When it comes to car health and performance, having your tires properly working and in good condition is one way to ensure optimal performance and safety. Keeping your tires in peak condition is a good way to prevent other car issues from happening on top of running into a flat or any other scenario that will require additional cost. The one problem most people tend to have is knowing when it is time to get your tires replaced. With having a luxury car such as a BMW, Porsche, or Mercedes vehicle, there might be a slightly less inclined to be aware of such signs as you assume your car is made to last long as well as look luxurious. No matter what care you have, below are four signs that are an indicator that your Mercedes-Benz will need new tires.
Loss of Tire Pressure
When it comes to general tire pressure maintenance, it is good to check your car’s tire pressure every month. This is because the rule of thumb is that tire pressure goes down one PSI per month. Look at your car manual to know what range it is to have your tire pressure be at. If you have filled your tires and notice that the pressure has gone down more than one PSI, then you can consider this a warning sign.
Another popular sign that will tell you your car needs new tires, is if your the treads are starting to go thin. One way to know if treads are going thin is if you notice a squealing noise as you make turns while driving. To test whether or not if our treads are thin or wearing out, you will need a penny. Turn the penny upside-down and insert it into the treads of your tire. If Lincoln’s head is visible, that means your treads are worn and you need new tires. However, if you do not see the head of Lincoln then your tire is in good shape.
Cracks in the Rubber
One telltale sign that your vehicle is ready for new tires, is if you start to see cracks in the rubber of your tires. This is the result of the tire constantly stretching as you drive, as cracks begin to form over time. Be sure to check after 30,000 miles for any cracks in the rubber of your tires.
For most Mercedes-Benz, tires are good to last for at least 50,000 miles. Use this as a rule of thumb no matter if your Mercedes is new or old and have your tires checked after 50,000 miles. The Mercedes-Benz company recommends that regardless of mileage, drivers should get their tires replaced every six years for optimal performance and safety.
If you are an owner of a Mercedes-Benz, it is important to know almost every inch of your vehicle. As you know, you are driving more than just a car, you are driving an experience. With that said, Mercedes-Benz has gone above and beyond to make sure that their cars drive and operate at optimal levels. This means having intricate and high-efficiency components inside the engine of the car. One of the most important aspects is the brake system within a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. These systems consist of interconnected components that help operate the system with precision over a wide range of operating temperatures and weather conditions.
As mentioned in our previous blog brake fluid helps operate the brake pads during transportation and can absorb moisture, air, and dirt. If not tended to, the moisture can create corrosion within the internal rake components and decrease the boiling point of the brake fluid. This can cause the brakes to not function at optimal levels, which can be a dangerous risk while operating the vehicle.
When Should I Get My Mercedes-Benz Brake Fluid Changed?
While most cars tend to have recommendations of 36 months or 24,000 miles, for Mercedes-Benz we recommend every two years or 20,000 miles to be on the safe side. The procedure for changing the brake fluid on your Mercedes-Benz is a little different than most cars. Be sure to contact a trained technician as they use approved pressure bleeding machines and “DOT 4 plus” brake fluid. Since the brake system is known for its precision, the machines these technicians use are designed to properly flush out old fluid while not harming the any of the precision braking parts. The machine also ensures that the new brake fluid enters the system with no moisture or air.
It is important to have Mercedes-Benz approved parts and fluids being used when getting your car worked on. This is what Boston Motor Werks takes pride in as we are trained technicians with a passion for BMW, Porsche, and of course Mercedes vehicles, ensure that each customer leaves happy. Call today for more information!
It is well known that brake fluid is a very important aspect of your car’s daily operation. As you press down on the brake pedal, the fluid causes the brake pads to press against the rotors to slow your car down to a complete stop. Over time, just like with transmission lines, the brake fluid will start to absorb air, moisture, sludge, dirt and other contaminants as you drive your car days on end. No matter if you drive a Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW your car will need to have a brake system flush at some point in the cars life cycle to keep the brakes working at optimal levels.
What Does a Brake Flush Consist Of?
A brake system flush for Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW vehicles includes removing the existing fluid and moisture out of the system. It is the replaced with new, clean, contaminant-free fluid. By having a brake flush performed on your car, you are ultimately ensuring proper performance of your brake system so there are no issues while driving and it also increases the lifespan of the system.
Brake System Flush Steps
- Remove contaminated brake fluid.
- Add new brake fluid.
- Bleed the brakes.
- Clean any surfaces where brake fluid has spilled during the bleeding process.
- Check for fluid leaks.
- Inspect brake pads, rotors, and hoses.
