Raising the Standard from the Very First Stop

Hardex Brakes

More precisely, when your foot hits the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid is pushed by a high powered piston called the master cylinder, through a small but very strong hose called a brake line and then into a caliper, another form of piston. When the fluid is forced into the brake caliper, it has nowhere to go so it must push out against the piston in the caliper which causes it to slightly slide out of its metal casing; this is what is able to put enough pressure on the brake pad to stop a moving car or truck.

The forces that a brake caliper must put on a brake pad to be able to stop a passenger vehicle are phenomenal – about 800psi in a typical situation and up to 2000psi with maximum effort. This is why it is very important to maintain your vehicle’s braking system, addressing any corroded brake lines, leaking calipers, warped or worn rotors and thin brake pads, the latter of which will become brittle and often break under stress if not given proper attention.

Of course, there are several signs that can tell a driver that there are issues with the braking system on a vehicle, and these can be very apparent to someone who drives the car daily and pays attention to what feels normal. A brake pedal that feels spongy can be indicative of a leak in the system; if air gets into the brake lines it will expand and contract when the pedal is pushed, while the hydraulic fluid will not, and this will cause the pedal to become squishy like a sponge.

If the brake pedal vibrates when pushed at speed until the car comes to a stop, then the rotors can be warped, rather like an old fashioned record that’s been left in the sun to bubble up and become warped because of the heat. This can occur if the driver drives quickly and routinely puts a lot of pressure on the brakes in order to stop quickly. This produces greater heat which can warp the rotors. Old rotors will dissipate the heat slower as well, which will cause it to build up and have the same warping effect.

As a brake pad wears, the point of contact will go from being the type of material that can be clamped onto the rotor without damaging it – whether it is made of ceramic, a graphite mixture or some other metallic or semi-metallic substance – to the material on the back of the pad that holds it together. This is a material which doesn’t sound very nice when it comes into contact with the rotor. In fact, when a brake wears this badly, it can make constant noise as the car drives and then when the brake is applied, it will cause vibrations in the pedal due to the exposed metal plate that holds the brake pad together actually grinding down the surface of the rotor.

“Brakes are a safety matter,” explains Mr. Babak Ras, General Sales Manager at Hardex Premium Brakes International. “You must make sure that you are purchasing these parts from a reliable supplier and manufacturer that can guarantee your safety.”

Luckily, on most modern brake pads there is a small pin that will make contact with the rotor when the pad wears to a certain thickness; this pin will make a certain squeaking noise which tells us that our breaks are indeed ready for service.

Do not take chances with the braking system on your car; as Mr. Ras explains, it is the single most important system in the car and usually the parts are fairly inexpensive to replace. Many people may not know that brakes need to be replaced every four or five years depending on how much the car is driven and in what conditions; it all depends on how much they are used. A car with a manual transmission, which has a driver who likes to downshift, will not wear its brakes as quickly as an automatic transmission vehicle with no ability to engine-brake, for example. But all vehicles necessitate careful attention being paid to the brakes.

A good brake pad isn’t hard to find these days, because good brake pads, shoes and linings are manufactured for all makes and models, in great quantity by one terrific company called Hardex Brakes. Established in 2007 in Vancouver, Hardex Brakes has quickly grown into a global entity. The goal of the company from the start was to distribute products globally, and the vehicle that would help the company reach such an impressive goal turned out to be research and development. Not only does Hardex Brakes specialize in reliable aftermarket brake pads, but the company also owns Fildex filters as a subsidiary company that manufactures top of the line automotive filters.

“We have two Fildex production lines in Mexico and China,” explains Mr. Ras, “and at this moment we have over 35 authorized dealers and distributors worldwide. Both brands are well known and have an excellent reputation internationally.”

Right from the start, Hardex Brakes has brought some innovative ideas to the automotive world. Many of these ideas actually bring about improved vehicle performance from the first time a new set of brakes are used. Typically, a new set of brake pads must be put through a break-in process, but Hardex has used an advanced scorching process that eliminates the need for this before the parts even leave the factory.

The break-in process usually involves allowing the breaks to form to the rotors that they will be paired with, while heat and friction burns off any excess oil or coating from the parts; this will often cause a bit of an odour or even smoke to be expelled. Because of the new scorching process that Hardex puts each and every one of its pads through, total stopping power can be achieved right from the word go, without any need for a break-in.

“We have been focusing on quality and innovation,” says Mr. Ras. “For example, last year our R&D department came up with a new formula for brake friction materials, which includes zero percent metal, which is very unique. Metal free brakes offer friction but next to no heat, absolutely no noise and they are also eco-friendly. This new formula that we are currently testing is made from positive friction material, and hopefully it will be launched very soon.”

At this point, the company has a number of different formulas on the market, including low-metallic, ceramic, organic, and dynamic formulas. Each model has its own unique features; for example, the dynamic formula is used predominantly on performance vehicles that need a great deal of reliable stopping power. The low-metallic formula is designed for everyday city driving, while the ceramic design is intended for a modern luxury car, year 2011 and younger. The organic formula is designed for compact cars, such as a Yaris or Smart car; in this formula there is absolutely no copper, which makes it a more eco-friendly choice.

Not only does Hardex Premium Brakes offer unique products that truly break the mould, the company offers a one year or 20 thousand kilometre full replacement warranty on all its products. No other company offers such a warranty, unless the pads are installed by their own technicians; Hardex Premium Brakes, on the other hand, come in the box, with a warranty, no matter what. If the products do not meet requirements, they are replaced without question.

The future for Hardex is looking bright. After moving ahead so quickly into the global automotive industry, the company will soon be offering over 25 different automotive and truck parts to the global market as well as filters and brakes. This will include over 200 different products to be distributed Hardex-approved distributors worldwide.

Further in the future, Hardex has plans to open up its own automotive service centres in different locations worldwide. “We have two very big dealers in UAE, which is our international hub,” explains Mr. Ras. “So we are going to open up auto service centers in UAE after about two years.”

Five years is a very short time, and it is remarkable how far Hardex Premium Brakes has come in that time. The possibilities are endless from here; the need for the company’s parts will never be obsolete. The need for quality within these parts will also never go out of style and with time, any company that offers anything less will disappear. Leading edge companies like Hardex will be left standing tall and moving forward into the future, bringing to market one industry-changing innovation after another.

December 11, 2017, 2:37 AM EST