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ABS brake system (Anti-Lock Brake System)
The decisive advantage of ABS lies in the driving stability and maneuverability of the vehicle in hazardous situations.
ABS prevents locking of the wheels during full braking, on almost all road surfaces, until just before the vehicle stops.
ABS begins to control the braking process as soon as a wheel shows a tendency to lock.
This controlled braking process is comparable with extremely rapid cadence braking.
The pulsating brake pedal and a "juddering noise" warn the driver to adapt his driving speed to the road conditions.
ABS warning light USA
ABS warning light Canada
If the ABS warning lights light up on the instrument panel and on the multi-function display of the instrument panel while the engine is running, ABS has switched off because of a fault.
In this case, the brake system will operate without lock prevention, as in vehicles without ABS.
The ABS control unit is adjusted for the approved tire dimensions.
The use of tires with non-approved dimensions can lead to different wheel speeds, causing ABS to switch off.
Off-road ABS (ABS in the off-road driving program)
When the off-road driving program is active, an ABS configuration specially matched to off-road driving is activated automatically.
In the event of braking on loose ground, the permissible slip values for ABS braking are increased so that the off-road braking distance is reduced (wheels dig into the surface).
If the driver needs to steer, the off-road driving program is automatically switched off to maintain steerability.
HOLD function: Drive-Off Assistant, standstill management
The HOLD function, as an assistance function, assists the driver when stopping and driving off on upward slopes.
The vehicle is automatically prevented from rolling back away from the desired direction of travel. When the HOLD function is active, the indicator light on the instrument panel comes on.
Driving off with the Drive-Off Assistant on vehicles with manual transmission