How to Make Your Mercedes Benz 380SE Run Like New
When you want an elegant car but are restricted by a tight budget, getting yourself an old car like the Mercedes Benz 380SE seems logical enough. It's the perfect example of elegance amidst practicality. But how about the car's overall condition? Well, of course it's going to need some cleaning up. But rest assured though, that underneath all those dust and years of experience on the road is the same Mercedes spirit built into your car. And in case you were wondering if there's something you could do to make your car feel young, then here are some tricks to make your 380SE run like new.
- Rejuvenate the air conditioning system.
One of the tell-tale signs of a new car is its fresh cabin air. It may not be possible to attain that level of coolness inside your old Mercedes Benz 380SE, but there's definitely something you can do to improve the air inside your car. First, check the cabin air filter for any accumulation of dirt and debris. If the air filter is already dirty, replace it with a new one to ensure better air flow. Then, make sure to maintain cleanliness near the evaporator to avoid unwanted dirt and odor to be sucked right in. And if there's already an awful smell plaguing your cabin, you can leave an opened pack of charcoal overnight to get rid of that unwanted odor. Then to top it off, put up an air freshener to give your car a fresh new smell reminiscent of a brand new car.
The rubber parts of the car are some of the most overlooked components when it comes to car maintenance. Because it doesn't contribute to the car's performance, it gets little to no attention at all. But you should keep in mind though, that like any other car part, the rubber also deteriorates over time and would need to be replaced afterwards. For example, your car's weatherstripping is being pulled and pressed whenever a door opens or closes. That continuous strain causes the rubber to develop cracks or start fraying, which in time could lead to the thinning of the adhesive. And once your weatherstripping has gotten loose, it's only a matter of time before rainwater starts entering your cabin, not to mention allowing the cold air from your A/C to escape. So make sure to replace the weatherstripping of your car to ensure utmost passenger comfort. And while you're at it, have the wiper blades replaced as well to ensure that your windshield would be properly cleaned and that you'll have better visibility as a result.
- Replenish your car fluids.
Because of the old age of your car, its machineries are more prone to corrosion, which in turn causes minute, shaved particles to contaminate your car's fluids. So flush out those contaminated fluids and replace them with new ones to improve equipment effectivity and efficiency. For example, replenishing your engine oil could cause less strain on your engine, thereby improving engine performance resulting to a better fuel economy for you. Not only will you increase your car's potential, you will also manage to improve fuel consumption in return.