Josh’s driving needs, the most suitable Bendix product is the General CT pad. The General CT is specifically designed for general suburban, city and freeway driving. It is a low dust and noise brake pad without compromising stopping performance. It also features the Bendix blue titanium stripe, granting instant stopping power without require bedding in the brake pads. The Bendix General CT brake pads are ideal for those who require an economical, low dust and quiet brake pad that is easy to install. The General CT is available for over 95% of the cars and light commercial vehicles on the road, so you can be sure to find a General CT replacement for your brake pads. For more information about the General CT, click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  4. This is part three of a three-part article. For non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, please see part one, for low-metallic compounds, please see part two. In the previous parts, we discussed brake pads and its different compounds for passenger and performance cars. What about commercial vehicles, trucks, utes or cars that stop frequently or often tow heavy loads? Hardworking vehicles such as utes, trucks, vans or cars that do frequent towing, require a brake pad that can resist brake fade, lasts extra-long and still stay quiet. Semi-metallic brake pads such as the Bendix Heavy Duty range are highly suited to these vehicles. Containing relatively large amounts of steel and iron, the brake pads are specially designed to be fibrous. This allows gasses that formed during the manufacturing process to be released, increasing the structural integrity of the brake pad. Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads have an Insulayer to increase its endurance and braking performance, without lowering brake rotor life. It also generates less brake dust, and Bendix’ proprietary brake shims with rubber coating reduces noise from the brake pads. By increasing brake pad and rotor life, running costs for commercial vehicles are lowered by saving in servicing costs and spending less time off the road. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit HERE to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  5. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. The new Bendix Heavy Duty pads are designed for every ute, van and pick-up on the road. Manufactured using a specifically developed compound, the Heavy Duty delivers real performance for all sorts of load carrying situations. Whether it’s the stop-start city driving, frequent towing or the hard grind of construction sites, the Heavy Duty will handle any situation that involves heavy loads. The Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads come with an exclusive insulation layer between the friction material and backing plate for cooler braking and longer rotor life. The Bendix Blue Titanium Stripe means that no bedding in is required for the Heavy Duty brake pads. Find out more about the Heavy Duty HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  6. This is part two of a three-part article. For non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, please see part one, for semi-metallic compounds, please see part three. In part one, non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads were discussed. These brake pads are suitable for a wide range of driving styles, with their low dust, consistent brake performance at relatively low temperatures and speeds. However, when cars regularly travel at higher speeds or require greater performance, brake temperatures rise, and this can cause brake fade, reducing stopping performance. In these situations, brake pads with Low Metallic compounds excel. Low Metallic (Low-Met) brake pads are suited to performance and high speed driving styles, and contain high levels of mineral abrasives to provide better stopping power. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track contains these ingredients to provide exceptional stopping power and shorter stopping distances. It is also more resistant to brake fade at high temperatures, delivering consistent brake pedal feel lap after hot lap. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track is recommended for high performance vehicles that do spirited driving or track racing, where braking performance is paramount. Bendix Ultimate brake pads feature HPC technology that reduces brake dust, without compromising stopping performance. Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track brake pads also come with Bendix’s proprietary brake shims, featuring a nitrile rubber coating that absorbs noise and vibration under braking. The next article will feature Semi Metallic brake pads suited for, commercial vehicles, utes or cars that often carry heavy loads. