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Old 11-25-2015, 11:13 AM   #15
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I've never noticed any such quirk on the T1N Sprinter. To me, the brakes feel very old and basic, the way vehicles were a few decades ago. The only time they annoy me is when I'm braking at slow speeds so that I can creep over a point of inflection because I don't want to bounce and cause a tail strike. In that case, they do a lot of frictional groaning.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:41 AM   #16
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I've never noticed any such quirk on the T1N Sprinter. To me, the brakes feel very old and basic, the way vehicles were a few decades ago.
The newer the Sprinter, the more complex the braking system. Even my 2011 Sprinter has fewer stability/traction/braking control devices than the later models. The newer models will also handle high crosswinds better because of improvements since mine was built.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:13 PM   #17
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Welcome to computer-controlled ABS braking.

Do you have "brake-by-wire??.....aka, electronically-controlled braking??

Q: What happens when you make an emergency stop from 60 to 0?? Do this several times in a row. Does your rig stop like you think it should??

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Old 11-25-2015, 12:36 PM   #18
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The newer the Sprinter, the more complex the braking system. Even my 2011 Sprinter has fewer stability/traction/braking control devices than the later models. The newer models will also handle high crosswinds better because of improvements since mine was built.
I know there have been a lot of changes... I sometimes like to drop a thread line on the T1N perspective because there are a fair number of readers of varying technical abilities, and I wonder if some of them may be thinking, "Hmmm, are MY brakes supposed to feel like that?" or whatever other body part is being discussed.
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or whatever other body part is being discussed.
Well, I know that some of MY body parts feel more painful than they used to…
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Looking for opinions- Our 2016 AI Ext with 3k miles has, what seems to me, an odd braking problem: I noticed that to get a firm pedal, I have to apply the brakes, then lift slightly and reapply. Then the engagement point is much higher off the floor.

I had our local MBZ Sprinter dealer look at the problem. They say they removed the "assist arm" and checked the braking system, and it is normal.

To me it seems like the brakes need to be bled.

Do others have a consistent and hard brake pedal each time they apply the brakes?

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I'll bet the pedal is pretty hard when the engine is not running.....correct?

No mention at all about HOW it stops.....do 'da brakes stop the vehicle appropriately in a panic stop?

The newer vehicles with ABS and/or FBW are not known for their hard brake pedals.

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My experience w/ brakes is that power brakes always feel less firm than manual.
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+1 on Protag's comment. This is a normal feel of Sprinter brakes and has been discussed ad nauseum over on the Sprinter-Source Forum.
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