Winter is here! Tips on looking after your Merc
The first of the properly cold snaps has now hit us. What some were describing as an Indian summer a few weeks ago is now anything but. This means, on the roads, things are going to start getting about ten times more challenging as conditions deteriorate.
Whilst there’s not too much you can do to influence the elements, there are sensible steps you can take to make sure your Mercedes is prepared for the worst the heavens can throw at it. Here are four good tips to make sure are ready for winter:
Check your lights and wipers. Ensuring you can see (and be seen) are two of the most important things you want to be sure of before you hit the roads. Always take steps to make sure all your lights are functioning and test your wipers at least once a month to ensure they remain effective.
Check the hoses and belts. Damaged, cracked or loose hoses can lead to expensive repairs if you don’t keep an eye on them. Any hoses or belts showing signs of excessive wear and tear should be replaced asap.
Check tyres. It goes without saying that your tyres are where you and the road meet. You want to make sure your connection is strong and firm. Check your tyres for wear and tear. You don’t want to find yourself losing grip when the road surface suddenly becomes comparable to an ice rink.
Check your fluid levels. Now is the time to make sure all your fluid levels are topped up, not when you’re sitting motionless on the side of the motorway in the freezing cold (unless you’re reading this at the side of a motorway in the freezing cold – though if that’s the case, you probably have other things to worry about). Strange noises or laboured performance are telltale signs that certain fluid levels could do with a refill. The most important to check are: engine oil, brake and transmission, power-steering, windscreen washer fluid, solvent and antifreeze.
Have a service! If in doubt – have a service and put your mind at rest.
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