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Mercedes Benz E55 Brake Pads

Causes of Problems with the Mercedes Benz E55 Brake Pads

Your brake pads are the ones that provide the main braking action on your Mercedes Benz E55's brake system. When these brake pads start to fail, the efficiency and functionality of your car's entire brake system will be jeopardized. That's why it's important that you know what to watch out for with your brake pads' condition so you can solve the problem before it gets worse. Here are a couple of brake pad problems that you might encounter and the causes behind them.

The brakes are producing a squealing sound.

Hearing squealing sounds from the brakes of your Mercedes Benz E55 is not always caused by improper usage of the car's brakes. It could also be a sign that your brakes are getting worn out. If the squealing sound that you hear is high-pitched, this is a clear indication that your brake pads need to be replaced immediately. The manufacturers used the squealing sound as a technique to let you know that your brake pads are worn out. If the squeal sound is continuous, check if there are problems with the wheel bearings. If the sound you hear is intermittent and not high-pitched, your brake pads could be dirty or dusty. This problem can be easily solved by having the car washed at an automated car wash station. Just make sure to do a visual inspection first because these sounds could also be caused other problems such as poor condition of backing plate, low quality brake liners, improper alignment of brake adjusters, broken retaining springs, improper brake shoes, and a whole lot more. Make it a point to fix this problem as soon as possible as it can cause more problems on the brake rotors.

Brake pedal is too hard to press.

If you notice that your brake pedals require too much force when you press them, the problem could be in the vacuum system. Leaks in the vacuum system can result to the loss of the negative pressure that is needed to make the brakes work. Other possible causes of this problem include a bad brake booster, an obstruction that disables the brake fluid to reach a particular part in the brake system, or worn out brake pads.

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  • How to Keep Your Mercedes Benz E55 Brake Pads in Top Condition 04 March 2014

    Your car's brake system is greatly responsible for your safety on the road. That's why it's important that the brake system is one of the things you inspect on your car on a regular basis. Make sure that every component in the system is in good condition. One of the most important parts to check in a brake system is the brake pad. Here are a few helpful tips on how to keep your Mercedes Benz E55's brake pads in top condition.

    • Check for dust and dirt.
    • Make it a habit to inspect your Mercedes Benz E55's brake pads on a regular basis to make sure that they are still looking good. Look for dirt, dust, and signs of wear. If the brake pads look worn out and are causing high-pitched squealing sounds when you apply the brakes, then they need to be replaced immediately before the problem cause other components to malfunction and increase the risk of an accident.
    • Look for faults or discoloration.
    • Other things to watch out for in your car's brake pads include faults and discoloration. If you notice discoloration on your brake pads, this could be a sign that there's a dent in your brake pads. These dents are usually caused by heat and warping. Also check for other defects in your brake pads such as brakage, cracking, and uneven grooves.
    • Change the brake fluid regularly.
    • Regularly changing the brake fluid of your car will help make the other internal components of your brake system last longer. Since brake fluid attracts water naturally, moisture tends to build up inside. Aside from severely reducing the brake's effectiveness when it boils, moisture also ruins important rubber seals as it causes the formation of internal corrosion. Flushing or bleeding your brake fluid is an inexpensive way to keep your brake pads and the rest of your brake system in good condition.
    • Examine the other components.
    • To make sure that every part of your brake system is working properly, you should also examine the wheel cylinders, calipers, fittings, and the hoses. Check for any form of damage that may lead to leaks and other problems. It would also help to check the master cylinder, the reservoir, and the proportioning valve assemblies.