Mercedes A Service — More Than Just an Oil Change

Mercedes A Service — More Than Just an Oil Change

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Mercedes A Service is More than Just an Oil Change

 

The first notification you will receive that your Mercedes is due for its 10,000-mile oil change is a message on your dash. At that point, you may be wondering whether it’s worthwhile to take the car into a Mercedes dealer for the “A Service” or if it would be more convenient to get the oil changed elsewhere.

After all, there are a number of businesses offering oil change services. If you have plenty of options, does it make sense to go to your Mercedes dealer?

A Mercedes Deserves to Be Treated to Quality Service

Your Mercedes isn’t just another car, and for that reason, it deserves to have factory-trained technicians performing all service work on it. You chose to buy and drive this type of luxury car because you wanted to own a vehicle that carries the quality associated with the brand.

Over a number of years, the Mercedes name has become associated with both high-quality parts and materials in the manufacturing process and luxury for anyone fortunate enough to travel in one. The person who drives a Mercedes vehicle knows they are behind the wheel of something that was designed and manufactured with superior technology. Taking a vehicle like that to a neighborhood garage for service just doesn’t seem to fit with the type of care the company has taken over its history to develop vehicles that drivers not only find visually appealing, but enjoy driving as well.

Examples of Classic Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz has been producing automobiles since the late 1800s. Karl Benz was granted a patent in Germany for the first internal combustion engine vehicle. Outfitted with three-wheels, a crank to steer with and bench seating, it had a very basic design. Less than a dozen of the earliest versions were ever made, but they paved the way for more development of future models.

Here’s a quick look at some of the Mercedes vehicles throughout history:

  1. Mercedes 540K

In production from 1936-1940, the Mercedes 540K became a popular choice in Germany for carrying high-ranking officers of Hitler’s Third Reich from place to place. This model is prized for more than being a staff car, though. The 540K featured a 5.4 liter, straight-8 cylinder with a supercharger that could achieve a power output of an impressive 180 horsepower.

  1. 300SL Gullwing

The 300SL was produced for nine years (1954-1963), and it is considered one of the best-known models the company has ever released. Its Gullwing doors open straight up to create a unique, birdlike appearance. Originally introduced on the track as a race car in 1952, the Gullwing became so popular with the public that the company released the model to consumers in 1954. Two models were offered: the coupe and the roadster.

  1. 280SL “Pagoda”

The Mercedes 280SL Pagoda was only in production from 1967-1971, but it stands out for its graceful lines and color-coordinated hubcaps. This vehicle simply oozes class, and it doesn’t disappoint under the hood, either. The 280SL carries a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine capable of putting out approximately 170 horsepower. In the year the Pagoda was released, this was considered quite impressive.

  1. 500E

The Mercedes-Benz 500E was hand-built by another manufacturer: Porsche. During the time this model was in production from 1991-1994, each one was sent back and forth between the Mercedes and Porsche company headquarters during the 18 days it would take to assemble them.

 

Mercedes Benz A Service Timeline

 

The Difference Between an Oil Change and Getting Mercedes Service

There is a pervasive myth that visiting a Mercedes dealer or going to a Mercedes-designated repair shop to look after your vehicle is the same thing is having your oil changed at a drive-up establishment. While the latter type of business caters to a particular segment of the market and offers a particular service that serves its customer base well, it can’t rightly be put in the same category as the type of maintenance you can expect from Mercedes service.

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What the Mercedes A Service in Chicago Includes

The Service A Schedule is recommended for your vehicle at 10,000 miles. It should be repeated at 20,000 mile-intervals thereafter. When you schedule your Service A appointment, the technician will perform the following tasks on your car to ensure it is performing well:

  1. Change Your Oil and Filter

This is one of the most crucial parts of the Mercedes A Service. Chicago dealers and designated repair shops will remove the old engine oil and replace it with fresh oil. This is required at intervals because the moving parts of the car’s engine rub together, creating friction and heat. The oil lubricates the moving parts, absorbing the heat the friction produces.

Over time, the oil breaks down and becomes less effective at doing this important job. It’s important for the oil to be changed so it can continue to lubricate the engine parts effectively.

