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ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Safety / Driving safety systems / ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

Important safety notes

Observe the "Important safety notes" section  .

WARNING

If ABS is faulty, the wheels could lock when braking. The steerability and braking characteristics may be severely impaired.

Additionally, further driving safety systems are deactivated. There is an increased danger of skidding and accidents.

Drive on carefully. Have ABS checked immediately at a qualified specialist workshop.

When ABS is malfunctioning, other systems, including driving safety systems, will also become inoperative. Observe the information on the ABS warning lamp   and display messages which may be shown in the instrument cluster  .

ABS regulates brake pressure in such a way that the wheels do not lock when you brake.

This allows you to continue steering the vehicle when braking.

ABS works from a speed of about 5 mph (8 km/h) upwards, regardless of road-surface conditions. ABS works on slippery surfaces, even if you only brake gently.

The yellow instrument cluster lights up when the ignition ABS warning lamp in the
instrument cluster lights up when the ignition is switched on. It goes out when the engine is running.

Braking

If ABS intervenes: continue to depress the brake pedal vigorously until the braking situation is over.

To make a full brake application: depress the brake pedal with full force.

If ABS intervenes when braking, you will feel a pulsing in the brake pedal.

The pulsating brake pedal can be an indication of hazardous road conditions, and functions as a reminder to take extra care while driving.

Off-road ABS

An ABS system specifically suited to off-road terrain is activated automatically once the offroad program is activated on: Х vehicles without the ON&OFFROAD package  Х vehicles with the ON&OFFROAD package  At speeds below 20 mph (30 km/h), the front wheels lock cyclically during braking. The digging-in effect achieved in the process reduces the stopping distance on off-road terrain. This limits steering capability.

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