FAQs—Mercedes Benz C43 AMG
I think I'm replacing my Mercedes Benz C43 AMG brake pads too often. Could it be that I am purchasing low-quality brake pads? How can I increase its mileage?
Low-quality brake pads material can contribute to their early failure. Most often, though, it is the driving style that defines the mileage. Sudden braking while moving fast gives the pads extreme pressure, highly increases temperature, and ends with untimely replacement need. Unnecessary braking also poses the same problem because brake pads typically wear faster when used all too often. Avoid these habits and you'll sure save big bucks.
Sticky brakes hasten brake pads' life as well. This happens when springs are improperly installed. It's either too tight or a little loose. Regular check-up will save you from the hassle. If necessary, have a professional mechanic do the maintenance for you.
Is it true that using cruise control improves mileage, or should I stick with the "don't drive at the same speed for more than five minutes" rule?
Warning regarding driving at constant speeds basically applies on new vehicles during the brake-in period running within the first few thousand miles. The only risk with cruise controls is that they offer comfort that takes alertness away; you might doze off while on the road. But as for practical drivers, travelling with their old buddies using the cruise control will assure fuel economy and long trips to be more comfortable.
A little power would really be great, but I don't want any alterations under the hood. What are the options for my Mercedes Benz C43 AMG?
There are several tricks to bring out your car's power without making changes neither with the engine nor the transmission. A more aggressive tire alignment or a more straight-line speed can enhance acceleration. Couple that with a set of shorter tires and find your speedometer reading spike. You have to mind fluids as well. Remember that the engine oil keeps effective performance of the engine camshaft, crankshaft, pistons, and valves. Enough and clean lubricant is the key to that. Well-kept transmission fluid makes a transmission system up for a hard-working engine. Your differential also requires enough gear oil to make sure engine power is transmitted efficiently to the wheels. And don't forget to keep these fluids clean. To fight air drag, on the other hand, you may want to add a sporty spoiler to your rear.
I always thought air bag help save lives until I heard passengers can be at risk because of it? Is there any truth in this?
On most occasions, specifically head-on collisions, you can only hope for your airbags to work in time. Nonetheless, it can inflate with great force, enough to endanger frail passengers, including children. You may choose to disable the passenger-side air bags if your car happens to have the feature. For this very reason, there are lands that strictly forbid a child or infant at the passenger side. They are safer from the impact of collision and the air bag when seated at the back.