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.
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.
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.