- Test drive car with new fluid.
When Should I Get A Brake System Flush?
As each car is different, you will want to refer to the manufacturer’s manual for maintenance guidelines for fluid maintenance. However, common and good practice is getting your car checked for a brake fluid flush every 36 months or 24,000 miles. It is always good practice to have this service done by a trained professional as they will use the correct fluid for your car.
As mentioned in our previous blog, transmission flushes are a great minor maintenance task to have performed on your car to prevent major repairs. In most cases, getting a flush every 30,000 miles will be sufficient but in some cases, you will need to have this done sooner. If you are not sure when you will need to get this repair done, there are five common signs to look out for that are indicators you will need a transmission flush. No matter what kind of car you have whether it’s a Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW vehicle, these five signs are things you should keep an eye on.
Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises
If you are wondering if your transmission is contaminated with dirt, sludge, and grease you will notice that it will show symptoms similar to inadequate levels of transmission fluid. One of these signs is if you start to hear grinding or strange noises while driving. If you hear a strange noise then you will need to get a transmission flush and to make sure of this pullover and check the fluid level while the car is running by making sure the fluid color on the dipstick is bright red. If the color is brown or black then you will need a flush.
Problems Shifting Gears
If your transmission fluid contains a lot of dirt or sludge then you may have problems shifting gears as these contaminants will cause a sluggish response to the transmission. This sluggish response will result in your car changing gears too quickly or too late while driving. If you notice that this starts to happen to you while you drive, we recommend you call a professional repairs shop immediately for a flush.
When a transmission is too dirty, contaminants can interfere with the flow of fluid that helps develop pressure to hold appropriate gears while operating a vehicle. If you notice that your gears are starting to slip but the fluid levels are normal then you most likely have dirt and sludge built up in your transmission that needs to be flushed out.
Surging Of The Vehicle
Another sign that you may need a transmission flush is if you begin to notice your car surge or jump, forward or backward for no reason. This is usually caused by an inconsistent flow of clean fluid that is needed to ensure smoother operations of the gears and other parts of the transmission system. This inconsistent flow is caused due to dirt and sludge that will need to be flushed out.
Delay in Movement
If your transmission fluid has dirt, sludge, or grease in it then you will notice your vehicle stalling for a couple of seconds before moving after switching gears. If this happens then a transmission flush will help stop this from happening.
With any type of car, whether it is a Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW there is a slew of different types of parts and repairs for these parts. One of the biggest and most important parts of a vehicle is the transmission and depending on what you need to be repaired, it could get expensive. In order to prevent major repairs to be done, it is good to be diligent with your car’s maintenance and being on top of minor repairs. One minor maintenance task you can have done to prevent a big transmission repair is a transmission flush.
What is a Transmission Flush?
A transmission flush is a maintenance process where all of the oil in a transmission is removed and replaced with new oil. An experienced mechanic uses a special machine that runs cleaning solutions, as well as new oil, through your transmission that will push out any grime and sludge. This makes sure that your transmission is removed of debris and sludge that can hinder performance and cause more issues down the line.
What is a Transmission Change?
A transmission fluid change is a similar process to a flush but does not use a special machine. A change simply drains the fluid using natural gravitational forces. While this method helps clean up your transmission and drains about 20-40 percent of the total volume, it clean as good as a flush. Not all of the fluid in the transmission system is drained and it does not flush out contaminants within the oil. A change is normally used for a frequent maintenance or a quick fix to improving the life of your car’s transmission.
When it comes to repairs, whether it’s a flush or change, you will want to make sure that the work is done by a professional for optimal results. At Boston Motor Werks, we take pride in being specialists for Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche vehicles and we always ensure our clients are completely satisfied with our services. For more information on transmission flushes or to schedule one for your Mercedes vehicle, give us a call today!
For Mercedes enthusiasts, they know that the Mercedes-Benz W211 series is a great luxury car to own and drive around. Nothing says luxury and comfort than a Mercedes. However, a Mercedes is a car and all cars at some point in time need to have repairs done. If left unchecked, small problems can lead to major repairs and bills. To prevent these major bills from coming your way, we have laid out common problems you may run in with your Mercedes. If you notice any of these issues, be sure to contact a specialist as soon as possible.
Jerking Transmission – A common complaint with this series is that when shifting from first to second gear, they will feel a jerking or jolting sensation. This could be a sign of a problem with the car’s transmission and you should have the system checked out immediately.
A/C Problems – Just like with most cars, you may run into a problem with the climate control system. You may have the A/C produce warm air instead of cold and at some times, may not turn on at all. This could be a sign of an electrical problem. Contact a repair shop to have your refrigerant looked at.
