You have been looking forward to this day for a long time: you and your family are heading to the beach, and you have been packing your Mercedes the entire morning. You and your family are driving down the road, enjoying the warm summer, and you see the engine starts to smoke. You begin to panic, and you aren’t sure what to do. The team at Mercedes Service of Silicon Valley is here to help! If you ever faced a similar situation as described above, you will know how to handle an overheating vehicle.
It is essential to understand what it means if your Mercedes starts to overheat. There is no straightforward answer for an overheating engine, but there is usually something amiss with your Mercedes’s cooling system. Typically, when your engine is overheating, heat is trapped inside the engine. This can be caused by a cooling system leak, damaged radiator fan, broken water pump, or even a clogged coolant hose.
If you see smoke coming from your car’s hood, your temperature gauge is in the red zone, and you smell a strange odor, your vehicle is most likely overheating. If you believe your car is beginning to overheat, immediately turn off the A/C and turn on the heat. If you blast your heating system, heat is automatically being pulled away from your engine. Perform this action until you can pull over in a safe location.
Make sure you find a safe place to pull over. Once you are pulled over, we recommend waiting at least 15 minutes to make sure your engine has cooled off. To see if your vehicle has cooled off, monitor the temperature gauge. Once your Mercedes has cooled off, cautiously restart your engine and drive to Mercedes Service of Silicon Valley. You can also have your vehicle directly towed to our facility.
Preventative maintenance is key to stopping situations like these from happening. The team at Mercedes Service of Silicon Valley will carefully inspect your Mercedes to ensure each component of your vehicle, including your cooling system, is performing in pristine condition. Make your appointment online today or call us at 408-831-BENZ (2369) to learn more about how we are currently operating amidst the Bay Area shelter-in-place.