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Mercedes Benz SL65 Brake Pads

Troubleshooting Your Mercedes Benz SL65 Brake Pads

The Mercedes Benz SL65 brake pads are one of the primary safety components of your car. By compressing against the rotors attached to the wheels, these pads force your vehicle to slow down. If you hear a noise, feel a vibration, or notice the brake pedal going too low, then it's time to do some troubleshooting.

Brake noise

The squealing you might hear is a high-pitched noise usually caused by vibration. This brake noise can occur when the brake pads are loose or are missing their anti-rattle clips. Other known causes of squealing brakes include:

  • Lack of shim - Majority of brake noise problems can be solved by adding a noise-reduction shim on the reverse of the brake pads. Many aftermarket pads have it included in the set, so when buying a new component, look for this feature to increase your chance of avoiding squealing problems.
  • Need for chamfer - Chamfering or beveling the edges of the friction material can eliminate noise by up to 10%. While it can be done in a shop, there are also aftermarket brake pads with chamfers available.
  • Driving style - Regular city driving with frequent and light braking can cause pads to glaze and gradually make noise. If this happens, use the brakes two to three times from higher speeds, and then hit the pedal more confidently on a quiet road when it is safe to do so. This is also great for deglazing the brake pads' surfaces.

Brake vibration

If you step on the brake pedal and feel a vibration, then there might be something wrong with the brake pads. Check if they have been contaminated with oil or any other substance, as this can cause the components to vibrate while they grip the brake rotors. To fix this, you will have to replace your brake pads.

Brake pedal goes too far down when stopping

If you hit the brakes and you feel like the pedal is going too far down before you decelerate, then the brake pads might be worn. Your pads should never wear long enough to cause the brake pedal to feel low-usually, the brakes should squeal before this happens. But if you notice that you are already pushing your brake pedal too far down, then you need to replace your brake pads as soon as possible.

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  • Ways to Keep Your Mercedes Benz SL65 Brake Pads Efficient

    In order to stop your vehicle from moving, the Mercedes Benz SL65 brake pads are clamped to the spinning rotor as you hit the brakes. When the pads are heated by their contact with the rotors, they transfer small amounts of friction material to the disc and stop your car. Knowing how the brake pads work, it's not surprising why this component is a wear-and-tear item. Instead of waiting for brakes to squeal before checking them out, however, it's much smarter to schedule maintenance for them.

    • Check your brake pads regularly.
    • Schedule your brake pads-and the rest of the braking system-for inspection every time your tires are rotated or every 15,000 to 40,000 miles, depending on how often you use your vehicle.
    • Visually inspect your brake pads to ensure that they are still looking good.
    • To check your brake pads, remove the tire first so you can see it. If they are showing wear to the extent that you can't see much of the pad itself, then it's time to replace them.
    • Brake pads should be replaced all at the same time.
    • Never replace the pads on only one wheel. If your brake pads wear unevenly, your car's driving performance will be affected.
    • When visually inspecting your pads, watch out for brake dust.
    • The dust created by your brake pads can be harmful to your health. Wear protective gear such as a certified filtering mask as well as goggles before examining the components closely. Also, don't blow out the dust with compressed air or else others might inhale it.
    • Only use brake cleaner when cleaning the pads.
    • Do not use petroleum-based solvents to clean them and other brake components. Brake cleaners are made to effectively remove oil, dirt, brake dust, and other debris from your car's brakes. They contain a combination of chemicals that can break these elements down and wash them away. By spraying brake cleaner on your brake pads, you can ensure that the component can function properly.
    • Watch out for brake fluid.
    • Inspect for any leaks in the braking system. If it's leaking brake fluid, be very careful as it can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces. If ever you get fluid in your eyes, immediately place your head under a faucet and have the running water wash your eyes before seeking medical attention.