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ABS or NON-ABS Brake Pads?

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I am a new member. I own a 2008 Versa Hatchback CVT with 82K miles that I purchased new in 2008.

I recently went to the auto parts store to purchase front brake pads. They had two types of Versa brake pads, pads for cars with ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) and those without ABS. My Versa has ABS so I got those brake pads. When I got home and compared them to the original pads, they would not fit. Not even close.

I returned to the store with my original brake pads and the new ones. The clerk and I compared them to the others in stock and it looks like I have non-ABS brake pads installed on my car.

I am absolutely certain I have ABS installed on my car. I can see the wires/sensors and it is on the window sticker. The ABS has even worked a couple times in the snow. Also, this was the first brake pad replacement for this Versa, they were the original pads.

Has anyone else run into this before?
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I ran into this issue and a Google search brought me to this forum. I was trying to replace the calipers as well as the pads & rotors, and there are 2 different ones and all the listings in the aftermarket use ABS or Non-ABS to differentiate them. I of course chose the ABS ones, and they are incorrect for my 08 SL Hatchback. I can see from the images online that I need the ones that say Non-ABS.

From the listings I am seeing for pads, calipers & hoses I wonder if the issue is where the aftermarket manufacturers obtained their research. As you will see, there are some that don't mention anything about ABS and only offer 1 version of pads, etc. while others use the ABS differentiators. Could be some only used USA research data while others obtained data that included vehicles from other markets, like Canada & Mexico.
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