How to Extend the Life of Your Mercedes Benz 220
You invest in a Mercedes Benz not only because of its opulence and signature style but also because it's superbly engineered. But even if the vehicle is well built, years of driving will eventually take its toll, leading to wear and tear. Extreme temperatures, humidity, rain, road salt, dirt, and a whole bunch of other things can cause damage to various materials. One by one, parts may break down. If you want to keep your good ol' Mercedes Benz 220 rolling, regular auto upkeep can save the day. Pay attention to the details. With regular inspection, you can extend the service life of the vehicle.
- Give your vehicle a once-over.
It wouldn't hurt to give your vehicle a once-over from time to time. Check all the lights and accessories to see if everything is working right before you take the vehicle out for a drive. If you want to keep the vehicle in great shape, you'll have to give it a thorough wash every once in a while and coat it with wax for UV protection. Don't just focus on the exterior. Also see to it that the interior is free from dirt and moisture, that the carpet is well cleaned and treated as with the rest of the upholstery. Take note of any irregularity when you're driving.
- Inspect the hoses and belts.
Take a peek under the hood to see how the hoses and belts are doing. Don't wait till your hoses collapse or burst. If they look brittle, feel spongy, or seem to have gone too hard, they have to be replaced. For the belts, see if there are nicks or cracks. If they appear to have lost tension, look for a fitting replacement even before they snap. This will save you from costly repair and utter inconvenience.
When you change oil regularly, you keep heat and friction from damaging various engine parts. This will prolong the life of the engine and even maintain its good performance. As you change oil, also check the oil filter and have it replaced as needed. Make sure that other auto systems also have enough fluids. Check the condition and level of the brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. Have the system flushed or bled as needed. These fluids will keep different auto systems working efficiently.
Filters screen away contaminants and impurities. They keep the system safe from unwanted elements. But as they trap dirt and small particles, they can also get clogged. If these filters can no longer keep harsh elements from getting into the vehicle system, the flow can be restricted. The fluid will also be contaminated and this can lead to damage. Keep the air filter and fuel filter in mind during regular car maintenance.
- Have a regular brake checkup and service.
Having your brakes checked regularly means your brake pads won't have to wear out too thin and your rotors can be replaced even before the scored or unparalleled discs reduce the braking power of the vehicle. The brake line, caliper, and other essential brake components should also be checked for mechanical wear.