Brake failure accounts for approximately 22% of all accidents in the United States. The best way to prevent these accidents is to make sure you are in tune with your vehicle, watching for warning signs, knowing the common types of brake failures, and being aware of any recalls that your Mercedes may have.
Below are a few types of common brake failures, warning signs to look for, and potential recalls you may be able to take advantage of.
Warning Signs of Common Brake Failures
Have you noticed any of these in your Mercedes? If you have, make sure to get your vehicle into Desert Oasis Auto Service & Repair for a thorough inspection.
While this can be caused by a multitude of things, it is commonly associated with the master cylinder or plugged rubber brake hose.
Car Pulling During Braking
Also commonly caused by a plugged hose, this needs to be diagnosed by a mechanic for safety purposes.
Noises: Squealing or Grinding
This is due to vibration of brake pads in the caliper.
Car Shakes While Braking
This is due to warped brake rotors and is a sign that your brakes are old or over heating.
This is caused by the ABS system and is likely due to the ABS system trying to come on when it isn’t needed. It can be caused by a variety of things, including faulty wheel sensors or a bad ABS controller.
Brake Pedal Is Hard When Pushed
This is indicative of a leaking brake booster, or a brake booster that is working incorrectly.
Brake Pedal Pushing to the Floor
An indication that you might have air inside your brake lines and that your brakes need a full bleed.
Mercedes Brake Repair Recalls
Keep an eye out for any recalls you may be able to take advantage of. The latest Mercedes recall pertaining to brakes is in regards to the 2004 E Class vehicles. It is in reference to both the brakes and hydraulic system. Dealers will replace the ground wire to the SBC pump and will inspect the SBC pump at no cost to vehicle owners. If you are the owner of a 2004 Mercedes E Class, you should inquire about taking advantage of this free repair.
If you have noticed any of the above signs of brake failure or damage, contact Desert Oasis Auto Service & Repair for all of your Mercedes brake repair needs. In order to avoid accidents, stay safe on the road, and get the most out of your Mercedes, you should keep up on frequent brake and vehicle inspections. In addition, taking advantage of any recalls is a great way to keep your vehicle in top condition at little to no cost to you.