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When should you call a Mercedes-Benz specialist about your brakes?

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What’s the most important safety feature in your Mercedes-Benz?

Is it lane keep assist? Active parking? Blind spot monitoring?

While each of these are important, the most important feature is actually much simpler than that – if you ask us, that honour goes to your braking system.

It’s crucial that your Mercedes-Benz brakes are kept in good condition – more importantly, it’s important that you entrust the job to a Mercedes-Benz specialist in Melbourne.

How do you know your brakes need replacing?

Just like any other part of your Mercedes-Benz, your brakes have a finite shelf life. After a certain amount of time has passed or you’ve driven a certain distance with your Mercedes-Benz, your brakes will start wearing out.

Unless they’re replaced, their performance will also degrade, dramatically increasing your stopping distance as well as the risk to both yourself, your passengers and other motorists.

The moment your Mercedes-Benz starts getting close to these milestones, we recommend getting your brakes looked at!

Sometimes however, your brakes may wear-out or break prematurely. In short, you won’t always be able to wait until you get close to these milestones to get your brakes serviced.

Luckily, there are a couple of pretty obvious “tells” you can use to identify when this has happened…

The brake wear warning light is on

Many car manufacturers – Mercedes-Benz included – include a dashboard signal when it’s time to replace your brakes.

In the case of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, this light is connected to systems such as your brake pad sensor.

We know we like to rag on these systems a lot, but if this particular light comes on, we strongly recommend getting your brakes checked out anyway, just in case.

Squealing, squeaking or whining noises

Under normal circumstances, your brakes should be silent. If they’re making noise, that’s a sure sign that they’re due for a replacement.

Depending on when you hear this squealing, the problem could be:

  • Brake pads might be worn-through
  • Brake discs glazed or worn irregularly
  • Objects and debris caught in the brakes

Whatever it is, that type of sound isn’t normal, and suggests that it’s time for a brake service.

Wobbling while braking

Sometimes, the issue isn’t with your brake pads themselves – in others, the problem lies deeper in your braking system.

One example is wobbling and shuddering while applying the brakes, which is usually the result of a worn or misaligned brake disc – itself often the result of a deeper issue, such as a warped or uneven rotor.

Just another sign that you may need to book a Mercedes-Benz service in Melbourne, ASAP!

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Why you should choose a Mercedes-Benz specialist

More than just Mercedes brake disc replacements

While it’s important that your brakes themselves are maintained in good condition, they aren’t the only parts of your braking system that our Mercedes-Benz mechanics in Melbourne can look after for you.

In addition to your brakes themselves, your braking system also consists of a range of other features designed to enhance the effectiveness of the brakes in your Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are packed full of advanced safety features, many of which extend to your braking system, such as Mercedes-Benz active braking.

As part of your brake service, our Mercedes-Benz specialists will also fix these systems as well, ensuring that your entire braking system is keeping you safe while you’re on the road.

You can thank our extensive experience for this – as Mercedes-Benz specialists, we’re familiar with each of these systems and how they work, allowing us to keep them running where generalist mechanics would struggle.

While a generalist mechanic can replace brake discs and diagnose wear-and-tear, they may not be able to tell if there’s an issue with your active braking system.

Luckily, our Mercedes-Benz specialists in Melbourne can!

You can trust us to get the right parts for the job

Many of the systems and redundancies in your braking system are unique to Mercedes-Benz. And that means that many of them need parts that you won’t find in the back room of a generalist mechanic.

These sophisticated systems need special parts and components to keep running – luckily, we can boast strong working relationships with these suppliers.

Over the years, our Mercedes-Benz specialists have built up a network of suppliers including original parts manufacturers as well as reputable third-party alternatives, selected based on the quality of the parts they provide.

When it comes to something as important as your brakes, you’ll want someone who you can trust in charge of ensuring that they’re well-maintained.

Quality replacement parts are an important part of the equation. They’re also difficult to find outside of a dealership – luckily, you don’t need to worry about that with our Mercedes-Benz mechanics!

We go deeper

As any car-lover knows, the service guide doesn’t always get it right. In many cases, a certain part or component may actually have a lot of mileage left in it even after it passes the manufacturer’s specified maximum time between replacement or kms travelled.

To get around this, Mercedes-Benz uses a range of sophisticated systems to provide a more accurate picture of your car’s condition.

Among the many systems that make up your Mercedes’ braking system are the brake pad sensors. Present in most new model Mercedes-Benz vehicles, these sensors are responsible for – what else? – monitoring the condition of your brake pads.

The idea is that these sensors will tell you when it’s time to get your brake pads replaced, ensuring greater accuracy than the service guide.

Of course, just like other parts of your Mercedes-Benz, these sensors can wear out themselves, leading to false readings. Not only that, but they don’t always get it right, either.

As experts in all things bearing the three-pointed star, our Mercedes-Benz mechanics in Melbourne are able to tell you the true condition of your brakes.

Specifically, we’ll tell you:

  • How long they have left on them
  • Whether you actually need them fixed or
  • How long you can safely get away with delaying replacement

Our experience and brand-specific knowledge allows us to make these types of calls, saving you money – something that not all mechanics can offer!

Save money without compromising on service

Choose our Mercedes-Benz specialists in Melbourne for your next brake inspection

Whether your brakes are starting to exhibit signs of needing replacement or it’s simply time for your annual Mercedes-Benz service, it’s important that you choose the right team to look after your vehicle.

In most cases, that means choosing the dealership over an independent mechanic.

Of course, that comes with its own problem: namely, dealership service is expensive – and while you’ll save money by going independent, most indies are generalist mechanics.

Ammstar’s Mercedes-Benz mechanics in Melbourne aim to bridge the gap between dealership and independent mechanics, giving you the best of both worlds:

  • The level of experience and skill of a dealership mechanic
  • The flexibility and pricing of an independent mechanic

The drive towards a better service – and a lower Mercedes-Benz service cost – starts with a phone call. To save money on your next service, get in touch with Ammstar:

Alternatively, click here to book your next Mercedes-Benz service online.

2020-06-17T03:51:34+00:00May 15th, 2020|News|