With a deserved reputation as the most reliable motor vehicle money can buy, your Mercedes is the perfect car to transport you and your family in safety, comfort and style. But every car needs a little care and attention from time to time, so here are five things you can do to ensure your Mercedes remains as safe and reliable as the day that it drove out of the showroom.

 

1) Check the oil

Oil is the engine’s lifeblood, so make sure yours is topped up when necessary. Park the vehicle on a level surface, and if it has been running recently, give it 30 minutes to let the oil level settle and reduce the risk of burning yourself on engine components.

Withdraw the oil dipstick from the guide tube, wipe the dipstick clean, carefully reinsert it all the way, then pull it out again and examine the reading. If it is between the MIN and MAX marks, then it is OK. If it is lower, top up as necessary.

Check the vehicle handbook to make sure you use the correct grade of oil for your Mercedes.

 

2) Check the coolant

Again, make sure the car is on a level surface and allow the engine some time to cool. You can check the coolant temperature by turning the ignition key to position 2 and reading the temperature display on the instrument cluster. It needs to be below 70 C (158 F) in order to open the coolant reservoir safely.

Check the level against the markings on the side of the reservoir, and if coolant needs to be added, unscrew the cap on the reservoir slowly and carefully. Use a 50/50 mixture of coolant and distilled water.

 

3) Check the tyres

The total footprint of your Mercedes is only approximately two square feet of rubber. That is not much for a large car, so it needs to count. Tyres are consumable components that naturally wear with time and use, so check both the physical condition and the pressures regularly. It only takes five minutes, and it could make all the difference in an emergency situation.

 

4) Give it a clean

Keeping your Mercedes clean inside and out makes it a nicer place to be and also helps preserve it in tip-top condition. Furthermore, it means you are safer on the road with perfect all round visibility through those crystal clear windows. Also take the opportunity to give it a jet wash underneath from time to time, particularly after a harsh winter of driving on salted roads.

 

5) Look after the brakes

Making sure your Mercedes goes perfectly is one thing, but it is just as important that it stops effectively. While you are under the bonnet looking at the oil and coolant, check that the brake fluid level is OK, and always be vigilant when it comes to strange sounds or the vehicle pulling to one side under braking. If you have the slightest suspicion of a problem, get it checked out.