Since 1956, informed Mercedes-Benz owners have relied uponThe Star, the magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, foradvice about maintenance, service and repair of their cars. BentleyPublishers has collected some of the best of these do-it-yourselfarticles and tech tips into the Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion.No matter which Mercedes-Benz model you drive or desire, thiscompilation will serve as a valuable technical reference to helpyou understand and care for your Mercedes-Benz.This insightful andinformed technical compilation has something for the Mercedes-Benzowner, service professional and enthusiast. You will also finduseful technical guidance that pertains to Mercedes-Benz vehiclesin general, based on the contributors' long-time dedication toMercedes-Benz service and ownership.Article topics collected in theMercedes-Benz Technical Companion include:Technical and RestorationForum: questions and answers on subjects such as bleeding brakes,aligning headlights, choosing fuel and preparing a vehicle forstorage. Maintenance and preservation procedures - from resettingthe service indicator lights to washing and waxing your car.Heating and air-conditioning system repair including rebuilding theautomatic climate control push button unit and converting from R-12to R-134a. Driving tips, including the difference between torqueand horsepower, and tire selection. You will even find informativediagrams showing oversteer, understeer and vehicle dynamics.Step-by-step instructions on how to replace shock absorbers and airsuspension bellows. How to choose a shop for maintaining andrepairing your Mercedes-Benz Fixes for vacuum door locks,mechanical clocks and trip odometers. Extensive model, chassisnumber, engine number and production year reference charts:1946-2005 Detailed electronic component repairs, such as the BeckerElectronic Grand Prix radio and the W210 E-Class seat controlswitch.