At Autopotenza LLC, we tend to see several common issues when customers come in for Mercedes-Benz repair. Because we deal with these repairs often, we know exactly how to handle them. Here are the most common issues we see:
#1. Brake Issues
Some Mercedes models experience braking issues. Two of the problems we at Autopotenza see most frequently are on the Mercedes CL-class and GL-class:
Some of our customers have reported that upon releasing the brake, the brakes don’t release immediately and they make a popping/hissing sound upon acceleration. They also say the brakes stick a little. This doesn’t affect the performance of the brakes; however, it can cause wear and rotor warping if you don’t get it taken care of.
We’ve also had customers experience their front brakes vibrating. This can be the result of contamination (such as dirt) getting trapped and causing vibration, noise, and decreased braking power. If you’re experiencing this, you’ll need to do a little more than simply replacing the brake pads or rotors since it’s usually a deeper issue. We can help figure out your braking issues.
#2. Engine/Transmission Mounts
When an engine mount begins to fail, a Mercedes can experience impact noises, excessive vibrations, and engine movement. With modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the engine and transmission mounts are liquid-filled, so these “symptoms” can come on slowly. Because of this, engine and transmission mounts should really be inspected regularly after seven years.
#3. Loose Gas Cap
One of the most common causes of the “check engine” light that we see is that the gas cap is loose. Because the fuel system on modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles must be sealed in order to protect the environment from fuel vapors, the car’s system can detect if the fuel isn’t properly covered—and the “check engine” light will come on.
#4. Steering Components
The tie rods, sway bar links, ball joints, and control arm bushings will begin to wear down on a Mercedes after about five years. Because these are all the anchors of the suspension components of the Mercedes, you can tell that they’re getting worn out when you begin noticing excessive tire wear and the steering alignment no longer feels straight.
#5. Window Regulators
On modern vehicles, Mercedes uses plastic pulleys and spools that are powered by an electric motor in order to lower and raise the windows of the car. However, the plastic pulleys often wear down from age and require a replacement in order for the windows to continue working.
At Autopotenza, we see these common Mercedes maintenance issues and many more! If you’re in the Indianapolis, Fishers, or Geist, IN, area and you’re having troubles with your Mercedes, bring it to the experts! European cars aren’t foreign to us. Contact us at (317) 267-5597 with any questions you may have!