Mercedes Benz CLA250 Maintenance: Some Dos and Don’ts to Keep in Mind
Driving a Mercedes Benz CLA250 means being behind the wheel of one of the most stylish cars you'll see on the road today. And this four-door couple isn't all about style—it is also full or personality and performance. So if you want to continue driving this certified head-turner, you have to really take good care of it—from its mechanical parts to its exterior shells and underbody components. Here are a few dos and don'ts that can help you maintain your CLA250's charm and performance:
- Do follow your manual's recommendations.
Your manual contains Mercedes Benz' recommended maintenance and inspection schedules and intervals, so instead of trusting anyone's recommendations, consult your manual first. Remember that no one knows your ride better than its manufacturer. So when the manual says that you must service or replace a certain part once you reach a particular mileage, you have to do it without delay. By so doing, you can save yourself from all the hassles and costs of premature part replacement and serious vehicle troubles.
- Do learn to forego your bad driving practices.
If your previous cars have been nothing but disappointments because they didn't last longer than you expect, then it may be time to assess your driving habits. Perhaps, what led to your ride's early demise is your inability to maintain it well and your poor driving habits. Don't let that happen again to your Mercedes Benz. This time, instead of over speeding, learn to drive smarter. Avoid accelerating too fast only to brake hard in red light. Take your foot off the brake pedal especially when you are driving downhill; do your clutch pedal the same favor as well. Also, avoid driving drunk and other distractions at any cost.
- Don't expose your ride to the sun for extended periods.
The sun's UV rays can be your ride's worst enemy. It doesn't just affect the car's paint and exterior finish, but prolonged exposure to sun can also cause low fluid levels as well as make the antifreeze less efficient. Hot temperature also lowers the pressure of the tires, causes cracks on the dashboard and upholstery, and affects the quality of the belts and hoses. If you can't find a shade and you have no choice but to leave your ride under the sun, do what you have to do faster so you won't be exposing it to UV rays for extended periods. At home, it would be wise to have a covered garage.
- Don't ignore signs of damage and part failure.
Your ride will always send out warnings if there's something wrong with it. The warning lights will come on or the gauges on the dash will display any irregularities in their readings. The components that aren't in any way connected to the sensors, gauges, or dashboard warning lights usually produce strange noise or sound. So anytime you notice something unusual with how your ride performs, do not ignore it. Take time to troubleshoot the problem instead, so you can provide it with the right fix.