Mercedes vehicles are built and engineered to perform at a higher level than others in its class. In order to keep your Mercedes performing as you have come to expect, the proper maintenance schedule must be followed. This includes keeping an eye on all the fluid levels, having oil changes done, and maintaining the necessary tire pressure. These are all crucial in ensuring that your Mercedes runs as it should. With that being said, these are not the only parts and components that need to be watched. The brake system on your Mercedes should have regular maintenance since it is a critical system that helps to keep you and your passengers safe.
When it comes to the maintenance of the brake system, one part in particular that needs to be serviced is the rotors. The brake rotors are a part that helps to stop your Mercedes. They are in place so the brake pads can clamp down on them when you have stepped on the brake pedal. They are metal discs that are located behind each of the wheels. Without the brake rotors in place, the brake pads will have nowhere to engage, and your Mercedes may not stop.
When the brake pads are clamping down on the rotors, an extreme amount of heat is being produced. Because of this, the brake rotors are built to withstand that heat and then quickly dispel it to be ready for the next time you brake. Despite that, with all this heat, there is that potential for your brake rotors to warp. If the brake pads were to become warped or damaged, that could be a danger to your safety. Below, you will find out more information on what causes the rotors to warp in your Mercedes and what signs you should look for that indicate this.
The first cause of warped brake rotors is that it can become covered with materials from the brake pads. Depending on what type of brake pads you have on your Mercedes, they may be made of a variety of substances that can have different amounts of stickiness or hardness. Every time the brake pads come in contact with the rotors, the heat created from this contact can cause the brake pad material to adhere to the rotor. This means that the rotors are now coated with substances that can cause it to warp and become uneven.
The second cause of warped brake rotors is the surface being worn down. This is something that can occur over time as the brake rotors are exposed to a significant amount of heat. Normally with this heat, it is the brake pads that wear down, but as there becomes less of the brake pads to wear down, the brake rotors will be more affected by the heat and then breakdown. This will leave the brake rotors in an uneven and warped shape.
In order to diagnose if there is warping occurring with the rotors, you need to be aware of the signs that point to this. Below are the most common ways you can recognize warped rotors:
● Excessive squeaking will come from your brakes if a buildup has occurred around the rotors.
● You may smell burning rubber as you are braking because the rotors are not properly withstanding the amount of heat that is being created.
● Inconsistent braking power
● Your Mercedes vibrates when you are stopping. This can also point to impacted and warped brake rotors.
Brake rotors are important parts that help to keep you safe as you are driving your Mercedes. If your brake rotors become warped, then it is time to have them serviced at St. Matthews Import in Louisville, KY. We have multiple locations including our Hubbards Lane location for automotive service and repair. We are family-owned and operated for over 45 years, and our expertise in your Mercedes Benz is reflected in the work from each of our certified technicians. We value you as a customer and are committed to keeping your Mercedes in the best shape so you are safe on the road for a long time. Call us today for your servicing needs.