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What Causes Vibration When I Brake?

If your brake pedal, steering wheel or the entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when the brakes are applied, then the disc brake rotors may need resurfacing. More serious problems such as a loose component or a faulty steering mechanism can also cause vibration.

Why are my brakes noisy?

Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise. Some noise is normal, but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning or banging means that your brakes need attention. Your driving style can also cause noise in your brakes due to excessive heat.

Which brake pads should I use for my car?

The key to selecting the right brake pad for your car and to achieving efficient braking is matching your driving style and vehicle type with the right brake pad formulation. Bendix has several brake pads available. We use the Bendix Brake Pad Selection Guide to match your type of vehicle and driving style with a Bendix brake pad formulation. Our technical experts at Highway Auto Brakes can assist you and discuss your requirements.

Why Bendix brake pads?

Bendix is Australia’s largest manufacturer of automotive friction materials and the only Australian company supplying friction materials for use on new cars made by Australia’s car makers. Based in Ballarat, Victoria, Bendix employs over 750 staff and utilises the latest friction manufacturing technology to make the highest quality brake friction products available in Australia today

How long should my brakes last?

Depending on the application brake pads should last anything from 15,000 to 70,000 kilometres. If you feel that your brake pads are wearing out prematurely you may need to have heavier duty brake pads installed, perhaps temperature resistant brakes pads such as Bendix Heavy Duty would be a good starting point. The main cause of premature wear is high temperatures. Steep terrain, towing of heavy loads, caravans and constant braking all increase braking temperatures and reduce the life of brake pads.

When should my brakes be machined?

Bendix recommends that rotors be machined as a routine part of every brake job. Rotor thickness variation and surface irregularities can lead to brake noise and vibration. Even very small irregularities, difficult to detect with precision workshop instruments, can cause serious brake shudder. Machined rotors, rubbed down with Bendix Brake and Parts Cleaner, ensure your brakes operate smoothly and quietly every time.

When does my brake fluid need to be flushed?

Brake fluid loses its effectiveness over time, usually 2 years is the use-by-date and that is because it absorbs moisture. Once the brake fluid is contaminated with water it can rust your brakes and vaporise during braking – if left unchecked this will lead to brake failure eventually which is why it is so important to monitor and maintain your brake fluid.

As brake fluid absorbs more and more water, it will begin to boil at lower and lower temperatures. Remember that brakes work by converting energy - forward motion - into friction, which is dissipated as heat. The heat in the pads and rotors eventually makes its way to the brake fluid in the hoses and lines.

In normal liquid form, brake fluid does not compress - this allows pressure in the system to be transferred consistently and evenly. Boiling is bad because when fluid changes into a gaseous state and aerates into bubbles, it does compress - creating a squishy-feeling pedal and reduced stopping power. In a worse-case scenario, the brake pedal may sink to the floor, giving you no braking at all. Performing a brake fluid flush prevents this gradual decay in the effectiveness of your braking system.
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