  1. Inspect the Warning and Indicator Lamps

The warning and indicator lamps in your vehicle can’t alert you to a problem if they aren’t functioning properly, so they must be inspected. During this part of the Service A Schedule, the technician will also check your horn to confirm it is functioning well.

  1. Inspect Windshield and Wiper Blades

The condition of your car’s windshield and its wiper blades is an important consideration when you are looking at what it takes to drive safely in wet or snowy weather. The wiper blades should be changed when they no longer sit squarely on the windshield.

At that point, their ability to keep water, snow and ice pellets off of its surface will be compromised. The technician will change the wiper blades, if necessary, and top off your windshield wiper fluid if you are running low.

 

When to Change Your Mercedes Wiper Blades

 

  1. Make Sure All Seat Belts Are Functioning Properly

Seat belts are a basic safety feature, but they won’t protect you and your family if they aren’t working properly. Your 10,000-mile inspection includes ensuring all the seat belts are in good working order and inspecting them for damage.

  1. Check the Tires for Wear Patterns and Signs of Leaks

The air pressure in the tires needs be checked as well. Too much pressure can lead to premature wear in the center of the tire. Too little tire pressure in the tire may result in the edges of the tire wearing down more quickly than normal. Additionally, if the tires are underinflated, your vehicle will also see a reduction in gas mileage.

The spare tire will be checked for wear patterns and signs of leaks as well. The air pressure will also be looked at to confirm the spare is inflated to the correct level so it’s operational if needed.

  1. Look at the Brake Pads and the Rotors

Since the brakes on your car are being used every time you drive your Mercedes, it’s important to keep them in good working order. The brake pads are equipped with sensors to warn you when they may need to be replaced.

The rotors aren’t equipped with a similar warning system to let you know they are becoming worn down. They will need to be inspected by a technician to determine whether they are in good shape or need to be replaced.

  1. Check the Fluid Levels in Your Car

Engine oil and windshield wiper fluid are just two types of fluid your car needs to operate at its best. The technician will also check other fluid levels in the car and correct the levels as needed. The transmission fluid, coolant, brake and power steering fluids will also be checked during this process.

  1. Reset the FSS Counter

The technician will also reset the Flexible Service System (FSS) counter located in the instrument console of your car.

Trying to Work on Your Car Yourself Doesn’t Pay Off

Your Mercedes is a complex machine, so it’s always preferable to take it to a specialist instead of trying to work on it yourself. Here’s why:

  • Doesn’t save you any time. Unless you are a trained Mercedes technician with all the tools and equipment at your disposal, it will take you more time to perform the repairs on your car yourself. Professional automotive technicians have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and complete repairs to cars more quickly than someone who has not completed the required training.

Mercedes Benz Garage with Proper Equipment

 

  • Won’t end up saving you any money. To determine whether you will actually save money by trying to perform maintenance on your car yourself, figure out how much you earn in an hour or set a figure for how much your time is worth to you. Then, estimate how long it will take to research the type of problem you may be having with your car. If you have to buy parts for your car, add in that cost and include the time it takes to shop for them and pick them up or to find them online.

Then determine how much time you will spend completing the repair to your car. Keep in mind that it will likely take longer than you anticipate, so add on some extra time simply because you aren’t as familiar with the inner workings of your vehicle as an automotive technician.

Once you add up all this time at the hourly rate you have selected, you will likely find that you are better off taking it to a dealer or a Mercedes-designated repair shop.

 

Going to a Professional Garage Saves You Time

 

Give Your Mercedes-Benz Vehicle the Benefit of the Right Kind of Care

If you are going to invest in a luxury automobile like a Mercedes-Benz, then it’s only right to take the proper steps to care for it properly. This includes making sure you take it in for its Mercedes 10,000-mile service. Chicago Mercedes owners who want their vehicles to last take this step so their car will keep running properly and will perform at its best for several years.

Don’t spend the money to acquire one of the best and best-manufactured cars in the world and then try to economize by avoiding spending money on the regular maintenance it needs. You’ll only end up spending more in the long run, since you’ll miss finding big problems before they could have been corrected at an earlier stage — and for less expense.

For quality Mercedes repair in Chicago, trust Burdi Motorworks. Our factory-trained technicians will diagnose the issue quickly and make the repairs necessary so that you can get on your way. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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