Sprinter/Transit Van Services

Keeping up with your Sprinter Fleets Maintenance!

For many businesses the Dodge/Ram/Mercedes Sprinter Van and/or the Ford Transit van is an invaluable asset for conducting business. They offer a great deal of space and versatility that make it the perfect tool for a variety of industries. 

However, being such a useful vehicle means miles will add up quickly from all that use. That is why you want to make sure your fleet of Sprinters and Transit is always up to date on their factory scheduled maintenance and routinely inspected. This will severely limit the amount of unexpected repairs and keep your invaluable asset on the road to keep your business running smoothly.

What are the most common services performed on Fleet Sprinters and transit vans?

For the most part the routine maintenance needed for a transit or sprinter van is similar to what you would find in most conventional vehicles. However due to the higher rate of driving these vehicles do on a day to day basis there are certain services that will need to be performed more frequently to ensure its dependability and reliability. 

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Brake Service

Given that Sprinters and Transit Vans are much heavier than your standard vehicle they wear through their brakes at a much higher rate. We advise having your brakes routinely inspected by a certified technician during each oil change interval.

DEF Service

A majority of Dodge and Mercedes Sprinter Vans are powered by a diesel engine. These diesel engines require a DEF service to be performed with every oil change service. During these services the vehicle’s DEF fluid is topped off. This allows for the Diesel engine to run as clean and efficiently as possible.

Other common Transit/Sprinter Services 

  • Automatic transmission service
  • Cabin Air Filter Service
  • Engine Air Filter Service 
  • Brake fluid service
  • Timing Chain service
  • Timing Belt Service 
  • Alignment service

Where can I have a shop perform a Mercedes Sprinter Van service near me?

You can have your personal or fleet of sprinter Vans serviced  by a dealer-certified technician at any of our 13 Eurofed locations backed by a 2 year/ 24,000 mile warranty. 

At Eurofed it’s our business to ensure that your Mercedes Sprinter can continue to build your business with our cost-effective and preventative services. Contact your local Eurofed to learn more about our preventative and affordable services.

Mercedes-Benz Service and Maintenance

Mercedes-Benz Preventative Maintenance

Mercedes-benz has always stood as the standard of automotive luxury and engineering with every subsequent model that they produce. However, with all of that innovation comes complexity that most automotive technicians aren’t equipped to repair or service. In here we will outline your Mercedes’s service schedule, the most common issues, and how to make sure your Mercedes continues to be your most dependable vehicle with the services provided by Eurofed automotive. 

How often should I have my Mercedes serviced?

At Eurofed automotive we recommend having an oil service with a courtesy inspection performed every 5,000 miles by a trained mechanic. On top of that, Mercedes has an additional service schedule that is broken up in to “Service A” and “Service B”.

What is an A Service?

At approximately 10,000 miles or 1 year, whichever comes first, your Mercedes is due for  Service A which includes:

  • Mercedes-Benz motor oil service
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Fluid level checks
  • Tire air pressure check 
  • Brake pad & rotor inspection
  • Service light reset

What is a B Service?

At approximately 20,000 miles or 1 year after the previous service A, Mercedes-benz recommends performing Service B on your vehicle which includes:

  • Mercedes-Benz motor oil replacement 
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Fluid level top off
  • Tire air check and correction
  • Cabin dust/combination filter replacement
  • Brake pad & rotor inspection
  • Brake fluid service
  • Reset maintenance counter

What are the most common issues you’d find in a Mercedes?

ABC (active body control) Hydraulic suspension leak

There are a number of Mercedes models that were equipped with hydraulic suspension known as ABC suspension, Active Body Control. While it does provide ample amount of ride comfort they were known to develop leaks throughout the system over time. Key areas of leaks are on the struts, shocks, and control block.

Air suspension leaks

Mercedes later phased out the ABC suspension in favor of a more simple air suspension system to provide the same superior ride comfort. However the rubber utilized in the system dries with age and develops air leaks. If the air pressure in the system is too low your Mercedes provide a warning light stating there is an issue. At that point it is recommended to have your vehicle inspected by one of our trained Mercedes-Benz technicians.

Valve Cover Gasket leak

Over time the gaskets that seals the valve cover to the engine’s cylinder head will dry up and degrade. The valve cover gasket will degrade up to a point that an oil leak will develop. This is an issue that can be quickly diagnosed during any courtesy inspection performed at a Eurofed auto repair facility.   

