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Every modern vehicle with an internal combustion engine needs a battery to keep it going — but did you know Mercedes-Benz holds the patent on the vehicle battery? That means everyone else is iterating on a design that Mercedes-Benz originally developed, and has been improving on for the past 100 years. When you need a new battery for your prized Mercedes-Benz, you’ll get the most reliable performance from a genuine Mercedes-Benz battery. We’d be happy to install one, or help you maintain the battery that’s currently on your vehicle.
Below, we’ve compiled four tips that can help you get the most out of the battery in your car. Find out how batteries work, what causes them to die and how we can test them in our service center to find out if it’s time to install a new one on your car.
Modern car batteries are built to be charged and recharged over and over again. However, they won’t hold a charge indefinitely.
As you drive along, your vehicle’s alternator converts mechanical energy generated by the engine to electrical power that recharges the battery. But, if your vehicle has been sitting unused for a few weeks or months, the battery may lose its charge in that time.
This does not necessarily mean you need a new battery installed! If your battery is still young and healthy, it may only need to be recharged again. This can be achieved by visiting our service center to get the battery charged, attaching a battery tender or charger to your vehicle at home, or simply getting a jump start and driving the vehicle around for a while.
Now, if you find that your car won’t start and the battery seems dead, and the vehicle has not been sitting idle for a long time, you might instinctively assume the battery is dead. But this may not be the case. Other possible reasons the battery isn’t providing a charge to start your vehicle include an alternator that isn’t recharging the battery, a starter that isn’t working properly or a poor connection from the battery to your vehicle.
On some Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you can open the hood and look at the battery itself. If the battery terminals are covered in a white, green or blue powder, that can indicate an issue with your vehicle’s charging system. This build-up of corrosion can even interrupt the connection to a fully-charged battery — preventing your car from starting up. However, on some Mercedes-Benz models, the battery may be hidden under a cover and difficult to access. If that’s the case, you’ll want the help of the experienced technicians in our service center. They can check your vehicle’s charging system for problems that can cause corrosion build-up. This corrosion is almost always caused by over- or under-charging of the battery.
The battery in a typical car with an ordinary commute will probably serve you well for about five years — but different driving conditions can have an impact on your battery’s longevity. For example, extreme temperatures like extreme heat or extreme cold can reduce the longevity of your battery. In fact, AAA says that batteries tend to last longer in cooler northern regions of the country than hot southern ones, such as here in Southern California.
If you find that your battery is no longer holding a charge, but it’s five or more years old at this point, then chances are it’s time for a new battery. We can install a long-lasting genuine Mercedes-Benz battery in your vehicle to keep it running strong. If your battery isn’t quite that old, let us perform a battery health test! We can determine how much life is remaining in your battery, and whether it needs to be replaced or just recharged.
So far, we’ve only talked about the traditional car batteries found on cars with typical internal combustion engines. While the battery required may vary in size and specs from vehicle to vehicle, they’re all ordinary lead-acid batteries.
But the latest plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz are equipped with a far more advanced, far more powerful lithium ion battery — and a much more sophisticated powertrain that works in harmony with a traditional combustion engine. These systems are extremely complex, and should only be maintained by a properly trained expert at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership service center. These cars even provide significant electric-only capability for a greener, more efficient drive.
If you ever suspect a problem with your vehicle’s hybrid system, head to Mercedes-Benz of Temecula right away for a detailed inspection by one of our experts.