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Old 08-22-2002, 03:07 AM
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95 W202 C280 Low Brake Pedal

Hello,

I have a 95 W202 C280 with a very low brake pedal (i.e. excessive brake pedal travel) - the car can stop very well, however, the brake doesn't "engage" until it's near the bottom of the brake pedal travel (i.e. almost to the "metal").

I've replaced all 4 rotors, pads, brake fluid, but I still have the same problem. The brake work was done by the MB dealer, so I think (and hope) it's been done properly.

I've had 3 different MB mechanics looked at my car, and they all said the brake is working correctly, and the master cylinder is fine. However, I remember when the car was new, the brake pedal travel was really shortl - i.e. a slight touch of the brake pedal and the brake will start to "engage", just like my previous 88 300E.

Can any one please offer some suggestions on what I can do to bring back that "good" pedal feel? Can the brake pedal travel be adjusted in any way?

Sorry for this long post, but I really would like to get this "problem" resolved as soon as possible. Thanks very much in advance.
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:26 PM
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Does anyone have any ideas?

I've heard from other message boards that the brake hoses may have expanded due to aging, which will cause a low brake pedal. Does anyone know the diameter of brand new brake hoses? I would like to measure mine to see if they have expanded.

Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2002, 05:02 AM
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Any one?
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Old 09-03-2002, 03:37 AM
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Anyone? M.B. Doc? Benzmac?

Please help! Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-03-2002, 02:16 PM
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Well, the W202 cars do have a little more pedal travel prior to brake engagement, but not as you have described.

I would immediately think about pads and fluid level, then other parts like the master cylinder. Having checked/replaced those items, I concur with the diagnosis relating to brake lines. I would guess that some moisture must have got into the system at some point, and perhaps caused some damage.

Recheck the master cylinder (another mechanic?) and if it's in the budget, replace the rubber brake hoses leading to the caliper. If you want BETTER feel than OE, buy steel "aeroquip" style hoses.
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Old 09-03-2002, 02:20 PM
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I suggest you re-bleed and make sure you bleed the ABS unit
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:51 AM
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Hi...

Can you please tell me how to bleed the ABS unit?

Thanks in advance.
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