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Old 10-03-2001, 04:32 AM
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Yellow Brake Pad Warning Light Came On

I remember my mechanic telling me that my front pads were wearing thin and suggested I change them the last time I was at the shop for an oil change. The brakes were working fine and the yellow light never came on before, so I held it off. That was a pretty long time ago. So, now the lights have come on, but it doesn't stay on. It just came on while at a stop with my foot on the brake and disappeared when released. Anyhow, I need to know what is a reasonable estimate for new brake pads on a 1990 190E. I think it's only the front that needs to be changed, but I'm not sure. Should all four be changed? Thanks.
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Old 10-03-2001, 05:11 AM
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You can change it yourself for much cheaper. The pads pretty cost like $50. Just knock out two pins in the caliper and u're done.

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Old 10-03-2001, 08:54 AM
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Just did the fronts on my 300E a couple of weekends ago. Took 30 minutes.

Rears are even easier. I replaced all four the previous time, but just did the fronts this time.

Usually the fronts wear out about three times faster, but if you haven't done the brakes in a while, the rears may need attention too. You can do a visual inspection with the wheels off to determine.

You probably have at least 5K of meat left on those front pads before the yellow light stays on all of the time, and then rotor damage may result.

BTW rotors are cheap too, and should be replaced about every two to three brake pad replacement cycles.

Dealer might charge upwards of $250 to do the brakes on all four sides. But as posted earlier, it's a simply DIY and you can save a few hundred dollars if you get the parts here and spend an hour or so doing the you get the satisfaction of having done it yourself, as well as knowing exactly what condition your brake system is (as opposed to taking someone else's work for it)...
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