Mercedes Benz 220D: DIY Car Maintenance Tips to Make Your Car Fall-Ready
Whether you are driving an old or new car, you have to get it ready for the upcoming weather. Your Mercedes Benz 220D should be ready for the harsh winter, and the good news is that it's not that hard to prepare your car for the upcoming weather conditions. There are simple steps that you can follow in order to winterize your car as well as save you the headaches of spending money on major repair problems. Below are some DIY tips that can help you get your car fall-ready:
- Change your wiper blades.
Generally, you will use your wiper blades more frequently in the fall as well as in winter. And since the weather can be freezing, the blades will also take a lot more abuse. It's better to have a fresh set of wiper blades ready so you will not end up blinding drive in harsh weather. The good news is that wiper blades replacements are not very expensive—they cost just $10-$20. You should be aware that some cars need same-sized blades for both driver and passenger sides, while some require longer blade in the driver side.
Since you will be driving under harsh weather conditions, it makes sense to have your spare tire ready just in case you will need it. Make sure that the spare tire is properly inflated, as with the rest of your tires. You can buy a tire pressure gauge for around $7 to $20. This will help you easily determine if your tires are over or under inflated. Remember that the pressure in your tires drops one PSI for every 10-degree drop in temperature.
- Check and top off fluids.
Your washer fluid can freeze in the winter, and you don't want that to happen. The solution is to replace the windshield washer fluid with a solvent that is suitable for use in cold weather. This fluid costs around $2 to $4 per gallon—and it will cost more for solvent mixed with antifreeze. Aside from the washer fluid, you also need to check on the level of antifreeze in the coolant recovery reservoir. Just remember not to mix green and orange antifreeze/coolant. The brake fluid also needs to be checked. If it's low, top up with the appropriated type of brake fluid. It is normal for your car to lose a bit of fluid as the brakes wear. However, a huge decrease in the brake fluid is an indication that there is a leak in the braking system. This needs professional service.
In general, you need to replace the air filter in your Mercedes Benz 220D's engine at least twice per year. It's a standard maintenance procedure. So, if you haven't done it yet, replacing the air filter would be a good idea before you drive off in the cold weather. Clogged air filters will cause pressure drop and restrict air flow in the engine. As a result, the car's fuel economy, emissions, and performance will begin to deteriorate. Hence, it is advisable to replace the air filter before it gets too dirty or clogged.