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Old 04-12-2007, 07:21 PM
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"Brake Lining Wear" message lights up on dash??

Hello all, I am a new owner of a 1999 turbo diesel and the brake lining wear message just started to appear. I assume this means I need new brake pads?
Is there a way to tell if it applys to rear brakes or fronts? any recomendations on which pads to buy? thanks for all info. randy
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:06 PM
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You're right, it probably means you need new pads, and unless your car has separate warning lights for front and rear, the only way to tell which it is is to pull a wheel and inspect. (Depending on which style wheel you have, you may be able to peek through the holes with a flashlight and see the brake pad without removing the wheel.) Be sure to check the condition of your rotors, too.

For replacement pads, you have basically three choices:
- Asbestos (old school): softest, which means shortest lifespan but least wear on rotors; tend to generate a lot of brake dust, making alloy wheels dirty; least expensive.
- Semi-metallic: most common; mid-price; harder than asbestos, so longer lifespan but also more wear on rotors; better stopping power; throw off lest dust than asbestos but red-hot metal particles can pit alloy wheels.
- Ceramic: latest technology; better performance; less dust and pitting; highest price.

Akebono brand brakes (ceramic; and an American company) are top-notch, if you can find them. I haven't used them on a Benz, but I put them on my wife's VW Cabrio and they work great.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:13 PM
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My '96 only has front sensors. Mine have only a few thousand miles left until the light triggers, and I plan to get OEM pads.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:13 PM
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See also this thread:
Difference in Brake Pads?
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:22 PM
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pjc is incorrect is this statement, "For replacement pads, you have basically three choices:
- Asbestos (old school): softest, which means shortest lifespan but least wear on rotors; tend to generate a lot of brake dust, making alloy wheels dirty; least expensive."

Asbestos has been banned for years. So don't react negatively to this. Also, you have to think about whether "old school" means anything. In other words, there must be a reason that Mercedes Benz elects to use a softer brake pad versus a semi-metallic brake pad. I think that reason has to do with what you want the brakes to do in an emergency stop. You want them to stop the car quickly even if the brake pads are cold. Mercedes brake systems are designed for 150 mph autobahns. They are way more than adequate for our road conditions. If semi-metallic pads were so wonderful, they would use them.

The use of the term "better stopping power" in the description of sem-metallic pads is also suspect. It is no doubt true in conditions like racing, or braking down a long mountain road, but this may not be the most important type of stopping you need to do.

So I would say, why second guess the factory? Use one of their brand pads, or use Yellow box Textars or Pagid. There are many many posts on this forum and others about brake pads.

Steve
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:54 PM
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You can buy cheap W210 break stuff from the dealer, its about the same price as what you pay online and you don't have to order it.

I beleive your car has sensors on the front and rear wheels, inspect the brakes and see what you need to do. Or take it to a shop and have them do it.
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