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Old 06-21-2000, 08:43 AM
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96 E320 W210, 25,000 km (16,000 mi), out of warranty last month.
Car usually stops smooth as silk. Brake shoes are still very thick. However, I lately get an light screeching sound under very light braking conditions only (slowly coasting to stop at a red light). Anything I can do, or I must make the trip to the dealer?
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Old 06-21-2000, 09:40 AM
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Do you mean squeal. You describe a light screeching. If you mean the squealing sound then if the brakes are not brand new you've got a buildup of the binder resin on the pad faces. You can go to the dealer if you want, but, they won't make any adjustment b/c brake consumables are not warranty items. Take it out on the highway and of course observing any and all safety considerations (Hi Deezel) get up to your normal cruising speed (whatever that may be and make a couple oh hard stops. The idea here is to burn off the resin buildup. Depending on your driving style the time it takes to return varies. Replacing pads sometimes helps, but MBZ seems to have a pad composition which lends itself to being noisy.

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Old 06-21-2000, 10:09 AM
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Thanks for the reply Jeff.
Squealing is probably the better term!
I think you are right, because I am a very subdued driver, so the brakes don't work hard at all. Will try braking hard a few times as you suggested.
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