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Mercedes-Benz M-Class / Mercedes-Benz M-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Parking

Important safety notes

Do not park this vehicle in areas where WARNING
Do not park this vehicle in areas where combustible materials can come into contact with the hot exhaust system. Do not park the vehicle on dry grassland or harvested grain fields. Combustible materials, such as grass, hay or leaves could be ignited by the hot exhaust system and cause a vehicle fire.

Unintended vehicle movement can cause serious personal injury or damage to the vehicle or the vehicle drivetrain. To reduce such risks, always do the following before turning off the engine and leaving the vehicle: - keep your right foot on the brake pedal.

- apply the electric parking brake.

- shift the automatic transmission into park position P.

- slowly release the brake pedal.

- when parked on an incline, always turn the front wheels towards the road curb.

- turn the SmartKey in the ignition lock to position 0 and remove the SmartKey from the ignition lock, or press the KEYLESS-GO Start/Stop button.

- take the SmartKey with you and lock the vehicle when leaving.

Switching off the engine

Important safety notes

Never switch off the engine while the vehicle WARNING
Never switch off the engine while the vehicle is in motion.

There is no brake boost for the service brake if the engine is not running. If the ignition is switched off, there is also no power assistance for the steering.

You will require considerably more effort to steer and brake and you could therefore lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.

Keep in mind that turning off the engine alone WARNING
Keep in mind that turning off the engine alone only will shift the automatic transmission into neutral position N automatically.

Always shift the automatic transmission into park position P before turning off the engine.

Otherwise the vehicle could roll away which could result in an accident and/or serious personal injury.

Ц Apply the electric parking brake.

Ц Shift the transmission to position P.

Using the SmartKey

Ц Turn the SmartKey to position 0 in the ignition lock and remove it.

The immobilizer is activated.

If you turn off the engine with the
If you turn off the engine with the SmartKey and then remove it from the ignition lock or open a front door, the automatic transmission shifts to P automatically.

Using KEYLESS-GO

- Press the Start/Stop button.

The engine stops and all the indicator lamps in the instrument cluster go out.

If you use the Start/Stop button to switch
If you use the Start/Stop button to switch off the engine, the automatic transmission shifts to N automatically. If you then open one of the front doors, the automatic transmission shifts to P.

In an emergency, the engine can be
In an emergency, the engine can be turned off while the vehicle is in motion by pressing and holding the Start/Stop button for three seconds.

Electric parking brake

General information

The electric parking brake performs a
The electric parking brake performs a function test at regular intervals while the engine is switched off. The sounds that can be heard while this is occurring are normal.

When leaving the vehicle, always remove the WARNING
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take it with you, and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Children could release the parking brake and/or shift the automatic transmission out of park position P, either of which could result in an accident and/or serious personal injury.

Applying/releasing manually


Applying/releasing manually

Ц To apply: press handle 1.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster lights up.

The electric parking brake can also be
The electric parking brake can also be applied when the SmartKey is removed.

Ц To release: pull handle 1.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.

The electric parking brake cannot be
The electric parking brake cannot be released unless the SmartKey is in position 1 in the ignition lock or the ignition has been switched on using the Start/Stop button.

To ensure that you don't roll backwards when pulling away on an uphill slope, engage the electric parking brake.

Applying automatically

Your vehicle's electric parking brake is automatically applied if DISTRONIC PLUS or the HOLD function bring the vehicle to a standstill, or are engaged to keep the vehicle stationary. In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be fulfilled: - the engine is switched off.

- the driver's door is open and the seat belt is not fastened.

- the vehicle is stationary for a lengthy period.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster lights up.

Releasing automatically

Your vehicle's electric parking brake is automatically released if all of the following conditions are met:
- the engine is running.

- the transmission is in position D or R.

- the seat belt has been fastened.

- you depress the accelerator pedal.

If the transmission is in position R, the trunk lid must be closed.

If your seat belt is not fastened, the following conditions must be fulfilled to automatically release the electric parking brake: - the driver's door is closed.

- you have shifted out of transmission position P or you have previously driven faster than 2 mph (3 km/h).

Emergency braking

The vehicle can also be braked during an emergency using the electric parking brake.

Ц While driving, push handle 1 of the electric parking brake.

The vehicle is braked as long as you keep
The vehicle is braked as long as you keep the handle of the electric parking brake pressed. The longer the electric parking brake handle is depressed, the greater the braking force.

During braking:
- a warning tone sounds.

- the Release parking brake message appears.

- the red (Canada only) indicator lamp in the (USA only) or
instrument cluster flashes. (Canada only) indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster flashes.

When the vehicle has been braked to a standstill, the electric parking brake is engaged.

Parking the vehicle for a long period

If you leave the vehicle parked for longer than four weeks, the battery may be damaged by exhaustive discharge.

- Connect a trickle charger.

You can obtain information about trickle
You can obtain information about trickle chargers from a qualified specialist workshop, e.g. an authorized Mercedes- Benz Center.

If you leave the vehicle parked for longer than six weeks, the vehicle may suffer damage as a result of lack of use.

Ц Visit a qualified specialist workshop and seek advice.

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