Deactivating/activating ESP

section. Observe the "Important safety notes" section.

ESP should not be deactivated during normal driving other than in the circumstances described below. Disabling the system will reduce vehicle stability in driving maneuvers.
Do not deactivate ESP when the emergency or spare wheel is mounted.

S 63 AMG: ESP should not be deactivated during normal driving.
Deactivating the system results in the following:
no restriction to the engine torque
loss of system-supported traction control
"ESP OFF" is designed for driving on closed tracks when the vehicle's own oversteering and understeering characteristics are desired and requires an extremely qualified and experienced driver who is able to handle these critical driving situations.
You could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.
Beware of these limits if you deactivate ESP.
Do not deactivate ESP when the emergency or spare wheel is mounted.

ESP is activated automatically when the engine is started.

the Vehicles with ECO start/stop function: the ECO start/stop function switches the engine off automatically when the vehicle comes to a stop. The engine starts automatically when the driver wants to pull away again. ESP remains in its previously selected status. Example: if ESP was deactivated before the engine was switched off, ESP remains deactivated when the engine is switched on again.

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

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.

When you deactivate ESP:
ESP no longer improves driving stability.
the engine's torque is no longer limited 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.

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

To deactivate:
The instrument cluster lights up. ESP OFF warning lamp in the instrument cluster lights up.

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.

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

To activate:
The instrument cluster goes out. ESP OFF warning lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.

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