Coolant/Antifreeze Service At Frank’s European Service

Anyone that drives a car in Las Vegas and Henderson knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good car care requires keeping your Mercedes-Benz cooling system in good condition.

A vehicle’s cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the Mercedes-Benz’s engine to absorb more heat.

Why shouldn’t North Las Vegas motorists just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won’t cool your Mercedes-Benz engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.

So why do we call it antifreeze? Shouldn’t it be antiboil? Truth is, the antifreeze performs another critical task. Water freezes in cold Nevada weather. That would spell disaster for your Mercedes-Benz’s engine. So antifreeze also keeps the water in your cooling system from freezing in all but the most extreme cold. Pretty neat stuff!

Taking care of your cooling system is part of good preventive maintenance for your Mercedes-Benz. Las Vegas motorists should check coolant level often and regularly inspect your cooling system for leaks.

That is just good auto advice. Your Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturer has maintenance requirements for draining and replacing engine coolant. Consult your owner’s manual or ask your professional Frank’s European Service tech for these recommendations, as they vary widely from among manufacturers.

Changing your coolant is also part of good preventive maintenance. Water is great at collecting all kinds of dissolved substances, especially when it’s hot. Water circulating through an engine picks up dirt, debris, pollutants, and other stuff. It actually becomes corrosive over time. This can damage engine parts and your radiator.

Replacing your coolant regularly keeps the Mercedes-Benz cooling system functioning well and doesn’t allow it to sneakily become the cancer that wipes out your engine.

But don’t just slop any antifreeze into your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual or ask your Frank’s European Service technician if you don’t know what is the right type of antifreeze for your vehicle. Using the wrong kind can void the warranty on your Mercedes-Benz cooling system.

You may have noticed that different types of antifreeze are different colors. Manufacturers tint them different colors to make them harder to mix up. It’s easy to notice that you have purple fluid when you normally use green! That way, you have less chance of damaging your Mercedes-Benz engine by using the wrong antifreeze.

One last word of warning — a little outside the area of car care. Never, ever let anyone or pets drink coolant/antifreeze – it is deathly poisonous.

Take care of your car, and take care of yourself! Just some good car care tips from Frank’s European Service to keep you on the road and help your life in Las Vegas and Henderson run more pleasantly.

Blind Spot Safety For Las Vegas and Henderson Driving

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Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse’s annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Las Vegas and Henderson, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it’s not good marital advice, it’s good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Las Vegas car owners’ blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.

First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn’t include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn’t designed to be a baby monitor.

Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver’s side window. Now adjust the driver’s side mirror so that it just catches the side of the Mercedes-Benz. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger’s side mirror in the same way. These adjustments will ensure you the widest possible view behind your vehicle.

Of course, you can’t eliminate blind spots entirely. There is always an area behind any vehicle where the driver just can’t see what’s there. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Toddlers are just the right size to hide in a pickup’s or SUV’s blind spot. The blind spot on an RV or tractor-trailer can actually hide your crossover! You should always check behind any vehicle before getting in and backing up. And if you sit in the Mercedes-Benz for a few minutes before backing up, it is important to get out and check again, especially if you are pulling out of a neighborhood driveway in Las Vegas and Henderson. No precaution is too extreme if it saves the life of a child.

Once you have taken care of your own blind spots, be aware that other Las Vegas and Henderson motorists have them, too. And avoid them. Trucks and buses have large blind spots, and they have blind spots on all four sides, so they should always be given extra room on Lake Las Vegas roads. They are also heavy, which means they need more room to stop, and their length means they need a wider area for turns, and their large size makes them less maneuverable than a car.

Trucks may cause about 60% of the accidents involving a truck and a car, but 78% of fatalities in such accidents are with the smaller vehicle. The number of fatalities in Nevada, as well as the number of crashes, could be cut significantly if Las Vegas and Henderson car owners learned to properly share Nevada roads with trucks.

Never follow a truck too closely. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side mirror, then he can’t see you. If you need to pass a truck, it is critical to make sure you give yourself enough time to pass the rig. Wait for the right opportunity rather than “cutting it close.” On a two-lane Nevada highway, it’s always a good idea to wait for a passing zone if they are available. A little patience could save your life or the lives of others. Turn on your turn signal so the truck knows what you’re planning, and pass on the left whenever possible. Remember those blind spots? They are much larger on the right side of a truck.

