People used to be able to efficiently change their own car batteries themselves, but now depending on the year of your Mercedes, you may or may not be able to perform this procedure yourself. With the advancement of technological aspects of automotive design, some newer Mercedes’ batteries are coded to the specific vehicle, making it impossible to replace the battery on your own without the proper equipment. Furthermore, certain electronic systems, such as power windows, may not work properly if you attempt to replace your battery by yourself. This may be inconvenient for some drivers; however, it is overall safer to have a professional replace your battery. If you are familiar with replacing a car battery, make sure you employ proper safety precautions before attempting to do so on your own. There are several important things to know about battery health and when you’ll likely need to replace yours. Here are some things to consider before you think about replacing your Mercedes’ battery:

When to Change Your Battery

When you will need to change your car battery may depend on how often you drive your car, and what conditions you store it in. The average length of time that a normal battery functions in normal storage and driving conditions is 5 to 7 years. Excessive heat and cold, for instance, can damage a battery when exposed for prolonged periods of time. Furthermore, cars that don’t run frequently are not able to recharge their own batteries with the alternator running. Keep these factors in mind when looking to replace your battery. You should also take a look at the “maintaining battery health section” to extend the life of your Mercedes’ battery.

Location of Battery

Most car batteries are under the hood of the vehicle and are relatively easy to access—particularly if you need a jump from another car. However, depending on the model of your Mercedes, you may need to look elsewhere to find your battery for charging or replacing. Like the average car, most Mercedes’ batteries are also located under the hood; however, different models place their batteries in the trunk, under back seat, or passenger seat, or beneath the center console. If you are unsure where your car battery is located, you can refer to your owner’s manual for more guidance. At the very least, is important to know where your battery is located in case of an emergency.

Maintaining Battery Health

There are simple things you can do to extend the life of your Mercedes’ battery. Although most newer models have features that extinguish any electrical usage when the keys are no longer in the ignition, older models may not have this feature. Before locking and leaving your vehicle, make sure you turn off interior lights and your headlights. As mentioned before, storing cars that sit for a while have batteries that are at risk of losing their charge after a period of time. These vehicles should be stored in a garage where they are protected from outside elements and extreme temperature changes. Furthermore, there are devices made for maintaining car batteries that sit for lengthy periods. Simply attach a charging device, or battery tender, that will keep your battery fully charged and properly cycled during long periods without running.

How Dell’s Can Help

Battery servicing is a procedure that all of the technicians at Dell’s are familiar with. Additionally, we are experts in European imports like Mercedes that have special requirements for battery replacement. We have all of the proper equipment to code batteries specialized for Mercedes vehicles, and offer prices that are significantly lower than dealership costs for the same services. Our Master Technicians are abreast of all the most current technology regarding Mercedes battery replacement, and we pride ourselves on our formal training and knowledge regarding German engineering. If you would like to know more about battery services, including coding and replacement, contact us. We have built a reputation in the Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay, WI areas as honest, professional, and dedicated—and we enjoy helping our clients stay informed about their vehicles. To put it simply, we have a passion for cars and a commitment to providing excellent customer service for our communities.

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