Huntington Beach Auto Repair

Mercedes Sprinter Van Repair and Maintenance

A Mercedes Benz Sprinter van can be the bedrock of any business. Obviously, the engine of the vehicle is its heart that allows the van to offer peak performance. Metris and Sprinter van engines are engineered precisely to offer optimum performance, however, the engine will need regular maintenance and repair to ensure peak performance, as the engine of the vehicle is required to cover long distances and haul heavy loads.

Our technicians at Topline Performance understand the construction and performance issues of Metris and Sprinter engines. Some of the common engine repairs for Sprinter vans are explained below.

Activated “Check Engine” Light

A Sprinter van with an activated “Check Engine” light or has entered into the “Limp Mode” can be very frustrating to the driver. The “Check Engine” light on the dashboard will be lighted up when the powertrain control module senses that something is out of the normal. Issues with the glow plugs, turbo, temperature sensors, boost hose, EGR valves, swirl valve, or failures in air change cooler can lead to activation of the “Check Engine” light.

It is important to have the proper equipment to test the systems to find out the exact cause of the issue, as the cost of replacing the parts can be big and replacing the wrong part can cause a financial burden on the owner.

Performance Issues

Sprinter vans offer excellent mileage, road handling, and performance when compared to the other vans in its class. The vehicle uses a cleaner diesel engine, which employs an emission system that incorporates an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve, a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), sensors, controllers, and heating elements. All these sophisticated parts introduce complexity and can lead to issues if not maintained well.

If you find that your Sprinter van jerks while cruising, suffers while accelerating, or struggles with heavy loads, you can be sure that the engine is experiencing some performance issues. In such a case, the engine will require proper attention and our technicians can guarantee you the best Sprinter repair.

Smoke from the Exhaust

Exhaust smoke can be an indicator of issues in the engine or exhaust system of your Sprinter van. All models of Sprinter vans feature a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) control unit under the driver seat and two SCR catalytic converters in the exhaust system, near the piping. The exhaust system of Sprinter vans can reduce NOx emissions by more than eighty percent. However, proper maintenance and check-up are required for all these systems to avoid exhaust smoke and other issues.

If you find that black, blue, or gray smoke is coming out of the exhaust of your Sprinter van, you need to contact our auto repair technicians as soon as possible to get the issue fixed. Note that ignoring the symptoms can lead to worsening of the engine issues and can even make your vehicle breakdown.

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