Mercedes-Benz ignition Switch Problems

Mercedes-Benz ignition Switch Problems

A bizarre and common problem that some Mercedes-Benz owners may encounter is not getting their vehicle to start when they attempt to start their cars. This problem happens when the key is no longer turning in the ignition. It could be by any of the following: a failing or defective key fob, a defective shifter control unit, or a failing Electronic Ignition Switch (or EIS). It can also be a Bad Electronic Steering Lock (ESL) module. Some affected Mercedes-Benz models include the E-Class, C-Class, S-Class, ML-Class, etc.

Common Causes and Symptoms

The Ignition switch (with immobilizer module) may fail after many operating cycles or user error. This problem could be a low battery or a power surge when jumpstarting the vehicle when the key is still in the ignition, causing the EIS to lose (or flash) its memory. When this occurs, replace or repair the module.
Other notable symptoms of a failing or failed Ignition switch or steering lock include:

  • Intermittent functioning of the key fob
  • Intermittent failure of the push start button (if equipped)
  • The inability for the key fob to turn to the starting position to start the car
  • Instrument cluster lights do not illuminate after you turn the key
  • The key fob turns, but the vehicle will not start
  • The steering lock does not release steering when you turn on the ignition
  • The key fob does not rotate at all in the ignition slot.

However, there are instances where only the key fob may be faulty. In that case, if a spare is available, use it to start the vehicle and see if it works. If it does not, replace the EIS. Fixing this problem requires the services of a professional to get it right for your vehicle. At A1 Performance Auto Repair, we would ensure that this is done professionally by offering you world-class services. Give us a call and be assured of a trouble-free automotive experience.

Go Electric and Keep the Mercedes Luxury

Go Electric and Keep the Mercedes Luxury

When you want to go electric with your car, because it seems to be the right thing to do, but you don’t want to give up all the luxury of your Mercedes Benz, there is now a solution. Mercedes has gone fully electric with their EQC brand.

The Fully Electric Mercedes

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC gives you everything you want in your SUV, but it’s 100% electric for doing your part in helping save the environment from fossil fuels. The EQC 400 has all the power and comfort of an all-wheel drive SUV. It’s starting price is $67,900.

Charging up your EQC 400 can be done in 10 hours for a full charge using your wall unit at home. When you use DC Fast Charging, it cuts charging time from 10% to 80% to just 40 minutes.

You can plug your car into your 110v outlets however, it’ll take a long time to charge. The EQ is meant to charge on a 240V charging station. When you purchase your EQ 400, ask about installing a 240V charging station at your home, it’s easy to do.

You might think of an electric car as a glorified golf-cart, but that just isn’t so. This car will go 110mph. So, it is going to get you where you want to go very quickly. While it’ll take longer if you reach peak speeds then have to wait on the side of the road while the cop writes you a speeding ticket, it’ll go the speed limit just fine, too. Acceleration is rated at 4.8 for 0-60mph.

When You Can Buy One

Ask your Mercedes dealership to put you on their mailing, list so you’ll be notified when these are going to be available in the US. They are expected to be released in early 2020.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Is Redesigned

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Is Redesigned

This Mercedes GLC Coupe is sporty, safer and more efficient, for your driving pleasure. It is now has the sexy sportiness of the coupe, but it’s all SUV in function. The coupe will have its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April 2019. They should arrive at a dealership near you for purchase by fall of 2019.

Mercedes GLC Coupe

Many changes have gone into this Mercedes’ elegant design.

  • Squat silhouette with dropping roofline
  • Rounded rear window
  • Contoured diamond-block grille with an integrated star
  • Distinctive air intakes
  • Newly contoured LED headlamps
  • Eye-catching chrome strip on the high beltline
  • Generous ground clearance

Inside this coupe are luxurious and user-friendly controls, a redesign steering wheel with multi-function controls available in two different designs. The multi-functional touchpad on the console lends every more accessory and infotainment control.

  • Touch control on the center multimedia display
  • Using the Touch Control Buttons on the multi-function steering wheel
  • With the multi-function Touchpad on the center console
  • Using the gesture/movement recognition of MBUX Interior Assistant
  • By Voice Control, either with the button on the steering wheel or the “Hey Mercedes” prompt



Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® and Active Steering Assist provide even more comfortable support to help the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions. Active Steering Assist helps the vehicle stay in its lane and change lanes.

