Common Mercedes-Benz Mechanical Issues

Mercedes-Benz is a brand that is synonymous with luxury and quality. Even so, cars made by this company can sometimes fall victim to common mechanical issues. You can keep your Mercedes in great running condition by knowing what challenges to watch out for while you are driving it.

Engine Not Starting

One of the most common problems that all models of Mercedes cars have is not starting. The engine will crank, but the car will not start as expected.

This problem is caused when the crankshaft piston starter fails to send a TDC or Top Dead Center signal to the car’s engine. Without that signal, the engine does not fire even though it cranks. The sensor failure also leads to prolonged cranking times when you are trying to start your vehicle.

You can remedy this common issue by having your Mercedes crankshaft piston starter inspected and repaired as needed. We have the experience and skills required to fix all classes of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Failing to Shift from Park

Another problem that is common in the E and S-class Mercedes-Benz vehicles is the gear shift failing to shift from park. Your car’s engine may start and run like normal. However, you cannot shift the gears from park to reverse or drive.

This problem arises whenever the selector module fails. If you begin to experience troubles shifting from park into other gear positions, you should bring your Mercedes-Benz to a licensed and skilled mechanic. The mechanic can inspect and fix the selector module so your gears do not get stuck in the park position.

Ignition Misfires

Mercedes cars can often be plagued by ignition misfires. This is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately to avoid prolonged damage. Whenever your ignition misfires, your car is telling you that there is something seriously wrong with the engine.

You can minimize the likelihood of ignition misfires by changing your ignition coils and spark plugs every 100,000 miles. You can also avoid this issue by having your Mercedes-Benz serviced by our experienced and trained Mercedes-Benz mechanics.

Slipping of the Engine and Transmission Mounts

The engine and transmission mounts in the typical Mercedes-Benz are made out of sturdy solid rubber. This material ensures the engine and transmission remain stable while you are driving the car. It also prevents vibrations from being felt in the passenger area of the car.

When you feel your car kick or jolt whenever you step on the gas, you could take this as a sign that your mounts are slipping or falling. You can prevent this problem by having the mounts diagnosed and replaced every seven years or 80,000 miles. Our Mercedes-Benz mechanics can replace damaged or aging mounts quickly for you.

These common mechanical issues can compromise your ability to drive your Mercedes-Benz safely. You can prevent them by having your car inspected and serviced on a regular basis. You should entrust the inspection, servicing, and repairs of your Mercedes-Benz to mechanics who are trained to work on this brand of vehicles.



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Five Facts You Did Not Know About Mercedes-Benz 


Founded in 1886, Mercedes-Benz is a brand that is associated with the utmost in automobile luxury and class. The company’s founder, Karl Benz, received the financing to start this now renowned international car company from his wife Bertha. The brand has flourished into one of the most recognizable in the global auto industry.

As storied as Mercedes-Benz is, it still possesses secrets and little-known facts that amaze people who are fans of the company and its automobiles. You may become more of a fan yourself by learning about five facts you did not know about Mercedes-Benz.

Stringent Inspections 

One of the most well-kept secrets of Mercedes-Benz is the fact that the company hires a slew of inspectors to closely scrutinize every detail of every car that it makes. In fact, there is one inspector for every 11 production workers in every Mercedes-Benz factory around the world.

The inspector assigned to the 11 workers under his or her stead is paid to look closely for any sign of defects or damages before the car comes off the production line. By the time each car is finished and ready to be shipped out to a dealership, it will have undergone literally thousands of inspections to guarantee its quality and luxury.

The Use of Welding 

Another relatively unknown fact about Mercedes-Benz vehicles is that the company uses only welding rather than bolts in the creation of its cars. Each car will have been welded in over 10,000 different places before it reaches the end of the production line.

The avoidance of using bolts spares this brand’s vehicles from disrepair and deterioration due to bolts coming loose as found in other brands’ vehicles. Welding also helps the vehicles avoid signs of aging like squeaking, rattling, and groaning that can come with the use of bolts.

Hand Grinding

After a Mercedes-Benz vehicle is welded in over 10,000 different places on its body, it then undergoes extensive grinding by hand. Vital seams located on and inside of the vehicle are ground by hand and then repeatedly packed with pewter.

After the seams are packed with pewter, they are again ground down by hand until they are no longer distinguishable. This hand-grinding guarantees a high level of workmanship and close attention to detail.

The Three-point Logo

Mercedes-Benz’s three-point logo is well-known around the world. People associate the three-point logo with this brand as well as the luxury, class, and price found with the vehicles made by the company.

The three points of the logo stand for land, water, and air. In 1909, however, company leaders registered a four-point logo for Mercedes-Benz with the fourth point standing for space. In fact, these cars actually created a spaceship, albeit it one that did not work and could not fly.

Nonetheless, the four-point logo was vetoed in favor of the three-point one that is so well-known today. The four-point logo did make an appearance in the comedy movie Spaceballs, however. It was mounted on the hood of the spaceship used by that movie’s Princess Leah. The spaceship in the movie was a Mercedes-Benz SEL limited-edition vehicle.

Pope mobiles 

Finally, Mercedes-Benz garners worldwide attention for having made numerous vehicles for the pope and the Holy See. These vehicles, which are now dubbed Pope mobiles, are used exclusively by the pope and owned by the Holy See itself.

The first Pope mobile that car was made was a Nurburg 460, which was accepted and used by Pope Pius XI in 1930. The company also made a Mercedes-Benz 230G in 1980 for the pope. This vehicle became instantly recognizable for its transparent carriage in which the pope sits as he is driven among the crowds who come to see him.

The most recent Pope mobile made by Mercedes-Benz was an ML 430 with special bodywork. This vehicle was crafted especially for Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day. It featured a V8 engine with a displacement of 4.3 liters and had an output of 272 horsepower.

These five little known facts about Mercedes Benz solidify its reputation as a maker of high-class luxury vehicles. The brand continues to enjoy a favorable impression with car fans around the world.


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