2000 Mercedes Benz C230 Kompressor Brake Change with Rotors & Sensor
It was time to change my Brakes at 66K Miles.
2 Weeks ago my Brake Sensor Light came on indicating my Brake Pads
I researched and ordered most of my stuff through:
Auto Parts at AutohausAZ - OEM Auto Parts - Discount Replacement Parts, Resources and Car Care Tips
and also through: The Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels
This past weekend I changed out Both Front Rotors, Sensors, Brake Pads.
I was planning on changing the Rear Rotors but lo’ and behold the
Rotors were well within specs.
So I left well enough alone. I did not change out the Rear Rotors, but did put in new Brake Pads.
I jacked up the 2000 MB C230 Kompressor and put underneath 3-Ton Jacks
For Personal Safety.
I removed the Wheels, and then began taking Digital Photos. I recommend this because if you forget a step or misinstall, you can at least quickly review how it first looked and save your sanity.
FRONT BRAKE ROTOR & PADS:
• Remove the Spring Clip * Take Close-up Picture of this. I forgot how to reinstall it. Thank Goodness for Digital Cameras!
• Remove the Brake Thickness Sensor
• Unbolt the Wiring Harness
• Unbolt the (2) Bolts holding the Brake Caliper to the Wheel
( Bolts are hiding by a black cap, see photo )
• Open Brake Bleeder Screw-as you work on the Brake System you need it slightly depressurized. Have a drip pan underneath to catch that
• Note how the Brake Pad Sensor is on the old Brake Pad
• On the New Pad-Exactly replicate how it’s installed.
• Remove the Caliper Mounting Bracket. Remove (2) Bolts.
• Remove the Rotor Alignment Screw.
• You will need a Large Blow Hammer to Pound and Pound and Pound the Old Rotor Off! Eventually she will come off but she must be persuaded forcefully.
• Install the New Rotor ** Danger! Remove the Factory Preservation Oil that is on the Rotor. Use Brake Cleaner Spray or Wash the New Rotors in Degreaser
and wash the Preservation Coating off, then Shop Towel it Dry!
• Reinstall everything you removed!
• When you have set the Brake Caliper to the side, one of the Pads will easily “fall off”. The other one has retaining clips on the back of the pads which get inserted into the Brake Piston. Do not Remove it yet.
Open your Brake Bleeder Screw
Use a “C” Clamp and with the old Brake Pad on, and SLOWLY
Compress the Piston until its completely in. When its completely compressed, THEN
Remove the old Brake Pad.
REAR BRAKE ROTOR & PADS:
I only did the Brake Pads. The Rotors were nearly new.
Take a Digital Photo before you Remove the Brake Pads/Rotors
• Use a Drift Pin to Knock the Retaining Pin Through
• Remove (1) Offending Brake Pad
• Remove the Metal Backing on the Old Pad
• Install that Metal Plate onto the New Brake Pad
• Repeat this for both Brake Pads.
*** Note: Compress the Pistons. Here you cannot use a “C” Clamp here.
But I used a Screwdriver and CAREFULLY
pushed the Brake Piston Back in. *** Note again-Open the Bleeder Screw BEFORE you push the Piston back in. It needs to Depressurize first.
• Install the First Brake Pad, then Simply Pull the Old one out,
And do the same.
• Refer to your Digital Photo to reinstall/remind yourself how the
Rear Brakes “should” look like.
Remember-You should have (2) New Brake Pads, with the Reusable
Metal Plate on their Back. Install the Retaining Clip, which is held
In place by the Retaining Pin.
• Make sure you have NO Left Over Parts.
Double Check, Triple Check, Have someone else check your handi work
These are your Brakes. Check, check and recheck.
Once your Satisfied, Use Brake Cleaner and Rewash Everything.
I think I covered all the bases on this one.
This was my 1st time ever replacing the Brakes on a Mercedes Benz.
Completed in about 1 hour +/-. Taking photos absorbs more time than
You can imagine.
Good Luck Everybody!
*** WARNING TO EVERYONE: This does not cover all the steps.
Many things omitted. I will NOT be held responsible for Omissions,
Inclusions or for any problems eminating from this posting.
If you happen to follow my advice you will hold me completely harmless
of any Liability. Seek a Professional Mechanic if you have more trust
NOTE: Update Your Maintenance Log Book and Reset your FSS.