Mercedes cars come in a range of different sizes and shapes in the various models they offer. Depending on the type of terrain the car will drive on and the purpose of the vehicle, different cars, and Mercedes for that matter, have different features and parts that contribute to executing the specific performance function of that particular vehicle. For instance, an off-road vehicle will have a very different structure than a four-door sedan because they serve different purposes. The Mercedes G-Class for example is equipped with a locking differential to specifically handle off-road terrain.
All vehicles have differentials, as they’re essential to making the wheels turn. If you’re not familiar with what a locking differential is or does for your own Mercedes, then you’re not alone—many drivers struggle with automotive terminology. This article will briefly go over what a locking differential does, why it’s important to maintain properly, and how you can find the care you need for your Mercedes-Benz.
When you hear the word “differential,” think of “different.” The differential is part of the drivetrain of a car which simply allows the wheels to rotate at two different speeds. In certain cars, like all-wheel-drive cars and the Mercedes G-Class, they’re equipped with what is called locking differentials, where more than one differential are at work to keep your car’s wheels maximally gripped to the ground, better handling difficult, rocky, or unstable terrain. Differentials must be properly maintained in order to perform optimally. The most important aspect of differential care is maintaining its fluid. Differential fluid is critical for the intricate parts within the differential system which require continual lubrication to work properly. When this fluid becomes contaminated or runs dry, it can cause serious problems with your Mercedes’ differential functionality.
As previously mentioned, it is critical to keep your differential in working order at all times to ensure your car’s optimal performance. However, there are other reasons for regular fluid changes that are often overlooked.
Should you ever see the day that you require a differential replacement, you’ll want to avoid it at all costs—literally. The price of replacing your car’s differential is not something most people keep in a piggy bank. Depending on the type of car and the need for additional repair, it can cost anywhere from hundreds to over a thousand dollars.
If your car’s differential isn’t working properly, it can have a significant affect on your car’s performance, which makes your car essentially useless. Regardless of how well-maintained the other parts of your car are, without a properly maintained differential, your car won’t even be able to travel up a hill let alone go off-roading. When you attempt to resell your car, the value will be significantly reduced with a damaged or broken differential.
Maintaining your differential is important for your safety for a number of reasons. In the most important moments is usually when car trouble arises, so it’s better to take precautionary steps to prevent disaster. The locking differential on your Mercedes is important to maintain with regular fluid changes because without proper lubrication a lot of things can go wrong, leaving you susceptible to causing an accident. If you notice any performance differences in your Mercedes, it’s critical to have it checked out by a professional Mercedes mechanic immediately.
The most common signs that a differential is failing or one of the components is failing are important to look out for in your Mercedes. If you begin to hear odd noises while turning, or experience any vibrating or rattling while turning, it could be related to a differential issue. Contact a trusted Mercedes service center nearby to schedule a differential diagnosis as soon as possible.
The Mercedes experts here at Euro Plus Automotive have served the communities of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and the greater Los Angeles County, CA for nearly 3 decades, and they’ve seen it all. On top of our experience, knowledge, and skill to prove our dedication to automotive repair, we passionately approach customer service with honesty and integrity. We are familiar with many types of differentials and their common issues, including that of Mercedes-Benz in particular. If you’re experiencing concerning symptoms in your Mercedes, please call us right away to schedule a diagnostic appointment.
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Luxury European imports, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche are all known for their excellent performance standards; however, before we get a peek at what’s under the hood, we can only see the exterior of such cars—which tends to be equally impressive. One thing that adds to the wow-factor of a car is its paint job. The shiny, delicious quality of a good paint job can set apart two cars that are virtually the same in every way, which is why so many luxury car owners put such care and effort into the exterior of their vehicles.
Of course fresh paint, regular washing, polishing, and waxing will help your car stand out from a crowd; however, there is another way to accomplish an incredible shine on your car that you won’t see on many other vehicles. Glaze coating is a way to enhance your car’s paint job that is often overlooked by drivers. Glaze coating has its benefits, and it’s worth looking into—especially if you have the privilege of driving a luxury European import like the ones listed above. In this article, we’ll talk about what glaze coating is, what it can do for your car’s exterior, and other important factors to consider with glaze coating.
Glaze coating is a product, as well as a process, that many luxury car drivers utilize. If you’ve ever watched a professional car auction, many of the cars sold utilize glaze coating as a way of making the cars stand out more so than usual to heighten the potential for selling them. The process of glaze coating can be done by any car owner themselves with the right tools and experience; however, for the maximum benefit it’s best to leave it to the pros.
Glaze coating has many benefits, especially for the avid car enthusiast who notices every little detail in paintwork. Here are some of the most notable advantages and benefits of glaze coating your vehicle’s exterior:
Of course, the number one attraction to glaze coating is the shine it adds to your car’s exterior. Drivers of the finest, most luxurious cars in the world utilize glaze coating to really help their cars stand out from a crowd, and believe us it works!
After the car is polished, glaze coating can be applied to fill in any of the leftover, nagging imperfections you might notice. For the car enthusiast, these tiny imperfections are far from imperceptible, and a glaze coating can help diminish their appearance.
Glaze coating can enhance an average, stock paint job to make it look like an expert, custom paint job. Glaze is also great for applying to those custom paint jobs that were conceptualized and slaved over in order to maximize the shine and effect.
If you decide that a glaze coating might be great for your car, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, glaze is a coating, and specifically not a wax or a polish product. Polishing and waxing should be performed in addition to a glaze coating for the best effect. Furthermore, the glaze must be applied after the car has been polished, removing any of the exterior imperfections first. Then, after it has been polished and the glaze has been applied, you should wax it. Following these steps will give you the best result—after all, that’s what we’re after!
For over 30 years, the automotive experts at Euro Plus Automotive have provided the community with exterior paint and bodywork—that’s 3 decades of excellent, quality service to the residents of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the greater San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County, CA. Achieving the maximum shine on a luxury car is one way to make your ride stand out from the rest, but a glaze coating can also be applied to any other vehicle, like a Toyota or Acura, to show the level of care that you’ve put into them. If you’d like to know more about our automotive exterior care techniques and processes, please call one of our helpful professionals today. We look forward to hearing from you!