Monthly Archives: February 2018

Mercedes Radar System Errors and Solutions

We've all experienced walking around with fogged-up glasses or sunglasses. It makes it impossible to see. Now, imagine how your Mercedes feels when its radar system sensors and cameras are covered in dirt, sleet or snow! At the very least, they won't function at all. In some cases, they might function erratically or cause unnecessary braking, deceleration or swerving because of incorrect sensor readings. When winter comes — or any time the road gets dirty — remember to ensure the various radar sensors in your Mercedes are clean, clear and unobstructed. Due to the high-tech nature of these components and their high cost, take extreme care when cleaning them off and follow our guidelines for keeping them clear and ready to provide their full function for autonomous driving and cruising. How to Clean Mercedes Radar Sensors For the worst winter conditions, you need to remove snow and ice just like you would from your windshield, windows and headlights. Take car ... read more

Issues With Distronic Plus on Your Mercedes Vehicle

Many modern Mercedes Benz models are equipped with Distronic Plus, which is Mercedes' foray into the world of autonomous driving. While Distronic Plus won't fully drive your car for you, it uses cameras and sensors coupled with your cruise control system to provide a level of autonomous driving in stop-and-go traffic. It also detects when a vehicle in front of you is braking and can apply the brakes to get you stopped safely. Every iteration of Distronic Plus improves on the previous version — in fact, the system is already changing the way many people drive and commute. As with all technologies, there are certain pros and cons: Pros: Can provide braking and acceleration in stop-and-go traffic. The system detects when an emergency stop is required. Distronic Plus ‘locks' onto vehicles in front of you, keeping you at a safe distance. GPS data is used to help predict corners and traffic slowdowns. Your vehicle will move at steadier speeds, improving fuel eco ... read more

Signs of a Bad Mercedes Fuel Pump

A fuel pump rarely goes out without warning. Unlike some automotive issues that can occur suddenly, you can usually start to detect a tired fuel pump and have it fixed before your car leaves you stranded. The high-pressure fuel pumps on Mercedes vehicles deliver computer-controlled fuel at a specific rate for maximum performance. Get to know the signs of a bad Mercedes fuel pump and react before you suffer an inconvenient breakdown. Complete Failure Is Rare While any pump on any type of vehicle can fail, fuel pump issues aren't a widespread problem on any Mercedes models. Mercedes Benz fuel pump relay problems are more common and can make it appear that your fuel pump has failed. In many cases, your relay simply needs to be replaced, instead of the pump itself. Watch for these signs that your fuel pump is starting to act up so you can take your vehicle to a professional to get it back in proper running shape: Difficulty start ... read more

Mercedes TPMS Troubleshooting

Most modern Mercedes vehicles come equipped with a sophisticated tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This system checks the pressure in each of your four tires in real-time and indicates any problems on the dashboard. Driving with properly inflated tires has several advantages: Safer driving: Under- or over-inflated tires can make handling and braking dangerous. Less tire wear: Properly inflated tires wear less and last longer than when the pressures are incorrect. Better fuel economy: You burn less can when your tires are at the right pressure. Road noise and comfort: You get maximum comfort and reduced road noise when air pressure is optimal. This is why the Mercedes TPMS system is such a popular feature on their lineup of cars, SUVs and vans. As with all underhood automotive systems, the TPMS can suffer from issues as it gets older. We've put together this troubleshooting guide to help you determine when you ... read more