If you’re anxious to try out this new Mercedes GLC, you’ll have to wait a little bit yet. It is planned to be in all dealership for sale in late 2019. So, you’ll have to just dream about it all summer long or take a quick trip to New York City in April to see its world debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Tips for Freshening the Smell of Your Mercedes

Tips for Freshening the Smell of Your Mercedes

Your Mercedes is likely your pride and joy and the best car you’ve ever owned. But! What if your brother-in-law smoked his cigars in it while you were on vacation? Or you forgot about that bag of hamburger and fries on the back seat on a hot summer day? All is not lost. There are ways to deodorize your precious car.

Mercedes Odors Be Gone

Here are some tips for getting your Mercedes smelling fresh and almost new once again. Odors don’t have to ruin your car forever or even for months. There is a cure, several of them, actually.


White vinegar is a great deodorizer. It breaks down certain types of smells. Animal urine is one example. Did the cat take a whiz in the car on the way to the vet? Pour a little white vinegar on the spot then blot up as much as you can. The vinegar will break down the urine. The car will smell of vinegar for a week as it evaporates, but it is better than cat pee!


You can purchase sheets of carbon embedded “fabric” on the Internet. The fabric is more of a furnace filter type of stuff. Put a couple of these sheets under your seats to soak up odors. Change them out when they stop working.


Good old 20 Mule Team Borax is fabulous for breaking down any organic stain. Mix up a loose paste with hot water, stir until dissolve, then pour on the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wipe it up.


If the home remedies don’t work, then you’ll need to see an auto detailer to have the interior shampooed.

Mercedes Maintenance

We hope that these tips help deodorize the problem you’re having with your Mercedes. Always remember that A1 Performance Auto Repair performs all the Mercedes maintenance and repairs needed for your car.

2018 Mercedes AMG GT S Coupe Sneak Peek

2018 Mercedes AMG GT S Coupe Sneak Peek

“With the Mercedes AMG GT C Coupe, we are now expanding our portfolio of sports cars to six models plus the AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. In fewer than three years, the second vehicle to be developed by us entirely in-house has grown into a family, offering a highly dynamic driving experience in a variety of forms. We are kicking off our anniversary year with the exclusive “Edition 50″ model of the new AMG GT C Coupe. We are also taking this opportunity to refine the AMG GT and AMG GT S, both visually and technically,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

One upgrade that will delight is the new Panamericana grille that all the 2018 AMG GT models will have. It features 15 chrome-plated bars that are placed vertically. Now it looks more like a sport racing car. The profile looks like it sits lower on the road due to the new front bumper’s design. This effect is obtained by the bumper emphasizing the car’s width. Mercedes knows you’re going to drive fast and furious in this car, so they made the outer air inlets larger to give more air to cool the engine.

Also new is the output variants restructuring. The AMG GT now puts out 469 hp in the entry level model. This is 13 hp more than previous year models. The 8-cyclinder engine now delivers an extra 22 lb-ft of peak torque. These new stats apply to the FT Roadster, as well.

Service for Mercedes

When you need maintenance or repairs for your cherished Mercedes, stop by A1 Performance Auto Repair. Our certified mechanics will baby your car even more than you do and will share tips on how to keep your car running great.

Mercedes Mystique Driving the Future

Mercedes Mystique Driving the Future

Mercedes, a long-time occupant of the most enviable vehicles list, keeps upping their game to keep that reputation in place. Tracing its origins back to Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, commonly cited as the first gasoline-powered vehicle, Mercedes keeps plugging away at its, “The Best or Nothing” motto.

Self-Driving Mercedes

Today, Mercedes is positioning itself to become a global leader in the arena of self-driving vehicles, despite the overshadowing talk about Tesla’s endeavors. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 introduces the new feature of DrivePilot. The car allows for intuitive speed adjustments, automatic emergency breaking and lane control. It even features front facing cameras that capture 3D images of potential hazards up to 55 yards in front of the vehicle. Another feature allows drivers to pull the vehicle out of a parking space with a smartphone app, if you find an adjoining car invading your personal space. No more crawling through the passenger side door when confronted with that tight parking spot. And, while other vehicles may separately offer some of these technology features, Mercedes’ take on the future of driving is winning rave reviews in the automotive and mainstream media.

And, if it’s the thrill of the road that excites you more than technology, Mercedes keeps your desires in mind as well. The media continues buzzing about a Mercedes AMG – GT convertible rumored to finally be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. The luxury cabriolet promises to keep the GT’s 4.0-liter, 456 horse power, turbocharged V8 engine to deliver power, speed and style in a sunshine-filled package. The idea of a rag top sportiness combined with plentiful Mercedes power keeps the media buzzing.

Mercedes, with it’s proven history of engineering excellence, continues to break new ground. Explore the world of a proven automotive innovator. And remember to bring your new Mercedes to A1 Performance Auto Repair for all of its maintenance.

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