The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a beautiful car resulting from the joint vision and collaboration of Mercedes-Benz and their formula one partner, McLaren. With proper care and maintenance, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren can provide the excitement of a weekend racer and the reliability of a daily driven supercar. GI Automotive offers extremely competitive part resourcing, and Mercedes-Benz trained mechanics to keep your SLR in top shape.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a grand tour car jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive sold from 2003 to 2010. When Mercedes-Benz was producing the SLR, they owned a 40 percent share of McLaren Group. The SLR is an abbreviation for “Sport Leicht Rennsport” which translates to Sport Light Racing in English. This car was inspired by the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, a race car from 1955.
Once Mercedes-Benz finished production of the SLR in 2010, it was succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The SLR features a 5.4 Liter supercharged M155 V8 engine producing 617 horsepower.
The SLR utilizes a 5-speed automatic transmission with three manual modes. Mercedes decided to use a five-speed transmission rather than a seven-speed which was more complex and used additional parts. The SLR reaches a top speed of 208 miles per hour and goes from 0 to 60 in only 3.3 seconds.
There SLR comes in three models, the Coupe, Roadster, and the incredibly rare Speedster (Stirling Moss). Over the course of its 7 year run, Mercedes-Benz produced a total of 2,157 SLRs.
This Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Service Guide provides a recommended maintenance schedule allowing SLR McLaren owners an opportunity to maintain their unique German supercar in the best possible condition. Preventative maintenance is key to extending the longevity of the vehicle, as well as avoiding costly repairs.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren features only one single option when it comes to the transmission of the car, the AMG Speedshift R 5-speed Automatic transmission with 3 different manual modes. The engine utilizes a dry sump lubrication system.
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluids
Tires are a very important aspect that owners tend to overlook. The difference between a car with proper tires and a car with cheap tires is enormous.
Acceleration, braking, handling, and even ride quality is affected by the type of tire on the car. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren comes on a stock tire size of:
FRONT TIRES: 255/35R19
REAR TIRES: 295/30R19
Tire wear can varies greatly depending on driving style. However, other factors such as suspension geometry, tire pressures and driving environment can also affect tire wear.
GI Automotive has a wide selection of tires for the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and we would be happy to consult on the perfect fit for your driving needs.
Suspension geometry and set-up is a crucial aspect in regards to not only tire wear, but how the car behaves while driving.
Regular alignment checks will help keep the tire wearing evenly and keep the car behaving as the superb engineers in Germany intended.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Service Guide recommends that camber, caster, toe, and height be adjusted to OEM specifications, or a custom specification if necessary.
The suspension should also be inspected annually for any leaks, cracks, or play. The active suspension should be checked for calibration and proper operation as well. This also includes a physical inspection of the springs and dampers.
Other aspects that many SLR McLaren collectors and owners overlook is that most of the high-performance rubber components (brushings, hoses, brake & vacuum lines, coolant & heating hoses) start to degrade naturally after 10 years. This happens even if an SLR McLaren was sitting in proper storage. It is prudent to have a full inspection done of the car in order to check for any signs of rubber degrading that might fail while driving. Hoses or brushings that look slightly worn may fail sooner than you think after the 10-year period.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Service Guide Recommends These Maintenance Intervals (2008 Model):
In order to make sure that all components are working properly, a visual inspection should be conducted during each service. This includes inspecting for any leaks or accelerated wear and tear.
Note that the Mercedes-Benz SLR Service Guide recommends these tips if the car is driven regularly on public roads. If the vehicle is tracked, wear and tear will be accelerated and should be serviced earlier and more frequently than the schedule outlined above.
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