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27th March 2014, 10:03 PM
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When it comes to brake dust, Bendix (http://www.bendix.com.au/) General CT (http://www.bendix.com.au/content/bendix_brakes_general-ct) Out-Performs European brake pads. Most European cars imported into Australia are fitted with the same brake pads as the models sold in Europe. After only a few kilometres from the showroom floor, the wheels are covered in dirty black brake dust. European car makers take brakes very seriously and brakes on European cars are excellent, designed to cope with braking required on the German autobahns with unlimited speeds. An emergency stop from 200km/h puts massive demands on a brake system and could be followed by a second (or third) high speed stop before the brakes have adequately cooled.

Thereís nothing special about the brake calipers and rotors of European-built passenger cars or Toyotas and Hyunda is sold in Europe but they are however fitted with high performance brake pads.

With current friction material technology, high braking performance comes at the cost of high wear and dirty black wheels.

The pads and rotors are continuously transformed into a mess on the wheels. From a luxurious Mercedes Benz to an economical Holden Astra, the colour of the front wheels can be a better indication of a carís origin than the badge on its grille. Owners of European cars are often surprised by the short life of their brake pads, and itís rare for the rotors to survive beyond the second pad change.

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