Keep your Mercedes From Overheating  

by amanda nealy

Overheating, simply put, is when the internal combustion engine of a Mercedes Benz car has surpassed its operational temperature and could possibly cause structural damage to parts of the engine. In the early days of the automobile, this was prevented by the use of cooling systems, earlier models used an air-cooling principle. While using air as a cooling agent was effective, it could not handle the amount of emissions produced by the engine or lessen annoying engine noise. Thus, modern automobiles have used the application of a fluid-based cooling principle, normally using devices such as radiators and thermostats that regulate the flow of coolants (usually a mixture of water or antifreeze). This type of cooling has been an industry standard for years and is less likely to be replaced anytime soon.

By default, the coolant must traverse between the radiator and engine block via radiator hoses, with the radiator being placed near the grill where the air comes in and disperses the heat, coolant flow is manipulated by a wax-pellet thermostat that allows the engine to reach optimal temperatures first before releasing coolant into the engine block. Key to maintaining this procedure is proper amount of coolant and a leak-free radiator and radiator hose. Coolant levels are determined by the size of the Benz's radiator, simply asking a local mechanic or the distributor for the preferred ratio and amount should be enough. Detecting radiator leaks on the other hand are best left to trained professionals. Checking radiator hoses and replacing is easy enough that one could do it themselves.

The first sign that a Mercedes Benz radiator hose needs immediate replacement is the texture of the hose itself. Mercedes radiator hoses are made of rubber and must therefore be flexible, should the texture become brittle, it simply means the hose is too old. The next step should be to check the clamps, if wet it means either the clamp needs to be replaced or tightened. Checking for cracks or leaks on the hose is standard procedure, as well as getting a new set of Mercedes radiator hoses when replacing the radiator or water pump.

Installing radiator hoses by one's self is a more complicated procedure, as it requires the engine to run at times and having a temporary container for the coolant. The following steps can be followed to ensure that replacement is done effectively and safely:

It is to be noted that if one does not feel comfortable with the above steps, it is best to acquire the services of professional to avoid accidents or mishaps.

About the Author

Amanda Nealy is a 26-year-old proprietor of a local car rental service in Montgomery, Alabama. Amanda is the daughter of an automobile designer, and inherited her father's passion for cars of all kinds. Know more about Mercedes Benz Radiator Hose.