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How to Tell If Your Mercedes-Benz’s Alignment Is Off

How to Tell If Your Mercedes-Benz’s Alignment Is Off

Have you wondered how your Mercedes-Benz drives straight and turns when you want it to? When the wheels become misaligned, you may not have a choice and struggle to keep your car going straight. Many things can cause your car wheels to knock out alignment, including speed bumps and potholes. To prevent accidents and costly repairs, the team at Jeff’s Mercedes Auto Service would like to educate you on how to spot misaligned wheels. Sign #1: Off-Centered Steering Wheel  Does your steering wheel always look crooked? If you have to grip your steering wheel super hard to keep your vehicle going on a straight path, it is a tell-tale sign that your Mercedes-Benz is due for alignment service.  Sign #2: Vehicle Shakiness While your Mercedes-Benz struggles to drive straight, it will likely cause vehicle vibrations or shakiness. You might feel it in the steering or throughout the vehicle. Sign #3: Uneven Tire Wear Your tire treads can give a lot away regarding how your vehi ... read more

What Happens If I Miss a Mercedes Service?

What Happens If I Miss a Mercedes Service?

One word, never skipped a vehicle service! Every vehicle service counts in every vehicle service means that you run less of a risk running into problems with your vehicle. Let's look into why not missing vehicle services is significant. Higher risk of problems When you miss a vehicle service you missed the chance to find out if there's any potential issues with the vehicle. They said if your vehicle does have any problems these could worsen and lead you in to accidents later on. Regular vehicle servicing helps you and your mechanic keep up to date with your vehicles current state. Higher fuel consumption In case you didn't know a problematic vehicle consumes way more fuel than a well-functioning vehicle. So missing vehicle services and not finding out problems such as oil leaks etc can lead to a vehicle consuming fuel at a much higher rate. This can be avoided through regular vehicle servicing. Worn out vehicle The less you service your vehicle the less you know abou ... read more

Understanding Mercedes-Benz’s Dashboard Warning Lights

Understanding Mercedes-Benz’s Dashboard Warning Lights

Whether you drive an A-class, B-class, C-class, S-class, AMG, etc, all cars have universal warning lights. When you catch a warning light on your Mercedes-Benz, it can be daunting and stressful to deal with. You might wonder, “Is it safe to drive?”,”What does it all mean?”, etc. We’re here to provide you with the ultimate dashboard warning light guide for Mercedes-Benz.   First things first, you can answer the question, “is it safe to continue driving”, by looking at the color of the warning light: Yellow/Orange: When your light is this color, it means something is not working correctly. You can carry on driving with caution. Make sure you have your vehicle inspected ASAP. Red: Whereas, red means a severe and potentially very dangerous issue. If your warning light is red, it is best for you to pull over and stop driving as soon as possible. Next, you will want to understand what the symbol of the warning light means. Some dashboard war ... read more

Why Is My Mercedes-Benz Steering Wheel Locking Up?

Why Is My Mercedes-Benz Steering Wheel Locking Up?

A Mercedes-Benz is a hefty investment, and you expect it to steer seamlessly and easily. While these luxury vehicles are known to do so, their steering systems can wear down over time. One of the scariest situations you can be in while behind the wheel is having a locked-up steering wheel. While this problem is rare in newer models of Mercedes-Benz than older models, it can still occur to any of us.   A stiff steering wheel can be caused by any of the following: Power steering system failure: The power steering pump makes up a huge portion of the steering system. Over time, this part is prone to get stuck or jammed with contaminants in between. If your Mercedes-Benz has a hydraulic steering system, another potential cause is low or dirty power steering fluid. If you suspect a leak with power steering fluid, please bring your car or SUV to Jeff’s Mercedes Auto Service for help.  Suspension: In some cases, your steering wheel can stiffen up due to worn suspension part ... read more

Signs You Need Suspension Repair

Signs You Need Suspension Repair

Your Mercedes’s suspension has three main jobs: To keep the wheels in contact with the road, To cushion the effects of uneven pavement and keep the ride smooth and comfortable, To prevent extreme sway as the car negotiates turns. This work is carried out by shocks or struts or a combination of both. A shock contains a spring and a damper unit and is typically mounted between the axel and the car chassis. When the wheel hits a pothole the spring compresses, absorbing much of the shock. The damper's job is to control the wheel as the spring compresses, then decompresses after passing the bump. Without the damper, the spring could go into a compress-decompress cycle which would feel like the car was bounding down the road. The struts are dampers that control the car's sway as it turns. When you turn right, for example, the car (and its contents) wants to continue straight. Weight is transferred left and the car sways in that direction. Struts keep the ca ... read more

