BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: W163 ML320, W220 S500, R230 SL600TT, R170 SLK230, W140 S500, More
Location: America the Beautiful
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My 2002 W220 S500 I replaced brakes but accidentally put one pad in backwards, facing the opposite way from the disc. Obviously, this doesn't stop well and makes a terrible noise. I called my friend who is an engineer and designs airplane parts, and he took a look and said, Besides installed incorrectly you also have wrong parts. Dunno how he knew. SO, I called a MBZ dealer and asked for brake parts specific to my car, they asked me for the VIN number. Gave me prices for discs and pads totaling something crazy like $1000. Front discs, rear discs, front and rear pads.
I asked for the PART NUMBERS, and they were indeed different from what I had previously bought. They were AMG issue. My car has a lot of special stuff like "AMG package" and the heated cooled massage seats, side window shades, etc, it is almost a maybach. Anyhow, got the right brake parts from online still Genuine MBZ parts and the correct part numbers, for a lot less than that dealer wanted, like about HALF... and the pads are different composition and somewhat larger as well. My advice is call a dealer and get prices and part numbers specific to your car's VIN, and if the price is high look online for reputable sellers with Genuine MBZ parts and make sure all the part numbers are correct, I think you will have AMG brakes. Dealer will tell you. Just because RockAuto or Amazon site says "compatible with your car" doesn't mean it is the correct part. My S500 stops exceedingly well. Now.
Obviously, if I had simply taken the car to the dealership for brakes, they would have charged me about $1500-$2000 which is insane; may be okay if money is no object... I spent about $500 which is still a lot of money but did the work myself, and my friend's help, being careful to put the pads facing the right way LoL. We threw the "wrong" new brake parts in the garbage. Lesson learned. Now I will never ever do a Benzo brake job without first getting from a dealer, the part numbers for the right brake parts.
Please don't spill Champagne in the Mercedes.
Last edited by tonylinc; 06-12-2019 at 09:41 AM.