The Mercedes brand strives to be on top of the automobile industry. They are known to provide smooth rides and luxury. One thing that makes the Mercedes brand stand out is that every year they release new brands with improved and new features. One such feature is the plastic guide rail which helps the timing chain to function.
The guide rail in Mercedes cars is made of plastic material, unlike other cars. The function of the guide rail is to ensure that the timing chain circulates well. The guide rail and the timing chain work together, with the guide rail ensuring the timing chain is working effectively by keeping it in motion and making sure the chain stays on track. The guide rail was initially made with steel, but because of its importance in the engine, manufacturers began to manufacture them using plastics so as to produce more guide rails to meet demands.
Unfortunately, like most plastic materials, the guide rail is susceptible to damage and eventual failure, especially when exposed to very high temperatures from the engine. When the guide rail is damaged, it is important to replace it.
The following are the causes of the failure of the plastic guide rail in your Mercedes. Most of these causes are due to improper maintenance. So to ensure the guide rail in your Mercedes remains functional, it is important to carry out regular, routine maintenance and also maintain safe driving habits.
Knowing and understanding when the plastic guide rail in your Mercedes has failed can go a long way to catch the situation before it degenerates into a more serious problem. The symptoms of plastic guide rail failure in Mercedes are usually some awkward sounds. Some of those include:
If any of these symptoms are noticed in your Mercedes it is a sign that the guide rail of your Mercedes has failed. Immediate repair is required to prevent more serious damage to the engine.
If you bring your Mercedes to Dell’s Service Center, we can diagnose and repair the failed plastic guide rail. We have over 45 years of experience in maintenance and repair of European vehicles. We have ASE-certified technicians who are equipped to provide quality maintenance and repair services to our customers in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay, WI.
* Mercedez-Benz Car image credit goes to: Julie Deshaies.