The Texas heat and winter conditions can both bring different levels of wear and tear on your Mercedes-Benz motor and fluids. It’s important to stay on top of service dates in order to keep your Mercedes-Benz in tip-top shape. Mercedes repair expert, Len Gilmore, of German Auto Center of Austin, Texas, explains the “Top 5 Things to know About Oil Changes and Oil Filter Replacements on New and Used Mercedes Models.”
Below are the top 5 things to know about oil changes and filter replacements on your new or used Mercedes-Benz:
1. First and foremost it’s critical to ensure that your service facility is using the correct oil for your Mercedes Benz. If your Mercedes Benz was built after 1998 be sure you are using Mobil full synthetic 0W/40 (prior to 1998, a mineral based oil is recommended). This is particularly critical in the Texas heat, where standard mineral based oil will break down in less than 500 miles. The right oil will keep internal engine components such as to lifters and bearing journals clean and cool. Stay away from general automotive shops and quick lubes, and visit German Auto Center or an authorized Mercedes Benz facility.
2. Equally important to using the right oil is using the right oil filter for your Mercedes Benz. Mercedes Benz filters are made of a fleece material to with stand the heat and pressure. Do not use paper filters that are often found at general automotive repair facilities and quick lube outlets. The paper filters will not hold up to the heat and will break down and clog your engines oiling system. Additionally, be sure to replace all O-rings related to your oil filter and housing, depending on your Mercedes Benz model you will have between 3 and 5 O-rings as part of the filter assemble. Do not over torque the filter housing as you will break the plastic housing.
3. Most Mercedes Benz automobiles do not have oil dip sticks nor oil drain plugs. It is important to pay attention to your oil and service warnings. Some shops, such as German Auto Center of Austin, TX, will check your fluid levels at no charge.
4. Your Mercedes Benz comes pre-programmed with a service interval of 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Particularly in the Texas heat, this is too long for even Mobil 0W/40. Professionals at German Auto Center, experts in German car repairs and maintenance, recommend changing your oil every 7,500 miles or once per year. For high stressed turbo charged or super charged engines, we recommend reducing that to 5,000 miles or once per year.
5. Bring your Mercedes Benz by German Auto Center for a complimentary 36 point safety inspection and we will check your fluid levels and the condition of your oil for no charge.
Whichever model you drive, it’s important to keep your Mercedes-Benz in tip-top shape. The heat and cold can bring its own level of wear and tear on your luxury car. Protect your investment and bring in your vehicle for inspection or service at German Auto Center. Serving Austin, TX since 1979, owner Len Gilmore wants to invite you be part of the German Auto family where you are your vehicle are treated with the upmost care.
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