The same topic rears its head every year whenever it’s time to put our classic vehicles away for the winter: what should you do to your treasured possession to make sure that you can confidently drive it out of the garage next year as soon as the first signs of good weather appear?
Firstly, we have to say that, regardless of how many miles you do, bring your car for a service. The only way of ensuring that your vehicle is reliable and in good condition is to have it serviced regularly. We believe that a service in the autumn often makes more sense than in the spring because fresh oil provides optimum protection from the aggressive acids present in combustion residues that attack the metal and seals in your engine, especially when it has been left standing for some time. As the 190SL instruction manual says: “Only the best lubricants are good enough for your car.”
The right grade and the right viscosity are important. Dirt in the oil can damage bearings and cylinder liners”.
So, do your car a favour and use 20W50 motor oil for a car like the 190 SL. We don’t want to go into too much detail here, but a lubrication service, fluid change and fluid level check means less to worry about later when you take your car back onto the road. These also maintain the system, especially when it’s garaged over the winter.