What Causes MAF Sensor Failure in Mercedes?

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The Mercedes MAF sensor is a part of an engine’s fuel injection system that calculates and monitors the amount of air going into your engine. The MAF determines how much fuel needs to be added to create a proper air-to-fuel ratio.

If you think your vehicle is experiencing issues with not getting optimal mileage, or if you notice it isn’t feeling as strong as usual, it may be because there are some MAF sensor issues in Mercedes. If this happens, your vehicle may need repair, which could include replacing the entire unit.

We know this sounds pretty serious, but we also want you to know that there are other things that can cause performance issues and damaged engines as well, so it’s important not to jump to conclusions when it comes time to diagnose the issue with your car.

Where Do I Find the MAF Sensor and What Does it Do?

The Mercedes-Benz MAF sensor is what we call a critical part. It is attached near the engine and close to the throttle body of your vehicle’s interior system. It detects the amount of air that enters the engine and then sends this data to the OBD (onboard diagnostics) in order for your car’s computer to determine how much fuel should be added.
The MAF sensor also works with your car’s ECU or Electronic Control Unit, which monitors in real-time every function of its parent vehicle, from running lights and ignition system to steering control and brakes.

The OBD unit scans the engine’s performance and then tells the fuel injectors to provide enough gas to maintain a smooth ignition. This results in a vehicle that is both smooth and fuel-efficient.

What Can Cause MAF Sensor Issues in Mercedes?

Usually, the air mass sensor goes bad due to contamination, which means road debris could get into the car component and interfere with its ability to work correctly. As a driver, this could mean experiencing problems like rough idling, stalling, and an inconsistent driving experience.

While it’s true that older cars are more likely to encounter this type of problem since they have DASCenter to make the fix, one reason why the MAF can get so clogged up is because of being on the roads longer, and there are also some new automobiles where the issue has occurred.

The good news is that in most cases, only maintenance and repair professionals like those at natural occurrences like mud, dirt, or dust, but in other instances, it can be a result of other contaminants such as grime and oil vapors, and spray residue combustion.

These parts are vulnerable since they have to work so close in proximity to these types of contaminants too.

There are many reasons why your MAF sensor may not perform as expected, but the most common is simply age.

Clogged air filters and airborne contaminants can gradually render a sensor incapable of performing its job as intended.
As we drive our cars every day, exhaust travels through small openings in our vehicles and into our air intakes.

There they meet with tiny bits of fiberglass or steel wool, almost invisible to the naked eye but quickly adding up over time to dirty a MAF sensor.

Uncleaned Filter

To avoid a clogged MAF sensor, which can cause your car to fail an emissions test, you should clean the filter every few thousand miles. To make sure it’s functioning properly, there are a few things one should pay special attention to:

Apart from the contact fault between the MAF sensor and the connections it makes between other systems, there may be a problem with an electrical contact at another stage in the system. In order to understand what this means, it’s helpful to know how a MAF operates.

Check PCV Valve

The PCV valve can cause the failure of the MAF system if it is not properly maintained. The job of the PCV valve is to take in air, which passes through the MAF system to be measured.

Therefore, if the valve is damaged or blocked, then your Mercedes will be provided with no air at all, and subsequently, your vehicle’s performance will suffer from an inefficient engine management system (the MAF) due to insufficient airflow being provided by the PCV valve.

Check for Mechanical Damage

Finally, your MAF sensor can fail due to mechanical damage. The most typical cause of this is from driving on rocky and bumpy roads. Driving in these conditions can loosen the connector between your car’s ECU and your MAF meter, causing it to pick up the wrong information about how much air is coming into your engine.

Another potential cause for failure of the MAF sensor is a nasty collision that could dislodge or even damage the actual sensor if you were unlucky enough to be in an accident. If you’ve been driving on dirt roads or have hit a bump recently, then it might be worthwhile to check if your MAF meter has become misaligned with your ECU, which most often occurs after multiple collisions and bumps.

Some other things that can cause this failure include:

  • contact fault at the electrical connections
  • damaged measuring elements
  • mechanical damage from excessive vibrations or a collision
  • measuring element drift

Wrapping Up

For decades, the expert technicians at DASCenter have been providing customers with state-of-the-art solutions for their MAF sensor issues in Mercedes. If you are having trouble with your MAF sensor, contact DASCenter today.

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