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looking to do my first brakes on my slk280.....what is a list of everything that im going to need from good pads down to the fluid.....not very mechanical.my shop quoted my a little over 600.00
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Depends on what you plan on doing with the car. If you're just a "daily driver" then there's no reason to burn a ton of money. Go to Napa auto and get pads. Check your rotors by running your finger across them. If they're not smooth, you'll need to correct that. Some can be "turned" (machining the surface) but some can't and have to be replaced. Stock ones from Mercedes are expensive. You can get 'slotted/drilled' rotors fairly cheap off ebay. Before the nay sayers pop in, I've been using those on my vette which has seen the track a couple times.
Same goes for fluid. Dot 4 if you're going to autocross/track the car. Dot 3 if a daily driver.
You'll also need some Brake Clean (spray can). Keep everything CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.
Have someone there that has done it before to watch over your first time. Remember, those things have to work the next time you drive!
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Welcome Paul from NE England.

To re-iterate what Todd said, if you're not very mechanically minded, do not consider working on your brakes by yourself especially if you've never confidently undertaken anything like that before. Not only does your life depend upon them working correctly, other peoples lives do as well.






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Great advice by all here!! If you want to do it, go for it! Get all the advice, parts and tools. I always do my own brakes. Don't trust anyone on my life! You need good advice, tools, Jack and a pair of stands. Metric tools of course. As a minimum you also need, a small metric socket set, 3/8 drive, a breaker bar, and metric allen set. As Todd157K stated, also get one can of brake clean. How many miles/Kms on your car? Is this the first brake job? Ask for advice; a lot of us can help!
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Great advice by all here!! If you want to do it, go for it! Get all the advice, parts and tools. I always do my own brakes. Don't trust anyone on my life! You need good advice, tools, Jack and a pair of stands. Metric tools of course. As a minimum you also need, a small metric socket set, 3/8 drive, a breaker bar, and metric allen set. As Todd157K stated, also get one can of break clean. Ask for advice; a lot of us can help!
And, don't forget a torque wrench, a set of torx bits & sockets and a set of speed bleeders or easibleed system. A dual circuit, servo assisted abs system is a goodie for your first attempt.






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Check your owners manual. It likely calls for DOT4 or even DOT4+. I doubt very much if DOT3 is approved. You really need to look at some of the DIY posts about brake jobs. Some even have pictures. Is your low brake pad light on? Brakes generally don't need to be replaced until they reach mnimum specs. Even once your warning light comes on, you still have time, usually at least a thousand miles.

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Check your owners manual. It likely calls for DOT4 or even DOT4+. I doubt very much if DOT3 is approved. . . .
You are correct, DOT4+ is specified for all R171s.






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You might try autohausaz for parts...there are a number of good online parts warehouses these days.
Also, use search to find the link for the service CD's (anyone have it at their finger tips) as they will take you through it step by step and tell you what tools you DO need.


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You might try autohausaz for parts...there are a number of good online parts warehouses these days.
Also, use search to find the link for the service CD's (anyone have it at their finger tips) as they will take you through it step by step and tell you what tools you DO need.

I think that this is what you're referring to.

The STAR Service Manual Library

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http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/o...stedDocId=8638

select the numerical access...then 2700-171


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The job is a piece of cake.

Go to Amazon and get a set of Akebonos, or I'll sell you a complete set for all four corners for $75!

After you remove the wheel(s), the only tools you'll need are a hammer and a punch or a nail to drive out the two front pins holding the pads in place. The back only has one pin. You may need a big screw driver to push back the piston to get the new pads in (remove the cover on the master cylinder).

If you haven't worn the pad down to the metal (your sensor should have alerted you), your disks should be OK. If not, you can get them off Amazon. Good place that Amazon!
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I recently replaced my front pads and rotors. I used Duralast Gold pads from Autozone and they squealed terribly. After 200 miles the squealing would not let up so I replaced them with pads from Mercedes. Not a peep from the brakes now.
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You might check NAPA Auto Parts for Akebono Euro Brand pads. They ceramic which are quite and smooth. They come in a kit with new sensor. Do a search on them many posts on them. They are 99% dust free or better.
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