LOOK AFTER YOUR MERCEDES-BENZ

Along with keeping up to date with your scheduled servicing and MOT, and taking advantage of our Vehicle Health Check, there's a number of things you can do to ensure your Mercedes-Benz is at its best. The benefits of keeping your car aesthetically and mechanically sound range from maximising the value of your car for when you come to sell it, to saving yourself money in the long-run when it comes to replacing parts or fixing problems. Take a look at just a few of our tips to keep your engine running smoothly and your paintwork glistening in the sunshine. If you have any questions relating to the maintenance of your car please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Service team.

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OUR CAR MAINTENANCE TIPS


BATTERY AND CHARGING

If you are not using your car regularly, we recommend starting the engine and letting it run for a period of at least 15 minutes every two weeks. It is important to allow the engine to run for this long so the battery can charge properly. Be sure that your car is outside when the engine is running and don’t leave it unattended.

If you have an electric car you’re not planning on using for some time, the batteries’ State of Charge (SOC) should ideally be maintained at 50% and shouldn’t drop below 30%. You don’t need to charge the 12-volt battery as this is supported through charging of the High Voltage (HV) Battery.


TYRES AND BRAKES

If you haven’t driven in a while we recommend checking the pressure of your tyres – especially if you’re taking a journey on a motorway with higher speeds. You can find your recommended tyre pressures on the inside of the fuel or charge flap. You can also view the current pressure of your tyres on the instrument cluster after driving for a few minutes.

If your car has been left in wet or damp conditions, a thin layer of surface oxidisation can build up on the surface of the brake discs, which may mean they sound a little noisy at first. This is perfectly normal and gently applying the brakes when driving will help clear this.

If your tyres are worn or damaged then consider our Tyre Price Match Guarantee.


FUEL AND DRIVING STYLE

If you’re not planning on driving your car for a long period of time, it’s worth considering filling up your tank to full to reduce the likelihood of any condensation building up.

You can maintain the health of your car by driving with 'mechanical sympathy', using the controls of your vehicle while understanding how it works. Doing so will reduce component wear and you will make your fuel go further. Simple things like using the steering wheel, gearbox and pedals smoothly are key, along with keeping your eyes on the distant road ahead to reduce the need for sudden braking.

Remember to adapt your driving style for wet and poor road conditions.


TOP UP YOUR FLUIDS

Fluids are your car’s lifeblood and failing to replenish them may have severe consequences. Check your engine oil once a fortnight by opening the bonnet (with your car on level ground) and removing the dipstick. Give it a wipe with a rag then give it a dip. When it comes back out, the oil level should be between the minimum and maximum markers – and a light yellowy-brown colour if your car has a petrol engine. Dark, dirty oil should be replaced. However, diesel engine oil accumulates soot as part of the normal combustion process, so dark-coloured oil isn’t a cause for alarm with a diesel car.

You should also regularly check the coolant reservoir and the windscreen wash. It is always best to use Mercedes-Benz Genuine Parts when topping up your fluids.

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KEEP IT CLEAN

By regularly washing your Mercedes-Benz, you are removing the build-up of dirt, tar, bugs and other contaminants that slowly eat away at your paint. Make sure you use washing fluid (preferably pH neutral) that is specifically designed for cars, rinse thoroughly and dry with a chamois leather or microfiber towel to give a streak-free finish.

Try to avoid automated car washes, as the rubber wipers they use to clean your vehicle are often contaminated with grit and particulates that will put micro-scratches into your paintwork.

Regularly waxing your Mercedes-Benz will act as a sealant, protecting your precious paint from the elements.





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Follow the golden rule - if in doubt, you can always contact your nearest Jardine Mercedes-Benz retailer for help and advise regarding the maintenance of your pride-and-joy. And make sure to keep your scheduled Services up to date by booking easily online through the My®Service booking portal below. If you're unsure about when your next service is due, give our team a call today.


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