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If you notice something strange with your Mercedes Benz braking system, getting your vehicle to the automotive technician is an excellent idea. Your car’s braking system is essential for safe driving, and early diagnosis will prevent accidents and damage to your yourself and property.
In this article, we will look at your Mercedes Benz braking system, signs of a failing brake, the cost of having a Mercedes Benz brake repair/replacement, and answer other questions about your vehicle’s brake system.
What is a brake system?
The brake system in a vehicle is designed to slow and stop the vehicle in motion. It is a set of components working together to halt the motion of a car. The process is achieved through friction.
Simply put, the brake system applies a static surface, known as the brake pad, to a moving surface, causing the conversion of kinetic energy to heat energy through friction.
The importance of the brake in your Mercedes is obvious — to slow and stop your car when the system is engaged. It is an important safety measure by the manufacturer to give you more control and safety over the car.
The brake system should not be confused with the brake. The brake system is a complicated system comprising components including the brakes, caliper, disc, and more. The brake is more of a mechanical device used to halt the vehicle.
Components of the brake system include:
- Brake pad
- Master cylinder
- Brake disc
- Brake caliper
- Brake drum
- Anti-braking sensor
- Abs modules
All of these components work hand-in-hand for the proper functioning of the brake system in your Mercedes Benz.
How does the brake system operate in a Mercedes Benz?
The brake system function as an energy converter — it is responsible for converting kinetic energy to heat energy using friction generated by the brake.
Kinetic energy is generated through the movement of the energy and heat by applying the brakes to create friction. The level of friction will depend on the speed and the material used for the brake.
Brake systems are classified according to the class of force used to generate the energy. Thus, your Mercedes Benz may have a hydraulic brake, electric brake, air brake, vacuum, and hydrostatic brake, depending on the model of the car.
It implies that when the brake is activated by stepping on the pedal, the force generated could be air, water (fluid), electrical pulses, etc. Hence the above categories of brakes.
Furthermore, the modern Mercedes Benz uses more advanced mechanisms like the Anti-lock brake, Electronic stability control, and other sensor contributing data to the ECM to function the brake system properly.
Signs you may need a brake repair or replacement:
- Loud squeaking or creaking sounds when braking
The loud squeaking sound you hear from your Mercedes Benz may be caused by worn-out brakes. It is an indication of an imminent brake failure and you should visit an auto shop for replacement of the brakes.
- Triggered Mercedes brake pad wear warning light on car dashboard
If you notice the brake pad wear warning light on your Mercedes dashboard, this is telling you that your brake pad has gone thin due to wear and tear and needs to be replaced urgently. You should stop driving and call a Mercedes mechanic to get it fixed.
- Excessive vibration or drifting when braking
Excessive vibration is a sign of a faulty rotor. If you notice excessive vibration on the steering wheel or drifting when driving your car, then it is a sign that your car rotor is damaged and needs to be replaced urgently.
- A burning smell coming from your vehicle
When the brake is overused, you notice a burning smell from the friction of the brake pad and rotor. It could be a sign that there is excessive wear on the brake pad, and it needs to be changed before any serious damage is done.
- Soft brake pedal when braking
Soft pedal when braking could be a sign of brake failure. It can be caused by a fluid leak from the brake system or a damaged component. When you notice that your brake pedal goes down more than it should make sure to stop driving and call an auto service shop to make a diagnosis and fix.
Brake services for your Mercedes Benz:
The following are services you can get for your Mercedes Benz braking system:
- Rotor, brake pad, and sensor replacement
- Brake fluid change
- Brake caliper replacement
Cost of carrying out brake repair/replacement for your Mercedes Benz:
The cost of brake replacement for your Mercedes Benz will vary depending on the brake used and model of your car. We recommend budgeting between $500 and $ 1000 for brake fixes or replacements. Call European Motors to get a quote for your Mercedes-Benz.
- How long does it take to put new brakes on a car?
It could take anywhere from 30mins to 8 hours depending on the type of brake and model of the car.
- How often do you change the brake pads on Mercedes Benz?
It is recommended to get your brakes changed every 50,000 to 70,000 miles. The brakes are exposed to excessive friction, which causes them to wear off.
- How long can you drive after the Mercedes-Benz brake pad wear warning light appears?
Your Mercedes Benz brake pad wear warning light indicates that its brake pad has become thin and needs to be replaced urgently. It affects the overall performance of your car. You can drive a thousand miles, but you must get it fixed as soon as possible.
- How long should brake rotors last?
Your Mercedes Benz Brake rotor should last anywhere from 30,000 to 75,000 miles on paper. But we recommend a regular visit to an auto repair shop for checks and diagnosis. It will allow you to discover faults before they become more serious and costly.
Request a quote for new brakes on your MBZ:
Quality brakes mean you can drive your Mercedes Benz safely without fear of a brake failure. You should change your brakes every 30,000 miles to 75,000 miles to control the wearing of components. We also recommend a regular visit to the technician to examine your vehicle’s overall performance.
At European Motors in Silver Lake, our MBZ car specialists are equipped with the most advanced tools required for Mercedes models 2000+. Our shop is located on Ivanhoe Hill, directly across the street from Whole Foods market. We have been proud to be a neighborhood favorite auto repair shop for over 40 years. If you need help carrying out brake repair and replacement service for your car, give European Motors a call.