Mercedes-Benz Safety Inspection Checklist
Checking your Mercedes-Benz car periodically will ensure better working condition. You will be getting more value for your money and taking care of your investment. Every Mercedes-Benz comes with a system for maintenance called Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System. This system will automatically track the last time you serviced your car as well as the distance you have driven during this time. About a month before service is due, the Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System will indicate in the multi-function display. After every check, the system should be reset after the service has been performed.
If you have seen a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz you really like and want to purchase it, do not go forward without getting an inspection. A pre-purchase inspection will spare you the headache of spending plenty of money fixing damages in the car after purchase. It also means you have more grounds to negotiate a good price for the car. A lot of people make the mistake of purchasing a Mercedes-Benz out of town or without a warranty and are burdened with a poorly maintained car. The following safety checklist will help you make a decision to purchase or not and also show the seller your seriousness to purchase:
- Exterior and Interior of Mercedes-Benz: operation of park brake, wiper, horn and lights. Internal and external mirrors. Mounting of accelerator pedal, brake pedal and clutch pedal. Condition of front and back light senses as well as side glass and windscreen. Seal of boot and doors.
- Under Mercedes-Benz: engine and gearbox mountings. Differential and gearbox oil level. Pressure and condition of tires and wheel bearings. Condition of brake linings and disc. Steering linkage and shock absorber.
- Road test for Mercedes-Benz: operation of clutch, brake and shocker. Audible gearbox and bearing noise. Performance of engine and tires as well as noise of tires. Drive-ability, wheel alignment and track test.
- Under the hood of Mercedes-Benz: terminals, electrolyte level and security of battery. Condition and level of clutch, brake, coolant and power steering fluid. Condition of radiator, fan and fan drive.
You should visit a quality Mercedes-Benz service center to check this and more with any Mercedes-Benz before you buy one or sell one out.
You have to be sure that your Mercedes-Benz can handle the strain of a road trip before embarking on one. Your road trip can end up being a bad experience if you begin to have problems on the way. You can inspect your Mercedes-Benz before your road trip to ensure you have no problems. Here are some things to check before taking off for your trip with your Mercedes-Benz.
- Tires: ensure tire pressure is right to avoid burning extra fuel.
- Spare tire: check condition of spare tire, restock on tire sealant and ensure jack handle and wheel brace are in the car.
- Coolant: top up and add antifreeze in winter.
- Windscreen washer bottle: top up with water or washer fluid.
- Lights: check that all lights are still functioning properly.
- Engine oil: check level with dipstick and top up as required.
- The boot: unnecessary weight will task your fuel so get rid of anything you don’t need for your journey.
- Fan belt: check for cracks while the engine is not running. Long shrieking noise means it is sliding or loose.
- Hoses: park in a clean spot and check for leaks to avoid low fluid levels on your trip.
The different parts of your Mercedes-Benz will serve for longer and operate properly when you inspect them routinely. Replacement of parts and routine check and maintenance is included in this safety inspection checklist.
- Tire rotation: if all tires have same dimensions, they should be rotated frequently on a pattern.
- Tire pressure: check the conditions and pressure of tires regularly.
- Spark plugs: should be changed according to instructions. In case of excess idling, fast highway driving and persistent start and stop, they can be replaced sooner.
- Interior filters: combination, dust, activated charcoal and recirculating air filters should be checked periodically and replaced regularly in case of constant use or severe climate conditions.
- Coolant: check level of coolant according to procedure.
- Engine oil level: check level with dipstick when the car is cool. Some Mercedes-Benz will show this on malfunction display.
- Brake fluid level: check for leaking or worn out brake pads when refilling is needed and refill brake fluid.
- Windshield washing system: warning lamp will indicate when refilling is required. Check function of liquid and wiper blades after refilling.
- Lighting system: ensure lighting system is working well.
To prevent extra costs from expensive repair bills, inspection of your Mercedes-Benz is necessary. Part from saving you more money in the long-run, this will also give you confidence to drive your car knowing that you are safe and are taken care of it.