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4MATIC (permanent four-wheel drive)

Mercedes-Benz G-Class / Mercedes-Benz G-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Driving systems / 4MATIC (permanent four-wheel drive)

Never tow the vehicle with one axle raised. This may damage the transfer case.

Damage of this sort is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. All wheels must remain either on the ground or be fully raised. Observe the instructions for towing the vehicle with all wheels in full contact with the ground.

When testing the parking brake, operate the vehicle only briefly (for a maximum of ten seconds) on a brake test dynamometer.

When doing this, turn the SmartKey to position 0 or 1 in the ignition. Failure to do this can cause damage to the drive train or the brake system.

A function or performance test should only be carried out on a two-axle dynamometer. Before you operate the vehicle on such a dynamometer, please consult a qualified workshop. You could otherwise damage the drive train or the brake system.

4MATIC ensures that all four wheels are permanently driven. Together with ESPЃ and 4ETS, it improves the traction of your vehicle whenever a drive wheel spins due to insufficient grip.

If a drive wheel spins due to insufficient grip: Х Only depress the accelerator pedal as far as necessary when pulling away.

Х Accelerate less when driving.

If you fail to adapt your driving style, 4MATIC can neither reduce the risk of accident nor override the laws of physics. 4MATIC cannot take account of road, weather and traffic conditions. 4MATIC is only an aid. You are responsible for the distance to the vehicle in front, for vehicle speed, for braking in good time and for staying in lane. Only engage 4MATIC when the current road, weather and traffic conditions permit it to be done safely, and adapt your driving style accordingly.

Drive carefully and maintain a suitable distance to the vehicle in front.

In wintry driving conditions, the maximum effect of 4MATIC can only be achieved if you use winter tires (M+S tires), with snow chains if necessary.

For information about driving off-road, see .

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