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Front Brake Pads

How difficult to change the front brake pads on my 1991 300SE?
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From my WIS - it looks quite straightforward if you can manage to jack the car and remove the front wheels.

Please confirm that you are talking about the brakes on a fixed caliper on front axle, with the pad wear sensor feature. (earlier model were on a floating caliper)

If you clarify and re-post this question in the W126 forum (where the owners of similar models hang out) I will post images of the procedure from the WIS with all details.
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If you have a floor jack and jackstands, I'd say an hour's job.

If you have to jack up each wheel individually, add another 30 minutes.

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I would tend to say "if you have to ask, better take it to professional"
Brake pads are not hard to replace, but if you mess something up, the consequences can be tragic.
I always encourage DIY, but only if you have somebody with the experience to inspect the job at the end.
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Take a look at post #27 on the following thread on the W126 stickies here:

The post covers your topic very well - except I would have pressed brake fluid back into the reservoir during the pad insertion, rather than draining it at the local bleed nipple. He forgot to mention finally topping up the reservoir, also.
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