W126 Parking Lot Brake Job

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Did my son’s W126 brakes in a parking lot the other day. And, I will again sing the praises of the “honest engineering” from the Golden Era of Mercedes-Benz. Caliper mounts simple; pin-based pad-retention. Easy to work on. Quick to repair. Basically no easy ways to Screw It Up.

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And, unlike other German makes of the same era (AUDI, I’m looking at you) the parts supply is both available and affordable.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will note the “trisket-wafer thin” worn pads. He had indeed worn the rears down to metal-upon-metal. Not good.

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But, an hour of easy work in a Lowe’s Parking Lot in Tucson? And, good as new. The “Sedan Driven By the Afrikaaners In That Lethal Weapon Movie”? Lives to drive another day.

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