Basic Tips for an Efficient Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500
Having a huge car like the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 means you need to give it plenty of love and attention if you want it to run efficiently and flawlessly. Because of all the heavy hauling that it does, it's going to need extra care from you to keep it in good condition. If you want to get more from your car, then you're going to have to give it more too. Here are some upkeep tips that would help your Sprinter run efficiently:
- Keep proper tire pressure.
The Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 is a spacious van that has room for a lot of cargo and can carry a big load if needed. But don't get carried away by its huge capacity that you forget the car part which bears the brunt of the car's weight—its tires. Tires don't just allow your vehicle to move from place to place, they also have to be able to carry the weight of the car and its cargo safely. That is why tires need a specific level of air pressure in order to function properly on the road. However, as time goes by, tires lose air and the change in tire pressure starts to affect the vehicle's performance. Because when the required amount of tire pressure is not met, your vehicle loses traction on the road which in turn affects its speed and fuel economy, and not to mention the handling and your safety. So, before driving anywhere, especially if you're carrying a lot of cargo, make sure that all the tires are sufficiently inflated.
- Monitor your transmission fluid.
Like the other important fluids in your car, the transmission fluid is going to deteriorate over time and would need to be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Regardless of the number of miles, changing the transmission fluid in vehicles that do heavy hauling, such as your Sprinter, needs to be more frequent than those for smaller cars. Because your car does a strenuous job, all that hauling raises the operating temperature of the transmission, putting more strain on the fluid and the transmission itself, causing the fluid to deteriorate fast. So, make sure to check your transmission fluid from time to time for signs of deterioration. If your transmission fluid has started to give-off a burning odor, or has turned darker in color, then you probably need to change it already. Have your transmission checked to confirm and make sure that there is no other problem.
- Replace the brake pads regularly.
Since your vehicle would be carrying a lot of weight, then it would need more power from your brake system in order to put it to a complete stop. That means your brake pads would probably grow thin faster than a sedan's would. If you've started hearing squealing noises whenever you step on the brakes, that's your brake system screaming for attention. Maybe you just need to clean the brakes or you might already need to replace the brake pads. Because a worn out brake pad causes the caliper and rotor to rub against each other, squealing or squeaking noises are produced in the process. Replace a worn out brake pad immediately to avoid damage to your caliper and rotor and eliminate the possibility of getting into an accident when your brake system suddenly shuts down.