Alternator Failure in Mercedes-Benz

Alternator Failure in Mercedes-Benz

The alternator in your Mercedes-Benz is a vital part of your electrical system. It powers most of your vehicle’s electronic components, including the headlights, power windows, windshield wipers, heated seats, and even radio. It also continuously charges the battery. With many jobs to do at once, you can quickly face difficulty when the alternator goes wrong.   Here are some of the warning signs that indicate your alternator is failing: Dim or Flickering Lights The headlights on your Mercedes-Benz get their power from the battery and alternator. When your alternator malfunctions, your headlights won’t perform as they should. You may notice dimming or flickering beams. Engine Starting Problems Without a working alternator, your engine won’t run for very long. The spark plug needs the electrical energy to ignite the air and fuel mix. Plus, your battery may die from a failing alternator. As a result, you may notice engine starting problems. Electrical Warning ... read more

Summer Road Trip Tips - Jeff’s Mercedes Auto Service

Summer Road Trip Tips - Jeff’s Mercedes Auto Service

Now that summer is around the corner, many of you are finalizing your vacation plans. If you are planning to take your Mercedes on the road this summer, it is important that you proceed with safety and care.   Before setting out on your summer adventures, it is essential to make sure your car is running properly. The team at Jeff's Mercedes Auto Service has some useful tips to make your trip stress-free. Please make sure you test the following before embarking on your getaway. Cooling System – It can get quite hot in the summer, so it's especially important that your car doesn't overheat after extensive driving. Sometimes, we may recommend a coolant flush beforehand to ensure your engine gets enough coolant. Battery – A dead battery often catches drivers off guard. Your battery is used not just to start your car but to run your A/C, radio, power windows, electronic chargers, and more. A battery test can give you peace of mind that your battery can keep ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Mercedes-Benz Clean & Organized

Tips to Keep Your Mercedes-Benz Clean & Organized

It can be rather difficult to keep the inside of your Mercedes-Benz organized. This problem is compounded if you happen to have children. No matter how hard you try to keep your car free of clutter, it seems like the battle never ends. If you struggle to find anything in your car when you need it the most, continue reading to discover some tried and tested to keep get better organized. Make Cleaning a Habit If you want to keep your car free of trash, you must make it a habit to clean the inside of your car at least once a week. This does not have to take a lot of time. While you might want to do a deep clean every month or so, vacuuming and dusting the inside of the car only takes 10-15 minutes of your time. The difference it will make in how good you feel while driving is immense. Focus on the Center Console If you are one of those drivers who just throws everything they have in the center console, you will have trouble finding anything in a matter of weeks. Take some time to orga ... read more

5 Maintenance Items to Take Care of This Spring

5 Maintenance Items to Take Care of This Spring

With every new season comes a new list of must-have maintenance items. The team at Jeff's Mercedes Auto Service is always looking out for you and your Benz. We've created this checklist for everything you may need for your car this spring. Oil and Filter Change - It's always a good idea to change your oil, no matter the season. This will ensure your engine runs healthy all spring. Battery Test - Testing your battery will help you determine whether you need it replaced soon or not. Check Tire Pressure & Tread - Tire health and safety are vital, which is why you should regularly check your tires for proper inflation and even wear. The warmer weather may cause your tires to expand, so please adjust their psi if necessary. Replace Windshield Wiper Blades - These should be replaced every 6 months to 1 year. If it has been a while since you changed them out, please do so. Clean and Test your Vehicle Lights - Even though daylight savings may have just started, you're ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Mercedes-Benz Heater is Blowing Cool Air

5 Reasons Why Your Mercedes-Benz Heater is Blowing Cool Air

On those chilly, Los Angeles mornings and nights, you're going to want your car heater to warm you up. When your vehicle's cooling system stops working, you may notice that there's little to no heat coming from the vents, foggy windows, and coolant leaks around. At Jeff's Mercedes Auto Service, we can help you regain control of your Mercedes-Benz cabin temperature. No matter what time of year it is, you should be driving comfortably in such a luxurious car. Common Causes for Car Heater Problems in Mercedes-Benz Low Coolant Your Benz uses coolant to keep your engine at a tolerable temperature. When you have your heater turned on, the coolant works within the heater core to deliver the engine's warm air through your vents. If your car is low on this fluid, often due to a leak, it won't be able to reach the heater core at all. Problems with the Heater Core Speaking of the heater core, it may be the cause of no heat. This part has tubes that move the coolant ar ... read more