Engine Care for Your Mercedes Benz CL600
So you're one of the lucky few who can afford a CL Series? No big deal. What you have under that hood is a powerful and redesigned V12 engine which not only gives your car more torque, it's supposed to be fuel efficient as well. The CL600 sets new standards for any vehicle with the PRE-SAFE brakes (that automatically brakes the car before an imminent collision) and the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system, among other cool things; but you already knew that. You've got everything you need in this monster of a coupe; all you have to do is take good care of this German masterpiece by practicing proper engine care. So here are some tips on how to keep everything running under your CL600's hood.
When checking the level of oil in the engine, the car should be on a level surface and the engine should be relatively cold. If you top up your oil while it's still warm, you're doomed to get a faulty dipstick reading, so wait until your engine cools down a bit. If you overfill your engine with oil this could go to all the wrong places in your engine, damage some parts along the way, and would probably leak all over the place. So wait until all your oil settles before you perform an oil check. Watch out for engine additives, they don't always work out the way they were advertised.
Sure, you had your oil changed but you completely ignored your oil filter so you can consider that oil change a waste of time. The filters inside you CL600 clear everything that goes into your car's engine and interiors. Obviously if your air filters are dirty you can't expect your car to smell brand new and that also goas for your oil filter which prevents the bad stuff from entering your car's engine which may lead to permanent damage in the future.
- Replace your spark plugs, check the coils.
Burned out spark plugs (your CL600 has 24) can cause poor performance and misfires in your car. These can trigger the dreaded check engine light. If you continue to drive with faulty spark plugs it can damage the catalytic converter, which is another story. Should your CL600 need new coil packs, you should also replace the spark plug insulators (the red rubber sleeves that slide over the plugs). Because if you choose to reuse the insulators, the coil packs can short out and die right then and there.
- Turn off your car's battery if you're doing something electrical.
This may be a clichéd common sense advice but stating the obvious can actually save a life or a car in this case. Remember to remove the negative charge first before the positive charge because otherwise you may just end up causing an electrical short in your entire engine. Check if your battery terminals are clean as well because having dirt on those may just prevent the current to smoothly pass around the electrical system.