What Are The Most Common Mercedes-Benz Repairs in Winter?

Published 6 months ago — by Lisa Federico

What Are The Most Common Auto Repairs in Winter?

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During the winter season your Mercedes-Benz can experience specific issues due to freezing temperatures and harsh weather and road conditions. With regular Mercedes-Benz maintenance you may be able to minimize the risk of a breakdown and possible catastrophic damage, but sometimes things happen that are out of your control. Here are some of the most common Mercedes-Benz repairs and issues that you may face in the winter months.

Battery Issues: Cold weather can significantly reduce a car battery's efficiency. The chemical reactions in a battery slow down in low temperatures, making it harder for the engine to start. Weak or old batteries are especially susceptible to failure in winter.

Tire Pressure Problems: Cold temperatures can cause a decrease in tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can lead to reduced traction, poor handling and increased wear. Also, winter conditions may require the use of snow or winter tires for better grip.

Frozen Fluids: Engine fluids such as oil, transmission fluid, and coolant can thicken in cold weather, affecting their flow and efficiency. It's essential to use the right viscosity of fluids for winter conditions and ensure they are topped up.

Frozen Fuel Lines: Moisture in the fuel lines can freeze during extreme cold conditions, this may cause blockages and prevent the proper flow of fuel to the engine. This can result in difficulty starting the car or stalling.

Faulty Ignition System: Cold weather can put additional strain on the ignition system. Problems with spark plugs, ignition coils or the starter motor may become more apparent during winter.

Heating System Failure: The heating system uses the engine’s coolant system and cabin air circulation system. If one of these components fails, then the heating system won’t work. Many times this occurs due to a blockage or clogged heater core.

Brake Issues: Winter conditions can lead to increased use of brakes due to slippery roads. Salt and sand used for road treatment can also contribute to brake system corrosion. Be sure to get regular brake inspections, especially leading up to the winter months.

Wiper Blade Problems: Snow and ice can cause wiper blades to become less effective or even damage them (and your window!). Visibility is crucial during winter driving, so it's essential to have functional wiper blades and a sufficient supply of windshield washer fluid.

Alternator Issues: Cold weather can strain the alternator, which is responsible for charging the battery. A failing alternator can result in battery problems and electrical issues.

Stuck or Frozen Locks: Door locks and ignition locks can freeze in cold temperatures, making it challenging to access or start the vehicle. Lubricating your locks or using a de-icing agent can help prevent this issue.

Your trusted Mercedes-Benz mechanic can help you get your vehicle ready for winter so you don’t have a side of the road breakdown. If you don’t have an expert Mercedes-Benz specialist, find one in your area today!