While the braking systems Mercedes installs on its vehicles are typically powerful and reliable, some problems can creep up as the cars get older. Regular brake inspection and service can extend the life of any braking system, but when problems creep up, you need to address them right away. Complete brake failure is rare, though a loss in braking power can be a scary experience and result in an accident.
At the first sign of brake fade or other braking issues, contact a qualified shop. Make sure that every drive is a safe drive by paying close attention to common brake problems and their symptoms. Our team here at Burdi Motorworks has been taking care of braking system repairs of Mercedes customers in the Chicago area since 1991 and have the experience and knowledge to help you understand your braking problems.
Common Braking Problems
There are some braking issues that can occur with any make and model of vehicle. Watch for these telltale signs that something is wrong with your brakes:
- Brake fade: Your braking distances increase as you drive, usually related to brake overheating.
- Squealing and grinding: Noises can be related to dirt or worn brake pads that need to be replaced.
- Squishy/soft pedal: A soft pedal or longer-than-normal pedal travel is often related to a low fluid level.
- Stuttering/chattering brakes: Worn anti-lock and traction control sensors can cause irregular brake feel.
- Shaking steering wheel: Warped or damaged rotors can throw off the balance of your front wheels.
- Car pulling left or right: This may be caused by a brake on one side not fully releasing.
While none of these problems are unique to Mercedes vehicles, they need to be watched closely. They are all signs that something is wrong with your braking system and that your braking performance is reduced.
Problems With Mercedes Brakes
Certain Mercedes models are known for specific braking problems. Two of the problems we often see here at Burdi Motorworks are on the CL-class and GL-class of Mercedes:
- CLS: The second generation of the Mercedes CLS line is prone to the front brakes of new models sticking. Drivers have reported that after releasing the brake pedal at a stop, the brakes fail to release right away and make a ‘popping' or ‘hissing' noise when they start to accelerate. While this won't affect the performance of your brakes, it can cause premature wear and rotor warping if left unattended.
- GL: Owners of the large Mercedes SUV GL line sometimes experience vibration originating from the front brakes. Dirt and contamination can become trapped and cause vibration and noise and reduced braking power. Simply replacing the brake pads or rotors usually isn't enough to fix the problem, which often comes back after a short time when these parts have been changed.
If you drive one of these Mercedes vehicles and have experienced these specific braking problems or have any other model of Mercedes with braking issues, we invite you to contact us here at Burdi Motorworks to schedule a service appointment. We will address all of your braking issues and get you back on the road with confidence that your brakes are working properly.