FAQs—Mercedes Benz 300CD
I'm afraid I'm having steering issues with my five-year-old Mercedes Benz 300CD. Lately, my steering wheel would vibrate once I speed up or even when I've settled for a steady speed and going straight. I could have let it pass if the vibration seldom occurs particularly while hitting an uneven stretch of road. What could be the reason for this?
Your Mercedes 300CD is getting out of control and is going against your grip for a number of reasons. First, it could be that your wheels are out of balance. Second, your wheels are starting to wear unevenly. Third, your wheels might have loose bolts. Fourth, your brake discs might be worn out. Take your car to an authorized service center or a local garage to have your wheels re-aligned and re-balanced. Take a close look at the treading of your tires and consider replacing them soon enough. Then, inspect the lugs on your tires to know if any of them need to be tightened. As for the braking system, it could be high time you change the rotors for safety reasons. A quick trip to the service center would save your vehicle not only from further damage but also save you from a possible road mishap.
I am getting a bit paranoid since two of my friends got overheating engines earlier this week. I am about to drive out to Vegas in my Mercedes 300CD and the last thing I want to experience is become too helpless on the side of the road. What should I do when my car overheats? Are there any particular paraphernalia that need to be kept at bay?
A warning light indicator would tell you if you have an overheating engine. Once the light indicator flashes, do not attempt to continue driving for at least more than a quarter mile. Doing the exact opposite could lead to more serious damages on the engine, which means more cash to be shelled out either for repair or replacement. The first thing to do is get a safe place for you to pull over and turn off your engine. Do not open your hood right away. Wait it out until such time that you are sure your vehicle's engine has cooled off. Once safe to flip the hood open, check the coolant reservoir tank. There is usually a visible level indicator so better look into it. Never ever attempt to open the radiator cap unless 30 minutes or an hour has passed or you are certain the steam pressure has neutralized. Opening it up could make the steam pressure burst and burn you. You would need to top up the coolant when necessary. Just to be sure, it is best to have your vehicle checked out prior to your trip and have the coolant, flashlight and tool kit readily available in case you get into this situation.
First-time driver here. I've got a Mercedes Benz 300CD and I'm starting to get delirious about suffering from a flat tire. I might not know what to do once it happens. My question is: what usually causes a flat tire and how do I avoid it?
Among the common reasons for a flat tire include punctures caused by driving over sharp objects, a leaky valve stem and a bead leak between the tire and wheel. New or old, your tires could very well be punctured or air could leak from it. You would know you've got a flat tire when steering or handling becomes unsteady and you hear a thumping sound while driving along. In order to avoid it, make sure you slow down when you see a pothole or when driving through uneven terrains as you never know what kind of objects lay in there. It also helps that you have a spare tire that is readily available along with the tool kit that you would need in changing the tire.