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Adhesive Bonding and Riveting – The Cold-Joining Advantage

Adhesive Bonding and Riveting – The Cold-Joining Advantage

Heat from welding can seriously compromise the strength of the advanced materials used in modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles, so adhesive bonding and riveting have become mandatory skills for collision techs. Cold joining has other advantages, too.

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Tracing Parasitic Drains (Why did that Battery Have to Die?)

Tracing Parasitic Drains (Why did that Battery Have to Die?)

More often than not, tracing parasitic drains can require a substantial amount of detective work. That’s the tough part. Once you’ve identified the source of a key-off current draw, the repair is usually simple.

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Mit Kompressor

Mit Kompressor

In 1998, the SLK got a supercharger that provided the “right now” feeling normally associated with larger engines. These and other later models should be showing up in your shop by now, so you’d better know how they work.

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The Return of the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid

The Return of the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid

A major hybrid automobile and truck innovator just after the turn of the 20th Century, Mercedes-Benz has engineered advanced versions of the concept that are not only highly economical, but also have a big “Wow” factor.

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StarTuned September 2015

StarTuned September 2015

In this issue: Unibody Repair; Active Body Control; Mercedes-Benz F-Cells: Field-Proven Fuel Cell Electrics; ECO Start

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Illustrious History

Illustrious History

Historical photos of the people and cars on the, 130th anniversary of Gottlieb Daimler being granted a patent on his motorized bicycle, that led to the fabulous Mercedes-Benz vehicles we have today.

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ECO Start

ECO Start

Why waste fuel and produce emissions while idling at a traffic light?

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cells: Field-Proven Fuel Cell Electrics

Mercedes-Benz F-Cells: Field-Proven Fuel Cell Electrics

Mercedes-Benz fuel cell vehicles can refuel in less than half the time it takes to recharge the fastest-charging electric vehicle, and can travel twice as far on a single tankful of hydrogen as a pure electric can on its batteries.

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Active Body Control

Active Body Control

If proper fluid maintenance is done, this is really not a troublesome system. Here is some real-world maintenance and diagnostic advice.

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Mercedes-Benz Unibody Repair

Mercedes-Benz Unibody Repair

Unibody repair requires identification of the materials that damaged components are made of, understanding of the importance that material construction has on the choice of repair procedures, and use of appropriate tools/equipment.

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