Intermediate shaft failure 

This is an issue that mainly applies to the mass-produced V6 powered models (C350/E350/GLK350 etc) with higher mileage 100,000 miles and up. The intermediate shaft and bearing degrade with age and compromise the timing of your engine. If the wear is too far gone it could cause the engine to fail.

One sign that your Mercedes will give you before its too late is that it will throw a CEL, Check engine light, for a timing fault. At that point an intermediate shaft service must be performed on your Mercedes by a certified Mercedes-Benz technician. 

Where can I find a shop to perform a Mercedes service near me?

You can have your Mercedes’ service performed by a Mercedes dealer-certified technician at any of our 13 Eurofed locations. And all service work is covered by a 2 year/ 24,000 mile warranty.

The cost-effective preventative maintenance services provided by Eurofed Automotive make sure you can enjoy your Mercedes-Benz for as many miles as possible.

Contact your local Eurofed today to learn more about our affordable auto repair services.

Fix a Flashing Mercedes Check Engine Light

Mercedes Check Engine Light

The check engine light in your Mercedes is there to be the eyes and ears for problems within your car’s operating system. Its job is to keep you informed about what might be malfunctioning that you can’t see or haven’t noticed. However, it is one thing to have your check engine light come on, and quite another if it is flashing.

A flashing check engine light, in most situations, means there is an urgent matter that could result in a catastrophic breakdown of your engine or necessary components. While you can sometimes go just a little while with a solid check engine light, the blinking indicator is something you should never ignore.

Common Causes of a Flashing Check Engine Light

A check engine light is letting you know things are going wrong with the engine and its components. Common causes are engine misfires, issues with fluids, or even transmission problems. It could even be cause by a loose gas cap, so always check this first. If you do not hear odd noise, smell unusual scents, or have obvious signs of mechanical failure, you have time to ride it out a little bit until you schedule an appointment with your preferred Mercedes mechanic.

A flashing check engine light is different and should never be ignored. It means that there is an immediate risk to your car’s functionality and you are at risk of catastrophic damage. Here are some common causes of a flashing check engine light and the symptoms that can help you diagnose the cause:

Multiple Cylinder Misfires

This can cause shaking or rough acceleration and a bad smell coming from your exhaust pipe. Misfires can usually signal something is beginning to go wrong, but if it is frequent and there are multiple issues, you might be seeing the failure of your catalytic converter.

Faulty Spark Plugs/Wires/Coils

Faulty spark plugs and wires already signal issues with the engine by causing misfires. This can also show up as vibrations in the cabin of the car, odd noises, and jerking from your vehicle while in drive.

Failed Engine Computer

This is a bit more uncommon, and the issues that accompany it can be sporadic. They can also register as misfires but can result in your car stalling or idling.

Faulty Fuel Injectors

This will cause a very rough engine idle that can become more violent the longer it is left alone. This can also result in a cracked fuel injector, which can cause a gas leak.

Faulty Sensors

The sensors in your car send messages to every other part to keep them working in synchronization. If the sensors are faulty, you will begin to see rising temperatures, engine idling, vibrations, and odd noises.

Driving with a Flashing Check Engine Light

It is absolutely recommended to get your car into a professional mechanic as soon as your check engine light begins flashing. It is understandable if you need to wait for an appointment, but you should not go very long without taking it in. Leaving the issue without resolution can cause further damage that can be more costly to fix. It is even more dangerous to drive with a flashing check engine light. Don’t ignore your car’s warning signs for your safety, the safety of other drivers, and the longevity of your vehicle’s functionality.

Mercedes Check Engine Light Flashing

Eurofed Automotive is your #1 choice for maintenance, repair and performance! We are the best dealership alternative for European cars and exotics! We have 11 locations throughout the entire southeast United States. Have an estimate from your local dealership? Call, email, or stop by one of our many locations and let us take a look at it. We guarantee that we will beat their estimate by 15-30% and double their warranty with a 2yr/24k mile warranty!

Reasons Behind Drivetrain Problems in a Mercedes

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Mercedes Service Center

A drivetrain is a group of components located in your vehicle that transfer power created by the transmission to the wheels, enabling your Mercedes to move forward. These components include the axle shafts, U-joints, CV-joints, differentials, and driveshaft. The vehicles of today commonly possess one of four various drivetrains. These include front wheel drive (FWD), all wheel drive (AWD), rear wheel drive (RWD) and four wheel drive (4WD).

Most Mercedes models feature either all wheel drive or front wheel drive systems. FWD means that the drivetrain is located in the front of the car. This option works well for those who drive mainly on paved highways, and it normally provides better gas mileage than the alternatives. AWD allows power to be distributed to all four wheels, making it the best option for traveling on rough terrain or driving on snow or ice.

