Your Mercedes’ engine is a complex system of working parts that all depend on one another to function properly. When just one part of this entire system fails, it can cause catastrophic effects and result in your car becoming immobilized for a period of time. Driving a Mercedes comes with a certain set of standards and expectations when it comes to automotive care—the people you choose to bring your Mercedes to for maintenance and repair work should be just as invested in the health of your vehicle as you are.
One of the components of Mercedes vehicles that has been known to encounter issues is the thermostat. While it might seem simple and meaningless to some, the thermostat is responsible for helping to keep your engine temperature well-regulated. When something goes wrong with your Mercedes’ thermostat, it can cause a chain reaction of damage and other issues to occur. It’s important to be able to spot the signs of thermostat malfunctioning and have the problem addressed immediately to avoid costly repairs. Here is some information that may help you detect a problem with your thermostat and what you can do to fix it:
How does the thermostat work?
The thermostat is what sends the engine’s internal temperature reading to the temperature gauge which is observable by the driver on the dashboard. It’s normal for the temperature of the engine to fluctuate slightly depending on the temperature outdoors; however, it should remain relatively stable throughout driving. It’s normal for an engine to read hot or cold for the first few minutes that your engine is running; however, if it does not stabilize, then this could lead to serious engine damage or overheating.
Could it just be temperature gauge malfunctioning?
It is quite possible that the temperature gauge on your Mercedes isn’t functioning properly, mimicking the signs of thermostat failure. If the issue truly has nothing to do with the thermostat and only to do with the temperature gauge, then this must be detected by an automotive professional. The temperature gauge plays an integral role in understanding what condition the thermostat is in—if the temperature gauge is malfunctioning, this could lead to misdiagnosis of thermostat issues.
Leaking coolant is one of the most troubling signs of thermostat failure. When your thermostat is in need of replacement, it may impede the movement of coolant through your engine. This can result in engine overheating, but you may first notice a coolant leak coming from near the thermostat. Unfortunately coolant leaks can be caused by any number of issues, which makes it important for an accurate differential diagnosis to be performed by a Mercedes specialist and automotive professional with the appropriate equipment.
Unpredictable temperature changes
When your Mercedes’ temperature cannot regulate itself, you may notice lowered performance including even engine overheating. The thermostat is usually one of the first places to look when temperature regulation is not maintained, and is often easy to replace and generally inexpensive—depending upon any other damages the engine may have sustained. Driving a car that seems unpredictable also feels extremely unreliable—unfortunately this defeats the purpose of investing in such durable, reliable vehicles as Mercedes.
How We Can Help
The expert Mercedes specialists here at BMS Inc. (BMW Mercedes Service) have the same level of skill and education as dealership technicians in the areas of Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Encino, Studio City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village, CA, but we provide our services at only a portion of the cost. Since 1973, we have worked hard on our reputation for precision diagnostic work and efficient repair and maintenance practices for BMW and Mercedes vehicles. German engineering is a great passion of ours, and we know it forwards and backwards. Furthermore, we make it a point to continually educate ourselves on the ever-changing automotive industry and newest tech-based mechanics. When your Mercedes is experiencing an issue with its thermostat, it can be aggravating and a total hassle—that’s where we come in. It is our goal with every client to make their lives easier with accurate automotive work and preventive maintenance and care so that these issues come up once in a blue moon, if at all. To schedule a diagnostic procedure or to learn more about our business, contact us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!