Once you’ve committed to passing the truck, don’t muck about. Pass it quickly and give yourself plenty of room to move back over. It is important to wait until you can see both headlights in your rearview mirror before pulling back in front of the truck. Once again, use your Mercedes-Benz turn signals. After you pull in front of the truck, decelerate to the regulated driving speed slowly. Remember that the truck has a long stopping distance, which translates into a long slowing distance. And, since trucks are so big, we often perceive them as traveling more slowly than they really are. Trucks are a lot of weight moving at a high speed, and we need to treat them accordingly.

Never pull to the right of a truck at an intersection unless you are absolutely certain it is not going to turn. Check if its turn signals are on or if it has angled to the left or right. (Trucks often begin a right turn by angling to the left to widen their turning area.) Trucks need a lot of room on city streets, and they probably can’t see you if you pull along their right side. Too many cars have ended up in Las Vegas and Henderson body shops because the drivers thought they could beat that truck to the right turn, or they only noticed the seemingly open lane, and not the truck angling into a turn.

While learning to share Las Vegas area roads and expressways with trucks and other large vehicles may not seem like preventive auto maintenance, it does, in fact, go hand-in-hand with good Las Vegas and Henderson car care. Keeping your Mercedes-Benz out of the body shop can save you big bucks and prevent the stress of a major accident, along with the injuries that could come with it.

The team at Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson urges you to stay safe, and stay on the road!

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Frank’s European Service

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When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Las Vegas and Henderson auto owners know how essential it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.

The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.

Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn’t mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.

But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brake inspection in Las Vegas and Henderson at Frank’s European Service includes a check of these parts as well as the pads and shoes. Your professional Frank’s European Service technician can then advise you of any parts that need cleaning or replacement.

The fluid component to the brake system needs a regular check-up at Frank’s European Service as well. The brake fluid cools and protects your brake system. Protective additives are gradually depleted by the operation of the brake system, and moisture build-up inside the fluid can diminish its effectiveness. When you have your brakes serviced at Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson, the fluid should be checked and, if needed, replaced, which will clean out water, debris and dirt.

It is essential to remember that your brake system also includes your tires. No matter how well your brake system is performing, if your Mercedes-Benz tires are worn, you won’t get good stopping power. Traction is the gripping power of your tires to the roadway. Traction is always better on tires with a good tread. Good traction translates to good braking.

This is particularly essential on wet Boulder City roads. A good tire will give you good braking on either wet Nevada roads or dry. But stopping distance increases dramatically when worn tires meet wet roads. Tread on a tire acts to channel away water as the Mercedes-Benz passes over the wet road, thus maintaining contact between the tire’s surface and the road, which maintains traction. But the thinner the tread, the less effective the water channels become, and water can get between the tire and the roadway, reducing friction. A loss of friction means a longer stopping distance and possibly the loss of control.

Braking depends on two things: the weight of your Mercedes-Benz and the speed of the vehicle. The heavier the vehicle or the faster the vehicle, the more braking power it requires. Thus, brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle. For example, a pickup that is designed for heavy loads has a more powerful braking system than a compact car. Sports cars also have higher-grade braking systems than minivans.

Regardless of what kind of car you drive in Las Vegas and Henderson, it is always good auto advice to keep your brake system in good repair, and that means ALL of your brake system. Just one more way to keep your travels accident and worry-free.

Fuel Injection Basics For Las Vegas and Henderson

All modern Las Vegas and Henderson vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it’s a topic Las Vegas motorists need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time; to be mixed with air and burned in the engine.

So how many fuel injectors does your car have? There’s one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.

Frank’s European Service can help Las Vegas car owners with a fuel injector cleaning service. What’s the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It’s critical that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.

Over time, varnish can start to build up in the fuel injectors, effecting the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel charge. The result is that the fuel doesn’t get burned as efficiently as it could. That robs performance and hurts gas mileage.

