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Old 06-02-2006, 08:47 PM
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New Brakes/Rotors

Hi ya'll. My '02 C230 Kompressor needs new brakes/rotors. Can anyone recommend something that will not leave my front tires black when the rest of my car is nice and clean? The brake dust is killing me - the only good thing it does is hide the paint chipping on my wheels!

I refuse to take my car to the dealer because they want to charge me $800.00, which I think is outrageous. So I found someone to do them, but I want something better than what I have so I also need to know what supplies I need to get. Is the sensor something that needs to be purchased seperately or is it built into the brake pads?

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Old 06-02-2006, 09:05 PM
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You need a new sensor if the old one is cut. I would stick with OEM pads, but if you want a good, lower dust pad, I would look into Porterfield.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:01 AM
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Running PBR Ceramics on my 190's, no dust
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:57 AM
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Brake repairs

You say your '02 C230 needs rotors but you don't say at what mileage. I just replaced the pads on my '01 C320 which were all down to the thickness of a 25c piece at 44000 miles. The warning light was on, of course. The rotors did not need replacement. Nowhere near, in fact, and I don't make any particular attempt to conserve the brakes.

Rear pad replacement takes about five minutes per side once the wheels are off. Fronts a few minutes longer. Pads and sensors totalled about $120. Pagid.

I was surprised to see that the front calipers are made by Lucas.
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Old 06-03-2006, 02:30 AM
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If you are buying stuff for your guy to do your brakes you have to get a can of break cleaner. Maybe some break fluid too. Along with the pads of course. I just had some rotors turned at NAPA for less than $10 each. Usually, when I do a job for someone, I call to find out the price of the parts then get enough money to cover it plus a little more. When I'm done, I give the owner the change and receipts.
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Old 06-03-2006, 03:40 AM
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Brake repair again.

I neglected to mention that MB uses DOT4+ fluid if you are buying any. And MB says do not machine the discs. If they are beyond service limits, replace them. They are not very costly in the aftermarket.

It doesn't sound like you are going to do the work yourself. If you do, you must remove the old pad on the piston side of the caliper so as to press the piston back into the caliper with a bluntish plastic or wooden tool. And to do this without forcing fluid backwards through the ABS pump, a bad thing, you must open the caliper bleed valve a bit while pressing the piston in, thus releasing the fluid. It will spill but it's water soluble. You can then pull the other old pad easily. You must replace the sensors which cost less than six bucks each.

Don't get any fluid on the paint.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:38 PM
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Hi everyone thanks for your responses and recommendations. I am a little hesitant about waiting for my sensor to come on, because I can feel that I need to apply more pressure to stop, but my warning light never came on... so I don't know if the person who had the car before me just neglected to put sensors on or what. Which is kinda annoying to me, because I figure if you're not going to maintain the car at AT LEAST what it had when you bought it, you have no business buying that car. So anywayyyyy enough of my venting ... I'd rather be on the safe side and change them.

Roger - I have a 2002 C230 Coupe Kompressor with a sport package and about 70k on it.

So I will have to purchase:
DOT4+ fluid

Is that all? This is all foreign to me.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:07 PM
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also: 4 caliper mounting bolts, 2 disc retaining bolt, fluid if your going to flush your brake lines or empty and refill reservior, pad paste - I am not sure if your car uses anti-rattle shims or paste,

I don't use brake cleaner instead I use car wash soap and a stiff plastic bristle brush, I also use specific lube paste on all moving parts - piston gaskets - not sure if others think that is wise or not. also some lube on hub matting surface that I sand to a shine.

On my brakes I find the MB tool kit wrench perfect for fitting in the narrow space to loosen slide pin bolts (as I recall)

Also a bunje cord to hold up caliper while removed from steering knuckle.
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:35 AM
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i have ceramics on my sdl and on my wifes pt cruiser. working well on both almost no dust. no sqeaking. so far so good. about 6 to 8 months so far.

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