Sprinter Van Maintenance

What Should I Know About Sprinter Maintenance? -- Dave’s Ultimate Automotive

Your Sprinter van is special. After all, it's a large Mercedes-Benz. Perhaps you're wondering if there's anything special you should know about its maintenance. Yes. Although some service points are common to all vehicles, the Sprinter has some unique points that should be watched and/or taken care of. For all your Sprinter's mechanical needs, rely on the ASE-certified technicians at Dave's Ultimate Automotive in Pflugerville, Texas. We'll provide excellent customer service for you and exceptional care for your big Benz.

Regular Maintenance Topics

Like any auto, your Sprinter van will need routine preventive maintenance services. For example, you must change the oil on a regular basis. You don't want to risk damage from aging, ineffective motor oil that can no longer properly lubricate the moving parts, remove heat from the engine, and suspend dirt away from areas where it can cause injury to the surfaces of parts. Also, you'll need to keep a check on your tires. Underinflated tires can lead to overheating, and overinflation can cause excessive wear. Also, you need to maintain a sufficient amount of tread to allow the tires to grip the road well. Additionally, you should have your brakes inspected periodically to be sure they're in good working order. Other routine maintenance needs include checking lights, windshield wipers, and the heat/AC system. Also, be sure to check and top off fluids as needed.

Special Sprinter Regularly

Additionally, the Sprinter requires special consideration as a large heavy-duty van. For example, if you notice an increase in steering wheel vibration, have your tires or front end checked. Also, make wise choices about braking system replacement parts. Although many aftermarket parts work well on various makes and models, they tend to cause shaking throughout the Sprinter chassis during braking. Finally, most mechanics advise using original Mercedes-Benz products when changing the fuel filter, oil filter, or engine oil. The theory is that the manufacturer's products are specifically designed for the Sprinter's diesel engine and protect it better.

Most Common Sprinter Repairs

As great as the Sprinter is, like any vehicle, it will need repairs as it ages. One component that seems to show wear is the exhaust flex pipe. It is a standard replacement item. Also, the fuel injector design can allow combustion gases to escape, causing a build-up of dark substance that technicians call "the black death." Further, overheating can send your van into "limp mode," causing loss of power. The glow plugs needed to help the engine reach ignition temperature can give out, as well. Along with the other issues that often need fixing, these problems can all be addressed at Dave's Ultimate Automotive, friend to the Sprinter and you.

Written by Dave's Ultimate Automotive