Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Gadsden, Alabama (Northeast section of the state)
Vehicle: 2005 MB SLK350, only 11,000 miles, looks absolutely new!
Other Toys: Two MGA coupes and two MGA roadsters; all in varying degrees of restoration.
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General braking system information
This is my first post on the forum so please be patient with me if I'm not up-to-speed on proper forum protocol, in the wrong forum altogether; or this appears to be too much of an epistle.
Here is a quick run-down on my vehicle; 2005 SLK350.
It has 11 K miles currently (had 8K when purchased), yes, that's no typo; bought it from high ranking Air Force individual that spent most of his time in other parts of the World and didn't have time to drive the vehicle.
Absolutely new and perfect from what I can see; only changed fluids and purchased new battery.
Now comes my only problem I have had with the vehicle and this just appeared about a week ago.
After sitting for several months we decided to go for a short cruise when I noticed a brake system error appeared. I opened the hood and sure enough the MC reservoir was low; had not noticed it being low before. Well, I promptly filled the reservoir with new DOT 4 between the lines of min & max. and took it for a spin.
Yes, you guessed it, all of you experts out there probably know exactly what happened; just like the manual plainly spells out. Apparently you can't just fill the reservoir like most vehicles in the Western World. When I stopped to check things in my driveway, yep, all of the fluid that I had put in the reservoir had over-flowed or somehow leaked out.
Quickly got the water hose and rinsed everything out really good; no paint damage.
So now my question is two-fold.
First why do you think this happened out-of-the blue?
And the second question is how does one go about remedying the problem without taking it to MB.
I'm pretty handy with automobiles as my profile indicates, but of course I've been used to working on cars that are 50 to 60 years old.
Not sure if there is some type of special valving in my SLK that prevents replenishing fluid at the reservoir.
Once again, forgive me if this exact issue has already been addressed a hundred times before; being new to the forum, I'm just not sure where I need to be looking. I'm thanking all of you in advance for any help on this matter. . . . and I promise to be more brief next time around.
Last edited by Avel Du; 04-09-2019 at 09:57 AM.