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit HERE to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  7. February’s EOMM 2017 went bonkers, with heaps of quality cars showing up this month. So much so that there’s not just five, but TEN Cars of Bendix that we’ve decided to feature! The night was lively, with the adjacent race track playing host to PowerCruise. Tough V8s were heard through the EOMM venue, mixed in with the thumping music and the occasional revving. Check out the mad rides that made it into the Feb’s Cars of Bendix! 1971 Datsun 1200 coupe First up is Travis’ 1971 Datsun 1200 coupe. Fully restored from the ground up, it was toughened up with a turbocharged, imported Z18 with a L series bottom end. The power is then pumped to the rear views using a Fiat diff and a FJ five-speed gearbox. To prevent the classic looks from being spoiled, Travis opted for a water-to-air intercooler, resulting in a timeless looking butt kicking Datsun. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Damien’s vision of a WRX STi was to be able to make it dance at gymkhanas, yet drive it to work daily. The first thing that you notice are the additional fenders on the already blistered fenders, attempting to contain the fat Koya Racing wheels. Inside, you’ll find a roll cage, and a Sparco bucket seat so that Damien doesn’t go out the side windows in high-g manoeuvres. The WRX STi is ready to execute all those Ken Block gymkhana moves thanks to a hydraulic handbrake, plated 1.5 way differentials, adjustable centre differential and big billet driveshafts. Motive power is generated by a forged EJ25 breathing through a Blouch 1.5 XTR turbo, making a responsive 300kW at all four. 2012 Expensive Daewoo Cruze CRi Are you ready for a blast from the past, but updated with all the latest trends? This is Rick and Michael’s pet project, a father and son undertaking. It’s a superbly modified 2012 Expensive Daewoo Cruze with a ton of special touches. Starting off with that outrageous custom body kit, paint and wheels, you would not have picked it as a Cruze if this rolls pass you. The bonnet is modified with a custom VF Late model camira reverse intake scoop, and those massive Rotiform wheels add a finishing touch to the whole package. Inside, it’s been retrimmed, and a massive sound system will be going in later too. It’s not just show and no go; the Cruze packs a custom fabricated turbo kit, and it sits in an engine bay so clean you could eat off it. 1974 VW Type 2 The old school Volkswagen camper van and all its iterations are universally adored. You just can’t hate them. And nothing brings a smile to the lips like spotting a baby blue, original 1974 VW Type 2 single cab ute rolling up at EOMM. Alex owns this and another VW camper van, just out of sight in this picture. The gorgeous blue is mostly untouched, except with a home job stencil of Alex’s grandfather’s business card on the side of the door, and some pinstripe design down the side. It’s in fantastic condition too; rust was minimal when Alex bought it, sight unseen on eBay. It’s full of character, and exudes a vintage charm that we can’t help but feature this! Mazda RX-7 FC3S The Mazda RX-7 in its 4th and 5th generation was the personification of gentleman motoring; a stark contrast to what lay brapping away in the engine bay. James’ FC3S has that classy 3-piece automotive suit: smooth clean body in metallic gun metal grey, tasteful, period correct FR Simmons wheels, and lowered just right to look good and not impractical. Pop the hood though, and it flexes its bridgeported 13B rotary muscles. Pumped up with an old school T04Z setup, and a Motec dash and computer, this FC3S has the power to back up its refined looks. Honda S2000 ‘Itasha’ – a Japanese word that means ‘painful’. It is also a term for the emerging trend of wrapping cars up with eye-catching Japanese cartoon motifs, and no type of car is safe from it. Garry’s Honda S2000 is usually more at home on the race track, or on twisties with the roof down. But rather than settling for the typical race-inspired cosmetic enhancements like the Voltex GT wing, Js Racing carbon diffuser, massive front Spoon monoblock brakes and Flow Design lip, Garry wrapped the car up in a design based off a Japanese anime called Re:Zero. It certainly stood out from a sea of silver S2000s with its colourful wrap. Expensive Daewoo Kingswood Belmont HQ Ute Affectionately known as Rosie, Jesse’s 1974 Expensive Daewoo Kingswood Belmont ute has been lovingly and sparingly modified and restored. Jesse and his family