What about dirty fuel – how does that affect the fuel injectors? The fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel system. It starts at the fuel tank. Frankly, the best way to keep your fuel injectors working well is to use high quality fuel. It’s tempting to shop for bargains in  Las Vegas with fuel prices as high as they are, but major brands in the Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada area have better detergents and additives and deliver consistent quality.

What about a good fuel filter? The fuel filter is a critical component of the fuel system. Its job is to filter out the dirt and rust that collect in the fuel tank. If it’s clogged up, the dirt will bypass the filter and head upstream to the fuel injectors.

It’s vital to replace the fuel filter when your auto manufacturer recommends it. That’s part of a comprehensive fuel system cleaning.

There are different kinds of fuel injection systems. Port fuel injection systems, the kind most gasoline engines have, operate at 60 pounds per square inch. The injectors for the new gas direct injection engines Las Vegas and Henderson motorists are starting to see require 10 to 30 times as much pressure. And some diesel engines for passenger vehicles have injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch. There’s no room for dirt and gum in a precision part like that.

There are a lot of good products available in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada that can clean fuel injectors. They’re best used by Las Vegas and Henderson auto owners to prevent fouling in the fuel injectors. Many can’t clean a seriously gummed up injector – that requires a professional deep cleaning, like those we offer at Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson. But putting the cleaner in the fuel tank after you’ve had Frank’s European Service take a look at your fuel system will help keep it clean. Be sure to read the label for directions.

Give us a call if you think your Mercedes-Benz may be ready for a fuel injector cleaning.

Manager: Frank Scandura
Frank’s European Service
1931 N. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada 89108
702-365-0900

The Frank’s European Service Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

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The team at Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson and Nevada car owners are all talking MPG right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Las Vegas and Henderson motorists want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more Las Vegas and Henderson car owners can do? After all, some of us Las Vegas and Henderson folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Las Vegas and Henderson to Boulder City . And that means buying more gas in Las Vegas and Henderson and producing more emissions.

Of course, your Mercedes-Benz’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your Mercedes-Benz. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around Nevada? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Las Vegas and Henderson home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your Las Vegas and Henderson. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Las Vegas and Henderson in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your Las Vegas and Henderson when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in Las Vegas and Henderson
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A Cold Day In Las Vegas and Henderson

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Most Las Vegas and Henderson auto owners worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Nevada highway but don’t worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown at the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Las Vegas rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot Mercedes-Benz.

A lot of Las Vegas and Henderson drivers judge their vehicles’ air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keeps the Mercedes-Benz running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive in Las Vegas and Henderson.

Lake Las Vegas motorists should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant, and water can cause rusting of the system’s components. If your refrigerant is contaminated, the system should be evacuated and recharged. This will actually extend the life of your air conditioning system, preventing pricey repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

Inadequate refrigerant indicates a leak in the air conditioning system. Over time, seals in the system can crack, causing the refrigerant to leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system. Replacing these seals will keep your Mercedes-Benz air conditioning system at its best, and, again, will help you avoid more costly repairs.

At Frank’s European Service , we advise our Las Vegas and Henderson customers to run their air conditioner periodically in the winter. This will keep the seals from drying out and cracking, saving them the inconvenience of this relatively minor repair.

Check with your Mercedes-Benz owner’s manual or with your Las Vegas and Henderson service specialist for information about how often your Mercedes-Benz air conditioning system should be serviced.

Another piece of good auto advice: if your Mercedes-Benz air conditioner isn’t working or is starting to show signs of breakdown, NOW is the time to get it fixed at Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson. Waiting will only increase the chances that you are in for major repairs and a significant repair bill.

On a final note, if you own an older vehicle, you should check into upgrading the air conditioning system. Vehicles manufactured before 1993 often contained a refrigerant known as Freon. The manufacture of Freon was outlawed in 1993, leading to an ever-dwindling supply, which leads to an ever-steeper price for Las Vegas and Henderson drivers in Nevada. If your vehicle still uses Freon, you should have it retrofitted to use the new, EPA-approved R134A refrigerant. The retrofit will actually pay for itself by reducing the cost to recharge the refrigerant in your Mercedes-Benz.

Remember, preventive maintenance — of your entire car — will keep you on the road. And, in this case, it will help you keep your cool!

