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If Your Mercedes Is A 2010 Or Newer, It Should Be Getting Serviced Once A Year


Modern cars are a good reflection of modern society; a complex interaction between several different disciplines. The internal combustion engine is now completely computer-controlled and optimized to give the best performance it is capable of. Economics dictates the engineering behind your Mercedes and the era of fanciful flights of design like the Citroen DS or Ford Edsel are long over. Tolerances are precisely calculated then simulated on a computer to ensure that as little material as possible is wasted. Heat is recycled and exhausts are scrubbed to remove harmful pollutants. The future is electric, and cars continue to evolve with us.

What this means to us John Does is that we can no longer neglect our vehicles the way that our parents did. Service intervals are more important than ever. If you own a late model Mercedes (after about 2010) the golden rule in servicing is once year or every 10,000 miles. Mercedes splits its services into two types; here is a rough summary:

Type A (every 10,000 miles or 1 year):

  • Oil Change
  • New Oil Filter
  • Fluid Levels Check and Top-Off (Transmission Oil, Coolant, Brake Fluid, Power Steering)
  • Tire Inflation Pressures (including spare)
  • Brake Component Inspection

The onboard computer usually warns you when it is time for a service and what kind of service is due. After a Type A service, the maintenance counter is reset by us when we connect the car up to our diagnostic system.

Type B (every 20,000 miles or 2 years):

  • Oil Change
  • New Oil Filter
  • Replace cabin (Polin) filter
  • Brake Fluid Change
  • Fluid Levels Check and Top-off (Transmission Oil, Coolant, Power Steering)
  • Tire Inflation Pressures (including spare)
  • Brake Component Check
  • Spark Plugs change (Gas Engines)
  • Air Filter Change

For the exact service specifics, visit our Mercedes Benz page. Again, we’ll reset the maintenance counter. It’s always good to get your vehicle serviced at the same garage, for example at Foreign Affairs Motorsport we build a log on your car so that we can warn you when certain parts need replacing outside of the usual services.

The Importance Of Service

A classic example of this is the water pump and cambelt on some engines. The cambelt is crucial for correct engine timing, and the usual service interval is every four years or 90,000 miles. It is quite a costly item to change since it requires a lot of labor to access and can take an entire day. Failing to have the cambelt and tensioners serviced can lead to it snapping particularly when the engine is under stress.

In some cases, this can lead to a complete engine overhaul being necessary. Heads-up to folks looking to buy their first car – check that the cambelt service has been done as required! The water pump is often run off the cambelt and so replacing the two together makes sure that your Mercedes doesn’t break into a sweat in the Florida heat while also saving your wallet.

Mercedes Auto Repair In Pompano Beach

In conclusion, when it comes to service, don’t be penny-wise but dollar dumb. If your Mercedes service indicator light is on, you’ve got an excellent excuse to visit our Pompano Beach shop.

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