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Old 11-17-2007, 01:22 AM
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Torn Dust Boot

Tried to change the front brake pads on my 97 E320 and noticed that the caliper dust boot was torn and dunno how long it's been like that. As far as I know the caliper is working fine and not sticking. Should I just replace the dust cover or rebuild the caliper which I've never done before. Any suggestions and recommendations? Thanking you in advance.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:13 AM
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I would replace the boot.

Rebuilding the calipers can be tricky.

I have had several torn boots that seemed not to affect the operation of the caliper much. I have never replaced a boot but have replaced the calipers many times on the 123, 115 and 126 cars.....usually with used ones. The calipers tend to be very very long lived and not cause trouble very often on these models.

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Old 11-17-2007, 11:04 AM
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Hi Tom! Replacing with a remanufactured caliper was my other option but I think I would be going a bit too far. I will change the dust cover like you say and see how it goes. Thanks Tom
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