FAQs—Mercedes Benz 280S
The tail lights of my Mercedes Benz 280S work but the brake lights do not. What's wrong with my car?
Learning why your car's tail lights are not working is a step-by-step process. The first thing you should do is check the fuse as it might be burnt, and replace it if it is. If that doesn't help, then the bulbs might just need to be replaced. Take a look at them and see if the filaments inside are shattered. If you don't see any signs of damage inside the bulb or at the base that connects it to the lamp, install a test bulb that you know still works. If the test bulbs work, then the old bulbs just need to be replaced. Otherwise, a wiring might have been compromised and you will need to replace that part of the wiring harness.
What type of oil is best for the Mercedes Benz 280S?
The best type of oil for the Mercedes Benz 280S would be a 10-40 or 20-50 semi-synthetic blend, which is formulated to seal conditioners that flow into the pores of the crankshaft seals and restore their shape and increase their flexibility. Finer oils no longer work for an old model such as the 280S as it tends to burn or leak more. A higher-mileage oil like the semi-synthetic blend will meet your car's needs that are unique to those of today's vehicles. Its higher viscosity seals piston-to-cylinder clearances better and will not squeeze out as readily from the larger engine-bearing clearances. Semi-synthetic oils also usually have a higher dose of anti-wear additives that will help slow down the wear process. They also cost less than a full synthetic blend, so this type of oil is perfect for the 280S.
My Mercedes Benz 280S is constantly hot. In order for my car to not overheat, I have to keep the defrost/heater mode on. What can I do to fix this?
There are several factors that can cause your car's engine's temperature to get dangerously hot regularly, the most common of which is a low coolant level. The engine of your Mercedes Benz 280S relies on this fluid to circulate the cooling system and remove heat from the engine. If your car doesn't have enough coolant, then heat will build up. While running the heater/defrost may help, it is not enough to lower the engine's temperature to normal levels. Another possibility would be a faulty electric cooling fan. This component draws cooler air through the radiator when your car is not going fast enough. If your car tends to overheat or at least heat up (check your temperature gauge) while idling long enough, then this component is the problem. It is also possible that the thermostat may not be opening. If your car overheats while you're driving, then this may be the case. While your car is moving, the engine needs a lot of coolant flowing through, but if the thermostat doesn't open, then there won't be enough flow to keep the engine cool.