Category : Auto Repair
Let us guess: you have finally gone ahead and made that important investment, and bought yourself the car you’ve always wanted – a Mercedes-Benz. Congratulations! Now, you’re probably wondering, what with winter fast approaching, and temperatures set to drop real low, how you’re going to keep your car in mint condition. Don’t worry, because that is exactly what we are here for. Here are five simple and essential tips and tricks to tide you and your Mercedes over this bone-chilling winter:
- Defrost Your Car
Winter is a difficult time for both the car and its driver, and it is important, during these few months, to ensure the safety of the vehicle as well as its passengers. The easiest way to ensure this is to drive at a slow, steady and careful pace, so as to prevent the tires from skidding on snow or slush, and thereby avoiding the possibility of an accident.
However, merely driving safe may not be enough. And since it is best not to take any risks in a season as treacherous and unreliable as winter, always remember to defrost your car completely before you take it out on a drive. Yes, this is an obvious tip – but perhaps too obvious, which is why this is a factor many car owners and drivers end up neglecting. Before you take your car out on the road, for however short or long a time, ensure that it has completely defrosted, and that visibility from your vehicle is at a hundred percent.
In order to ensure full visibility at all times, make sure to clean your headlights, windscreen, and windows regularly.
- Use Antifreeze
It is important in very cold weather to fill up your car’s cooling system with antifreeze. Make sure that this is a tip you do not neglect, because it is absolutely crucial to the safety and maintenance of your car in winter. This will ensure that the cooling system stays in perfect shape despite the drop in temperature, and other associated problems that winter brings with it.
Check up on the amount of antifreeze on a regular basis, and always keep the level topped up. This will not just prevent the cooling system from freezing over and keep it in perfect condition for warmer weather, when you will need it to function smoothly, but it will also keep complications arising from this single problem at bay.
- Use Genuine Winter Tires and Wheels
The best way to keep your car tires functioning at their full capacity in winter is to use genuine winter Mercedes wheels from Mercedes-Benz. Usually, car tires begin to harden at about 7 degrees Celsius, so winter tires are designed in such a manner as to withstand even the worst temperatures.
To ensure maximum safety in hazardous winter conditions, including torrential rain, snow, and ice, switch to Winter Tires and Wheels. These tires are made using a special natural rubber compound that remains soft and elastic in even the most difficult weather conditions, allowing them to grip the road better and shorten braking distances in low temperatures. In addition, they feature a tread system of wide grooves, which are designed for the express purpose of providing better traction in the sludge and slush of winter roads.
It is important, also, to get your tires regularly checked by experts – especially, it goes without saying, if at any time you suspect that they might not be functioning to their full capacity.
- Test the Battery
Winter takes a toll on all parts of your Mercedes – and the battery is no exception. During winter, your car’s battery can lose a significant percentage of its power due to the pressure created on it by frost and low temperatures. In order to maintain full power and ensure good battery performance, check it on a regular basis. And most importantly, keep it adequately charged and well-maintained.
This will reduce your problems by half, because if your batter or engine is running smoothly, you can rest assured that your car will function well on the whole. And maintaining this one thing properly and with regularity will allow you to focus your energies on keeping all the other important aspects of your car well-balanced as well.
- Schedule a Tune-Up
This is perhaps the most important point to keep in mind as winter approaches. Before the cold and frost sets in, schedule a tune-up for your car with your local, reliable Mercedes-Benz experts. This will not only serve as a much-needed regular check up for your vehicle, but, more importantly, it will ensure that your car is in pristine condition for winter, both internally and externally.
Why let the winter take down your Merc’s performance? With the help of these tips, you can ensure that your car looks perfect and works smoothly this winter. Try them out this season, and see the difference they make.