Mercedes Benz 350SD: Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid
If you've bought your Mercedes Benz 350SD used, chances are it's not free from maintenance issues. There should be no problem addressing these problems especially if they are minor ones since there are lots of service centers for Mercedes Benz cars. Besides, minor issues can be addressed in your own garage. You just have to know what you're doing and understand the pitfalls of maintenance that you should avoid. Read below for some tips on what car maintenance mistakes you should keep yourself from doing when servicing your 350SD:
- Depleting the car battery.
Your car's battery is integral to the performance of the engine and therefore has many demands placed on it. It needs to provide enough power to start the engine as well as power up all the electrical systems and interior features such as seat heaters and stereos. With these many responsibilities, you should never ignore proper maintenance for your battery. And one mistake that you should avoid is to completely deplete it. Avoid doing things like playing the DVD player without running the engine to recharge; this will usually drain the battery. It may take weeks before you can fully charge it back to normal. A car battery can only take about 10 deep depletion cycle before you can no longer use it for good.
- Ignoring the warning lights.
The warning lights on your vehicle's dashboard are there for a reason—to warn you when something is wrong with the car. When no action is taken immediately, one simple problem could lead to major engine damage that could get you stalled on the middle of the road. When the Check Engine Light is constantly illuminating, you should at least avoid driving on highway speeds or dump heavy loads on your vehicle as this could further aggravate the problem. Your technician can retrieve the trouble codes related to the warning lights for you if you have no idea what's going on.
Some cars are now equipped with advanced engine technology that sometimes, it's not necessary to change the motor oil every 3,000 miles. However, if you have an older car, this does not apply to you. You still need to change your oil at the interval recommended by your manufacturer. You can't skip engine oil change because your car needs enough clean oil to operate properly. When left unreplaced for too long, engine oil will break down and can become a nasty sludge in the engine. Lubricating the internal parts of the engine will not be possible at this point; the friction will cause the parts to grind against each other--which will result to worn and damaged engine parts.
- Not paying attention to your tires.
It's always tempting to save up a few extra dollars by skipping replacement. But, thinking that you can squeeze a few more miles from those balding tires of your Mercedes Benz 350SD is a big no-no. Tires with enough tread depth are necessary for proper handling and to maintain proper contact with the road. If you bought your car used and don't know how old the tires are, it's better to be sure and get a set of fresh tires. Even though the tread still looks good, you must understand that rubber deteriorates over time. You don't want to experience tire blowouts while driving on top speeds; aside from the reason that it could cause serious engine damage, it's also really dangerous.