2017-2018 Macan – Manual

2017-2018 Macan – Manual

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The special control mechanism of the off-road ABS permits controlled brief lock-up of the front wheels so that they can dig into the loose surface more effectively. Locked wheels slip and can no longer be steered.

Driving over humps

When driving over humps, always remember the following:

  • Always bear in mind the vehicle’s ground clearance.
  • Switch off-road mode on.
  • Just before reaching the hump, ease off the accelerator slightly and use only the vehicle’s momentum to cross the hump. This will prevent the vehicle from jumping over the hump and landing on the next downward slope at excessive speed.
  • Do not over-rev the engine.

Driving through water

Ingress of water into the vehicle
Ingress of water into the vehicle can lead to dangerous situations with fatal consequences, as well as damage to the vehicle.

  • Before driving through water, check the water depth, water flow speed and the condition of the surface beneath it.
    The water must not be more than 12 in. (300 mm) deep.
  • Make sure that the door sills and rubber seals are clean before starting to drive.
  • Do not drive through deep or rapidly flowing water.
    Deep or rapidly flowing water, such as mountain streams, can cause the vehicle to deviate from the desired path.
  • Avoid producing bow waves by driving at an appropriate speed.
  • Never open the doors when driving through water.

Water or dirt film on the brake disk
When driving through water or mud, the braking force may be delayed and increased pressure may be required.

  • Check and clean the brakes if they are soiled.

Risk of damage to electrical systems.

  • Avoid driving through salt water.

Please note the following when driving through water:

  • Always bear in mind the vehicle’s ground clearance.
  • Switch off-road mode on.
  • Switch off the air-conditioning compressor.
  • Switch off the headlights.
  • Do not over-rev the engine.
  • Do not perform manual gear changes when driving, and try to avoid stopping.
    Moving off in water can be difficult due to the high resistance and the loose surface involved.
  • Start driving through water at a shallow place at walking speed.
  • After checking the water, take the shortest route through it.
  • Never drive into water with momentum. The resulting bow wave could damage the engine and accessories.
  • Adapt your driving style to unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Drive through the water slowly and at a constant speed.
  • Never turn around when driving through water.
  • If it is not possible to get through the water, the vehicle must be backed out in reverse gear.

The alternator can fail if the vehicle is driven through water for an extended period.

Inspecting the vehicle after driving through water
The vehicle requires a particularly thorough check after driving through water.

  • Remove mud from the tire tread.
  • Briefly “brake” the brake pads dry after driving through water.
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