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Old 11-28-2002, 09:55 PM
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Brake pad help is needed

My brake sensor light is blinking for my 87 300E and I guess it is time to get some new pads. How long before the brake is render useless after the light comes on? Or damaging the rotor? I would imagine you should fix that at once being it is the most iportant part of the car, but I am just curious.

I check out the parts in FastLane, and I noticed that there are at least four or five brands to choose from. I need advise as to what I should look for before I make a selection. I noticed part #N1010-10731 by PBR for around $32 a set. Anyone use this brand before? Do I need to buy brake sensor for my 87 300E? I cannot find the sensor listed in FastLane.
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Old 11-29-2002, 10:39 AM
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Double check that, I think you might only need two for the front because the rears have no sensors?
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Old 11-29-2002, 11:27 AM
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Bill, on floating calipers only the inner brake pad has a wear indicator. I believe my '91 300E has only one wear indicator and I expect the '87 is the same.

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Old 11-29-2002, 01:30 PM
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My 86 has only one per front wheel!

Buy new ones and replace them regardless! They are cheap on line...
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Old 11-29-2002, 02:01 PM
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Originally posted by TXBill
I thought you had one for each pad up front, that's how my old W123 and W126 cars were, so you needed two per side, 4 total. No, of course the rears have no sensors.

EDIT: The following page on the E class brake pad change shows two sensors on one caliper, so that would mean that to do both front wheels you'd need four sensors total.
Yes the E420 has the two sensor caliper. But my car and a lot of the earlier W124's have the single sensor floating caliper. Thats why I want him to double check, its any easy mistake to make thats all
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