Common Signs of A Bad Drivetrain

Issues While Turning

If you notice issues while trying to turn your vehicle, you could be experiencing a faulty driveshaft. When this component begins to fail, the wheels can become less responsive. This causes a dangerous driving situation for you, your passengers, and those around you.

Vehicle Bucks When You Accelerate

When you accelerate, your car should move forward smoothly. If it shudders or bucks, you may have a bad center bearing or loose U-joint. This too can cause hazardous driving conditions.

Vibrations from Under the Vehicle

One of the most common signs of a failing drivetrain can be extreme shaking coming from under your car. This is normally the result of loose U-joints which cause the intense vibrations.

Irregular or Unusual Noises

Noises such as thuds, squeaks, or clunks can indicate a bad drivetrain. The system may simply require lubrication. Conversely, there can be a more serious problem. An expert mechanic can inspect your Mercedes and determine the exact plan of action.

Leaking Transmission Fluid

The longer your vehicle shakes, vibrates, or experiences other drivetrain issues, the greater the risk of long term damage to the transmission. Driveshaft issues can lead to leaking transmission fluid. This can wreak havoc on the overall operation of your car.

Lack of Movement

If your drivetrain fails, your vehicle will not move when you try to accelerate. This occurs when the drivetrain has disconnected itself from the overall transmission system. This disconnection is normally highlighted by a loud thud. When this happens, you will have no choice but to have your Mercedes towed to an auto service center for repair.

Why do drivetrains malfunction?

In relation to drivetrain malfunctions, there are not many things that you could do to cause such a problem. Normally, you will hear or feel the symptoms listed above before a total breakdown occurs. This will give you an opportunity to have your Mercedes inspected and repaired. If you choose to neglect the warning signs, then your drivetrain may suffer devastating consequences.

Eurofed is your #1 choice for maintenance, repair and performance! We are the best dealership alternative for European cars and exotics! We have 11 locations throughout the entire southeast United States. Have an estimate from your local dealership? Call, email, or stop by one of our many locations and let us take a look at it. We guarantee that we will beat their estimate by 15-30% and double their warranty with a 2yr/24k mile warranty!

Mercedes Transmission Differential, Clutch Service Repair

Mercedes-Benz Services and Repair
Mercedes Transmission Service

Let’s talk to about the Mercedes Transmission Differential, Clutch Service Repair!

Class, sophistication, reliability, and performance – the Mercedes-Benz has it all. Nevertheless, it won’t stay that way especially if you do not provide the maintenance services to keep it running smoothly. Often overlooked components of your Mercedes-Benz that require that maintenance and servicing are the transmission, differential, and clutch.

Purpose of the Mercedes Transmission Differential, Clutch Service Repair

The primary function of the transmission involves the transfer of energy from the engine to the wheels. Like most modern-day automobiles, Mercedes-Benz cars have automatic transmissions. Computerized transmissions of the newer models allow for better fuel mileage and a general improvement in the efficiency of the drivetrain.

The differential is responsible for the turning of the left and the right drive wheels of the car at different speeds when making a turn. Essentially, the differential transmits the power from the transmission to the wheels. There are four different types of drivetrains and each one has its own specific differential requirement.

The Mercedes transmission differential is designed to help the car shift gears smoothly by engaging and disengaging from the flywheel. The actions of the clutch transfer the power from the engine to the transmission. The disc-shaped clutch squeezed between the flywheel and the pressure plate like any other mechanical component is liable to wear and tear from excessive use.

How to Detect a Malfunction in the Drivetrain

A failure of any of the components the drivetrain is not just detrimental to other components but to the driver too as it can create unsafe driving conditions. Repair services of the drivetrain components are often complex, and we take them very seriously. Some repairs may necessitate a replacement, servicing or a complete overhaul of the entire unit. We always go for a replacement for damaged clutch discs with repairs and servicing for the differential and transmission. Nevertheless, all problems are properly diagnosed before the commencement of repair.

Beyond fixing and replacing damaged components, we also drain and replace the transmission fluid along with the filters to prevent further damage to the system. Also, it is good to note that engine tune-ups and routine scheduled maintenance among other things will go a long way in ensuring that no component of the drivetrain is failing prematurely.

If your MERCEDES is having issues starting or running smoothly, bring it in for an inspection. To experience our Ignition Service and Repair, schedule your appointment or contact us here.