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How to Test Your Vehicle's Battery

At Mercedes-Benz of Arlington we want you to understand how your vehicle works and empower you to know simple service procedures like how to test your battery.

Using a Voltmeter

You can test the voltage of your battery with a simple voltmeter to get a pretty good understanding of if it's bad or good. Switch your voltmeter to measure voltage; then simply touch the negative and positive test probes to the negative and positive terminals on the battery when the car is turned off. If you get a reading of 12.4 volts or higher your battery is probably…

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Check Out These Common Causes Of Engine Overheating

Now is the time to learn as much as possible about what could cause an engine to overheat. After all, the actual engine overheating could be a serious problem that results in you not being able to operate the vehicle that you own. Considering that, you should be ready to tackle the issue of an overheating engine as quickly as humanly possible.

Think about things like coolant leaks, water pump damage, and other common repair items that cause an engine to overheat. You would be surprised by how common these incidents are, and you may need to figure out

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When to Change the Brake Fluid

Your brake fluid is not going to last forever in any vehicle. However, even if you still have brake fluid in your vehicle over time, you are going to have to change it out so that you will be able to use your brakes and safely bring your vehicle to a stop.

The air has moisture that can build up over time in a vehicle. Over time, the brake fluid will degrade because of the moisture in the air accumulating in the brake fluid. At a certain point, the brake fluid is going to have to be drained out of…

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Make Sure You Do Not Over-Inflate Your Tires

While you may already know that you do not want to drive on under-inflated tires, there is the other extreme that you have to watch out for. This extreme is over-inflation. This brings about a separate set of problems for your vehicle. This is why there is a recommended tire pressure that you have to pay attention to.

With over-inflated tires, the weight of your vehicle is not going to be on the entire tread. The thin strip is going to deal with a majority of the weight. This is not good for the tires or the vehicle overall and…

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What Does Your Suspension Do?

While drivers may know more common maintenance schedules like changing their oil, others, like their suspension, may be a bit more of a mystery. That is why our team at Mercedes-Benz of Arlington want to tell you all about what a suspension is and how often it should be replaced.

The main purpose of a suspension is to keep the driver and their passengers from feeling every little bump and pothole in the road. When a suspension is operating properly, you should be in for a smooth ride. Some experts recommend replacing parts of your full suspension system once every…

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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Knowing the inner workings of your car can help you to more easily understand when something doesn't quite sound right and how often certain things should be replaced. Luckily, our team of maintenance experts at Mercedes-Benz of Arlington want to be sure that you know all of the basics of things such as brake pads so that you can do just this.

Brake pads are a device in vehicles which seek to reduce the amount of friction when a brake caliper is squeezing the rotor of a tire to slow it down. Without it, there would be loud, scratching…

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Extreme Temperatures Impact Car Batteries

Car batteries can sometimes be impacted by extreme temperatures outside depending on how much contact they have with those temperatures. One can easily say that high temperatures obviously have some impact on how batteries do, but can the same be said about cold temperatures. Just ask someone who lives in a cold climate because the answer is yes.

Chemical reactions are necessary to keep a battery running as it should, and the cold tends to slow those chemicals down. Thus, the performance of the battery will suffer if it is left out in the cold.  

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Understanding the Motor Oil Viscosity Rating

Motor oil plays a vital role in auto engine performance. It protects the parts against failure from excessive heat and friction. The ratings describe the thickness or flow at warm or cool temperature. The first number is the cool air flow rating, followed by the letter W, and then the warm air rating. For example, 10 W 30 is a popular type of oil for hot and cold weather.

Drivers understand the need to get the right oil and in the right time frame. Oil can break down if not changed soon enough and cause engine damage. 

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The Importance of Alignments

Regular maintenance for your vehicle includes making sure your wheels are aligned. This helps assure a smooth ride and responsive handling while you're on the road.

Your alignment can get altered through regular driving habits. You could potentially hit a pothole, go over a bump in the road the wrong way, or touch a curb while parking. Any of these situations could knock a wheel off its line. When this happens, you might notice that you constantly have to adjust your steering wheel to straighten things up, or you might notice a vibration in the steering wheel as you…

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Replacing a Flat Tire During an Emergency

While most people would rather have a professional replace a flat tire, that's not always possible. It's important to know what to do in the case of emergency so that you can stay safe and get back on the road.

The first thing you'll need to do is pull over to find a suitable parking space. You should then turn off the engine and initiate the parking brake. Then locate the spare tire, jack, and any tools that you'll need. Before you lift the car up, loosen each lug nut by one turn. This will make…

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