Old cars and brake issues go hand in hand. Especially if the car is not driving very often. Brake problems usually first show up as “dragging” or sticking brakes. If this issue is not dealt with immediately it can lead to serious problem including the car catching on fire.
If your Benz is older than 30 years then best to do some preventative maintenance. Keep a close eye on the brakes each year when you bring it out of storage. The best way to prevent brake problems is to change the brake fluid every 2 years and to drive the car at least once a month.
In this video Kent will show you the symptoms of dragging brakes, how to test for the problem, and show you how to address the problem. Remember it is not always a sticking brake caliper that can cause your brakes to “drag.” Do proper diagnosis BEFORE you order parts.
This 30 minute video covers the following:
- Monitoring the brake system
- How to test for dragging or sticking brakes
- Don’t jump to conclusions
- Never assume it has to be a brake caliper
- Checking all four wheels
- What are the issues
- What else can cause the brakes to “drag.”
- Testing the different components
- Inspecting rotors and pads
- Inspecting lines and hoses
- Testing for stuck caliper pistons
- Inspecting for rust and crud in the pad mounting areas
- Some advice on ordering parts
- How to test the hoses on the bench
- How to lubricate the important parts in the brake system
- How to do a modified gravity brake bleed / flush
- Why pressure bleeding may not work on these old cars
- Why you do not want to use the brake pedal pump method
- Reference to Kent’s four tank flush kit on his website
- How to flush / bleed without having an extra worker
- How to determine of both caliper pistons are moving
- Cleaning and lubricating the calipers and pads
- Best grease to use (see related products)
- Final Testing procedures
NOT COVERED: The actual replacement of the components is not covered in this video. This is a troubleshooting and preventative service video. For details on replacing individual brake components see Kent’s manual listed in the related products below:
Total Run Time: 30:28
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