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Old 11-18-2011, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 C280 Rear Brake Pad replacement question?

Almost time to order a rear brake pad set for my 1997 C280.I see it could be a two pin retaining or maybe one retaining pin? Anyone know for sure before i order the wrong set?
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Almost time to order a rear brake pad set for my 1997 C280.I see it could be a two pin retaining or maybe one retaining pin? Anyone know for sure before i order the wrong set?
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Easiest thing to do is pop a rear wheel and take a look. If you have smaller hands and good manual dexterity you can lay on the ground and reach in and feel it as well.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My 1997 C280 is 1 pin. Just changed the brakes last week.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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mine is a 1997 c280 and it was the 2 pin, so obviously they made a change sometime in the year. so you better check as i bought the wrong ones
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very weird. Would MB do that? and at that point is it just to mess with us?
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It's the caliper design. Every manufacturer does this, either making changes part way through a model run or using a different design in a different facility.

In the time you've spent posting and pondering, you could have checked and ordered the darn things...
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If ur not sure either A. Take off the old ones and take it with u when u buy em. Or B. Call the dealer with ur vin# and ask them
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If ur not sure either A. Take off the old ones and take it with u when u buy em. Or B. Call the dealer with ur vin# and ask them
All he needs to do is pull a wheel and look; why would you remove the old pads and leave the car disabled?

The pin count is (supposedly) tied to the chassis number, but there are plenty of examples where the chassis number says one thing and the calipers say something different. It's the same issue with the 210 chassis. And I'm one of those guys whose chassis number says one thing, so if I buy pads based on my chassis number, I'll end up with pads that don't fit my car.

Hence the suggestion to spend a few minutes confirming EXACTLY what is actually on the car.

If for some rational reason you don't want to do that, buy both, then return the ones you don't need.

Good luck.
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