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Avoiding a Tire Blowout: Simple Yet Effective Guide

In order to reduce the chances of having a tire blowout while you are traveling on the road, you'll want to follow these simple yet effective tips. If the tire monitoring system or your tire gauge show low pressure in one or more tires, get it addressed now. The longer you drive with under-inflated tires, the more you increase the chances that can damage the tires and lead to a potential tire blowout.

Check the pressure in the tires often, and while you're doing so, give the tread on each tire a visual inspection too. 

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Repair Your Headlights

Headlights are for your benefit as well as the benefit of everyone sharing the road with you. If you have a headlight out, it’s going to cause visibility problems in the rain and when it’s dark. Plus, you can be ticketed if you’re caught with a headlight out. You don’t want to encounter these kinds of problems.

You don’t want to run the risk of getting into an accident in Urbandale when you have a headlight out. Often, it’s just the bulb that needs to be replaced. However, at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines, our…

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Clean Air is Important for You and for Your Vehicle

Air filters are designed to clean circulating air by removing particles and other contaminants from the air before it passes to important engine components or into the air the vehicle passengers are breathing. If these filters are clogged or compromised, then damage to the engine may occur, and we will suffer from air quality issues within the cabin.

The air filter for the engine usually has a pleated paper part and a foam breather element that work together to contain particles in the air that emanate from the positive crankcase ventilation valve. A dirty and clogged engine air filter...

 

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Motor Oil Myths - Know the Truth

Changing your vehicle’s motor oil is probably the most common maintenance performed, yet we often get it wrong. If you’ve been hearing different advice, stop at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines and let our service techs steer you in the right direction.

Although scheduling an oil change or doing it yourself sounds so simple, many drivers aren’t sure of the rules regarding oil changes mostly because of myths they’ve heard for years.

  • Your oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. – Check with the owner’s manual to see the recommended interval because every make and…
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How to Know if Your Ignition Needs to be Serviced

You need your ignition to be working correctly so that you can start up your car and get on your way. If it is not working as it should, you will have trouble getting where you need to go.

If your car starts to smoke when you attempt to start it up, you may be in trouble and you should have your ignition looked at. If your ignition makes a grinding noise when you attempt to get your vehicle started, there could be something going on that needs to be addressed. Keep your ignition serviced so that your vehicle will…

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Check Your Tires Before You Head Out


Being that they are the only actual part of your vehicle which actually makes contact with the ground, making sure that your tires are in good condition should be high on your to-do list. Tires in good condition increase vehicle performance and add to the plus column of safety measures.

Sufficient tread on a tire has a few benefits. They allow you to displace water reducing the chance that your vehicle may hydroplane when its wet outside and it provides better handling while driving. You can use the penny test to check the state of your tires. If you place…
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How Does Extreme Weather Affect Car Batteries?

It’s difficult to enjoy the beauty of a winter or summer day when your car’s battery won’t provide the juice to get you where you’re going. With proper battery maintenance, your vehicle should get you to your destination every day.

The cold weather causes engine oil to thicken, and as a result, the battery and starter relay expend more energy trying to turn the engine over. Once your car is warmed up and running, it is most likely doing so with the heater and headlights going as well as the windshield wipers. That draws a great…

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Why do Cars have Timing Belts?

Timing belts are an essential component in an internal combustion engine. The timing belt coordinates the crankshaft with the camshaft. While the crankshaft operates the up and down movement of the pistons, the camshaft controls the opening and closing of both the intake and the exhaust valves.

The valves open into the combustion chamber. The intake valves allow air into the chamber and must be coordinated with piston movement to avoid a collision. The exhaust valves allow fumes to escape the combustion chamber and also must coordinate with piston...

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Selecting a Spare Tire: Compact or Full-Size?



No one likes a flat tire. Industry manufacturers typically include one as a courtesy to new drivers, but picking a spare tire is better. You get to determine the quality and size of your spare tire. Compact tires are much smaller and good for emergency use. However, full-size tires can often replace your original tire and continue to run over a long period of time.

There are a number of reasons that people use full-size tires as spares. For one, they last longer, and for another reason, you do not suffer any performance loss. The effect of carrying a full-size…
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Which Motor Oil is the Best?

When it comes to motor oil, there is little doubt that synthetic oil is the top of the line. Synthetic oil is formulated from specially chosen chemicals in a scientific laboratory to be the best quality motor lubricant possible.

While conventional oil will still get the job done in most cases, it will not hold up as well in high or low temperature conditions as synthetic oil. Synthetic oil will not freeze, burn off, or get as dirty as conventional oil. Many of the newest motors being manufactured are made with synthetic oil in mind.

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