Car washes

Notes

When using steam jets or high-pressure Steam jets or high-pressure washers When using steam jets or high-pressure washers, hold them a sufficient distance away and use a maximum temperature of 140 ℉/60 ℃.
Ensure that a distance of at least 31.5 inches/50 cm is maintained at all times. Holding them too close or using excessively high pressures or temperatures can cause damage or preliminary damage that may then lead to longterm damage.
Follow the operating instructions for the highpressure washer.◄

washers Cleaning sensors/cameras with highpressure washers
When using high-pressure washers, do not spray the exterior sensors and cameras, e.g., Park Distance Control, for extended periods of time and only from a distance of at least 12 in/30 cm.◄

Wash your vehicle frequently, particularly in winter.

Intense soiling and road salt can damage the vehicle.

Automatic car washes

Notes

Note the following:

► Give preference to cloth car washes or those that use soft brushes in order to avoid paint damage.
► Make sure that the wheels and tires are not damaged by the transport mechanisms.
► Fold in the exterior mirrors; otherwise, they may be damaged, depending on the width of the vehicle.
► Deactivate the rain sensor, to avoid unintentional wiper activation.
► In some cases, an unintentional alarm can be triggered by the interior motion sensor of the alarm system. Follow the instructions on avoiding an unintentional alarm, refer to page 42.

Avoid car washes with guide rails higher Guide rails in car washes
Avoid car washes with guide rails higher than 4 in/10 cm; otherwise, the vehicle body could be damaged.◄

Before driving into a car wash

In order to ensure that the vehicle can roll in a car wash, take the following steps:

Automatic transmission:

1. Release parking brake, and deactivate Automatic Hold, refer to page 64.
2. Drive into the car wash.
3. Depress the brake pedal as needed.
4. Engage transmission position N.
5. Switch the engine off. In this way, the ignition remains switched on, and a Check-Control message is displayed.

off Transmission position P with the ignition off
When the ignition is switched off, position P is engaged automatically. When in an automatic car wash, for example, ensure that the ignition is not switched off accidentally.◄

The vehicle cannot be locked from the outside when in transmission position N.

A signal is sounded when an attempt is made to lock the vehicle.

Transmission position

Transmission position P is engaged automatically:

► When the ignition is switched off.
► After approx. 15 minutes.

Headlamps

► Do not rub dry and do not use abrasive or caustic cleansers.
► Soak areas that have been soiled e.g. due to insects, with shampoo and wash off with water.
► Thaw ice with deicing spray; do not use an ice scraper.

After washing the vehicle

After washing the vehicle, apply the brakes briefly to dry them; otherwise, braking action can be reduced and corrosion of the brake discs can occur.

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