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I'm at 40,000 on my Cargo van and I've had the 'Check Brake Fluid Level' warning come on two times when negotiating hard turns. Check the fluid and its midway between Max and Min. When I had my tranny fluid exchange done at the dealer 2 months ago the vehicle inspection said brake pads replacement will need to be done soon.

I've never done brakes and not looking to start, so besides the dealer, any national chain place to take it to? I want to make sure it gets the right brake fluid and good pads. I read that OEM or Pagid are preferred. Anything special about the Metris brake system that would make taking it to the dealer the best choice? And my dealer currently has a brake coupon available.
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Do it yourself. Just did my rears. $180 for pads and rotors.
 
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Yup, parts aren't bad and its a pretty easy job.
 

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My dealer charges $180 for rear pads installed. They’ve only changed the rotors themselves one of the four times I’ve had the pads changed.
 

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Can you change a flat tire? If so you can do your own brakes. It's that easy.
With all due respect. Even just looking at brake tuts on Youtube I think its a stretch to say brake changing is as easy as a tire change. A little humor maybe? :)
 

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Do it yourself. Just did my rears. $180 for pads and rotors.
So says the CERTIFIED Benz mechanic. :LOL: Does the Metris have an e-brake?
By the way, super stoked to see you back here on the forum!
 

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Yup, parts aren't bad and its a pretty easy job.
oh man! all you guys are gararge self-repair 'specialist'. LOL You all just trying to get me into the wheel well. I'm sticking to oil changes, filter changes, and running a video production company. My physician says I'm allergic to brake dust. :sneaky: A have a few pet projects I want to get started in the next week or so... Brakes Pad/Rotor Changing 101 isn't even on the list.
 

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Just did my rears. $180 for pads and rotors.
You get a MB discount? I saw OE rotors were $95-ish alone. What brand pads and rotors for $180?
 

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Europarts has brake kits listed. Is this a good alternative to OE parts from the dealer?
2 front rotors-ZIMMERMAN
4 front brake pads-BREMBO
2 brake wear sensors-BOWA
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2 rear rotors-ZIMMERMAN
4 rear brake pads-ATE
2 brake wear sensors-BOWA
 

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Ok.. I found an indie mech who will just charge labor and I order the parts. Europarts says they have exhausted their supply of Zimmerman and Meyle rotors so I'm off to find another online place to get them. If I'm looking for less brake dust but still maintain OE brake performance...which will do the best job, Brembo or Padgid pads?
 

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With all due respect. Even just looking at brake tuts on Youtube I think its a stretch to say brake changing is as easy as a tire change. A little humor maybe? :)
Well, I say that because removing the tire is physically the hardest and heaviest part of the job. The rest is gravy!! Of course you want to have a nice jack and jackstands for safety. But, anyways the $180 that Greenmanedlion pays. Seems totally fair to me. Maybe you can get something similar. Let us know!!
 

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Zimmerman rotors + MB pads = the best combination on just about any MB vehicle

I've installed zimmerman brakes on MB's over 20 times at this point....all with great results.
 

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Well, I say that because removing the tire is physically the hardest and heaviest part of the job. The rest is gravy!! Of course you want to have a nice jack and jackstands for safety. But, anyways the $180 that Greenmanedlion pays. Seems totally fair to me. Maybe you can get something similar. Let us know!!
Yep! Found an indy will charge $200 labor and I order the parts. That's a deal in my eyes and he's right down the street so I can get some more work done!
 

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Zimmerman rotors + MB pads = the best combination on just about any MB vehicle

I've installed zimmerman brakes on MB's over 20 times at this point....all with great results.
I ordered Zimmermann rotors front and back and looking to pair them with Pagid pads front and back. Do you ever have to replace the rotor screws in your past brake replacement jobs?
 

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PARTS ARRIVED!!! Disc brake Vehicle brake Auto part Brake Oil filter
 

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Anyone expert enough--and willing to--estimate how soon (in mileage) I will need rear brake pads? They're 4 mm now and I've been told I "drive like a nanna." The van is a 2016 cargo camper conversion with 52,000 miles. Reason I'm asking: I just went thru a 5-day ordeal with the local Sprinter service dept. on other items and I'd like to have a breather before I face any mechanics again. (Not possible to do it myself)
 
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