Purchasing a Mercedes-Benz is a significant financial commitment. To get the most our of your Mercedes-Benz, you will need to take the time to have regular maintenance performed on the vehicle.
One of the pieces of routine maintenance includes the tires and the brakes. Tire and brake maintenance not only makes sure that you will stay safe on the roads, but it will also ensure your Mercedes-Benz is performing on the roads at its best so you can have an enjoyable ride. There are a few different checks and maintenance routines you must be aware of for your brakes and tires.
The first tire maintenance issue is the tread on the tire. Tire tread is first and foremost a safety concern.
When tires are worn down, the driver can quickly lose control of the vehicle. Tire tread becomes even more important when it is raining, or during winter conditions, the tread is what cuts through the precipitation on the roads and keeps the car in contact with the road.
If you live in an area that typically sees a lot of rain or snow in the winter; you need to pay extra attention to the tire tread.
There is a very low tech test you can perform on your own to determine if your tire tread is worn and that is the penny test. All you have to do it take a penny and stick it in the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you cannot see the top of Abe’s hair then your tread is 2/32-inch deep at that location, which is most states minimum tread requirement.
If your tread is worn, you will want to bring your Mercedes-Benz in to see a professional, and they will help you determine if you need to replace the tires or have them repaired.
Another important tire maintenance issue to be on the lookout for is tire pressure. The problem with under-inflated tires is that is causes heat to build up in the tire which can be very harmful to the tread. If enough heat builds up, it can cause the tread to separate, and you run the risk of losing complete control of the vehicle.
Overinflation also can cause its share of issues, including causing the tread in the center of the tire to wear faster than the tread on the outer edge, this can significantly reduce the lifespan of the tires. Over inflated tires also can cause you to have less traction which increases the likelihood of a spin out or crash especially in inclement weather. Finally, over inflated tires will make your ride bumpy as you will feel each imperfection on the road.
If you feel that the car is handling differently such as feeling softer or stiff, chances are your tires are not adequately inflated. You want to make sure that your tires are inflated per the terms of the instructions in the owner’s manual. You should pop into your local gas station to properly inflate them, or if you are uncomfortable with inflating them on your own, you can stop by your Mercedes-Benz repair shop to ensure it is done properly.
Proper tire alignment is also a maintenance issue you will want to stay on top of to ensure the best ride for your Mercedes-Benz. Tire alignment is not a problem with the tires themselves but with the system that connects the tires to the actual vehicle.
One of the main issues when your car is not aligned correctly is it increases the tread wear on the tire, which discussed earlier can lead to safety issues on the road.
There is no penny test for alignment issues, but you should feel it when driving fairly quickly. You will notice the car start to pull either to the left of right. Also, you may feel the vehicle start to vibrate more. You will need to bring the car in to see a professional, and they will help you decide what kind of realignment the car will need.
In addition to regular tire maintenance, you will want to make sure you are properly maintaining your brakes. The obvious concern with worn out brakes is that the car will no longer stop at an efficient speed.
The number one maintenance issue is having the brake pads replaced on a regular basis. When you do not replace the brake pads, it leads to other parts of the brake malfunctioning.
Replacing the brake pads often is an affordable maintenance item that will help keep your Mercedes-Benz running at its best. You will also want to replace your brake rotors as needed. This too is a very affordable maintenance item that can help you avoid major costly repairs in the future. If you start to feel your brakes not working like you are used to, it is time to bring it into the shop to have a professional take a look at potential issues.