The dramatic design and intuitive technology of a Mercedes are standard across its extensive lineup of premium vehicles. There is a certain satisfaction in pressing the ignition button and listening to your elegant engine purr.
Retaining the exceptional performance of your Mercedes requires strict adherence to a routine maintenance schedule. It is essential to trust these services to a qualified auto repair shop that specializes in European automobiles. Let’s look at one problem that can require service: a slow ignition mount.
Your Mercedes is equipped with many advanced features that you likely don’t even think about. It is an intricate system that comes to life each time you press the start button or turn the key. However, you’ll definitely notice when your Mercedes struggles to start.
This hesitation is a warning sign that one of the complex pieces between the ignition button and the engine isn’t operating properly. Identifying the malfunctioning culprit will solve this bothersome issue.
The battery in your Mercedes must be fully charged and in proper working order for the car to efficiently start. Its role in the ignition process is to provide voltage to the ignition coil. If this voltage is inadequate, then the starting process fails. A knowledgeable Mercedes technician will want to test the battery voltage level during a starting sequence to diagnose whether the battery is the issue or another component in the process.
Once you press the start button or turn the key, the ignition switch will activate the battery in your Mercedes. In order for the battery to be fully charged, it is necessary for the alternator to be operating properly. In addition to charging the battery, the alternator also powers the other electrical components of your Mercedes. A failing alternator will lead your engine to turnover slowly or completely drain your battery.
Once the battery fires up, it feeds a charge to the ignition coil. The task of the ignition coil is to transform the 12 volts from the battery to a high enough voltage that it creates a spark. This demands an extraordinary amount of energy. Excessive heat or vibration caused by the improper mounting of the coil could cause the coil’s insulation to break down, exposing the wire. Since the coil provides the energy to the spark plug, it is imperative that it be in excellent working condition to complete its function adequately.
If the battery charges the coil and the coil creates enough energy to provide a spark, then the next phase of ignition lies with the spark plug. The spark plug will ignite the precise air and fuel combination to run the engine. However, an old, worn, or dirty spark plug will not produce enough spark to properly fuel the engine. Routine maintenance from a trusted mechanic will ensure your spark plugs are replaced as necessary and will keep them in good working order for a reliable start.
Ruling out a failure of the other parts required to start your car’s engine, this leaves the starter as another possibility. In addition to some hesitation from your vehicle upon ignition, a malfunctioning starter may also produce a variety of noises. This could be a grinding, a clicking, or a whirring sound. Any unusual noise upon ignition is a sign to get it looked at as soon as possible.
Slow ignition problems in a Mercedes are highly preventable with proper routine maintenance by a skilled mechanic. Masters European & Japanese Auto Repair are committed to inspecting the vital components of your car each time it is due for service. Providing such great care will prolong the life of your vehicle and keep it performing in pristine condition.
Exceptional vehicles require exceptional care. The expert technicians at Masters European & Japanese Auto Repair have decades of experience providing extraordinary routine care for all models of Mercedes. Our family-owned and operated repair shop is selectively staffed with highly trained ASE-certified mechanics. We welcome the opportunity to maintain your Mercedes in Corte Madera, Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley, CA. We look forward to earning your trust and your business.