Grinding Noise

My Mercedes SUV is Making a Grinding Noise and it Doesn’t Sound Good!

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It can be common to hear a noise coming from the undercarriage of many GL, ML and R Class Mercedes-Benz (with the years of these models varying from 2006-2012). It is a pretty horrendous noise that no one can ignore! Mechanics who are not specialized in the repair of Mercedes-Benz are replacing wheel bearings or wheel hubs. This grinding or whining sound mirrors that of these parts wearing out. (This is not to say those parts do not wear out as well.) When these parts are replaced, it does not remedy the sound. An experienced Mercedes specialist will recognize this grinding or winding sound, which increases with speed, as coming from the front differential. What Is The Cause and the Solution? Mechanics who do their research will find the only way to repair this sound is to replace the front differential. This is the method the dealership uses and how …

simulated car accident caused by brake failure

Protect Yourself and Your Mercedes from Brake Failure

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Brake failure accounts for approximately 22% of all accidents in the United States. The best way to prevent these accidents is to make sure you are in tune with your vehicle, watching for warning signs, knowing the common types of brake failures, and being aware of any recalls that your Mercedes may have. Below are a few types of common brake failures, warning signs to look for, and potential recalls you may be able to take advantage of. Warning Signs of Common Brake Failures Have you noticed any of these in your Mercedes? If you have, make sure to get your vehicle into Desert Oasis Auto Service & Repair for a thorough inspection. Hot Brakes While this can be caused by a multitude of things, it is commonly associated with the master cylinder or plugged rubber brake hose. Car Pulling During Braking Also commonly caused by a plugged hose, this …

Balance Shaft Problem

Common Mercedes-Benz M272 Engine Trouble

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The Mercedes-Benz M272 engine is a V6 introduced in 2004 and used throughout the 00’s. There are a few aspects that set it apart from it’s predecessors. With this engine, for the first time, continuous variable valve timing was implemented, as well as electronic control of coolant flow (replacing a mechanical thermostat). Similar to the M112 engine, it also uses a balance shaft installed between the cylinder banks in the engine block to eliminate vibrations. The Most Common Problem with Mercedes-Benz Engines Unfortunately, it is the balance shaft gears that show up with glitches for most Mercedes-Benz E-class models with the M272 engine built during the period of 2004-2008. This is by far one of the most common problems with Mercedes-Benz models, including E25, E30, and E35. When the balance shaft gears start failing, you’ll probably hear a puttering sound – always a tell-tale sign of engine troubles. The specific …

Mercedes Benz’ Common Problem

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“My Mercedes Benz refuses to start when I turn the key” Driving a Mercedes Benz is a great pleasure. Despite this brand’s high quality, though, Mercedes’ can develop problems with or without regular car maintenance.   There are a few theories about why your Mercedes refuses to start when you switch the key in the ignition. Signs of a Car Problem It is infuriating to slide behind the wheel, turn the key, see dash lights blink, but the engine won’t turn over.  When you least expect it, running late on your way to a special event, you try turning the key again.  This time, you have enough power to activate accessories like the interior lights, the windshield wipers, and the windows but still no engine. In many Mercedes models, a relatively minor problem that occurs in its electrical system disables the entire. This might have happened to you. Could you turn the ignition key all the way to the start position? Did the vehicle lock …