are professed HQ enthusiasts; there’s another two Kingswood at home belonging to mom and pops! In the two and a half years Rosie has been with Jesse, all the rust spots have been fixed, a set of period correct steelies (with white walls, of course) got stuck on, and the venerable 202 got cleaned up. Running a small Edelbrock cam with a soulful exhaust and intake, Rosie could sing her heart out while cruising along. Nissan 200SX The Nissan 200SX; it’s an iconic sports car of the early 2000s. Rear wheel drive and turbocharged, the 200SX takes all of that and wraps it up in a svelte body that still turns heads in this day and age. Will’s 200SX keeps the original factory body kit, and added a dash of Mazda’s Velocity Red to the car to make it stand out. Those massively wide, black Rays TE37SL is given the slammed perspective; all cambered, aggressive and Instagram worthy. It’s got some power too, with Tomei cams, full exhaust, an intercooler and boost controller making sure the venerable SR20DET pulls hard. 2000 Toyota Chaser JZX100 This is a family friendly 300rwkw daily driver. It’s probably no surprise to die hard Toyota fans, but for those new to the Chaser, it might be shocking to see this wide, low, dressed up ‘Camry’ leave them dead at the lights. Rohan’s Chaser is outfitted with the sought after, genuine TRD kit, wide and tilted 18in AME Tracers, and its 2.5 litre straight six is fitted with Supra DNA…the 1JZ with VVTi. Thanks to that, a GTX3076 turbocharger and E85, the Chaser thumps out a skid inducing 305rwKW. Step inside and it’s spacious as an Aurion, and the rare Thule roof racks is ready for surfboards or snowboards. It even has a Recaro baby seat, imported straight out of Germany. Mitsubishi 3000GT In the golden era of Toyota Supras, Honda NSXes, and Nissan Skyline GTRs, Mitsubishi rolled out the 3000GT, also known as the GTO. The flagship 2+2 coupe showcased Mitsubishi’s advanced technology in the day. Packing features such as electronically controlled suspension, four wheel drive and four wheel steer, active aerodynamics, and changeable exhaust modes, the 3000GT was ahead of its time. The top spec twin turbo’d 3.0L V6 was no slouch either, pumping 300hp out at four wheels and smashing the quarter mile in 13 seconds. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  8. If you had to choose only one car to do everything, you’d be hard pressed to go pass the Ford Mondeo XR5 Turbo. Released in 2008, it featured a Volvo sourced, turbocharged inline five engine, pumping out 162kW through the front wheels. Only available with a manual six-speed gearbox, it’s a car for enthusiasts who enjoy driving. Thanks to its fantastic chassis and uprated suspension, the Mondeo is a joy in corners, while providing a comfortable, cossetting ride. The Mondeo XR5 Turbo is sleek and svelte inside and out, the understated styling belying the potent power under the hood. Inside, a mix of black suede and leather adorn the seats and interior trim, and the XR5 is fitted with all the comforts and technology to make daily commuting easy. It’s quite spacious too, swallowing five regular sized adults with ease. Blessed with a braked towing capacity of 1600kg, the Mondeo XR5 isn’t afraid to roll up its sleeves and get to work. Towing a small camping trailer is easy peasy for the Mondeo XR5, and with its spacious and well-appointed interior, the whole family can go away on weekends easily. With such well-rounded capabilities, the Bendix Heavy Duty perfectly suits the Mondeo’s driving style and needs. The Heavy Duty brake pads are engineered to provide strong braking performance, even when towing or carrying heavy loads. The consistent pedal feel and better stopping power allows the XR5 Turbo to shine on windy roads too. The Heavy Duty brake pads also come with an exclusive insulation layer between the friction material and backing plate, to increase brake rotor life by lowering heat build-up. Find out more about the Heavy Duty HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  9. This article is the first part of a three-part series on brake compounds. While brake pads appear to be simple components, they play a critical role in the braking system and have a complex manufacturing process. Brake pads are manufactured using a combination of ingredients; these include Fibres, Functional Fillers, Friction Modifiers, and Resin Binders. Different driving styles and vehicles require different amounts and mixes of each ingredient in order to provide full confidence when braking. There are three main types of friction material used for the manufacture of brake pads. They are Non Asbestos Organic (NAO), Semi Metallic (Semi-Met), and