It uses the ABS sensors to sense wheel spin, and the steering wheel
position and accelerometer/yaw sensors (often part of the airbag deployment
system) to detect skids. It then uses the ABS to selectively brake
individual wheels to reduce the skid. It also controls the throttle.
Search Wikipedia for "Electronic Stability Control"
Thanks for the link Floyd.
I had googled for info, but got nothing specific. Just info on how
beneficial it was.
More complicated than I thaught.
Just baught an E39 which I haven't picked up yet..
Anyone know if it can be switched off on this model?
Find a wet roundabout on a deserted road and you'll soon find out -
accelerate flat out from rest round it. It's quite remarkable. ;-)
It brakes individual wheels to transfer the grip to the best one, and
modulates engine power if it senses wheel spin.
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Not got it on mine and I haven't seriously unstuck a BMW in 20+ years of
When the Merc' A series came out a motoring journalist managed to roll one
on a test track, resulting in lurid stories of their instability (despite
lowish power, auto and FWD!), so Merc' fitted ASC to them all as standard.
I managed to stumble into a test session in sportsground car park, and spent
an interesting quarter of an hour trying to get one to understeer.
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