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Old 09-02-2012, 08:53 PM
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DIY - Brake pad and rotor replacement. W204 C300 C250

Hey Folks. I recently replaced the rotors and pads on my C300 4Matic and thought it would be nice to share since there's no specific DIY around for this, at least not that I'm aware.

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min each (I'm young but have a hip prosthesis so you might be able to do that faster)

What you will need:

1. Brake Pads - PN 005 420 12 20
Note 1: as for the brake pads, I stopped using OEM's and went akebono ceramic. Why? I Hate the brake dust everyday more and the Akebonos has been very reliable to me lately.
Note 2: These pads will fit only C300 and C250 as far as my knowledge goes.
Note 3: Make sure the sensor is included, if not, find it with the PN 2115401717


2. Brake rotors - PN 2044210912
Note 1: I used Zimmermann, bought them at autohausaz for 76$ each, I was told they are the same as OEM.
Note 2: These rotors will only fit C300 and C250 Sport models as far as I know.

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3. Hammer
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4. 17mm Wrench, 18mm and 13mm socket
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5. A ratchet, if its long or extensible it will be much better
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6. A T-27 socket.
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7. Any kind of compression tool. Something like this:



Procedure:

Raise your car, take the wheel out and put a jack stand under your car to hold it, never ever trust in your jack to hold your car.

I will highly recommend to turn the steering wheel to the oposite side, so If you are working on the driver side, turn the steering wheel as if you will make a right. It will leave much more space to work.

1. Proceed to loose the lower 13mm bolt you will find behind the caliper.

Just loose it a little bit, then using the 17mm wrench hold the nut between the caliper and the rotor and take the bolt out using the ratchet.




2. Raise the caliper arm and take the old pads and sensor out.





3. Now loose and take out the bolts that hold the brake caliper base to the knuckle. These are 18mm bolts, really long ones.





Now that you have the complete caliper assy apart, let it rest on top of something, so you don't stretch the brake lines.




4. Using your wrench and the T-27 socket, release the only screw that holds the rotor with the knuckle.




5. Now using your hammer, hit the rotor from behing to release it from the knuckle. It might be stuck to it, if you can't remove it, use WD40 in the wheel bolt holes and let it stand for a few minutes and try again. I only needed to do this on the passenger side.




6. Now proceed and install your new rotor, put back the T-27 screw in place.




7. Now using your compression tool, figure out how to push the caliper piston back so you can fit your new and fat pads to it.




8. Install back the caliper by holding it with the 18mm bolts you removed before. Install the pads in it and it should be looking like this:




9. Now close the caliper arm, make sure you opened the piston enough so I can fit with the new pads, put the 13mm bolt back on the caliper and use the 17mm wrench to hold it as you tight the bold with the ratchet. Then replace the sensor by pulling the old one out and inserting the new one.

The brake pad has a tiny hole where the other extremity of the sensor should fit in.



10. Mount the wheel back on and you are ready. Go for a test drive.




I hope this will be useful for you guys out there, any question, comments or recommendations are welcome.

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Good ****. I found a video that shows how to do the rear ones and posted it on a thread I started a few days ago. I'm replacing all rotors, brake pads and painting the calipers. Im just about done with the rear wheels and your post has just complimented me so when I start on the fronts tomm. Sweet stuff.

I went akebono route as well but different rotors.

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Originally Posted by dgghostkilla View Post
Good ****. I found a video that's shows how to do the rear ones and posted it on a thread I started a few days ago. I'm replacing all rotors, brake pads and painting the calipers. Im just about done with the rear wheels and your post has just complimented me so when I start on the fronts tomm. Sweet stuff.

I went akebono route as well but different rotors.
Glad to hear. Post your pictures after you painted your calipers.
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I am also a huge DIY'er...thanks for posting this. I have one question though.What purpose the sensor serves.
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the pads get thin to the point that eventually they will expose the sensor to the rotor. once the rotor has contact with the rotor it will activate the "check your brakes light"
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the pads get thin to the point that eventually they will expose the sensor to the rotor. once the rotor has contact with the rotor it will activate the "check your brakes light"
AND...

When you see the "CHECK YOUR BRAKES" light in your dash, the sensor is already dead. They live to sacrifice, when the light's on, the sensor is already dead and you need to replace it.
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how many miles do you have when you changed your pads and rotors? I just did my own oil change today so my next project is the brakes
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Did you bleed the brake lines? I keep seeing Do-It-Yourself links to Brake Pad/Rotor replacement but no one indicates they are having their lines bled.
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I am all done with my rear rotors, brake pads and caliper painting. its time to study up your thread and begin my fronts in a few hours thanks
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Got mine done last week to. Makes such a difference.
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why will the akekono pads not fit a C350?

does c350 have bigger calipers?
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Got mine done last week to. Makes such a difference.
What kind of paint u use for the black out and how many coat u paint on it?thanks
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Did you bleed the brake lines? I keep seeing Do-It-Yourself links to Brake Pad/Rotor replacement but no one indicates they are having their lines bled.
I don't see a reason to bleed the brake lines when you are just changing the pads and rotor.
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why will the akekono pads not fit a C350?

does c350 have bigger calipers?
Parts number are different, so I guess they should be bigger.
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What kind of paint u use for the black out and how many coat u paint on it?thanks
I had plenty of time since I have two cars. I did 5 coats on each (not that you need that many maybe just 2-3)and I bought that dupliColor caliper paint. You can get it at amazon, auto zone, pep boys etc. They have many colors
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I don't see a reason to bleed the brake lines when you are just changing the pads and rotor.
You should actually be draining and refilling ALL of the fluid every 2 years according to MB.
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Hi, thanks for the great write up and pictures. This helps a lot.

I have a few questions. I have a 2010 C300 4MATIC. Since it has the sensors, how do those sensors let you know your brake pads are low? Does it flash up on the main dashboard screen?

Is there any chance my car does not have the brake pad wear sensors? I believe they do, but it's tough to have any certainty when it comes to a Mercedes.....no manuals!!

Thanks again.
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tire rack says the akebono is 3 out of 5 for stopping power? I find this disturbing. Shouldn't you want 5/5 for stopping power
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tire rack says the akebono is 3 out of 5 for stopping power? I find this disturbing. Shouldn't you want 5/5 for stopping power
What is the basis of the scale? Is a 5 a metallic pad for the highest performance settings for a race track? What is the OE pad....a 2? I don't know. I can tell you after running several cars on Akebono EUR pads for a couple of years, their performance is excellent and I would not revert to OE pads.
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Im not sure sportstick. I would guess for normal driving(not racing) that would be fine. *shrugs*
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Got mine done last week to. Makes such a difference.
What brand and from where did you get the caliper paint? Thanks
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I just did this job on my car, this is a good DIY - one note, the 17mm wrench you need for this job has to have a slim head, because the bolt has a captive washer that only allow a narrow thickness wrench to grab the inside caliper bolt head. The rear caliper bolt setup is much better engineered than this setup on the fronts.
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Excellent tutorial, easier to replace than a number of other cars. I wish Mercedes and others would eliminate the easy to strip Torex screws. Thanks
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I just ordered new OEM brake pads for the front and it only came with 1 sensor... Is this normal or do i need to buy another one ?
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