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Question Newbie question.. C230 brake replacement.

I have a 2002 C230 in need of new brakes.

Is there something special about the brake system in a MB that I should know? I've changed brake pads on GMs before, but this is my first foreign car. I'm not going to the dealership. Should I go a German car specialist or will any brake shop do?

I've seen several debates on here about dealerships vs 'Just Brakes' etc.. keep in mine this is not a new or expensive car. I just want to do what is appropriate.

Thanks so much for your advice!
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Greetings and salutations Fourier.

The only difference I can think of between your 230 and a GM car is the sensors. Don't let the sensors throw you for a loop, they're real inexpensive. It's basically check the master cylinder to make sure it wont overflow, put a corner on a jack stand, remove the wheel, check the disc specs, remove the old sensor, remove the retaining pins, remove the spring plate, compress the calipers, slide out the old pads, apply the anti-squeal paste to the new pads/spring plate/pins, put new sensors in the new pads, install the new pads/spring plate/retaining pins, put the wheel back on, lower the car, pump the brakes, and move to the next corner. You may want to use this as an opportunity to flush the brake fluid, or maybe you'll save that for next weekend. I rotate between using ATE Super Blue and ATE 200 brake fluid. When it stops flushing blue (or amber if I'm using ATE 200) fluid, then I know it's flushed.
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I wouldn't take a Mercedes to a non-Mercedes specialist for anything.

There are plenty of Mercedes-specialist independents that are ex-dealer mechanics that know the older cars and possibly are even keeping current on the newer ones.

Mercedes are a pay-to-play proposition.

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Hi, Fourier and welcome to the forum.

If you search your car's native forum instead of this generic one you're likely to find a wealth of information on this and many other topics.

That said, the brakes aren't difficult, if you've done them on other cars nothing here will really throw you for a loop. The setup is similar to the 210 chassis, for which I posted a DIY pictorial pdf a while back. The thread link is and scroll to the initial post in the thread.

With that, if you're not doing them yourself, I'm with Chris: a good indie is invaluable, but generally I wouldn't trust my car to a generic shop. George Foreman may spout all he wants about Meineke, but my car isn't stopping there. Go back to something you know, George, like grills.

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