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370 Practical hintsReplacing wiper blades
Replacing wiper blades
Removing wiper blades
Turn SmartKey in starter switch to
Turn combination switch to wiper
With wiper arm in the vertical position,
turn SmartKey in starter switch to
Fold the wiper arm forward until it
snaps into place.
Turn the wiper blade at a right angle to
Slide the wiper blade sideways out of
!To avoid damage to the hood, the wiper
arms should only be folded forward
when in the vertical position.
For safety reasons, remove SmartKey from
starter switch before replacing a wiper
blade. Otherwise the motor could suddenly
turn on and cause injury.
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Replacing wiper blades
Installing wiper blades
Slide wiper blade onto wiper arm until
it locks in place.
Rotate wiper blade into position paral-
lel to wiper arm.
Fold the wiper arm backward to rest on
the windshield. Make sure you hold on
to the wiper when folding the wiper arm
!Never open the hood when the wiper
arm is folded forward.
Hold on to the wiper when folding the
wiper arm back. If released, the force
of the impact from the tensioning
spring could crack the windshield.
Do not allow the wiper arms to contact
the windshield glass without a wiper
Make certain that the wiper blades are
properly installed. Improperly installed
wiper blades may cause windshield
For your convenience, we recommend
that you have this work carried out by
an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
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372 Practical hintsFlat tire
Flat tireIn the case of a flat tire, you may tempo-
rarily use the spare wheel when observing
the following restrictions:
Do not exceed a vehicle speed of
50 mph (80 km / h).
Drive to the nearest tire repair facility
to have the flat tire repaired or re-
placed as appropriate.
Do not operate vehicle with more than
one spare wheel mounted.
Preparing the vehicle
Park the vehicle as far as possible from
moving traffic on a hard surface.
Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
Engage the steering wheel lock in the
straight-ahead position and set the
Move the selector lever toP.
Have any passenger exit the vehicle at
a safe distance from the roadway.
Mounting the spare wheel
Preparing the vehicle
Prepare the vehicle as described under
“Preparing the vehicle” on this page.
Take the spare wheel out of the trunk
Take the wheel wrench and the jack
out of the trunk (
Lifting the vehicle
Prevent the vehicle from rolling away
by blocking wheels with wheel chocks
(not included) or other sizable objects.
When changing wheel on a level surface:
Place one chock in front of and one be-
hind the wheel that is diagonally oppo-
site to the wheel being changed.
The dimensions of the Minispare wheel and
the collapsible tire are different from those
of the road wheels. As a result, the vehicle
handling characteristics change when driv-
ing with a spare wheel mounted.
The spare wheel should only be used tempo-
rarily, and replaced with a regular road
wheel as quickly as possible.
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When changing wheel on a hill:
Place chocks on the downhill side
blocking both wheels of the other axle.
On wheel to be changed, loosen but do
not yet remove the wheel bolts (ap-
proximately one full turn with wrench). The jack take-up brackets are located di-
rectly behind the front wheel housing and
in front of the rear wheel housing.
1Jack take-up bracket
Position jack2 on firm ground under
the respective jack take-up bracket1.
The jack is designed exclusively for jacking
up the vehicle at the jack take-up brackets
built into either side of the vehicle. To help
avoid personal injury, use the jack only to lift
the vehicle during a wheel change. Never
get beneath the vehicle while it is supported
by the jack. Keep hands and feet away from
the area under the lifted vehicle. Always
firmly set parking brake and block wheels
before raising vehicle with jack.
Do not disengage parking brake while the
vehicle is raised. Be certain that the jack is
always vertical (plumb line) when in use, es-
pecially on hills. Always try to use the jack
on level surface. Be sure that the jack arm is
fully seated in the jack take-up bracket. Al-
ways lower the vehicle onto sufficient ca-
pacity jackstands before working under the
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374 Practical hintsFlat tireMake sure the foot of the jack is directly
under the take-up bracket so that it is al-
ways vertical (plumb-line) as seen from the
side, even if the vehicle is parked on an in-
Turn crank3 until the tire is a maxi-
mum of 1.2 in (3 cm) off the ground.
Never start engine while vehicle is
raised.Removing the wheel
Unscrew the upper-most wheel bolt
Replace this wheel bolt with alignment
bolt1 supplied in the tool kit.
Remove the remaining bolts.
Remove the wheel.
Position the jack only on the jack take-up
brackets designed for this purpose.
If the jack is not properly positioned, the ve-
hicle may slip off of the jack.Warning!
The jack is intended only for lifting the vehi-
cle briefly for wheel changes. It is not suited
for performing maintenance work under the
vehicle. Never lie down under the raised ve-
hicle. Do not start the engine when the vehi-
cle is raised.
!Do not place wheel bolts in sand or dirt.
This could result in damage to the bolt
and wheel hub threads.