Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Tips to Improve Longevity and Performance

Mercedes-Benz is known worldwide as a symbol of luxurious, high-performing cars. With a blend of quality German engineering and expert craftsmanship, Mercedes vehicles are popular for their durability and cutting edge technology. Maintenance on these vehicles requires advanced equipment and thorough training. Here are some common parts that may be replaced to boost performance and reduce the risk of future problems.
Ignition System PartsEvaluation of spark plugs can produce an indication of overall engine condition. By inspecting spark plugs, technicians can help determine if a problem exists, and whether a particular cylinder is malfunctioning. Replacing plugs can make a difference in the performance of your Mercedes, and they should only be replaced with OE plugs.
Oil Filter: Replacing the oil filter is a simple task with potentially large implications. Oil filters catch and retain soot, rust and some other solid contaminants from the oil, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient engine.
Air Filter: The air filters on your Mercedes trap dirt and other airborne particles, protecting carburetors on older vehicles, preventing clogging of air bleeds and metering jets. In later models, air filters also protect the fuel injectors. A clogged or dirty air filter will starve your engine of proper airflow, resulting in significant performance reduction.
Fuel Filter: Fuel system contaminants can clog injector inlet screens if not trapped by the filter. Should the vehicle run too long using the same fuel filter, eventually the flow of fuel to the engine will become restricted, which means a loss of power and potentially stalling and hard starting.
Transmission Filter: The smooth operation of the transmission in Mercedes vehicles is vital for continued health of the drivetrain and to retain the smooth, comfortable ride Mercedes is known for. When the transmission filter becomes clogged, it may result in transmission slippage, gear engagement issues and hesitation. To extend the life of the automatic transmission, this filter should be replaced regularly.
Oxygen (O2) Sensors: The oxygen sensor serves to monitor the oxygen level of the exhaust, allowing the computer to adjust the air/fuel mixture to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Over time, a clogged O2 sensor will not be able to respond properly to changes in the air/fuel mixture. The deterioration of oxygen sensors is gradual, so the symptoms may not be obvious at first. The oxygen sensor must be replaced to restore optimal engine performance.
Tires: Many people do not realize that tires play a substantial part in the safety, longevity, fuel economy, and performance of your vehicle. You should check the air pressure in your tires each time you stop to refuel. Visit your mechanic to have your tires rotated and balanced every six months.
Fluid Levels: You should have all fluid levels, including transmission, oil, coolants, washer, and power steering fluids checked monthly.
Proper maintenance of your Mercedes will ensure that it performs at peak condition for many years to come. Protect your investment by working with a highly trained mechanic who is skilled in the specific engine requirements of foreign imports.

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