Maintenance Tips in Keeping the Rubber Components of Your Mercedes Benz CLS500 in Top Shape
A luxury coupe, your Mercedes Benz CLS500 is equipped with high-end amenities and top-quality components, similar to those in other Mercedes Benz models. Powerful engine, first-class accessories and add-ons, top-of-the-line assemblies—these are some of the things you can surely be proud of in your ride.
Well, imagine this: wouldn't it be tragic to see your fine vehicle go to waste because of deteriorating rubber components after a few years of use? Vehicles, high end or not, are all made up of various rubber parts. And out of the different components in your car, the rubber parts are among the fastest to deteriorate due to the harsh effects of various elements. So how do you keep your rubber components protected? Here are some tips:
- Clean and treat rubber seals regularly.
The frequency of cleaning and treatment would depend on the amount of exposure to the sun that these seals get. For instance, rubber seals on your car door, truck, and hood will do well with cleaning and treatment around every six months. Use rubber and vinyl dressing to treat the seals, and be sure the treatment formula that you use is water-based. For seals on the windows, mirrors, and areas more exposed to sunlight, cleaning frequency is also around six months. However, treatment should be done at least monthly. This will ensure the rubber won't crack due to the sun's heat.
- Pay attention to your tires.
If there are rubber components in your car that do the toughest job, that would be your tires. So, they deserve extra TLC. Cleaning is definitely a must, especially if you've driven in mud. Use a brush with hard bristles to ensure you remove any caked mud on the nooks and crannies of the tires. You can use cleaners that are already built with protectant for cost-saving purposes. When choosing protectant for the tires, remember to choose those that have UV protection. When driving in winter, car cleaning and washing should be done more frequently to ensure that road salt won't do any damage, not only to the tires but, more importantly, to your wheels.
- Protect your under-the-hood rubber hoses.
When you take a peek at the engine bay of your Mercedes Benz CLS500, you'll likely see a complex arrangement of mechanisms—components connected by hoses and tubes. As the car runs and the engine works, it can get extremely hot in the engine bay, and heat is one of the primary enemies of your rubber hoses. Well, most of them are built to withstand a considerable amount of heat and then to deteriorate after sometime, requiring a replacement. But while that may be the case, you can protect your rubber hoses to extend their lifespan. The first thing to do is clean the engine bay—dirt sticking to the hoses will speed up deterioration. Second, apply protectant to the hoses. This will protect them from cracking and causing leaks. And of course, remember to avoid overheating as this can cause sure destruction of rubber components under the hood.