What’s included in mercedes benz brakes maintenance?
At Haden Birmingham, when we advise our clients on how best to maintain their Mercedes-Benz vehicle’s, there is one subject which receives consistent attention from our technicians – the braking components. As you already maybe aware, not only is this part responsible for ensuring the safety of the driver and passengers, but it is also a strict legal requirement to regularly maintain this component.
Developing a clear understanding of the inner workings of your vehicle’s brakes can positively contribute towards cost considerations when planning the maintenance schedule for your vehicle, and this doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult.
Overview of components
Firstly, we provide a brief overview of the major components within a typical braking assembly that operate using a hydraulic system:
Master cylinder – The master cylinder is at the core of the system and is responsible for driving fluid to the mechanical braking components.
Brake lines – The brake lines are found within hydraulic braking systems, and are responsible for transferring the braking fluid to the callipers.
Brake callipers – Brake fluid is sent to the brake callipers to which then operate through restraint and apply pressure to brake pads.
Brake pads – The brake pads apply pressure to the motor, and the resulting friction causes the vehicle to slow to a halt.
Haden technicians advise that you inspect the condition of the brakes every 12,000 miles or 12 months, as they will usually require a more thorough diagnostics at an approved servicing station. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with your owners manual as this will aid your understanding of the requirements for your particular model.
Our technicians will provide you with thorough diagnostics of the condition of your vehicle’s braking system, and there are also a few things that can inform you of faulty components:
- Unpleasant sounds and warning lights – Your vehicle’s braking system is equipped with sensors that consistently measure the condition of the brake pads and pressure of the brake fluid. Faulty components are usually indicated through the relevant warning icon on your vehicle dashboard and in some cases, unpleasant high-pitched sounds when braking.
- Loss of control – Losing control of your vehicle’s steering as you operate the brakes could signal a potential fault with the callipers, however this may not always be the case and it is recommended that you advise a technician immediately as other components may have been affected.
- Discomfort – If you find that operating the brakes results in reduced functionality and responsiveness, then schedule an inspection with a technician immediately, as a mechanical fault is likely to affect other components within the assembly.
Overall it’s important to fit only manufacturer specification parts, as they genuinely do provide your vehicle with long term performance. If you’re having issues with your braking system, and require top tier maintenance from Mercedes-Benz trained technicians, get in touch with one of our advisors today.