Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Deactivating/activating ESP® (AMG vehicles) - ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) - Driving safety systems - Safety - Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners ManualMercedes-Benz C-Class: Deactivating/activating ESP® (AMG vehicles)

Activating/deactivating SPORT handling mode

WARNING
The SPORT handling mode should not be switched on during normal driving.
Switching on the SPORT handling mode will result in the following:
• no restriction to the engine torque
• system supported traction control is limited
The SPORT handling mode is designed for driving on closed tracks when the vehicle's own natural oversteer and understeer characteristics are desired and requires a highly skilled and experienced driver able to handle these critical driving situations.
You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.
Please be aware of these limits when you switch on the SPORT handling mode.
Do not switch on the SPORT handling when a spare wheel is mounted.

ESP® is activated automatically when the engine is started.

It may be best to activate SPORT handling mode in the following situations:
• when using snow chains
• in deep snow
• on sand or gravel

WARNING
Switch off the SPORT handling mode and switch on the ESP® immediately if the aforementioned circumstances do not apply anymore. Otherwise the SPORT handling mode will only stabilize the vehicle to a limited extent when it is starting to skid or a wheel is spinning.

When SPORT handling mode is activated:
• ESP® only improves driving stability to a limited degree.
• the engine's torque is restricted only to a limited degree and the drive wheels can spin. The spinning of the wheels results in a cutting action, which provides better grip.
• traction control is still activated.
• ESP® still provides support when you brake firmly.

If SPORT handling mode is activated and one or more wheels start to spin, the ESP® ESP® warning lamp in the instrument cluster flashes. ESP® only stabilizes the vehicle to a limited degree.

To activate: briefly

press button 1. To activate: briefly press button 1.
The lamp in the instrument cluster lights up. SPORT handling mode warning lamp in the instrument cluster lights up.
The SPORT handling mode message appears in the multifunction display.
button 1. To deactivate: briefly press button 1.
The lamp in the instrument cluster goes out. SPORT handling mode warning lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.

Activating/deactivating ESP®

WARNING
The ESP® should not be switched off during normal driving.
Disabling of the system will result in the following:
• no restriction to engine torque
• loss of system-supported traction control
"ESP® OFF" is designed for driving on closed tracks when the vehicle's natural oversteer and understeer characteristics are desired and requires a highly skilled and experienced driver able to handle these critical driving situations.
You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.
Please be aware of these limits when you switch off the ESP®.
Do not switch off the ESP® when a spare wheel is mounted.

ESP® is activated automatically when the engine is started.

It may be best to deactivate ESP® in the following situations:
• when using snow chains
• in deep snow
• on sand or gravel

WARNING
Switch on ESP® immediately if one of the previously stated conditions is no longer met.
Otherwise, ESP® cannot stabilize the vehicle if it begins to lurch or when a wheel spins.

If you deactivate ESP®:
• ESP® no longer improves driving stability.
• the engine's torque is no longer limited and the drive wheels are able to spin. The spinning of the wheels results in a cutting action, which provides better grip.
• traction control is still activated.
• PRE-SAFE® Brake is no longer available, nor is it activated if you brake firmly and ESP® intervenes.
• ESP® still provides support when you brake firmly.

If ESP® is deactivated and one or more wheels start to spin, the lamp in ESP® warning lamp in the instrument cluster does not flash. In such situations, ESP® will not stabilize the vehicle.

To deactivate: press

button 1 until the To deactivate: press button 1 until the the instrument cluster. ESP® OFF warning lamp lights up in the instrument cluster.
The the OFF message appears in the multifunction display.

WARNING
When the
lamp is lit, ESP® OFF warning lamp is lit, ESP® is deactivated.
If the
the ESP® warning lamp and the lit, ESP® OFF warning lamp remain lit, ESP® is not available due to a malfunction.
When ESP® is deactivated or not operational, vehicle stability in standard driving maneuvers is reduced.
Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road conditions and to the non-operating status of the ESP®.

for an Avoid spinning the driven wheels for an extended period with ESP® deactivated.
You could otherwise damage the drivetrain.

press button 1. To activate: briefly press button 1.
The instrument cluster goes out. The ESP® OFF warning lamp in the instrument cluster goes out. The ON ON message appears in the multifunction display.

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