Parktronic Display Sensor Malfunction – The Parktronic system is an array of sensors that help tell the driver of objects while parking. If this system is malfunctioning in the sensor display then you may need to have the system reset.
Fuel Gauge/Range Indicator Problems – You can bet there is a problem with your gauge if you start to see some weird looking readings on your fuel and range indicators. If you see this then you will need to have your system check out so that you get the proper readings you desire.
Battery Drainage/Alternator Problem – Always schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your battery is working properly and there is no unnecessary drainage. If you are having problems starting your car then you may need to have your alternator checked out as well.
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.
If you have any more Mercedes maintenance questions please contact us today!
With the first snow of the season arriving over the weekend, it is time to seriously consider prepping your Mercedes vehicle for the winter season. While there are basic tips to perform on any car for the winter, having a Mercedes or Mercedes-Bemz vehicle means you need to go the extra mile. You always want to make sure your car is looking and performing like the luxury car you paid for. This goes especially for the winter as colder temperatures can affect engine performance and the road conditions can affect how safely your vehicle will operate. As we specialize in Mercedes repair, we have come up with a quick checklist to perform on your luxury Mercedes car that will prep it for the winter time.
Mercedes Maintenance Winter Checklist
- Schedule a Tune-Up – If you own a car you are bound to run into car troubles, add in the winter weather and those problems only double. By scheduling a tune-up you will ensure your car’s performance while getting a leg up and preventing any costly repairs down the road.
- Check Tires – Keeping an eye on tire tread and pressure are a given but is especially important to monitor during the winter. With the snow and ice on the roads, you will want to make sure that your Mercedes vehicle will not slide on the road.
- Change Oil & Filters – Performance for luxury and high-end cars such as Mercedes is very important, its one of the main reasons people purchase these brand cards besides the name. You want to make sure that the performance is in its optimal form. In the winter you will want to change our your oil as well as have a technician replace any fuel, air or transmission filters.
- Check Lighting – The winter season is darker than the other parts of the year, which means having your lights checked is extremely important. Be sure to have both interior and exterior lights, especially headlights, inspected to make sure they work properly.
- Inspect Brakes – One of the most important things to have inspected for the winter is your brakes. To be prepared for the unexpected make sure your braking system is up to code with nothing hindering your safety in the snow.
- Test Battery – With the extra terrain to move through and colder temperatures, it is more likely in the winter that our battery can lose a good amount of power. Be sure that your Mercedes’s battery performance is checked.
- Inspect Exhaust System – Just like with your engine or battery, your exhaust system can be affected by the colder climate and snow. To ensure optimal performance, schedule an inspection for your Mercedes exhaust for ensuring safety this summer.
Since 2005, Porsche has been installing Posce Active Suspension Management (PASM) system in their cars. What this system does is provide improved grip and greater comfort while you drive your Porsche vehicle. What makes this system so unique from a standard damper is that it does not have a control wire that is connected to the head of the unit. What the PASM has is a central control unit that is connected to all four dampers that send out an army of sensors that spring into action at the push of a button.
What these sensors do is they measure parameters such as steering input, body roll, and suspension bump while you drive your Porsche vehicle. This data is sent back to the control unit, where the PASM system determines whether to stay in normal or sport mode.
In normal mode, the valves controlling the channel are open, which allows for a greater flow of oil, resulting in a softer damper.
In sport mode, the dampers stiffen as the bypass channel is closed. This allows for greater cornering performance by maintaining the tires’ contact with the road. By closing the bypass channel, there is an increase in the compression needed to force the oil through the damper body. Creating a stiffer damper and a more responsive Porsche vehicle.
When it comes to transmissions, high end brand cars are always looking for the best technology and engine parts to put in their models. Porsche has done just that with their Porsche Doppel Kupplings (PDK) double-clutch transmission. What makes the PDK different from standard dual-clutch transmissions is that it uses hydraulically actuated wet clutch packs one enveloped around the other.
The PDK is broken down as such. One clutch connects reverse, the first, third, fifth and seventh gears, while the other handles the second, fourth and sixth gears. Instead of a clutch pedal on the floor, the PDK has an electronically controlled valve body that actuates the correct clutch when needed. The PDK system engages one clutch at a time. However, because gear sets alternate between clutches, as one disengages the other can engage in one fluid motion.
The PDK transmission system avoids damaging parts with launch control by effortlessly switching from one clutch to the other, as the system engages one clutch at a time. By doing this, the oil-soaked wet-clutches don’t overheat and wear out under pressure.