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Old 10-23-2002, 07:14 PM
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Brake pad break-in? (No, no one stole them...)

I just installed new pads/rotors on the front my C230. Does anyone remember the break in period to seat the pads? I figured as gentle use as possible for a couple tanks fulls (1200km's/800miles), but should I go even longer before giving them some heat/exercise?

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Old 10-23-2002, 07:53 PM
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After 100 miles or so of city driving, you should be fine.
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Old 10-23-2002, 08:16 PM
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I read in the STAR that you should get up to 30-35 mph, GENTLY stop, let the brakes cool, and repeat for a total of 10 gentle stops, before you go out into actual traffic. Reportedly can make a MARKED improvement in pad longevity.
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Old 10-23-2002, 08:37 PM
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I can give some hard data John as I just put new pads on the W124. The E-class Owner's Bible (the new one from Bentley, with Stu Ritter's input), says the following:

Bed in new pads -
* Stop 5-8 times from 50-25mph (80-40kph) with light brake pedal pressure
* Allow Brakes to cool between each application
* Avoid hard stops during this procedure.

That's almost laughable with Seattle-area traffic - just try finding an open stretch of road for that kind of treatment! I just did the best I could on the two-lane road outside my house, and I inevitably ended up needing to stop and turn around to make another run. I coasted as much as possible when coming to a stop to aid cooling and was very gentle on the pedal as I got turned around for another go.

We'll see if this works or not...I think the gentle, linear application is key. Don't see why this wouldn't work for your W201 *shrug*

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Old 10-24-2002, 01:03 AM
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100 miles is what my mechanic and what the dealer said with light braking or until the brakes arent soft or spongy anymore.
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Old 10-24-2002, 01:48 AM
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Thanks guys. Reminded once again of why MB-Shop is so great...
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