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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2012, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Brake shoes for 190sl?

I apologize if this has been covered in another thread, but i was unable to find it.

I work as a parts specialist and am trying to help a customer service the front drum brakes on a 1962 190sl. I was able to get hold of replacement wheel cylinders and brake hoses from a specialty import supplier. Strangely, though, I was unable to locate any replacement shoes. When speaking to the supplier rep they seemed sure that they would carry them but, just as I, they were unable to find any listing in their system either.

It seems rather odd that the part which would require the most frequent service and regular replacement would be so difficult to find. I've been searching around many websites for a day now and the only reference at all I could find to the existence of these brakes is a part number from "Miller's" in an ancient looking catalog. It lists 25-0006n (2") and 25-0006s (2.5") as the brake shoe numbers but those don't cross reference to anything else that I've been able to find.

I know there must be many people out there who have had to replace the front brake shoes on a 190sl before, and feel i must be missing something obvious as to a source for finding them. Does anyone know what shoes will fit this vehicle or even if OE replacement do not exist (which seems ridiculous) would anyone be able to provide information to match up a "universal" set which would mount properly?

Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.
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You'll have to get them relined.

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No experience with that particular chassis, but you should try the Mercedes Classic Center.

1-866-622-5277. Ask for Tom Hanson

Most owners of these old models send the shoes out to be relined.

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Thank you very much for your replies, and for the contacts!
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This thread got me thinking, I've been told by a 190sl mechanic that a full brake job (guessing all four wheels) runs about $5,000 for the cars, is that accurate?!?!


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Depends on how big the boat is that the mechanic is making a payment on.

Price depends on what all has to be done - reline or new shoes, rebuild or get new cylinders, replace brake hoses and hard lines, rebuild or replace master cylinder, rebuild booster etc., etc.

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prices are going nowhere but up,

The re-line job on drum brakes of the W111 220SEb used to be $18-21

Now, the only brake reline shop in San Diego charged $100 for the same thing (just 2 months ago.)

If the wheel cyls are not rusted, the replacement kit cross-referenced to a 61 Buick (for the rubber parts kit) the internal dimensions are in Inches Dual front per side.

$5000 is or may be for all new, including booster?
have you priced the finned alum drums?

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