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At Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, our trained service team has all the tools and know-how necessary to take proper care of your prized Mercedes-Benz. But how often do you need service? What services need to be performed? Your owner’s manual can help answer these questions — or, you can get all the help you need directly from the experts in our service center. Below, we’ll tell you all the essential things Mercedes-Benz owners should know about caring for the brakes on your car.
Many parts of your car — such as the air filters, battery, engine oil and other fluids — are considered “wearable” parts. This means they’re designed to work for a time and then slowly wear out. Your vehicle’s brake pads are also examples of wearable parts.
Over time, the friction material on the brake pads wears down. To find out how much life is remaining on your brake pads, have a technician measure the remaining friction material. If there’s an insufficient amount of material left, the technician will alert you and recommend installing new brake pads.
Most wearable parts come with a time or mileage interval recommended by the manufacturer at which they should be replaced. However, because driving style can vary dramatically, there’s just no good way to recommend a mileage interval for these important parts. For example, the owner’s manual for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class says, “It is impossible to state a mileage that will be valid under all circumstances. An aggressive driving style will lead to high wear. You can obtain more information on this from a qualified specialist workshop.”
So, if you do mostly gentle city driving and highway cruising, you can expect your brake pads to last a bit longer. But if you find yourself doing a great deal of towing, dealing with a lot of stop-and-go traffic or you’re taking your high-performance AMG® Mercedes to the track, you might need to have your brake pads replaced more often.
Furthermore, the latest AMG® Mercedes-Benz models offer even more powerful performance, and that means they need to provide even more robust stopping power. That’s why they come equipped with advanced brake systems like carbon ceramic brakes. Carbon ceramic brakes dissipate heat better than steel for reduced brake fade — but, because of their performance-oriented design, the brake pads on these vehicles may wear out quicker.
To find out how often you’ll need to have your brake pads replaced, consult with a technician in our state-of-the-art service center.
Hydraulic brake fluid is what ultimately translates the motion of the brake pedal into stopping force at the wheels. The brake lines and reservoir are filled with a special brake fluid that can withstand all the heat that stopping a modern car generates. However, over time, moisture from the atmosphere can collect in the brake system. This can contaminate the brake fluid — lowering the boiling point of the fluid and increasing brake fade. During an inspection, a technician can test your vehicle’s brake fluid for the presence of water. Or, if the brake fluid is simply old and dirty, they may recommend a brake fluid flush and fill service to ensure your brakes remain in good condition.
Beyond the brake pads and brake fluid, you may eventually need your brake rotors resurfaced or replaced, the parking brake adjusted or another one-time service for your vehicle’s brakes. Because stopping power is so critical, it never hurts to have your brake system inspected by a trained Mercedes-Benz professional.
Whenever you stop by for an oil change, tire rotation or other service, we’d also be glad to perform a multipoint inspection. Our technicians will take a close look at all the important systems of your vehicle, including the brakes, to spot any issues that could arise. If anything needs your attention, we’ll let you know.
It’s our goal to take the very best care of your vehicle here at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula — and that means taking good care of your brakes, so they take good care of you.