S500 Warning Triangle Problem

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Hi all,
Just wondered if anyone knows what the Red warning triangle is in the middle of the speedo with a pic of the car in it on a S Class 500. (I think it's a 52 or 54 reg so not W140 shape).
Hope this makes some sense.
Thanks in advance.
 

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That light comes on when there is a fault with Distronic. If the car does not have this option the light should go off after engine is started.
 

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That light comes on when there is a fault with Distronic. If the car does not have this option the light should go off after engine is started.

Distronic has a square with 2 white cars in it
 
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Many thanks to all who have replied,

Is distronic the radar guided cruise control? if so it is fitted with that.
the car belongs to the Director of the company that i work for and he said that the light has just come on today, unfortunately he has left the manuals in his house abroad so can't check it up. on his car the speedo has two warning triangles fitted, one amber ! and the other red with a car pictured from behind. looks like a trip to the MB dealer for him anyway.

thanks again, i will post some follow up if he finds out what they did to sort it out.
 
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As far as i remember the yellow triangle with the exclamation mark was always used for the traction control on the older W140, but this newer car has two triangles, one with the exclamation and one red with a pic of a car.

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It's exactly as eGuru says. The red triangle is for Distronic. My S Class (W220) has the light but as I don't have the feature installed, the red light goes out a few seconds after starting the car.
If your bosses car has Distronic (I believe there's a switch and a thumb wheel control next to the gear lever) and the light is staying on, then yes suggests a fault with the system.

Could try playing with the Distronic controls to see if it can be reset, but I reckon it's a STAR job.

Pushing the CC stalk for variable speed limiter is an entirely different function.

Let us know what the stealers say.
 

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Distronic is only engaged with the stalk, it takes the place of CC if the brake pedal has been pushed then it is disengaged.

The adjuster on the console is for range, and there are no other controls. Even with it disengaged but active in the display, then 2 white or red cars appear in the box when you meet them.

Please on one ask about blue cars ;)
 

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Distronic is only engaged with the stalk, it takes the place of CC if the brake pedal has been pushed then it is disengaged.

The adjuster on the console is for range, and there are no other controls. Even with it disengaged but active in the display, then 2 white or red cars appear in the box when you meet them.

Please on one ask about blue cars ;)
I expect a black warning light comes on to warn of black cars...:rolleyes:
 
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Hi All,
Just an update,
my boss got the W220 back from the garage yesturday after a reset and of course the usual host of small things that were ok, but Merc replaced anyway (wipers,lights etc.)
So we will see if this has cured the problem in the coming days.

All the best,
 


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