Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring Classic Car Season by checking these common issues.
Whether you own a luxurious 190SL, a resplendent SL W113 Pagoda or a hard-working SL 107; it's safe to say you're a knowledgeable and seasoned classic Mercedes-Benz owner. With the harsh cold of winter rapidly becoming a distant memory it's good to know that, during show season, it's worth paying particular attention to these common issue areas.
Need your Classic back on the road? Want it to be running smoothly and better than before? With the following list, we're helping to prepare you for show season and a long, enjoyable summer for you to really experience your Classic Mercedes-Benz as it should be experienced.
Examine your tyres comprehensively by removing each wheel from the car and inspecting for tread depth, any damage or wear to the sidewall or tread. You can even use our own tyre tread depth keyring to ensure the legal limit is adhered to.
Ensuring the bead seat on the inner and outer faces are examined for damage or deterioration. Remove the valve caps and set the pressures exactly as they are in your Owners Manual.
It's a great opportunity at this time of year to remove those old winter tyres and replace them with more suitable Summer Tyres; ideal for holding the road in dry conditions and keeping your road noise levels to a minimum.
An important safety feature in your Classic Car, we always recommend periodic examination of your Brake fluid. We recommend that this should be checked with a hygroscopicity meter. If, however, the fluid is black or hasn’t been changed in the past two years, replace it - we have several options of Brake Fluid available for various Classic Mercedes-Benz models.
We also recommend comprehensively checking your pipes, pads and shoes for damage, deterioration or corrosion. Examining your pads is important to ensure that they haven't fallen below the 1.5mm legal limit.
If your car has been sitting, it's good to then check the coolant levels in expansion bottles and the radiator header tank. We have a wide choice of antifreeze available for you to top up or completely refill your car with or alternatively, you could use waterless coolant from Evans.
Finally, examine all hoses for cracks, corrosion or deterioration and then check the expansion hole under the water pump. If you suspect a leak then you may need to replace some elements of your cooling system. Our Owner Services team will be more than happy to help you with this.
Oil & Filters
It may seem basic but always check your engine oil level using the dipstick and adjust as necessary. Many times a classic car can experience issues when either poor quality oil or when insufficient oil is used, especially as the excitement of being back in the driving seat forces you to rush getting your car back on the road. To avoid those costly engine parts and labour bills, ensure you're car is filled with the right grade and quality of oil.
Remove the spark plugs to spin the engine on the starter without any load to get the oil pressure up quickly before you attempt to start the engine.
We always recommend changing your oil and filter for the new season after running the engine to temperature.
A tip before winter is to leave the tank empty as a full tank can result in a thickening, while ethanol-based fuels can result in corrosion. We recommend filling your empty tank with fresh fuel and any chosen performance additives such as Lucas Injector Cleaner Treatment.
Glass & Wipers
Didn't get round to replacing that murky windscreen or the squealing wipers on your Classic? Well, now is a perfect opportunity.
Glass can suffer over the winter months, especially if you haven't got a specialised car cover protecting your pride and joy. We have a full range of glass products as well as windscreen and glass tools and adhesives to help you replace your glass with minimum fuss and hassle..
When it comes to your wipers, with wiper arms removed, drip some oil onto pivot points where they protrude through the body then operate the wipers on fast to work the lubricant in. Oil the links on wiper gearboxes too, then replace the blades as a matter of course. If you’ve used a plastic wrap under the wiper in storage, remove it.
It's crucial to check that all of your lights are working on your Classic Car. If any lamps are dirty inside, we recommend removing them and giving them a full clean and polish. Replace any blackened bulbs with brand new bulbs.
Seats & Seat Belts
By pulling on the belts, you can check the anchorages at the floor and B-pillar mounts, then check the centre mount using the same process. Making sure that the seat belt catches are working adequately and not releasing - except when you need them too.
Exhaust System & Components
Check underneath your car for signs of corrosion and deterioration on exhaust pipes and silencer boxes, then check each of the rubber hangers for cracks or damage because a broken mount can lead to a damaged exhaust, so spend a few pennies to save big pounds later on.
Seeing damage or corroson in your exhaust? Check our exhaust system for various options here.
Car Care, Detailing & Cleaning
As it is spring, a spring clean is to be done to get your car looking as good as it can. We recommend using SL Shop branded Car Shampoo, wash and leather off using a microfibre cloth to avoid watermarking. Fully Vacuum and clean the interior, you can also use Magic Sponges and interior cleaner for unparalleled results. Finally, use a gentle clay or paint protection bar on the paintwork, wax polish, buff off, chrome polish and clean those tyres with a non-acidic wheel cleaner. Your car is now ready for long twilight drives, riverside stops and envious looks.