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Old 10-06-2008, 06:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake pads/discs change

How hard it is to change them on a scale from 1 to 10? Can I do it my self? Thank you!
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's pretty easy, especially the front. On a scale 1-10, 1 being the easiest, I'll give it 5.5. There should be a discussion here awhile back about it. I think Bazzle did a write up on it.

The front disk just unbolt from the hub (requires allen key).
Just press the pad/cylinder back a little to relieve the pressure on the disk. Same thing with the back, except there's a drum shoe assembly behind the hat for the parking brake.

Don't forget to check the fluid afterwards, & test the brake
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep pretty straight forward if you have all the right tools and follow the guides dwieden mentioned which are in the old techinal sticky which can be found through the tech sticky at the top of the main page. I did my fronts a few mounths ago and finally did the rears and painted the calipers silver this weekend, the hardest part was getting the adjustment on the hand brake right.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's the rear brakes: SLK Rear Brakes

This is the front brake proceedure on the SLK 320, but the 230 isn't all that much different: SLK320 Brakes

If nothing else, you can see if you want to try it yourself....
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I give it 3 (If you search and read everybody's experience) And 7 if you don't.
10 if you give to shop and have to worry what they did wrong.

To get the front rotors out - you need to remove calipers (no need to disconnect break lines) - to do it - you need to remove two bolts (they are on blue locrite - hard to break free - you big extension on your wrench) when reassemble - put them back on blue locrtie thread sealant.

Use Brebmo cross drilled disks and pads of your choise
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Easy job. With the right tools you will not have a problem. The only snag that I ran into was that the front rotors were rusted onto the hub. PB blaster and three arm puller got in of.
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What is "blue locrite"? Thanks!
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I think he meant Loctite,

Loctite Worldwide, United Kingdom and Ireland

It is a sort of glue compound that is used to stop bolts/nuts coming loose, and often used on brake components as a safety feature.
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I think he meant Loctite,

Loctite Worldwide, United Kingdom and Ireland

It is a sort of glue compound that is used to stop bolts/nuts coming loose, and often used on brake components as a safety feature.
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How do you hold the rotor when you loosen the bolt?
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