The Mercedes Benz is among the top three most popular luxury cars in America. In fact, it’s safe to say that European cars, in general, have become incredibly popular here.
It makes sense—they last longer, they have better fuel economy, and they’re much more eco-friendly. Plus, when you’re driving around in a Mercedes Benz, you’re making a statement.
The only downside is that they can be expensive to repair and maintain. It also doesn’t help that not every mechanic has the correct Mercedes diagnostic tools to get the job started.
So, if you’re a mechanic that’s looking to open your shop to European auto repair, keep reading. We’ve got a whole list of Mercedes car tools you’re going to need.
Mercedes Special Tools Every Mechanic Needs
If you’re a general mechanic, you’re likely competing with a ton of other general mechanics as well as certified technicians that specialize in European vehicles. Not only do these technicians have the knowledge and hands-on training with European cars, but they’re often equipped with the latest and best special tools.
The following are some of the essential Mercedes special tools and necessary tools you’ll need starting out:
Mercedes-Benz Offset Engine Mount Tool
Every mechanic knows—or should know—that a Mercedes Benz’s engine mounts typically fail around 100,000 miles. 100,000 miles may seem like a lot, but it doesn’t take long to get there, making it a common repair.
If you don’t have a 16 MM or 17 MM engine mount offset wrench on hand, you won’t be able to get the job done. Period.
Mercedes Benz Radio/Cluster Removal Special Tool
Mercedes, like most cars, are equipped with a radio and an instrument cluster. The instrument cluster is the most crucial component here as it hosts the gauges that inform the driver on their speed, miles driven, fuel levels, and heat.
Removing the instrument cluster or the radio is relatively easy and can be done in a matter of minutes—if you have a set of radio/cluster removal tools. You can get the job done without these tools. However, you’ll end up causing a lot of unnecessary damage, and it’ll take much longer.
Mercedes Benz Transmission Fluid Dipstick
In 1997, Mercedes introduced their newly designed 722.6 5-speed transmissions. The beauty of these transmissions is that they were engineered to never need maintenance and were therefore sealed—for life.
Unfortunately, that was just a pipe dream. As it turns out, the 722.6 5-speed transmissions still need servicing at around 60,000 miles. These transmissions also tend to leak oil, specifically at the 13-pin connector.
So, if you fancy yourself a qualified Mercedes mechanic, you’ll have a transmission fluid dipstick in your shop. It’s one of the many non-negotiable Mercedes specialty tools.
Mercedes Benz Swivel Spark Plug Socket Set
Spark plugs are one of the most common reasons to bring a Mercedes into the shop. It’s especially important for Mercedes owners to seek a quality auto repair shop for their spark plugs since Mercedes Benz likes to install two spark plugs per cylinder.
Can your customers replace their own spark plugs? Sure they can. But they won’t once they realize they don’t have the right tool: A swivel spark plug socket set for removal.
Mercedes Benz Oil Filter Removal Wrench
Oil changes are another incredibly common necessity for Mercedes Benz, and with those oil changes come oil filter changes. As a mechanic, you likely perform oil changes daily. However, as a Mercedes mechanic, you know that oil changes on these particular German creations go a little bit differently.
You’re going to need to have the right oil filter wrench to get the job done right. That means you won’t just need one oil filter wrench, but a whole oil filter socket set. That way, you can tackle Mercedes oil changes with ease on any model that comes your way.
Mercedes Benz Chassis Tools
As you know, European car manufacturers quite enjoy geometry. That’s why the Mercedes Benz manufacturer has engineered it’s suspension for a controlled ride.
Each chassis have specific chassis tools for the controls arms and subframe bushings
You’ll need variations of these special tools for almost every job you have to perform on a Mercedes.
Mercedes today are equipped with some serious technology. Your everyday Mercedez Benz typically has up to 20 control units while a flagship serious like the S-Class will have up to 50 control units. One failed sensor can light up an instrument cluster unit like a Christmas tree.
You can even have just one sensor pointing the finger to multiple control units, which will give you several warnings and codes. We don’t have to tell you how confusing this can get, especially if you’re using the wrong diagnostic scanner.
That’s why you need to get specific about your Mercedes diagnostic tools. You can’t just use any old OBD II scanner—you’ll need a Star Diagnostic System Scanner to get a fast and clear reading.
A Mercedes Service Manual
With all the advanced technology out there, including Google, we often forget how simple it is to find the answers we’re looking for—in print. As a Mercedes mechanic or any mechanic, it’s always a good idea to have the car engine manual and other materials that were written by the manufacturer.
Car manuals serve as guides. They’ll tell you everything you need to know, from what code numbers signify to maintenance schedules, what tools you need for the job, and much more. A good mechanic will always have a car engine manual somewhere in their shop to use as a reference.
The Right Tools Make a Difference
You can’t call yourself a Mercedes mechanic if you don’t have the correct Mercedes special tools and maintenance tools on deck.
We can help you build up your repair shop with the best Mercedes car tools on the market. Check out our inventory, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us and let us know!