Mercedes is a luxury brand that works to set the standards for all other vehicles in the areas of comfort and performance. With each Mercedes, you will see a unique design from the sleek exterior to the plush interior. You will ride in elegance and in comfort. Owning a Mercedes is something that you have earned and something you deserve. However, as your Mercedes gets older, it will require more than the normal maintenance schedule. One part that has the potential of failing is the oil pressure switch. Below, you will learn what the oil pressure switch is and the signs that indicate it has failed.
The oil pressure switch is the part that is responsible for indicating to you that the engine’s oil has fallen below the level that is critical for optimal performance. The oil warning light will illuminate on the dashboard of your Mercedes when it needs to be replaced. Without this, the engine can become damaged and need expensive repairs. The oil pressure switch is what tells the oil warning light to turn on.
Due to the fact that each make and model of Mercedes are different, there are a couple of different places that the oil pressure switch could be located. The oil pressure switch can be found in either the cylinder block of the engine or in the oil filter housing. The oil pressure switch can either begin in the closed or open position. If your Mercedes has an oil pressure switch that begins in the closed position, then once the oil pressure drops below the preset critical level, the connectors inside the switch will disconnect and become open. This will then cause the dashboard warning light to come on. If your Mercedes has an oil pressure switch that begins in the open position, then it works the opposite way. Once the oil pressure gets below the level it should be at then the switch connectors will close and the dashboard warning light will illuminate.
The first two signs that will point to an oil pressure switch failure have to do with the oil pressure warning light on the dashboard. As previously stated, the oil pressure warning light will illuminate when there is something wrong with the oil pressure. So if you go to refill the engine oil and find that it is completely full or still full enough to where it would not set off the warning light, then the oil pressure switch could have failed. When the oil pressure switch has failed, then it will give off incorrect readings.
If the oil pressure warning light is blinking on and off, then this is another sign that the oil pressure switch is failing. This can be very alarming to you as a driver because you will need to spend a lot of time constantly checking the oil level. If the oil pressure switch has failed or is beginning to fail by constantly blinking, then it will not give the proper reading. If the warning light gets to this point, then it is best to replace the switch as soon as possible so you do not have to worry about your Mercedes giving you incorrect readings.
A third sign that will point to an oil pressure switch failure is the oil pressure gauge is consistently at zero. If you have a newer Mercedes model, your oil pressure gauge is electrical. So when the oil pressure switch fails, the gauge can jump from zero to full then in between at any moment. It becomes impossible to trust the readings that are being put forth.
The oil pressure switch is an important part of your Mercedes. It is used to tell you critical information that can cause serious damage to the engine.
When you notice any of the signs that were stated above, then you know that it is time to have the switch replaced. Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we will be able to replace that failed oil pressure switch in a quick and efficient way.
We are conveniently accessible from the areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA. You will be able to get an appointment with one of our certified and trained technicians. We use tools that are up to date and specific to Mercedes in order to properly diagnose the issue with the oil pressure switch. We will get you back on the road as soon as possible with a safe vehicle from a garage you can trust.
The transmission is one of the most important aspects to any vehicle since it’s responsible for ensuring that the correct amount of power is transferred from the engine to the wheels. If the transmission fails, shifting gears will become impossible, no matter whether your vehicle has a manual or an automatic transmission.
Certain Acura models, such as the MDX, have been known in the past to have transmission issues. Although the Acura brand prides itself on manufacturing trustworthy vehicles that are known for high-performance and durability, even their prestigious line of cars can experience problems from time to time.
In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of transmission failure and the preventative measures that you can take against these symptoms.
As with most other vehicle problems, you will notice that something is wrong with your transmission if you keep a lookout for these five signs of transmission failure:
Check engine light is on
When the check engine light turns on, it’s something that’s easy to ignore but really shouldn’t be. The check engine light serves as a warning that something is going on with your Acura and that it should be taken to a specialist as soon as possible.
It can be pretty scary when you’re driving and, all of a sudden, you feel like your vehicle is slipping or sliding. This might be a sign that your transmission is starting to fail. In addition, if your car appears to be shifting all on its own, then your transmission itself might be slipping.
In contrast to your Acura shifting too easily, a difficulty in shifting is also a sign of a faulty transmission. If you notice that it’s starting to feel quite rough whenever you’re trying to shift gears or that your car simply won’t shift gears at all, then it’s time to get your transmission looked at.
Transmission fluid leakage/color
On a dry day, puddles underneath your car are never a good sign. Once you’ve traced the source of the leaking fluid back to its source, it’s important to stop the leak to prevent any further damage to your vehicle. Furthermore, you should always pay attention to the different colors of your vehicle’s fluids. Transmission fluid should never be dark; if it is, then it’s indicative that your transmission is malfunctioning, becoming too hot, and burning the transmission fluid in the process.
Whenever you’re driving your Acura, you should be keeping an ear out for any sounds that aren’t normal. When failing, transmissions can be very noisy. If you hear a whining or clunking sound, especially when shifting gears, you should suspect that something is wrong with your transmission.
Proper maintenance is essential to the optimal performance of your Acura. Your transmission, like every other part of your vehicle, needs care and attention in order to help prevent it from failing. Here are just a couple preventative measures that you can take to help keep your Acura in good running condition:
Pay close attention to the transmission fluid
Remember how we mentioned that one of the signs of a failing transmission is dark transmission fluid? Well, checking your transmission fluid every few months will help you to stay on top of what your fluid is looking like and whether there are any issues worth worrying about. It’s also important to change your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles for optimal performance.
Exercise proper driving habits
Take good care of your Acura, and it will take good care of you. Make sure to avoid accelerating roughly or jerkingly, as this doesn’t allow time for your gears to shift properly. Also, avoid shifting gears from ‘drive’ to ‘reverse’ before your car is properly stopped.
At Euro Plus Automotive, we understand that maintaining such a vital part of your Acura can be a daunting task. Whether you need your transmission fluid inspected and changed or your transmission has failed all together, our specialists are trained and equipped to treat your Acura with the care that it requires.
Serving drivers in and around Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA. Euro Plus Automotives is dedicated to diagnosing and repairing all of your vehicle’s needs so that you don’t have to worry. If you’re experiencing trouble with your Acura, whether it’s the transmission or anything else, contact us and set up an appointment today.