When it comes to a vehicle as powerful and impressive as a Mercedes Benz C Class, preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do for the car you love so much. There are a number of parts under the hood that can have issues arise at any time. Keeping these parts working as they should is your number one priority as a vehicle owner.
It’s best not to wait until problems arise, as some can be quite detrimental to your vehicle as a whole. Whenever issues arise with your vehicle, take it into the shop immediately. Better yet, however, is to take preventative action to ensure that your vehicle’s health is up to date. Before looking at the steps to take, though, we need to cover how exactly your vehicle works so that you can understand what issues may need to be addressed.
The Main Functions of a Mercedes
Let’s start at the beginning and most important aspect of your vehicle: the engine. Whenever you press down on the gas, a number of things are going to happen in the blink of an eye that gives power to your vehicle. First, a valve is going to open up that will provide air to your engine. At the same time, the correct amount of fuel is injected into the engine. This mixture is ignited by the spark plugs and the pistons slam down and provide power to your wheels.
As your wheels move, they are connected to your steering wheel via the steering column. Whenever you go to try to move your vehicle, the steering column and the parts within translate your power into a power capable of moving the wheels on your thousand-pound vehicle. Going further, a joint within the steering column actually turns your wheel movement into something horizontal.
Whenever you go and attempt to brake, a lever is pressed down that engages a master cylinder in the brake system. This cylinder then released hydraulic fluid that, once again, turns your power into something usable by the brake system of your vehicle. As this hydraulic fluid hits the cylinders next to your brakes, it forces them to make contact with the wheels.
Your vehicle’s brakes have brake pads that allow them to take the intense heat that results from the friction of slowing down your wheels. As they do this, your vehicle safely comes to a stop. That entire process occurs in the time span it takes to drive 50 feet from one streetlight to another. As you can see, and perhaps already knew, vehicles are complex pieces of machinery that can have problems arise. This is why preventative action is so important.
What Preventative Action Can I Take?
Fortunately, there are a number of actions you can take that can help ensure the longevity of your vehicle. The below tips are not the only cases of preventative action, but are a good starting point for keeping your vehicle’s performance where it should be:
Regular Oil Changes
Oil is the unspoken hero of your vehicle. This lubricant keeps your engine operating as it should be, as well as keeps it clean of debris and metal shavings that may otherwise impact performance. Without oil, your vehicle will suffer in performance drastically. Take your vehicle in for an oil checkup as often as Mercedes recommends, typically in the range of three to six months.
Check Your Car Battery
Somewhere in the range of three to five years, you will need to do testing on the battery in your vehicle. It’s best to replace your battery before it completely dies, as it usually happens at the most inconvenient time. Ensure that your battery levels are still strong and purchase a replacement battery as your own is about to die.
Balance and Align Wheels
Maintaining proper wheel alignment is healthy for the suspension system of your vehicle and can keep your car driving smoothly and not tilting when you drive. Every six months is the recommended amount of time to get your wheels realigned, but if you accidentally bump into a curb or some other object, it’s best to take your car in.
How H&A Service and Sales Can Help
Preventative maintenance is incredibly important to ensuring your vehicle’s overall performance. This is something we understand here at H&A Service and Sales, and our service is better than all the other competition. We help clients in the areas of Cobb County, Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA. If you are in or around these areas, please come visit us today to see why we proudly call ourselves the best auto solution around. Our experienced technicians can handle any problem thrown at them quickly and correctly. Come on down and see for yourself why you should trust us with your vehicle. We look forward to earning your patronage.
* Mercedes-Benz W204 C-class image credit goes to: DarthArt.