We do not feed bread, let do something interesting nibudt. Here in this time we decided to check, than a cheap brake pads are no different from ..., not expensive, but high quality. Staging experience turned defiant, how Valery Chkalov flight under Troitsky Bridge, but any conclusions, we still get. But not immediately.
Let's start by describing the nature of the experiment. We have a very popular car and very popular brake pads. And yet there is not much in popularity, but suspiciously cheap shoes. sophisticated tests — not this time, simply because we proceed: to the right wheel will deliver some pads, on the left — other, and measure the amount of braking force at each wheel separately. Besides it will measure the initial thickness of new pad. After a month we will remove them and measure again, to find out, they are worn out.
Officers cushion troops, wounded mighty trolls, We have prepared a few boxes of tomatoes. Well, a pretext for this is: Our method does not give any absolute numbers and values. Yes, and to interpret the future, you can wear in different ways. But the comparison is still interesting, and some conclusions drawn from it will be possible.
so, that and on what we will test? Subject vehicle — Ford Focus second generation, manager's dream, and most want kreditopovozka beginning of the XXI century. true, our Focus there and Abs, и ESP, and it means, that aggressively control the brake pedal force is unrealistic, It is sure to affect the test results. With this will have to accept.
First as a pad test you took Valeo products. This is very popular in Russia, the French company. true, plants her many worldwide, and a test we got pads, released in India. price — 1 200 rubles.
2-Second kit cost the us just 900 rubles. This product company LPR. Very strange, These Italian shoes are so inexpensive. The more so as the production of the country there is also indicated Italy, not China.
Will they be able to win at such a price Valeo? This we learn later, and while gradually come to the first part: Review of packaging and outdoor type.
Let's start with Valeo.
so, in the hands of the familiar white-and-green box. Printing is made fairly high quality, everything is fine, faded, read the inscription easily. Confused only sticker, which states that, that the pads are suitable for Mazda 5 and Kuga. About Focus — not a word. As well as about, eg, Mazda 3 or Volvo S40, that these pads would fit better. Generally, if you look at the box on the other side, there can be seen a different label. And now it allows to put the pads on the Ford C-Max, and Mazda 3, and Volvo S40. Focus on the list again no. Pity.
No plastic packaging is not, Pads are loose inside. But there is an instruction. tremendously, long, in many languages. offensive, that a Russian from the Indians there are certain tasks. In "on montszhu instructions" stated in plain text: "In saugae ouitsknoeits kaktsh-inbo otsuoso, iožaiuiesga, obrasuaiete to iosgaschchku torshozshah nakaauok ". clear.
To the credit of the Indians, I note, that the written statement also qualitatively and on a solid paper, and at the bottom of the box there is a single sheet of cardboard. It turns out such things double bottom, and pads inside feel comfortable.
Sami shoes look downright wonderful. any irregularities, perekosov and agnails. It does not matter, fine and even solid. Even the word Valeo part numbers and properly formed very true. Generally, here no complaints.
Now we take a caliper and check the pad thickness. Each block is measured in three or four places, to ensure thickness uniformity. Here Valeo fellows: almost everywhere instrument showed exactly 18 mm, and only in one place — 18,1 mm. Otnesom it to the error curves hands and assume the initial thickness of the same and equal to 18 mm.
And now look at the products LPR. Packaging looks no worse, than at Valeo. inscriptions smaller, only one sticker, but more. It also lists all the cars, on which you can put these pads. In this case, there is noticeably more detailed list: Ford C-Max, Ecosport, Focus, plague, Mazda3, Mazda5, Volvo C30, C70, S40, V40, V50.
Pads themselves are also lie without polyethylene. There is not even a conventional bottom, like Valeo. Instructions worse, faded, font is very small and blurry. Read does not hunt. But here's mistakes and typos are virtually no, then transfer to react more responsibly.
Pads look cheap, though not so neat, like Valeo. But at theirs is the transverse slot in the strip, which is not at Valeo. But the inscriptions on the blocks unreadable: here printing is clearly pumped up.
But the most important thing — this is a very weird unpleasant smell. It seems, These pads have long been dead and decomposed. It smells disgusting, although, I think, it is not critical.
The thickness of the pad in the LPR write directly on the box: 18,3 mm. No matter how I fingered them caliper, 18,3 mm I have not found anywhere else. The thickness was the same everywhere, but equal 17,6 mm.
Evaluate the eyes and hands the material linings — it's like listening to diagnose coronary heart disease. They look almost identical, but to touch the surface appears smoother Valeo. view, that in a month say about this disc.
In this theory of finish and move on to the practice.
sharpen, put, measure
We begin our experience with the devil one procedure, without which it is impossible to be obtained more or less reliable result — groove brake discs. We need to be convinced, that they are completely identical, otherwise wear pads and their effectiveness would very much depend on the state disks. Because raising the car on a lift, We remove the wheel and start very, very boring procedure. The machine makes several "runs", Time passes slowly, patience is coming to an end, но результат того стоит: Drives are now smooth and shiny, like a cat's eye.
Now we can only put the new pads. The case became Valeo, left — LPR. With the installation problems have arisen, everything went quietly and inconspicuously, as the birthday of five girls without clowns and entertainers to suit Sponge Bob.
Now we go to the brake shield. It would be nice to drive at least two hundred kilometers, to block pritorlis. But we are not looking for easy ways, because once we visit the stand. What he says to us? Let's see a printout of the results.
First, a look ovalization — distortion of the geometry of the brake discs. Its front is not — stand edinichki. Значит, pierce them perfectly. This makes me happy. Dampers also showed 79% and 76% — this is a very good indicator, also close, so that the difference in braking force due to the differential operation of the right and left front shock absorbers also will not. And the main thing — braking force. Left — 1880, case — 1970. Difference — 8%. The permitted 20% just fit, so that you can pass inspection. But we do it, to be honest, spit. we noteworthy, that the right brake force turned out to be the most 8% more. remind, there are pads Valeo.
That will continue?
At the same time, we, naturally the same, will not stop. After a month we will remove shoes and let us touch them again caliper, to find out, some of them wear out faster. At the same time once again stand on the brake shield, as well as to assess the state disks. In the meantime, the lead pads Valeo, what their congratulations.