Low Metallic (Low-Met), and each material is suited to different applications. This article will discuss NAO formulations, also known as ceramic materials. These are used in Bendix General CT and 4WD/SUV brake pads. Ceramic brake pads have low levels of noise, dust, and rotor wear, while providing a consistent pedal feel. Bendix NAO brake pads use a combination of synthetic glass fibres, aramid fibres and natural organic fibres as the main reinforcing ingredients. Braking performance for each car make and model is further fine-tuned by adding organic or inorganic modifiers. The manufacturing process of Bendix NAO brake pads is complex, with heat and pressure applied cyclically up to 10 times during the procedure. Why is heat applied up to 10 times? It allows the gasses to escape from the friction material, if this is not done it could cause issues down the track. Bendix’s production methods dramatically increase the lifespan and durability of NAO brake pads. The ingredients are carefully picked to finetune braking performance for each individual car model. When braking, a Bendix NAO brake pad applies a coating to the rotor called a transfer film. The pad uses this film for 90% of everyday braking work, to protect the brake disc from wear. The transfer film constantly gets worn away and built up again through general, everyday city or country driving. The Bendix General CT brake pads are highly suited to small to medium sized cars that do daily driver duties. For heavier 4x4s, all wheel drives and SUVs, the Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads provide the required performance for extreme conditions and on road feel. For performance cars that are driven hard or, or vehicles tend to tow on a regular basis, brake pads with higher metallic content is needed. This is where Ultimate and Bendix Heavy Duty range of brake pads come in. Semi Metallic and Low Metallic compounds will be covered in the next two articles. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit www.bendix.com.au/content/bendix-brake-selection-guide to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  10. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. For more information on Bendix’s products, visit www.bendix.com.au To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  11. Cars are a big part of Australia’s culture, so what better way to celebrate 2017’s Australia Day than coming out to the first End of Month Meet for 2017? A massive crowd of car enthusiasts showed up, undeterred by double demerits, and stayed on their ‘best behaviour’. Read on for this month’s Cars of Bendix! Rob brought his rally inspired Mitsubishi to the first EOMM of the year. Tastefully modified, the classy black Evo has been tweaked just right, according to Rob. Focusing on suspension, Rob increased the Evo’s handling ability with aftermarket coilovers and body braces. Bigger and wider TE37SLs not only look fantastic, it also ensures that the power from the E85-tuned turbocharged 4G63 is fully utilized. John has gone pretty all out with his Volkswagen Golf R. Already packing a serious punch from the factory, the Golf R now sports an APR Stage 2+ kit, promising at least 100hp more than stock! With such a big jump in power, John added a Brembo big brake kit, with two piece lightweight rotors. George’s 1977 Mazda 323 is a sleeper no matter how you look at it, and it is a massive ‘snorer’ as well. A rebuilt 13B rotary engine lies under the stock bonnet, armed with bigger injectors and a massive GT42 turbocharger. Packing 400hp worth of heat at 14lbs of boost, this little Mazda would spring a surprise on anyone that lines it up. A European car, built by an American company and modified Japanese style; if that isn’t globalisation, what is? Brandon’s Ford Focus XR5 goes JDM with racecar inspired cosmetic enhancements, starting with aftermarket carbon fibre lip kits and a stance inspired by Super GT500 race cars. The carbon fibre hood mimics the Focus RS, but instead of being subtle like a European, it’s bared to show off its functionality. The bumper has been cutaway to allow more fresh air in, as well as showing off the aftermarket intercooler. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  12. It's the first EOMM of 2017, and being Australia Day, there was a great crowd! A lot of awesome cars attended, from your JDM heroes to Euros, tough muscle cars and plenty of Aussie Flags.! Find out more about Bendix here: https://www.bendix.com.au/ Can you spot yourself or your friends in the video? Tag away! #Bendix #EOMM #CarsofBendix 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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