Mercedes-Benz Service Milestones
Regular vehicle service is an essential part of caring for your Mercedes-Benz. It’s easy to remember to wash, wax, and detail your car, but internal problems are more easily overlooked. Make sure you schedule these visits to keep your car in top shape inside and out.
2,000 Miles — Fluid Services on AMG® Models
Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles don’t require major maintenance until they hit 10,000 miles. However, AMG® Models should get service at just 2,000 miles. This is a quick check-up and includes a replacement of rear axle differential fluid on C-Class, CLA-Class, E-Class, and SL-Class models. If you have a G-Class model, you’ll need a front and rear axle oil change.
Services are different for AMG® Mercedes-Benz vehicles because these were originally a sub-brand of Mercedes. Wholly owned by the carmaker since 2007, AMG® vehicles still represent a model that goes above and beyond the standard Mercedes, particularly when it comes to speed. That enhanced performance changes many of the vehicle’s maintenance needs, so it’s important to understand the unique demands of an AMG® model.
5,000 Miles — Tire Care
Mercedes-Benz typically recommends a visit for tire care every 5,000 miles. At a minimum, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. This means you’ll schedule one visit for a tire rotation between every annual maintenance visit, and have your tires rotated at each annual visit as well. Your mechanic will inspect your tires at this time and assist with recommendations for tire replacements. Most tires have a life span of 25,000 to 50,000 miles, but this can vary greatly.
10,000 Miles — The First Major Milestone
Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles don’t reach their first maintenance milestone until 10,000 miles, or one year of driving. At this time, you should schedule a maintenance visit that will include:
- Synthetic motor oil replacement
- Oil Filter replacement
- Wiper blade replacement
- Check and correction for all fluid levels including coolant, power steering, brake system, windshield washer, and differential lock mechanism fluid.
Your mechanic will perform a thorough multipoint inspection and check several parts of the car. Specific points of inspection vary by model and class but may include:
- Catch, safety catch, and hinges on engine hood
- Thickness of front and rear brakes pads
- Tire inflation pressure
- Inflation pressure on spare tire
- Water drain in air/water duct
- Electrical systems
- Tire Checks
- Chassis checks
CLA and GLA AMG® models will also need a rear axle oil change and engine air filter replacement at this point.
20,000 Miles — Full Service
After 20,000 miles, or about two years of driving, you should take your vehicle in for a full servicing. This includes all the maintenance tasks completed at 10,000 miles as well as a cabin dust/combination filter replacement and brake fluid change. CLA and GLA AMG® models will need another engine air filter replacement at this interval as well.
At 20,000 miles, your mechanic will perform a more thorough inspection that includes checking:
- Major components for leakage
- DEF lines and components
- Front and rear axle, ball joints, and rubber boots
- Driveshaft flexible disks
- Steering components and bolts
- Propellar shafts, universal joints, and collapsible sections
- AWD front axle joint housing
30,000 Miles — A Major Milestone for AMG®
For most Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the 30,000 mile inspection is nearly identical to the 10,000 mile visit. For an AMG® vehicle, however, this is the first major service visit. At 30,000 miles, AMG® models receive:
- Rear axle oil change
- Engine air filter replacement
- Transmission oil and filter replacement
- V12 AMG® coolant service
This also marks the first transmission oil and filter replacement for CLA and GLA AMG® models.
40,000 Miles — Falling Into a Routine
By 40,000 miles, your vehicle has reached a fairly routine rotation of maintenance visits. This servicing is the same as what you received at 20,000 miles. You’ll continue to alternate these service schedules every 10,000 miles, or about once a year. Keep in mind that all models and classes are slightly different. For specifics on what your vehicle needs at each interval, you should consult your owner’s manual or service advisor.
50,000 Miles — Things to Consider
For most models and classes, 50,000 miles is another big milestone where you’ll want to begin checking major parts. You should inspect and potentially replace these parts of your vehicle every 50,000 miles, so you’ll revisit them at 100,000 miles, 150,000 miles, and so forth. Around this point, you’ll usually need to prepare for new parts including:
- Brake pads
- Accessory drive belt
With regular maintenance visits, you can extend the life of your vehicle and prevent many major issues. Keep these milestones in mind as you’re driving, and take your car in for a service visit at each one.