Here are ten things that all Mercedes-Benz owners should know to keep their cars running longer, avoid headaches and save money.
1. Know what oil and filter to use.Mercedes-Benz recommended oil interval is 10,000 miles. That is only true if you are using the required oil and filter type. Oil used by Mercedes-Benz is Mobil1 0W40. Also, you need a fleece oil filter that can continue to do its job for 10k miles. If you get a $29.99 oil special at your auto repair shop around the corner, it’s very unlikely that you will get the required filter and Mobil1 oil. Be aware that if you do 10,000-mile oil changes but use oils that are not designed to protect your Mercedes-Benz engine for that long, you can cause serious engine problems such as sludge buildup and premature wear. We don’t recommend $29.99 oil specials for your Mercedes-Benz but if you insist on that, we recommend that you change the oil more frequently. You don’t want your Mercedes-Benz engine to look like this M112 engine on a E320.
2. Know that the battery is one of the most important components in your carMercedes-Benz cars have state of the art equipment and electronics installed on them. That’s why they tend to be so sensitive when it comes to the battery voltage. Batteries that are over five years old, may no longer hold the required charge and may not provide the required electricity. Even if your Mercedes-Benz may be starting fine in the morning, different systems and control units in your car could start to malfunction due to the age of the battery. You could get errors that at first don’t seem to relate to the battery. A few common examples are: the SRS light illuminating on your dashboard, the car going into limp mode randomly or other error messages on your instrument cluster such as Electronic Consumers Switched off. Don’t wait until the car battery on your Mercedes-Benz is completely gone. Save yourself some money by buying a replacement battery online for a lot less than you would at the dealer or even auto parts stores. You can find batteries on Amazon at reasonable prices, even OEM Bosch Batteries for your Mercedes-Benz. Click here to see a few batteries that fit Mercedes-Benz cars.
3. Know why the check engine light is ON.
If your check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it. Just because the car is running fine, doesn’t mean you should not worry about the Service Engine Light warning. If the check engine lights turns on while driving, don’t panic. You can troubleshoot your check engine light yourself. Stop by at your local auto parts stores such as AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts and have them read the fault codes from your Mercedes-Benz. They will usually do this service for free. Auto parts stores will read the fault codes for free, but most of them have store policies and will not erase the fault code for you. You could purchase a $15 OBD II code reader to keep in your car so that you can read and erase the fault codes yourself, no matter where you are. Check out these Best Selling OBD II scanners on Amazon.
4. Know how to replace the windshield wipers yourselfNot only should you know how to replace the windshield wipers (which can be complicated on a Mercedes-Benz), but that the dealer is not the only place to buy windshield wipers for Mercedes-Benz. You may go to your local auto parts store and be told that they don’t carry windshield wipers for your Mercedes-Benz. It’s a dealer only item. Fortunately for you, you can save on those hard to findwindshield wipers by ordering them from Amazon.
5. Know how to check the fluids on your Mercedes-Benz and what type of replacement fluids you need.
Be aware of the engine oil used and oil filter installed. Know how to check the power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid.
6. Know how to Synchronize Windows, Sunroof
After you replace the battery or your car battery dies, you will notice that the sunroof and the windows will no longer operate with one touch. The window or the sunroof only move a few inches at a time. To fix this problem you need to re-synchronze the windows and the sunroof. You do this by moving the window all the way up. Once the window gets to the up position, don’t release the switch but continue to press the window switch button for another 5 seconds until you hear a click. The same procedure should be followed on the sunroof.
7. Know how to check engine oil level
Know how to check your oil on your Mercedes-Benz. In many models you will have a dipstick that you can use to measure the oil. In some Mercedes-Benz the dipstick was omitted. In Mercedes-Benz models since 2000, you can measure the engine oil level from your instrument cluster. For the specific instructions on your Mercedes-Benz model, read your owner’s manual. If you don’t have a owner’s manual you can download a free PDF copy here. Download Mercedes-Benz owner’s manual. The following video shows you how to measure the engine oil level on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the procedures are similar for other models as well.
8. Know how to jump start your Mercedes-Benz
So many owners report electrical problems once they jump start their Mercedes-Benz. You should know how to jump start your Mercedes-Benz following the procedures recommended by the manufacturer. If you ever have to jump start your Mercedes-Benz in the future, keep those jumper cables or jump box connected for at least 10 minutes or more. If you can avoid jump starting a Mercedes-Benz that’s even better. The safest option would be to use a trickle charger to slowly charge your battery and bring it to normal operation. If you have the time, connect a 12 Volt Battery Trickle Charger to your battery and let it charge for a few hours.
Read article: How to jump start a Mercedes-Benz the right way.
9. Know how expensive replacement keys are.The keys on your MB are very expensive to replace. The cost of replacement keys can range from $300 to $500 US dollars. It is wise to place a protective case on your keyfob just like you do with your smartphone. You will find lots of Silicone Smart Keyfob covers for Mercedes-Benz on Amazon. If the buttons on your keyfob are already worn out, you can replace just the shell and save your key. Check out these replacement shells for Mercedes-Benz smart key.
10. Know how to find a good mechanic.
Ask your friends and relatives for suggestions or you can read online reviews. You don’t want to pick a mechanic at random—your car is an expensive investment, and you want to be sure it’s in the right hands.
Hope these ten things will help you maintain your Mercedes-Benz and save you money and headaches. Keeping up maintenance on your Mercedes-Benz is very important to avoid large repair bills in the future. Don’t forget to put a roadside emergency kit in your car’s trunk so you have everything you need if your car breaks down and you can’t immediately find help.