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Old 01-29-2010, 09:54 PM
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300 SL Mushey Brake Pedal

Started to get a spongy brake pedal a few weeks ago when the red brake light came on in the dash. Just thought when depressed emer brake switch stuck. After a few weeks the light went out. While it was on if I hit a bump it would go our briefly but come back on. Now if i pump pedal it gets harder and the brake light comes back on. Any idea of what the problem is. The car will stop but the pedal is abount 3 inches from floor. When pump pedal it stops better.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:02 PM
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Low fluid. Leaking brake cylinder.
If level is ok and no fluid leaks. Master cylinder.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:07 AM
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Could it also be worn disc pad(s)? - -Can't remember when they started fitting the sensors but I've got them in my 88 300SL

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Old 01-31-2010, 04:24 PM
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Mushy pedal = air in the system. Check for leaks and master cylinder level. If low, fill up and bleed all brake cylinders.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:43 PM
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Mushey pedal Need Help

Checked for leaks today and have none. In about a week the level in resevoir went from max to about a 1/4 inch down. Where can the fluid be going. If I pump up pedal it is not mushey. What is going on. Will check pads next week but that will not explain fluid levle goinf down.

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Old 02-08-2010, 04:30 PM
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If you have air in your system, it will sometimes cause these symptoms. As the temperature changes, it will expand or contract. Air is a lot more compressible than brake fluid. If you can have the system flushed with a pressure bleeder, it will eliminate that possibility. Sometimes, when the master cylinder has air in it, a pressure bleeder is the only way to get it completely bled.

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Old 02-14-2010, 06:35 PM
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Checked for leaks today and have none. In about a week the level in resevoir went from max to about a 1/4 inch down. Where can the fluid be going. If I pump up pedal it is not mushey. What is going on. Will check pads next week but that will not explain fluid levle goinf down.

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Replace your master. The fluid is leaking into the power booster. Also try to get as much fluid as possible out of the power booster.

Also if anyone has a lead on a Tachometer with clock for a 300SL, Im looking for one.
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