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Bumper Tech

Bumper Tech

The safety sensors are embedded in or attached to the bumper and front grille, which makes bumper repair after a collision very different from the procedures of only a decade ago.

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MOST Definitely, from D2B

MOST Definitely, from D2B

The addition of electronics has turned the average vehicle into a technological marvel, but a Mercedes-Benz is no average vehicle. At the cutting edge of technology since its founding, the company has added fiber optics that allow it to process large amounts of digital media. What do we need to know if it stops doing that?

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Modern Motor Mounts

Modern Motor Mounts

Mercedes-Benz has always been an innovator in the automotive industry, and its powertrain technology shows this clearly. But besides the great leaps in engines that have produced the wonderful performance and efficiency of today, has anybody ever given any thought to how those engines are mounted in the chassis? Yes, indeed, and to a larger extent than you probably suspect.

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Why You Should Use Only Genuine Mercedes-Benz Parts

Why You Should Use Only Genuine Mercedes-Benz Parts

There’s a lot more substance to this topic than you might think — it’s not just marketing hype. The rigorous “Genuine Parts” testing program is especially interesting and relevant to the price/value relationship. 

June 2014 | By | Reply More
StarTuned March 2014

StarTuned March 2014

In this issue: Connections Come First; VVT: The Best of Both Worlds; Why You Should Use Only Genuine Mercedes-Benz Brake Parts; Certified Collision Centers

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Mercedes-Benz Certified Collision Centers: The Future Is Here

Mercedes-Benz Certified Collision Centers: The Future Is Here

New structural and safety features of Mercedes-Benz vehicles require significant changes to collision repair facilities, equipment, and technician skills.

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Why You Should Use Only Genuine Mercedes-Benz Brake Parts

Why You Should Use Only Genuine Mercedes-Benz Brake Parts

Great stopping power, pleasant pedal feel, no noise or pulsation, and long life are all good reasons to buy friction components and everything that goes with them from your local M-B dealer’s parts department.

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Variable Valve Timing: The Best of Both Worlds

Variable Valve Timing: The Best of Both Worlds

We are a demanding people. We want to buy high-performance cars, but we don’t want to deal with the hard-starting and “lumpy” idle that come with high-profile, long-duration camshafts. How can engineers make more power and yet still give us a smooth idle?

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Connections Come First

Connections Come First

With the advent of the computer, electronics have exploded in every aspect of our lives, and the automobile is no different. Regardless of how sophisticated and productive, all M-B electronics still rely on basic wiring connections. It’s our job to keep all those connections clean, tight, and moisture-free to make everything in the electronics chain work the way it should.

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StarTuned December 2013

StarTuned December 2013

In this issue: Narrowing the Range of Temperatures with the E-Thermostat; Mercedes-Benz CDI Diesels: No More Knocking, Smoking, or Stinking; Meet the CLA, Model Series 117; FWD and MacPherson Struts Change the Collision Repair Game

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