Quick Fix to the Mercedes ESP Problem

Giancarlo Perlas October 7, 2022

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) of your Mercedes-Benz regulates driving by monitoring the angular velocity of each wheel with ABS sensors. When one of the wheels rotates faster than the others, this indicates a problem. The wheel may be slipping, or there might be another difficulty.

To bring the vehicle under control while you drive, the Mercedes ESP feature applies pressure to the spinning tire to slow it down, ensuring that your car stays stable.

Mercedes ESP Indicators

Here are some of the conditions that may trigger your ESP light:

Flashing ESP Light

This indicates that your ESP system is actively working to keep your car stable. You may see this when driving on snow or ice. Likewise, the notification will show up if you get stuck in the muck while off-roading. The ESP system has a lot of power to keep you steady, but it has its limits. Drive carefully when the warning light flashes.

ESP Light Remains On

Your ESP has been disabled. The “ESP off” button on your Mercedes-Benz dashboard has been activated. This light needs to be reset.

If you have already reset your ESP light but it didn’t turn off, there might be another problem. Schedule a service with your mechanic or Mercedes dealership to get help in figuring out what’s wrong with your auto and get the necessary repairs for it.

Resetting the Mercedes ESP Light

The ESP light coming on and staying on is usually because the system has been turned off. If this is the case, follow these steps to reset it so that the light turns off:

  • Look for the ESP button.
  • Push and hold it down for at least five seconds.
  • This will normally reset the light.

If the light on your dashboard won’t go out, there may be an issue with your vehicle that it’s alerting you about. The cause of the problem may range from electrical to mechanical issues, so in this case, the expertise of your mechanic will surely come in handy.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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