The Straight & Narrow

The Straight & Narrow

When evaluating chassis integrity after collision damage you need to take the extra steps to verify straightness. The inherent value of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle definitely makes these extra steps worthwhile.

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A Question of Timing

A Question of Timing

Mercedes-Benz timing chains and tensioners last and last. But, given the tremendous number of miles people put on these vehicles, they will need attention sooner or later.

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Control Units Go Back to School

Control Units Go Back to School

Installing a new control unit to replace the failed one is only half the job. With various combinations of options available on the same model, the new unit has to learn which are installed and how to work with them.

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Can We Get on the Bus?

Can We Get on the Bus?

Since the early ‘90s, Mercedes-Benz has developed its Controller Area Network (CAN) to control how components communicate with each other and with us through our Compact III or Basic. How has this evolved, and what does it mean to diagnosis and repair?

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Eye on Emissions, P0400 And Beyond

Eye on Emissions, P0400 And Beyond

Automobile emissions are a hot topic among environmentalists, drivers and technicians. Mercedes-Benz vehicles utilize emissions systems, such as Exhaust Gas Recirculation, to reduce harmful pollutants.

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Cushioning the Blow, Part 2

Cushioning the Blow, Part 2

In the last issue of StarTuned we introduced basic air bag maintenance and repair and as promised, here is part two of Cushioning the Blow. ­­Now we’ll take a look at the Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), further testing and checklists.

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Smooth Shifting

Smooth Shifting

One of the benefits of owning a Mercedes-Benz is a seamless transfer of power from the engine to the road. To add to the experience adaptive transmission shifting tailors the vehicle to the driver. Let’s see how Mercedes-Benz manages these two feats.

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