When it comes to your Mercedes maintenance upkeep, sometimes, there are things that we cannot predict happening. Like a tire blow out, an engine seizing, or a battery that dies. However, sometimes, if you know what you are looking for you can save a lot of stress keeping an eye out for clues on what is going on in your vehicle. Here are a couple of ways that you can either watch out for or fix to keep your Mercedes in tiptop shape.
Make sure to replace the oil filter along with the oil, as the filter needs replacement as often as oil. Also oil should be replaced regularly as oil is vital to your Mercedes engine. Air filters, should also be checked regularly as heat can degrade the fluids of your Mercedes. Make sure you flush out the radiator. The transmission of your Mercedes should be serviced either between 80,000 to 100,000 miles or serviced after five years. Fluids can be checked under the hood of your Mercedes. Be sure to look for spongy or fat hoses for the coolant. Once in a while, you may have a battery that goes out. Before it does, make sure you look under the hood and check the date and condition of the battery. Batteries that are over five years old should be replaced. Immediately see a dealer to get your battery replaced if this is the case. One way to look to see how old the battery is to look for a battery sticker with an install date, found either on the battery itself, on the left-hand side of the trunk, under the hood, over by the passenger side, or underneath the driver seat.
Make sure you check your tire pressure regularly. AAA estimated that almost 80% of tires are often under inflated. Not only does it wear out the tire, but also it hinders your Mercedes fuel consumption. While on the topic of tires, be sure to also take care of brakes, and inspect them whenever possible. Also, make sure you check the treads of your tire marks. This is especially important when it comes to keeping safe when driving debris on the road or street puddles. If your treads are worn out, be sure to get your tires changed as soon as possible.
Sometimes, the indicator, brake, or headlights on your Mercedes may go out for no reason. Be sure to have either you or a friend walk around the car, while the other presses the brakes and switches the headlights and indicators on and off to make sure that all the lights are working. Another easy tip to keeping your car in good shape is to use UV protection or wax to help your car fight off the damage of UV rays from the sun. Also, keeping your car in the shade, under cover, or in a garage will help make sure that it will be protected from the harsh Florida rays.
The interior is just as important as the exterior. Make sure to clean out and vacuum your Mercedes for trash, gravel, or debris as this can start eating through your interior and wearing it down.
Read the owner’s manual. Not only will it help you learn more about your vehicle, but there are a few do-it-yourself tips on maintenance within the manual. Check the seasons. Each guide or instruction manual has very different priorities to keep your car in better shape during different seasons. Your owner’s manual can often be found in the glove compartment of your Mercedes.
As the saying goes: You get what you pay for. Be sure to get fluids, tires, or brakes that are not sub-par quality. Also, trust your gut. If something sounds wrong while driving, be sure to turn off devices such as a radio or blue tooth and listen for anything that sounds out of place and make a note of where you think the sound is coming from. Another tip is to make sure that there are no odd smells coming from either the engine or the air climate control system – this could be an indication of something severe going on inside your vehicles engine.
Following these tips can help you save time off the roadside. If you notice any of these simple signs of vehicle wear and tear check your car in for a Mercedes routine service or maintenance check with us at Foreign Affairs Motorsport.