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Old 02-18-2006, 01:26 PM
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Bendix or ATE 83 300D

Hi All,
For the life of me I can't figure out which brand of calipers are on my car. Is there some straight forward way to tell between ATE and Bendix calipers? There are different hardware kits between the two brands. I'm replacing pads and rotors on my old beast so it'll pass inspection. Calipers still seem fine.


1985 300D 197K - Semi-Daily Driver Diesel
1998 Volvo V70 AWD 226K - Daily Driver 2
1998 Volvo S70 140K - Wife's DD
2003 GMC Sonoma ZR2 Option - Rusty Truck
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Old 02-19-2006, 01:21 AM
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Don't know about Bendix but the ATE calipers i've seen have the ATE logo, basically a scripted ATE. Might need to wire brush the caliper a bit if the rust is hidding it.

My 83 300D has ATE.
1972 450SL
1982 300D Turbo
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:16 PM
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On my 300SD, the Bendix calipers have a clip holding the pad retaining pins in place. The ATE calipers have an internal spring that holds the pad retaining pins.
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Old 02-25-2006, 09:31 PM
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On my 89 300SE the original are ATE with flat spring type antirattler spring. The Bendix remans I bought have a wire antirattle spring that hooks aroound a couple of nubs which the ATE does not have. Besides that on my bench I can tell no difference.

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