Our service center is the smart choice for maintaining your Mercedes-Benz brake performance. We have access to the latest Mercedes-Benz service bulletins and software updates so we can ensure any brake problem or recall is addressed promptly. Whether you need a brake pad replacement, brake fluid flush, rotor resurfacing, or a more complex brake system repair; our service department is equipped to handle it all. Our technicians will use Mercedes-Benz OEM parts when repairing your brakes, for optimal performance. By choosing Mercedes-Benz of Quad Cities, you are choosing a comprehensive and specialized approach that focuses on maintaining the safety, performance, and longevity of your braking system.
Most modern Mercedes-Benz models utilize brake pads, and the replacement intervals will vary depending on driving habits. The brake pads should be checked every 12,000 to 15,0000 miles to make sure they are not worn down. One can extend the life of their brake pads by easing onto the brake pedal and coming to a more gradual stop. This will put less wear on the brake pads, allowing them to last longer.
Brake fluid runs through your brake lines and transfers the pressure from you pushing the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. Mercedes-Benz vehicles will utilize Mercedes-Benz Genuine Brake Fluid or a DOT 5 brake fluid specification. Ask your service advisor what is best for your vehicle.
If your breaks feel “spongy” when stopping, it could indicate that there is air in your brake line or you might have a leak. You should have them inspected right away to determine what the problem may be.
Over time, the brake fluid will become dirty with moisture and contaminates that will effect performance. Follow the recommended guidelines in your owner’s manual to make sure you are flushing your brake fluid periodically.
Other common signs:
Most modern-day Mercedes-Benz models are equipped with disc brakes on both axles. Disc brakes consist of a heavy metal disc (the brake rotor) attached to the end of the wheel axle. The rotor spins with the attached wheel and when you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure is applied to the brake pads, causing them to clamp down on the rotors and slowing down the vehicle. The pads hover over the rotors inside the brake caliper, waiting for the brake pedal to be pressed.
While less common in newer models, drum brakes can still be found on the rear axle of some Mercedes. Drum brakes are a round, hollow drum attached to the end of the wheel axle. The brake shoes are suspended inside, and when the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic fluid forces the shoes apart from one another and applies pressure to inside of the drum. The friction created slows down the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes will wear out over time as the friction causes the material to weaken.
There are a few things to look out for when determining if your Mercedes-Benz needs brake work. Below are common brake problems and what the issue may be: Squeaking Noise While Braking: Hearing a high-pitched squeal or screech while applying the brakes is generally a sign that the brake pads have worn down and need to be replaced. Brake Pedal Feels Spongy: If your brake pedal feels spongy, as in you aren't getting resistance while braking, there is most likely an issue with the brake lines. There may be air mixed in with the brake fluid compromising the hydraulic pressure. Longer Braking Distance: Using the brakes in your Mercedes-Benz will wear the pads and rotors out over time. As the surfaces get more and more uneven, it can increase your stopping distance as the brakes do not have as much surface area to create friction on. Warning Light on Dash: Mercedes-Benz models are equipped with a warning light that will illuminate on your dashboard indicating there is a problem with your brakes. Bring your vehicle into the service center and we will be able to diagnose the problem for you.
For those of us in the Davenport and Quad Cities area, stopping and slowing in poor weather conditions is critical. Most modern Mercedes-Benz models recommend getting a tire rotation and oil change services every 10 to 12 months, we recommend having your brakes inspected annually when you perform these services.
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