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Old 04-13-2010, 08:27 PM
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BENDIX or ATE caliper?

This question is common.

The answer is: most models offered both brands, and MB did not document which was installed = EPC can not tell us what was installed..

Danger: You can not mix these brands = isolate them front axle or rear axle...

You must check every caliper on used cars..

The LOGO (BENDIX) or (ATE) is cast into the piston shell of the hose/bleeder side on each caliper.

A stiff wire brush may be needed to break away corrosion.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:50 AM
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You can also tell the difference by the style of the pad retaining spring, Bendix on the left, ATE on the right.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:38 PM
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FYI

It is strictly a SAFETY issue when you mix brands on the same axle.
The ATE - BENDIX piston bores are different diameter = unbalanced brake application = potential loss of control.

Been there, done that, wet and ice roads = even the best driver in the world may have extreme difficulty staying out of the ditch (or worse).

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