Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

ESP is a registered trademark of DaimlerChrysler AG.

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) helps to control the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle is understeering or oversteering.

It also assists you in maintaining traction while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces. It does this by regulating the engines output, and by selectively applying the brakes. In addition, ESP helps to avoid skidding by controlling braking pressure.

The ESP cannot enhance the vehicles WARNING:
The ESP cannot enhance the vehicles driving stability in all situations and does not control your vehicles entire braking system. The ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, or hydroplaning. Only a safe and attentive driver can prevent accidents.

The capabilities of an ESP- equipped vehicle must never be used as a substitute for careful driving.

The ESP has the following three systems:

Stability Control System

The vehicle stability control system helps provide integrated control of systems such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, engine control, etc. This system automatically controls the brakes and engine to help prevent the vehicle from skidding when cornering on a slippery road surface or when turning the steering wheel abruptly.

Traction Control System

The traction control system automatically helps prevent the spinning of wheels when the vehicle is started or accelerated on slippery road surfaces. The system operates only if it senses that some of the wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system operates the front or rear brakes and reduces engine power to limit wheel spin.

NOTE:
You may hear a clicking sound in the engine compartment for a few seconds when you start the engine or just after the vehicle begins to move. This means that the above systems are in the self-check mode. This sound does not indicate a malfunction.

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

ABS will help you avoid skidding by electronically controlling braking pressure. It will also help you maintain steering control when braking on slippery surfaces or when braking hard. The ABS works automatically, so you do not have to use any special braking technique. Just push the brake pedal down without pumping. The ABS will operate whenever it senses that wheels are locking up. You may feel the brake pedal pulsate while the ABS is operating.

(For more information on ABS, see Braking in the OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE section.)

NOTE:
If the ABS system is activated, you may hear a clunking noise and/or feel pulsating in the brake pedal. This is normal and indicates that the brake fluid pressure is being controlled properly.

 The ESP may not work properly if WARNING:
The ESP may not work properly if tires or wheels other than those specified in the Owners Manual are used. When replacing tires or wheels, use only the size and type specified in this Owners Manual.

The ESP may not work properly if tires are not inflated to the recommended tire inflation pressure.

The ESP may not work properly if tires are fitted with tire chains.

The ESP may not work properly if the tires are excessively worn. Be sure to replace tires when the tread wear indicators in the grooves appear on the tread surface.

The ESP is not a substitute for winter tires or tire chains on a snow covered road.

 The ESP may not work properly if WARNING:
The ESP may not work properly if engine related parts such as the muffler are not equivalent to standard equipment or are extremely deteriorated.

Do not modify the vehicles suspension since the ESP may not
operate correctly.

The ESP indicator lights are described below:

SLIP Indicator Light
SLIP Indicator Light

When one of the ESP systems other than ABS is activated, the SLIP indicator light in the instrument cluster blinks 5 times per second.

CAUTION:
If the SLIP indicator light comes on and stays on while driving, there may be a malfunction of the ESP systems (other than ABS). You should have the systems inspected by an authorized SUZUKI dealer.

NOTE:
When the SLIP indicator light comes on and stays on while driving, indicating a malfunction of the ESP systems (other than ABS), the brake system will function as an ordinary ABS with no additional ESP functions.

NOTE:
When you disconnect and re-connect the battery, ESP system functions other than ABS will be deactivated and the slip indicator light will blink 1 time per second. In this case, use the following procedure to reactivate the ESP systems:
1) Drive your vehicle straight ahead without tire slippage at a speed greater than approximately 15 km/h (9 mph) for a few seconds
2) The slip indicator light will go out and the ESP systems (other than ABS) will be re-activated
It may take more than few seconds before the slip indicator light goes out depending on the road surface condition.

ESP Warning Light
ESP Warning Light

When the ESP systems (other than ABS) have a system malfunction, the ESP warning light in the instrument cluster comes on.

CAUTION:
If the ESP warning light comes on, or stays on while driving, there may be a malfunction of the ESP systems (other than ABS). You should have the systems inspected by an authorized SUZUKI dealer.

NOTE:
When the ESP warning light comes on, or stays on while driving, indicating a malfunction of the ESP systems (other than ABS), the brake system will function as an ordinary ABS that has no additional ESP functions.

ESP OFF Indicator Light
ESP OFF Indicator Light

You should turn the ESP on during your ordinary driving, so that you have the benefits of all of the ESP systems.

It may be required to turn the ESP systems (other than ABS) off if your vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, or snow, or when driving in extreme off-road conditions where wheel spin is necessary.

ESP OFF switch
ESP OFF switch

When the ESP OFF switch located at the center of the instrument panel is pushed and held to turn off the ESP systems (other than ABS), the ESP OFF indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on.

When you push and hold the ESP OFF switch again, the ESP OFF indicator light will go out and all of the ESP systems will be activated.

NOTE:
When the vehicle speed is greater than approximately 30 km/h (19 mph), the ESP systems (other than ABS) will turn on automatically and the ESP OFF indicator light will go out.

When the transfer switch (if equipped) is turned to the 4L LOCK position, the ESP systems (other than ABS) will be canceled to provide improved vehicle traction, and the ESP OFF indicator light will come on.

When the transfer switch (if equipped) is turned to the 4L LOCK position, braketraction control can be activated. Braketraction control brakes the spinning wheel to distribute drive power to the other wheels for increased climbing ability or for better performance on a rolling hill or a slippery surface.

If the ESP systems operate continuously, such as when driving on slippery roads, the traction control functions of the ESP systems may be canceled temporarily to avoid overheating the brake pads, and the ESP OFF indicator light will come on. After a short period of time, the ESP systems (other than ABS) will turn on automatically and the ESP OFF indicator light will go out.

ABS Warning Light / Brake System Warning Light

See Braking in the OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE section.

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