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Is there a way to completely disable ESP and traction control on the ML? I have a friend who wonders about it and I am curious myself. Also, what is the setup for the differentials, is it locking, limited slip, what?
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Is there a way to completely disable ESP and traction control on the ML? I have a friend who wonders about it and I am curious myself. Also, what is the setup for the differentials, is it locking, limited slip, what?
You cannot totally disable the ESP..it will still be lurking in the background...
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my guess is that there is no limiter on the differential. If you use to brakes to grab the spinning wheel, you automatically transfer torque to the remaining wheels. A mechanical lock on the differential is, theoretically, not needed. How well does this work in reality? It seems that when ESP/BAS fails, wheels spin. You be the judge.

Cool question though. I though you were interested in doing doughnuts in the parking lot.

I'm interested in the opinions of others on this.
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No known way that wouldn't involve a hammer and chissel!!! Keep in mind that on the ML, ESP is only good to 25mph (I believe - check your owner's manual). So,as long as you're driving above that limit, ESP will not bail you out - believe me, I know!!!

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I am sure I have seen ML`s with ESP on/off buttons on the dashboard.
I have also seen it on E-class cars.
When turning it off the warning triangle lights up and stays on as long as the ESP is de-activated. Then you can donut the downtown intersections.
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No known way that wouldn't involve a hammer and chissel!!! Keep in mind that on the ML, ESP is only good to 25mph (I believe - check your owner's manual). So,as long as you're driving above that limit, ESP will not bail you out - believe me, I know!!!
Are you sure? I had ESP kick in at 85mph on the highway and saved my butt from black ice
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I am sure I have seen ML`s with ESP on/off buttons on the dashboard.
I have also seen it on E-class cars.
When turning it off the warning triangle lights up and stays on as long as the ESP is de-activated. Then you can donut the downtown intersections.
ESP may be "off" but it still interferes occasionally.
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I believe the ESP computer is involved in a series of safety features in the car.
It uses a gyro to monitor and make sure car heading is in compliance with stearing direction among others. I think the ESP off button only alows you to burn tires from standstill, but does it`s other functions regardless of this button.
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using the button only really disables the traction control part, the stability part stays in. Also you can't really burn out the tires, considering it is all wheel drive.

Also, Darkmann, I looked in the manual, the part you are talking about is when you are in low range, it is talkina bout a special part of ESP for low range. Otherwise, ESP is on at any given speed.
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I remember reading a thread on MBWorld where this guy wanted to disconnected the whole ECU or something like that.

Can't find the link to the thread, but I'm sure it was in the W163/AMG section.
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