Sprinter Van Brake services
Brake services for Sprinter.
At some point, your Sprinter will likely require brake repairs to continue performing reliably. Below, you’ll find a quick overview of some common brake services, and how to tell if/when they’re needed:
Brake Pad, Rotor, Speed Sensors Replacement:
Brake pads extend the brake system’s life by preventing the calipers and rotors from grinding together. Generally, replacement is recommended every 20,000 miles, but if you notice a high-pitched screeching sound during braking, be sure to book a service appointment as soon as possible.
Brake Line Replacement:
Brake lines are responsible for transferring fluid from your master cylinder to the rest of the brake system, keeping it lubricated and functional. If your vehicle pulls to one side during braking, or if your brake pedal feels “spongy”, a leaky or worn brake line could be to blame.
Master Cylinder Replacement:
The master cylinder’s job is to regulate the brake fluid’s pressure for maximum efficiency. Master brake cylinders seldom require replacement; however, two telltale signs of a problem are leaking fluid and a sinking brake pedal.
Brake fluid “Bleeding”:
Occasionally, brake “bleeding” is necessary to remove air bubbles from the brake lines. If the brakes feel “squishy” when applied, a technician may recommend this procedure. If the presence of water is 3% or more this is a critical level and an urgent replacement is needed.
Brake fluid flush and replacement $199
Brake Replacement Warning Signs
Brake light comes on
Brakes grind when applied or a metal-on-metal noise
Your van is jerky or pulls to one side when braking
Low brake fluid levels
Brake pedal is very soft/mushy feeling
Brake pedal is very hard/stiff feeling
Worn and Uneven Brake Rotor Surface on Sprinter.
Here's an interesting case on 12 years old Sprinter van. 2007 Sprinter RV has covered only 10,000 miles in 12 years. After inspecting the brake rotors on this Sprinter Van, we found deep vinyl-like grooves. This is clearly a problem and a bad sign. At the same time, the thickness of the brake pads had an even larger margin.
After we removed the pads, everything became clear. Due to the time and the weather, and the small run, pads began to crumble. Because of these pads, the rotors were damaged and need to be replaced.
Sometimes this rust appears on the brake lines. Rust loves to eat your main parts in Sprinter.
Here you need an urgent replacement of all Sprinter brake lines! $280 - $590
Brake services labor and parts for 2500
Brake pads + sensor: Front $190 Rear $190
Brake pads + sensor + Rotors: Front $390 Rear $390
Brake services labor and parts for 3500:
Brake pads + sensor: Front $210 Rear $280
Brake pads + sensor + Rotors: Front $420 Rear $480
+ tax on parts
+If use credit debit plastic 4% processing fee
Brake fluid test.
Make sure you don't have water in your brake fluid. If the water content exceeds 3%+, we urgently advise that the fluid must be changed as the wet boiling point has been reached. When the 3% mark is exceeded, the boiling point of the fluid drops to between 140°C and 180°C.
DOT brake fluids are hygroscopic. That means they absorb water from the humidity in the air around them. Even with the brake reservoir lid tightly sealed, eventually, enough moisture will contaminate the fluid.
What's so bad about water in the brake fluid? Well, brake fluid is incompressible under pressure, and since it has a high boiling point, the heat from your brakes isn't enough to cause it to boil. But water has a much lower boiling point. If the moisture-contaminated brake fluid starts boiling, it creates gas bubbles. Gas is compressible. So when you step on the brake pedal and create hydraulic pressure in the brake system, instead of that force being transferred to your brake pads in order to grip your rotors (or drums) and slow your car down, that force is wasted compressing that gas.
It will take only minutes for this test, if you passing by us just stop to check your brake fluid, brake pipes, and pads. No obligations, no pressure. Just find out the quality of your brake fluid!