Frank’s European Service Engine Air Filter Replacement

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When your experienced Frank’s European Service service specialist technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not costly, and it makes a big difference to your Mercedes-Benz.

An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren’t there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the Mercedes-Benz engine with the air. That dust and debris would get hot, burn, and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.

Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.

But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the Las Vegas air. This doesn’t allow the junk into the Mercedes-Benz engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.

An engine needs about 12,000 gallons of air to burn just one gallon of gasoline. Think of a runner. If he is breathing well, he can run well. But if he has a lung condition, he won’t be able to generate the oxygen necessary to keep his cells powered up. He won’t be able to run at peak efficiency.

Or consider a vacuum cleaner. Even without the light, you can tell when the vacuum bag is full because the machine just doesn’t clean anymore. Change the bag and its efficiency immediately improves.

So keep your Mercedes-Benz breathing well by keeping its air filter clean. That’s good car care.

Las Vegas and Henderson car owners who get a charge out of the feeling of power in their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your professional Frank’s European Service service professional. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there’s no cheaper way to do that!

It’s also one of the least pricey and simplest elements of vital routine preventive maintenance – and protects against damage to expensive Mercedes-Benz electronic systems. No Las Vegas and Henderson resident should have an excuse to drive around Las Vegas roads and highways with a dirty air filter.

Keeping Your Las Vegas and Henderson Air Fresh When Driving With A Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?

A. A filter for your Las Vegas and Henderson house?
B. A fresh, piney scent?
C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?

Clever you, it’s C.

A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your Mercedes-Benz. It filters out common Las Vegas and Henderson air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.

These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Not all Las Vegas auto owners have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in Nevada. Last check, about forty percent of new vehicles sold in Las Vegas and Henderson come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for Las Vegas and Henderson motorists. Your Mercedes-Benz can be a haven during our Las Vegas and Henderson allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

Check your owner’s manual for replacement guidelines. If your Mercedes-Benz owner’s manual doesn’t mention your cabin air filter, ask your professional service advisor at Frank’s European Service for a recommendation. It’s usually every year or 12,000 miles / 19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions around the Las Vegas and Henderson area, or if you start to notice a funky smell coming from your vents.

The team at Frank’s European Service  urges Las Vegas and Henderson auto owners to keep their cabin air filter cleans. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience around Las Vegas and Henderson more enjoyable.

Come by Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson and we’ll take a look at your cabin air filter for you.

Following Recommended Intervals For Your Mercedes-Benz

If you’re reading this article in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, then you probably care about your car and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional Frank’s European Service service professional tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say “no”, you might be harming your Mercedes-Benz or risking your family’s safety.

At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner’s manual. But it is not like you want to keep your Mercedes-Benz auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.

Cars are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Las Vegas and Henderson car owners to keep them running well. That is why auto makers have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your Mercedes-Benz performing efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns. In a typical owners manual you’ll find: oil change, brake fluid and pad change, coolant system service, transmission service, battery electrolyte levels, cables and terminals, tire pressure and wear, CV boots, cabin air filter, air conditioning, heater, fuel filter, air filter, belts and hoses, power steering fluid, differential service, fuel system cleaning, and wheel alignment. And then there are mechanical service requirements like timing belt changes, valve adjustment, steering function, engine and exhaust leaks – yeah, it is a really long list!

Fortunately, this isn’t a test: Las Vegas and Henderson car owners don’t need to have it memorized. Your professional Frank’s European Service service advisor has access to your car maker’s recommendations. Don’t be surprised when your service professional at Frank’s European Service reminds you something important is due. Your vehicle manufacturer has taken great care in putting together your maintenance schedule. Let Frank’s European Service help you stay on top of essential maintenance. You can expect them to suggest recommended services and tell you what problems they find under the hood. We’ll also explain how urgent these services are so you can work them into your budget.

Fuel Saving Tip: Las Vegas and Henderson Tune Up

Have you ever gone to Las Vegas to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That’s why they tune up together.

Fuel Economy Now this is no surprise; I’m going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

We call this, (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra’s out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle’s out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

So check your owner’s manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your Las Vegas and Henderson service advisor at Frank’s European Service what he thinks.

…Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.