Is Your Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring?
May 1, 2019
For almost a century, Mercedes-Benz has served as an industry standard of class, sophistication, and fine taste. More often than not, a Benz comes with the price tag to match, making maintenance an important part of protecting your investment.
During the wintertime, all cars take a beating from the cold weather and salted ice. Because of this, it’s no surprise that many people park their Benzes on snow days. Thankfully, winter is swiftly followed by the top-down seasons of spring and summer.
But, is your Benz prepped for the new season? Here are just a few Mercedes maintenance tips you should keep in mind living in Denver.
Start with the Tires
Denver gets its fair share of snow and ice in the winter, so many Mercedes-Benz drivers invest in snow tires to provide better traction. However, once the ice has melted and the sun is back out, it’s time to switch those tires out. Even if you kept your all-season tires on during the winter, you should schedule rotation and balancing.
Get Rid of the Salt
Yes, salt helps to make our roads safer during the colder months, but it also rusts your car. The underside of your vehicle is most at risk for the obvious reason that it is close to the ground. As a result, it is important to schedule an undercarriage cleaning as soon as winter is over. Failure to clean the underbody leads to rust that may eat through the flooring of your vehicle over time.
Change the Oil
Have you ever heard the myth that cars don’t last as long in warm climates? There is actually some truth to this. Warm weather puts a lot of stress on your car’s engine, even when the heat is only seasonal. Because Denver’s alpine desert heats up during the spring and summer months, proper lubrication is the best way to keep your engine functioning at its best.
Protect Your Paint Job
Do you know what else doesn’t do well in the sun? The outer coat of your car. Even if you typically park your car indoors, applying a protectant helps to prevent sun damage while driving, and on those days when on-street parking is your only option.
Protect the Interiors
Vinyl, leather, and other interior materials don’t always hold up well to the sun either. Your mechanic may recommend some of the best protectants you can use to keep your car’s cabin looking as good as it did the first day you bought it. After all, you may want to trade up one day. This is an excellent way to preserve resale value.
Top Off Coolant
The weather can be unpredictable in the springtime. Today you’re cruising comfortably in 60-degree weather and tomorrow it’s in the 80s. Keep an eye on your coolant levels so that you can brave some of spring’s most bipolar weeks.
Check the Brakes
Checking the brakes isn’t spring-specific, but you should do so regularly. Because you will be doing other checks on your car anyway, it’s as good a time as any to have the mechanic test your brakes while he’s at it.
Are you gearing up to tackle Mercedes maintenance in Denver soon? Paddock Imports can help. Contact us at 303-825-5700 with any questions you may have or to schedule your spring car maintenance at Paddock Imports. We have serviced imported vehicles for more than three decades and we look forward to serving you.