What brakes do, in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle or otherwise, is common knowledge: they slow it down, eventually bringing it to a complete stop. How they work, though, is more complicated. You're in luck: if you're looking for the simplest explanation possible for all things brakes and brake parts -- what kinds there are, how they work, how long they last, symptoms of bad ones, why buy OEM, and so on -- you've come to the right auto parts store.
Mercedes-Benz Brakes: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Types are There?
There are two -- drum and disc systems.
How Does Each Work?
When the brake pedal is pressed, brake pistons travel the length of a master brake cylinder's bore. As they move, they pressurize brake fluid. The fluid then passes through a network of brake hoses and lines. What happens next depends on the kind of brake system.
In both above-mentioned cases, the brake parts rub together, and friction results.
How Long Do They Typically Last?
That depends on the condition of the parts. Either way, if you use a brake long enough, no matter which type it is, sooner or later, it'll end up worn out. Luckily, figuring out whether your brakes need changing is easy. All you have to do is look for a few telltale symptoms.
What are the Signs They Need Replacement?
Look for warning lights on the dash. Feel for your car or SUV shuddering, pulling sideways, and/or taking longer to slow and stop when you brake. Also check your brake pedal to see whether it's unusually low or soft, and whether, in pressing it, there's less brake grip than usual. Listen for odd noises during braking, especially grinding, which often indicates completely worn brake pads.
How Do You Tell What Parts Need Changing?
Do a brake inspection consisting of checking the brake pedal, fluid, lines, hoses, and assemblies, plus the parking brake and its cable. If it turns out a brake repair is necessary, you can buy original parts for the project straight from Mercedes-Benz, right here online.
Why are Genuine OEM Brakes the Best Choice for Your Mercedes-Benz?
Your brand designs them to fit your car or SUV model right from the get-go, guaranteed. That's something that the aftermarket can't always promise. Our catalog has a huge selection for sale at affordable prices, and placing an order is as easy as a few clicks. Simply browse by make, model, and year to find what's compatible with what you drive. Order them now, and we'll ship them right to your door -- you'll be taking care of the job in no time.