Cars as reliable as Mercedes use a large number of parts that work together to ensure powerful performance and a car that lasts. However, like with any car, parts can get worn down and degrade over time. This is only natural, but it is important to be aware of these problems when they occur and resolve them as quickly as possible.
Of the various problems that can arise with a vehicle, few are as serious as brake problems. It should go without saying that the brakes on a vehicle are some of the most important parts of the whole system. Keeping this functioning is paramount to both the safety of passengers and the overall performance of your car. If you suspect your vehicle is having brake issues, don’t hesitate to take it into the shop right away to be fixed.
How Does the Brake System Work
Understanding the seriousness of brake issues in your Mercedes starts with understanding how the system actually works. There are a number of parts that work together to slow down your vehicle as you press on the brake pedal, but few people are actually aware of them.
As you push your foot down on the pedal, a lever is connected to a piston that pushes into a master cylinder. As it is pressed in, hydraulic fluid (also called brake fluid) gets pushed through a system of pipes that enters cylinders next to the brakes on your wheels.
The reason for the hydraulic fluid is that your foot pressing on the brake doesn’t have enough power to slow a car down as fast as you would think. In fact, it would be quite difficult to do all by yourself, so the hydraulic fluid makes this process easier by amplifying the force of your foot.
As the hydraulic fluid enters the cylinders next to your brakes, something known as a brake caliper makes the brake pad press against the brake desk. This compression slows the wheels of your vehicle and eventually brings you to a stop.
Brake issues can arise for a number of reasons under the hood and they can sometimes be difficult to spot. Despite this, it is quite important to take your vehicle in after experiencing brake problems as bad brakes can lead to life-threatening situations in your Mercedes.
Signs of Brake Issues
As mentioned, there are a number of reasons brakes may start to have problems and some signs to keep an eye out for. All of the following signs should be taken seriously and used as reasoning to take your car into the shop immediately.
Leaking Brake Fluid
Brake fluid, as discussed, is the most important part of the braking system since it amplifies the force you apply to the brake. There could, however, be a leak in the system of tubes that transports the fluid that will lead to a decrease in the overall amount as time passes. If you notice your car is leaving a trail behind you every time you brake, it may be an indication of a hydraulic fluid leak.
Squealing or Squeaking Noises
Under no circumstance should your Mercedes be making odd noises when you apply the brakes. If the sound is a high-pitched noise, almost metal on metal, it is an indicator that your brake pads may need to be replaced, as the steel is now making contact directly with steel. Otherwise, a grinding type of sign could be indicative of something caught in the brake caliper.
Spongy Brake Pedal
You know your car best and if you suddenly start feeling something different when pressing down on the brake, it’s possible that something could be stuck or something may be wrong with a cylinder. This is one of the most dangerous signs as it means your brake pedal may not work as it should.
How Encore Motorcars Can Help
At Encore Motorcars, we understand just how important brakes are and how to fix them. We serve clients in the areas of Bradenton, Ellenton, Nokomis, Osprey, Parrish, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, University Park, and Sarasota, FL.
Our specialty of working with German, Exotic, and Import cars means we have the knowledge and expertise needed to troubleshoot and fix your Mercedes. Don’t settle for a problem that can lead to safety issues down the line. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today or come on down to get your vehicle fixed right away.