Trusted Mercedes Specialist Waterloo

Having issues with your Mercedes? There are a number of common problems with Mercedes vehicles such as rust problems, sway bar links, heater issues, and more. This article will walk you through what could be happening with your Mercedes. If you're looking for a Mercedes specialist in Kitchener-Waterloo, trust Hansma Automotive. Hansma has been servicing Mercedes for over 30 years. Contact the professionals at Hansma today to have your Mercedes serviced.

Trusted Mercedes Specialist Waterloo: 7 Common Problems

With any vehicle manufacturer, there are problems commonly found throughout multiple vehicle models. Below are 7 common problems with Mercedes vehicles. If you are experiencing any of these problems, please contact Hansma immediately to have your problems resolved. 


1. Rust Problems

Rust can creep up all over the body of any vehicle. The specific Mercedes body parts to look at first are the front fenders at the bumper line, the trunk lid, side sills, and jack points. These parts specifically are often painted with water-based paints during production and therefore are the first to rust. When you catch rust early, before it spreads over the entire vehicle it's easiest to stop it. Contact Hansma today if you notice rust on your vehicle. 


2. Spring Perch

Another rust issue, that is also a suspension and safety concern, is the potential for Spring perch failure. Spring perches are spot welded parts that keep the body parts and suspension system intact. Top perches are known to rip away from the vehicle unibody. Although these parts are weather sealed from the factory, water can still enter the surrounding area and result in the collapse of all the parts of the suspension system. To know if your Mercedes is at risk for Spring perch issues, ask your mechanic to check for rust in the Spring perch when you have your regular vehicle servicing.  Contact the professionals at Hansma today! 


3. Sway Bar Links 

A very common issue with Mercedes suspension parts is sway bar end link failure. The good news is that this is a minor safety concern that can be fixed quickly and inexpensively. Common signs to look for are clunking or rattling noises from the tire area, poor handling of the vehicle, and a loose steering wheel. Contact Hansma today if you've seen these things happening with your Mercedes.


4. Valve Cover Gasket Leak

The Valve Cover Gasket is known to leak in some Mercedes vehicles. The valve cover is a metal cover that is found on very top of the engine. The valve cover is attached to the engine by a gasket made of rubber or cork. The valve cover and gasket seal the top of the engine to prevent oil leaks. Replacing this gasket part is a great DIY job as it is located at the top of the engine with clear access and requires very little in the way of time or tools. Check out this article on how to fix your valve cover gasket leak yourself if you are confident doing small vehicle repairs. If not, be sure to contact the professionals at Hansma today to get your leak fixed. 


5. Transmission Problems

Time has proven that the electronically controlled transmission by Mercedes Benz is very strong and reliable. Like most things, however, as vehicles age, the transmission parts have been known to develop shifting problems. Often the issue is with the electrical control and is not a mechanical problem. If this is happening, most commonly you will experience rough shifting, especially from first to second gear and from third to second or second to first gear. Contact Hansma today to have your transmission inspected and repaired. 


6. Blower Motor Regulator

If your climate control fan does not seem to be blowing as hard as it used to, it’s likely an issue with the blower motor. The Blower motor regulator part is a common failure point and will cause the fan to operate at 50% speed. Most Mercedes models have a different fan so this can be tricky to replace.  Our team at Hansma would be happy to help you find the correct regulator to fit your car’s HVAC system and install it for you.


7. Heater Bypass Valve

The heater bypass valve, control valve, or duo valve measures the flow of hot engine coolant to different zones in the vehicles heating system. When one or both of the valves stick or fail, the HVAC will not be able to regulate temperatures correctly. You may find that the side vents blow cold while the centre vent blows hot for example.  If this is happening you likely need to have the valve replaced. Contact the professionals at Hansma today to have this looked at.  


The Hansma Difference

At Hansma we offer service with a difference. We have worked hard to gain a reputation for honesty and quality work.  As Mercedes experts, trust the professionals at Hansma to only recommend and carry out the repairs that you actually need. We will let you know what you need done and when it should be done. Our customers have come to consider us as their mechanic friend, and as your mechanic friend, we promise to give you top-notch service at reasonable and competitive rates. Click here to meet our friendly team, read our testimonials, and contact us today and find out about the Hansma service difference for yourself. We are open every weekday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Come see us at 88 Shoemaker St. in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Posted on March 26, 2018 .