Mercedes Maintenance During & After COVID-19
October 1, 2021
Many car owners have been driving less during the pandemic due to working from home, putting off vacations, and not visiting friends and relatives as much. However, maintaining a Mercedes is still critically important.
- Your driving habits can change the type of routine maintenance your Mercedes needs and the schedule for getting the work completed.
- Regular maintenance of your Mercedes will help you get the maximum useful life from your vehicle after the pandemic.
- When planning for your routine maintenance work, make sure you choose a shop that knows how to work with a Mercedes and what parts meet the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life. One area of impact you might not immediately think about is the maintenance of your Mercedes vehicle. People spend more time at home and less time driving, so automotive upkeep may not be a priority. However, as you start to get back out on the road, you want your car to be ready to roll. The best way to ensure that your Mercedes performs at its peak is to keep up the routine and preventive maintenance.
About Mercedes Maintenance
Paddock Imports specializes in European imported vehicles like your Mercedes. Our expertise means the person working on your car knows its unique needs and how to keep it running at its peak. While the Mercedes brand is known for reliability, the professionals at Paddock’s Imports bring their years of experience to work to keep your vehicle on the road, even though a global pandemic.
After the last year, your Mercedes is probably due for a checkup. Sitting for long periods or piling on extra miles are both tough on your car, so it’s best to catch up on the maintenance, especially if you are behind. Here are a few of the problems that may emerge with a lack of routine preventive maintenance.
- Battery issues: If your Mercedes sits for a long time, it is highly possible for the battery to die. If that is the case, have it charged and then drive your vehicle for at least a half-hour to enable the battery to rejuvenate. If it does not charge, you may need a new battery.
- Brakes: Your brakes are especially susceptible to rust when the car sits for a long time. If the brakes on your Mercedes make unusual noises when you apply them, it’s time to take the car in for brake evaluation and service.
- Fuel: Any fuel in the tank can start to break down when your car sits for lengthy periods, which can damage your fuel pump and other components. In some cases, you may need a trained professional with the proper equipment to drain the fuel. Additionally, it is important to remember to use a higher octane for better fuel line and engine maintenance.
- Temperature: Over the course of a year, your car may experience very high or very low temperatures. Both of those situations are tough on your vehicle, and if the weather changes quickly, the impact can be exacerbated. Extreme temps can damage or cause loss of pressure to your tires, putting you at risk for an accident.
- Weather and other environmental factors: Animals, plants, and the weather are some of the common factors that affect your car when it sits for a long time. Small creatures may try to make their home in the vehicle. Bird droppings contain acid that can damage the paint. In most areas, heavy snow and ice mean salt on the roads, and that salt can eat into your car’s exterior and undercarriage. You may be able to avoid all of these conditions by maintaining a Mercedes during the pandemic.
Most Important Maintenance Checks for Mercedes
Mercedes recommends some specific maintenance tasks that will help you keep your car running at the highest level of performance. Make sure you’re caught up on the things on this checklist before you get back out on the road. A thorough professional Mercedes maintenance visit should include an inspection of the:
- Battery condition and age
- Brakes, including pads and fluid
- Coolant levels
- Fuel filters
- Oil changes and filters
- Spark plugs
- Tire wear and tear
- Transmission including fluids
- A/C health/recharge
Mercedes-Benz Service Milestones
In addition to knowing what kind of routine maintenance your Mercedes needs, you must know when to complete the work. Here are some helpful timelines for Mercedes maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer.
You should schedule a checkup if you drive an AMG model. The visit includes replacing the rear axle differential fluid on C-Class, CLA-Class, E-Class, and SL-Class models. G-Class models also need a front and rear axle oil change. Other Mercedes vehicles don’t need service until the 10,000-mile mark.
Mercedes-Benz recommends a visit for tire evaluation and rotation. For most consumers, that means you’ll have the tires rotated at the annual Mercedes maintenance visits and once in between. Most tires should last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles depending on your driving habits and road conditions. However, it’s essential to have them checked regularly because they are so crucial to safe travel.
The 10,000-mile mark is the first time most Mercedes vehicles need significant maintenance. This visit, which is usually around the first year of driving, should include:
- Evaluation of all fluid levels, including coolant, power steering, brake, windshield washer, and differential lock mechanism
- Synthetic motor oil change and oil filter replacement
- Wiper blade replacement
- Multipoint inspection specific to your car’s make, model, and class may include engine hood catches and hinges, brake pads, pressures on the tires and the spare, electrical system, and chassis. CLA and GLA AMG models also get a rear axle oil change and engine air filter replacement.
This milestone falls around two years of driving for most people. A service visit at this point includes everything that you had at 10,000 miles, plus cabin filter replacement and changing the brake fluid. The professional will also perform an even more thorough multipoint inspection specific to the vehicle, including looking for leaks, evaluating the DEF lines and components, checking the axles, steering components, and propeller shafts.
This visit is similar to the 10,000-mile checkup, unless you drive an AMG. The AMG vehicles have additional maintenance tasks.
The service at 40,000 miles is the same as the 20,000-mile checkup. Maintenance usually falls into a predictable routine at this point, but your service professional can give you more information on your specific make and model.
At this Mercedes maintenance checkpoint, it’s time to have all the major systems on your car inspected. You’ll repeat this process about every 50,000 miles going forward. Brakes pads, the battery, and the accessory drive belt are usually replaced at this visit.
Where Can I Learn More?
Taking care of your car during the pandemic is essential for how well it performs when you return to routine driving. Paddock Imports is here and ready to help you get your vehicle back on track with COVID-19 Mercedes maintenance so that you get as many years of driving pleasure as possible from your Mercedes.
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