How To Winterize Mercedes Vehicles For Winter Storage
The winter time is usually a rough one for vehicles both regular and in the luxury department. With colder temperatures, slick road conditions, and snow there are a lot of precautionary measures to take. With this in mind, some Mercedes owners will opt to put their luxury car into store much like other owners. That way they will not have the salt from ice melters ruin the paint of the car as well as have their vehicle be in any danger due to road conditions. As we are specialized technicians for Mercedes we have compiled a list of things to do in order to prepare your Mercedes or other luxury vehicles for winter storage.
6 Winter Tips for Storing Your Car This Winter
Fill Up The Fuel Tank
One of the worst things you can do is leave a car parked for months with a nearly empty fuel tank. The empty space in the tank will contain vapor which will condense into water over time. If there is water present in your fuel tank the gasoline will get contaminated and corrosion starts to appear which can affect the fuel level sensor. If this is to happen you could potentially have a broken or faulty fuel gauge which can be dangerous.
This goes for regular car care, especially for Mercedes vehicles, that having routine maintenance done to your vehicle is important. If your Mercedes-Benz is nearing their maintenance for any of their services such as Service A, B, C, D, E in the next 500 miles or 30 days, you will want to have it checked. That way when you take your car out of storage it is all ready to drive.
When it comes to cold weather and sitting idle, the pressure in car tires tends to dip. If you are thinking of storing your luxurious Mercedes for the winter, add air to your tires so that they reach a level of 40 psi. By doing this, you will minimize the flat spotting of your tires while in storage. On top of that, the car will be ready to hit the road at the first sign of spring.
Use A Cover
If you are going to store your car this winter, you should consider purchasing a car cover. Why would you need a cover if your car is in storage? No matter if it is outside or inside, the car’s paint can be damaged by almost anything from the weather to dust mites forming on the car in storage. To prevent spending money in the spring for touch ups or a new coat of paint, get a cover for your Mercedes. This will keep it looking mint through the winter so you can drive a car that looks like new in the summer.
If you are dead set on storing your Mercedes for several months during the winter season then it is recommended to disconnect the car’s battery. This way you will not lose any battery power during the winter as it sits in storage. Once the springtime arrives there are a couple of things you need to such as synchronize the windows. To do this you will need to press and hold the window switch for five seconds once the windows hit the top. If your Mercedes is equipped with a sunroof, you will need to move it all the way back and then hold the switch for five seconds. You should also do this same motion but have the sunroof move to the front and hold.
Once you reconnect the battery to take the car out of storage, you will need to reset the steering angle sensor otherwise you will have an ABS, ESP defective warning on the dashboard. To reset, start the car and turn the steering wheel all the way to the right and left a couple of times then restart the car.
If you plan to store your Mercedes for the winter you should make sure you have all the necessary fluids in your vehicle. Your coolant should have a 50/50 ration of water and antifreeze, and if you live in very cold climate the ration should be 30 water and 70 antifreeze. You should also make sure that you have windshield washer fluid that will not freeze at low temperatures as your car sits in storage. In all, you just want to make sure that there is no water that could potentially freeze any lines and cause leaks once the winter surpasses.
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